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Sunday’s Regional Coverage

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Sunday’s Best

Game of the Day: Miami played their second classic against Long Beach State in as many days. This time the Hurricanes won 9-8 with a walk-off single. The Canes led 8-1 in the sixth inning before the Dirtbags put six up in the sixth and tied it in the eighth. Miami hung on in the top half and got the walk-off hit from Randy Batista.

Hitter of the Day: South Carolina’s DC Arendas entered the game after starting third baseman Jonah Bride was ejected for a collision at the plate. Arendas went 4-4 as the Gamecocks beat Rhode Island to advance to the regional title round. In the second game of the day, he added another two hits. For the two games, he was 6-for-8 with three singles, a double, a triple and a home run.

Pitcher of the Day:  A closer, making his first start of the season in an elimination game, Tyler Johnson kept his team alive with a complete game five-hitter with 11 strikeouts.

Best Moment: There was a unique moment in the first inning in Baton Rouge with the bases loaded. Greg Deichmann laced a ball inside the bag at first. The ball slid under the bullpen bench down the line. If a fielder throws up his hands, the ground rule would call it a double. After the Rice right fielder Charlie Warren threw his hands up, he continued to scurry after the ball. LSU’s runners continued to round the bags. After an umpire consultation, an inside-the-park grand slam was awarded. That would be the only runs LSU scored in a 4-2 victory.

Biggest Surprise: We will have a new champion as Virginia was eliminated by #4 seed William & Mary. The Cavaliers, playing at home, dropped two straight games and will have to watch someone else dogpile in Omaha.

Check back throughout the day and night as we update the results as they happen along with selecting Sunday’s best performances and moments.

Miss any action this weekend? Here’s our roundups to help you get caught up:

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Summaries From All 16

Rain continues to be a factor in several regionals but in others we are sending teams home. Get caught up on all of the action from Sunday’s elimination games and title matchups.

Baton Rouge Regional

Rice University logoIn a game that spanned three days, Rice defeated Southeastern Louisiana 7-2 in an opening round game. The Owls got three hits each from Connor Tekyl and Ford Proctor. Brennan Breaud had three of the Lions’ seven hits. Blake Fox (5-7) got the win for the Owls with six innings of three hit ball. Dane Myers got his seventh save with three innings of four hit, one run ball. Mac Sceroler (10-4) took the loss with nine hits allowed and four runs, two earned.

Southeastern Louisiana logoSoutheastern Louisiana turned around and played a second game against Utah Valley State winning 3-2. The Lions scored three in the first inning and that is all they needed. The game had a combined eight hits with the winning Lions had five of them. Dominick Carlini (8-2) was the winning pitcher with six innings of two hit, two run ball. Josh Green got the three inning save, his fourth. Utah Valley’s Jackson Cofer (6-5) was the tough luck loser with 7.1 innings of four hit, three run ball.

LSU90X90Sometimes you need a little luck and sometimes it just takes a home field advantage. Because of an awful ground rule designed solely for a home field advantage, LSU was able to get an inside-the-park grand slam in the first inning, which was plenty of run support for Alex Lange (8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 10 K). Greg Deichmann lined a hot shot to first that ricochetted off the first baseman’s mitt and rolled under the bullpen bench in right field. Rice right fielder Charlie Warren immediately threw his hands up as he raced to the bench, but the first base umpire never made a call to acknowledge the ground rule double that a ball under the bench should become. In between pleading looks at the umpire, Warren made an attempt to pull the ball out, which per the ground rules made the ball live again, and Deichmann raced around the bases to score. Rice got a Grayson Lewis homer in the sixth and an RBI double from Ford Proctor the next inning, but could never get a big clutch hit, going hitless with runners in scoring position, including having two men on in the ninth.

Southeastern Louisiana will play Rice on Monday at 3 p.m. ET with the winner playing LSU at 8 p.m.

Louisville Regional

 

Wright State logoWright State took a last at ball loss to Ohio State Friday and wanted to make sure there were no such dramatics in the rematch Sunday. WSU scored five runs in the first inning and made them hold up in a 7-3 victory over the Buckeyes.  J.D. Orr had three hits and Gabe Snyder hit a home run. Ronnie Dawson had two hits to lead the Buckeyes. Caleb Sampen (9-4) worked five innings to get the win while Zane Collins worked four innings of one-hit, one-run ball for the save. Ryan Feltner (3-4) took the loss for OSU.

LouisvilleLogo2015Louisville continued their impressive run with a 3-1 victory over Wright State to claim the regional title. The Cardinals won their three games by a dominating, combined 24-5 score. In the final, Drew Harrington got the win with 7.1 shutout innings. He allowed five hits, walked two, and struck out five. Zach Burdi got the save with 1.2 innings of relief. Nick Solak had three hits, a home run, and three RBI in the victory. W Smith also had three hits in the ten hit Cardinal effort.

Louisville will host a super regional next weekend against the winner of the Nashville Regional.

Columbia Regional

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After losing the opener Friday to Rhode Island, South Carolina got some measure of payback with a 23-2 pasting Sunday. The Gamecocks had 23 hits, an eight-run inning, and a pair of four-run innings. Starter Adam Hill (7-0) saved the bullpen with seven strong innings. He allowed just three hits and two runs in a 123-pitch outing. Tyler Haswell pitched two perfect innings to finish the game. URI starter Ben Wessel (6-5) took the loss. He was the first of eight Ram hurlers. Ryan Olmo had two of the three Rhode Island hits.

Coming through the loser’s bracket, South Carolina has to beat UNC Wilmington twice to advance. The Gamecocks got the first win as the bats stayed hot with another double-digit scoring effort. They beat the Seahawks 10-1 with a 13-hit effort. As he has all season, Gene Cone led the way. He was 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, three runs driven in and another two scored. Tyler Johnson was straight money on the mound. He tossed a 115-pitch complete game, allowing five hits and one run while striking out 11 batters.

The teams will return to Founder’s Park on Monday at 6 p.m. ET to determine a victor. According to reports, UNC Wilmington will bring back senior Ryan Foster to start:

Gainesville Regional

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets logoGeorgia Tech used a five run fourth inning and got a clutch pair of runs in the top of the ninth inning to avenge an earlier defeat to Connecticut with a 7-5 victory. Matt Gonzalez continued his hot hitting in Gainesville with a 3-4 performance. Tristin English, Trevor Craport, and Kel Johnson all had two hits in the 14 hit attack. Ben Parr started for the Jackets and went five innings of three hit, two run ball. Closer Matthew Gorst (2-1) worked the final four innings and allowed three hits and a run. Connecticut closer Patrick Ruotolo (2-2) took the loss. Bryan Daniello had two hits to pace a seven hit attack.

FloridaGators2015Georgia Tech couldn’t continue the momentum from their earlier ninth inning win, falling 10-1 to top seed Florida. Facing Alex Faedo, the Yellow Jackets’ bats went silent. Faedo was impressive with eight scoreless innings in a four-hit, 10-strikeout performance to help send the Gators on to the super regional round. The Florida offense assured there would be no let down on Sunday night, scoring 10 runs on 12 hits. Peter Alonso’s red hot return continued as he was 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and three RBIs. J.J. Schwarz reached three times and drove in two runs.

The Gators will host rival Florida State next weekend. They beat the Seminoles three times this season in midweek matchups.

Tallahassee Regional

 

South Alabama logoAfter a rain delay, South Alabama stormed back with a six run inning to defeat Southern Miss 7-5 in an elimination game Sunday. The Golden Eagles jumped out to 4-0 lead before the rain came in the top of the fifth. Starter Hayden Roberts had baffled the Jag hitters holding them to one hit in four innings. Coming back from Tommy John surgery, Roberts was done after the delay. In the sixth, USA jumped on three USM relievers for four singles, four walks, and a hit by pitch. They sent 12 men to the plate gained confidence heading into the final frames. South Alabama reliever Ryne Long was solid in 4.2 innings in relief of starter Austin Bembnowski. Shane McKinley got the final two outs to complete the save. USA won despite getting just six hits. Four of them, combined with five free bags all come in one inning.

FloridaStateFlorida State made it look easy with 43 runs in three games. They defeated South Alabama 18-6 in the final to claim another regional title. They pounded out 19 hits and his six home runs in the victory. Dylan Busby had two home runs while Jackson Lueck, Cal Raleigh, Hayden Kelly, and Tyler Holton had the other dingers. Jackson Lueck finished with four RBIs. Cole Sands (5-6) got the start and went five innings and allowed just two hits and a run. Hunter Soleymani (4-4) took the loss. Travis Swaggerty had three hits including a home run for USA. Ben Gann also homered.

Florida State will now face rival Florida next weekend.

Oxford Regional

Tulane logoTulane staved off elimination for the second straight day with a 4-1 victory over Utah. Ross Massey (10-3) baffled the Utes with eight quality innings of five-hit, one-run ball. Sam Bjornjeld worked a perfect ninth for his first save. Utah starter Josh Lapiana (4-6) took the loss. Riley Ottesen kept Utah in the game with 4.2 relief innings. The loss ends Utah’s season, one where they captured the imagination of the college baseball world with a Pac-12 title.

Boston College Eagles logoWhen Jake Willsey jamshotted a ball toward shortstop, it looked to be slow of a ball to turn a double play, but as it did all weekend, Boston College showed the impact good defense can have with a quick flip and turn that became a 6-4-3 double play to get the Eagles out of a bases loaded jam. While they relied on their defense this weekend, they also relied on taking advantage of opponents’ defensive mistakes. BC scored three unearned runs. Johnny Adams was a perfect 4-for-4 with three doubles, two runs and three RBIs.

The win advances the Eagles to the super regionals. They will face off against conference foe Miami, who did not play Boston College this season.

Coral Gables Regional

Long Beach State logoLong Beach State continued its impressive play with a 5-1 losers’ bracket victory over Florida Atlantic. Tanner Brown (8-4) handcuffed the Owls with an eight-inning, four-hit, one-run outing. He struck out seven and walked three. Ty Provencher worked the final inning for his third save. Brandon Rhodes (7-4) worked a complete game for FAU to get the loss. Daniel Jackson hit a home run and drove in four runs to lead the Dirtbag lineup. Luke Rasmussen and Jarren Duran added two hits each in the ten-hit attack.

Miami Florida logoIn the day’s most thrilling game, Miami appeared to be cruising to an easy super regional berth with an 8-1 lead, but they don’t call Long Beach State the Dirtbags for no reason. In true Dirtbag fashion, LBSU rallied for six runs on only two hits in the sixth inning. Alex Muzzi hit a three-run homer and then a David Banuelos triple was followed by three straight walks and a pair of RBI groundouts. Miami handed the Dirtbags the tying run on an errant pickoff throw in the eighth inning. But the Hurricanes appeared poised to immediately Long Beach State logotake back the lead in the bottom half of the frame after back-to-back walks and an error loaded the bases with no outs. Long Beach State reliever Lucas Jacobsen somehow pulled a disappearing act to escape the threat. He got a fielder’s choice, a strikeout and a fly out to leave the bases loaded.

In the ninth inning, both teams got a leadoff walk and got the runner in scoring position, but it was the Hurricanes that got the clutch hit when Randy Batista blooped in a single to right field that scored the super regional clincher. Zach Collins appeared to finally break free of his slump reaching base four times (2-3, 3 R, 2B, HR, RBI, 2 BB) while Willie Abreu hit a homer and drove in three runs.

Miami advances to the super regionals where they will host Boston College, who the Canes have not played this season.

Raleigh Regional

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers logoCoastal Carolina completed a suspended game from late Saturday with a 4-0 victory over NC State. The Chanticleers added two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to stretch out a tight winners’ bracket game. Coastal now moves to Monday where they will have to lose twice in the regional final.

NC State logoThey will NC State, who defeated Navy 17-1 to eliminate the Midshipmen. Johnny Piedmonte (1-3) worked 8.2 innings of six hit ball to save the bullpen and get the win. Navy starter George Coughlin (3-4) took the loss. Joe Dunand was the hitting star going 4-6 with a home run. Chance Shepard went 3-5 with a home run and five RBIs. NC State had 19 hits as they cruised to victory.

NC State will have to defeat Coastal Carolina twice Monday to advance. The Chanticleers claim the title with one win.

Lafayette Regional

ULLLogoUL-Lafayette issued a statement to anyone doubting its postseason status with a dominating 10-3 victory over Arizona. The Ragin’ Cajuns got a home run and three RBIs from Stefan Trosclair. Kyle Clement and Brad Antchak also added a pair of hits in an 11 hit output. Gunner Leger (7-3) pitched five innings and got the win. He allowed five hits and three runs. Jevin Huval worked the final four innings for his third save. JC Cloney (6-4) took the loss for the Wildcats.

Arizona Wildcats logoThe Wildcats bounced back in the nightcap with a 6-5 win over Sam Houston State to earn another shot at the Cajuns. Alfonso Rivas led the way for Arizona, going 2-for-4 with a double, triple, walk and two RBIs. He also traded in the first base mitt for his pitching glove in the ninth inning to collect the final two outs for the save. After falling behind 6-2, Sam Houston State had it’s big opportunity in the seventh inning when it scored three runs and had runners at second and third, but Arizona got a big strikeout to end the threat.

Arizona and UL-Lafayette are scheduled to begin the regional final at 2 p.m. ET on Monday with a second game to be played at 8 p.m., if the Wildcats win the first matchup.

Charlottesville Regional

 

College of William and Mary logoWe will have a new College World Series champion. Now both of last season’s finalists have been eliminated. Saturday, Vanderbilt lost twice and Sunday, Virginia suffered their second loss in 5-4 decision to William & Mary. The Tribe trailed 4-3 in the sixth but added single runs in the sixth and seventh to grab the lead. Charles Ameer had a pair of hits and a home run. Hunter Smith and Josh Smith joined him with two hits. Virginia had a home run from Daniel Pinero who also had three hits. Jack Gerstenmaier had three hits for the Cavaliers. Tommy Doyle (2-7) took the loss for Virginia.

ECUPrimaryWilliam & Mary then moved on to face East Carolina in the regional final. The Pirates used a pair of four run innings to beat William & Mary 8-4 to advance to the Super Regional round. The Pirates will face the winner of the Lubbock Regional. Eric Tyler went 4-4 with a home run and a pair of RBIs. Charlie Yorgen had two hits including a home run as did Travis Watkins – who continues to come up with clutch long balls. Sam Lanier worked five innings of shutout ball to get the victory. Charlie Fletcher took the loss for the Tribe.

Lubbock Regional

Dallas Baptist University logoDallas Baptist opened Sunday with a 5-3 victory over New Mexico. They smashed a pair of home runs and 15 hits in the victory. The Patriots used three pitchers, Jordan Martinson who started and went four innings, Dalton Higgins (9-4) who gave up just one run in his four inning stint, and Landon Wilson who worked the ninth to get his third save. New Mexico starter Carson Schneider (9-4) took the loss.

After scoring five runs on 15 hits in the first game, Dallas Baptist was more efficient with its hit barrage in the nightcap, scoring 10 runs on 12 hits in the first six innings. Jameson Hannah drove in three runs while Justin Wall was 3-for-5 with two runs scored, a double and an RBI. The Patriots tried to let Texas Tech back in the game in the seven inning. They walked six batters and allowed the Red Raiders to score six runs before Gavin Fritz was summoned from the bullpen. Fritz struck out pinch hitter Ryan Long and allowed just one hit in 2.1 innings to lock up the win.

Dallas Baptist’s win forces a winner-take-all regional final on Monday at 3 p.m. ET.

Fort Worth Regional

ASUOfficialLogo90X90Arizona State stayed alive with a 6-3 victory over Gonzaga. The Sun Devils got a great start from Zach Dixon (2-1) who gave them 140 pitches and eight innings of six hit, three run ball. He struck out nine and walked three. Ryan Hingst got his second save pitching the ninth. Hunter Wells (3-4) took the loss for Gonzaga. He had nine strikeouts in his eight innings. ASU had a home run from Jeremy McCuin and two hits from Sebastian Zawada in the nine hit effort.

TCU90x90TCU is headed for another super regional appearance after a thorough 8-1 win over Arizona State. The Horned Frogs scored three runs in the second inning, which was more than enough for Brian Howard. The long, lanky righty carved up the ASU lineup, allowing four hits and one run in eight innings. He struck out nine. TCU added a run in the seventh inning and broke open the game with four in the eighth. Cam Warner highlighted the late burst with a two-run homer to give him three RBIs in the game. Dane Steinhagen had three hits and two runs scored.

Jim Schlossnagle’s Horned Frogs advance to play the College Station Regional winner, Texas A&M, in a rematch of last year’s epic three-game series. This time, the Aggies will have home field advantage.

Nashville Regional

UCS Santa Barbara logoIn a winners’ bracket game delayed by rain, UC-Santa Barbara defeated Xavier 5-4. Noah Davis (6-4) got the start for the Gauchos and got the win. He allowed nine hits and four runs, walked two and struck out six. Justin Kelley worked the final 2.2 innings for the save. He allowed only one hit and no runs. Trent Astle (5-5) took the loss for the Musketeers. Austin Bush smashed a home run and Clay Fisher had a single, double, and triple in the Gauchos’ ten hit performance. Xavier had 11 hits led by David Morton who had three hits including a home run.

Xavier logoThe Musketeers earned another shot against UC Santa Barbara with a 7-5 win over Washington in the nightcap. Xavier jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first three innings, only to see that dwindle to a two-run lead in the fourth inning. But Washington’s three-run fourth proved to be the last time anyone scored. Rylan Bannon got the party started with a solo homer to lead off the game. He also added a two-run double and scored two runs. Andre Jernigan also cranked a homer in the first inning. After their starter struggled, Huskies relievers Alex Nesbitt and Greg Minier did yeoman’s work to keep UW in the game (6.1 combined IP, 5 H, ER), but it was for naught.

Xavier’s rematch with the Gauchos will start at 3 p.m. ET. If the Musketeers win, they would force a winner-take-all at 9 p.m.

Starkville Regional

Louisiana Tech logoLouisiana Tech’s fun season continued as they won their second  consecutive regional game eliminating Cal State Fullerton 6-2. Cameron Linck (4-1) pitched six innings in the start. He allowed four hits, two runs, walked one, and struck out five. Nate Harris worked three scoreless innings for his fifth save. The Bulldogs made the most of the eight hits as Jonathan Washam and Jordan Washam each had a pair of hits. For Fullerton, it was a disappointing loss after winning the Big West Conference. Starter Connor Seabold (7-6) left after just an inning and two-thirds. He had only allowed a hit and a run. Four relievers had mixed success against the Louisiana Tech lineup.

In the battle of the Bulldogs, Zac Houston and Ryan Rigby combined to completely shut down the Louisiana Tech bats, throwing a combined two-hitter in a 4-0 Mississippi State victory. Brent Rooker drove in two runs and scored another, but pitching was the story for MSU. Houston struck out 10 and improved to 6-0, but it was Rigby that saved the day. He entered with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh inning and proved untouchable. The sidewinder got back-to-back strikeouts and then a flyout to end the inning. He followed with a pair of clean innings to earn his first save.

Clemson Regional

Clemson Tigers logoClemson probably wishes they could face Western Carolina every game. After defeating them 24-10 Friday, they followed that up with a 15-3 victory Sunday. The victory eliminated WCU and sent Clemson on to face Oklahoma State in the regional final. The Tigers his five home runs and had 16 hits. Chase Pinder, Eli White, Seth Beer, Chris Okey, and Weston Wilson all went deep. Wilson went 4-5 with 4 RBIs and White added three more hits. Alex Eubanks saves their bullpen with a complete game. Dillon Bray (2-5) took the loss. Garrett Brown and Brett Pope each had two hits for the Catamounts.

Oklahoma State University logoWhat came so easily against Western Carolina seemed impossible against Oklahoma State. For the second time this weekend, Clemson bludgeoned the Catamounts only to be fiercely stifled by OSU’s pitching staff. Jensen Elliott (9-2) struck out eight and allowed one run on four hits in six innings to keep the Tigers offense in its cage. Trey Cobb finished off the final three innings without allowing a hit. Offensively, Corey Hassel starred for the Pokes. He had three hits, including a double and a homer, to drive in four runs. Conor Costello also homered and had two RBIs.

The Cowboys advance to the super regionals where they await the winner of the South Carolina/UNC Wilmington matchup from the Columbia Regional.

College Station Regional

Minnesota Gophers logoAustin Athmann went 4-4 to lead Minnesota to a 8-3 victory over Wake Forest. The Gophers had fifteen hits as they reached the regional final against Texas A&M. Toby Hanson added three hits and Alex Boswell, Matt Fiedler, and Terrin Vavra had two each. Lucas Gilbreath started and went 4.2 innings. Brian Glowicki (1-4) got the win in relief. Connor Johnstone (2-6) took the loss. Gavin Sheets paced Wake with three hits.

TexasA&M90x90Minnesota needed two wins over Texas A&M to advance to the super regionals, but the Gophers barely managed two runs in an 8-2 loss Sunday night. The Aggies were as opportunistic as it gets. They scored two runs in the second inning, two runs in the fourth, one in the seventh and three runs in the ninth inning, yet they managed just one hit in each of those four innings. Texas A&M took advantage of seven walks, a hit by pitch and an error. Turner Larkins got the win: 5.2 IP, ER while Mark Ecker locked down the save, striking out all four batters he faced.

The Aggies advance to the College Station Super Regional. They will get an opportunity to avenge last season’s classic super regional against TCU that ended with a 16-inning, nearly five hour, drama-filled Game 3.

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