Vandy sent home from NCAA regional after nailbiter
By: By The Associated Press
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Aaron Baker homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and Oklahoma eliminated 21st-ranked Vanderbilt 11-10. The Commodores had scored twice to take a 10-9 lead in the top of the ninth. But in the bottom of the inning, Russell Brewer walked Casey Johnson with one out. Baker then drove a 2-2 pitch deep over the right-center field wall for the victory. Georgia 13, Lipscomb 3 ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Rich Poythress had five RBI and Georgia stayed alive with a win over Lipscomb. Poythress hit a two-run single as Georgia took a 4-0 lead in the first and added a three-run homer in a four-run fifth. The Bulldogs (37-22-1) had 21 hits, the most allowed by Lipscomb (33-30) this season. The Bulldogs, who eliminated Lipscomb, advanced to Sunday night’s game against Georgia Tech. Miami 11, Mississippi 2 CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Jackson and Dennis Raben each homered and Miami advanced to the Super Regionals with an 11-2 win against Mississippi in the Coral Gables regional championship Sunday. Eric Erickson (8-1) pitched seven strong innings for Miami. He allowed two runs and six hits and struck out five against the Rebels (39-26). Next up for Miami (50-8) is Arizona, which won the Ann Arbor regional. The Hurricanes are now 46-4 at home during postseason play under coach Jim Morris. The Regional Championship is the 25th in school history and gives the No. 1-ranked Miami its first 50-win season since 2004. Mississippi 9, Missouri 6 CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Logan Power hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning to lead Mississippi. Scott Bittle (7-1) picked up the victory, striking out a career-high 12 batters in 4 1/3 innings of relief. Missouri reliever Kyle Gibson (9-4) loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning after walking back-to-back batters setting the stage for Power’s grand slam. Gibson took both losses for Missouri in the regional. LSU 11, Southern Miss 4 BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Michael Hollander had four hits and drove in four runs, helping LSU win the Baton Rouge regional — and the Tigers’ 23rd straight game. Leon Landry smacked a two-run homer in the second inning and Blake Dean broke the game open with a bases loaded triple in the bottom of the sixth, capping a six-run rally that also included Hollander’s two-run single. The Tigers (46-16-1) looking increasingly like a team of destiny, scored a combined 36 runs in their three-game sweep of regional opponents. They beat Texas Southern on Friday, then beat Southern Miss (42-22) twice over the next two days. LSU reliever Paul Bertuccini (2-0) got the win after coming in with the tying run on third base with two outs in the fifth inning and striking out all four batters he faced over the next 1 1-3 innings. Jared Bradford pitched the final three innings for his fifth save. Southern Miss 8, New Orleans 2 BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Keith Winstead hit a disputed three-run homer and a solo shot that no one questioned, helping Southern Mississippi eliminate New Orleans (43-21). Kyle Maxie also belted a three-run home run for Southern Miss. Southern Miss starter Josh Billeaud (4-4) gave up a double in the first inning and then didn’t allow another hit until Jeff Lanning’s lined home run to left-center to lead off the bottom of the seventh. N.C. St. 2, South Carolina 1 RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Matt Payne’s run-scoring infield single in the seventh inning lifted North Carolina State in the Raleigh regional championship. The Wolfpack (41-20) claimed the third regional title in school history and first since they claimed their 2003 regional in Wilson, N.C. They advance to face the champion of the regional in Athens, Ga. — either Georgia or Georgia Tech — in next weekend’s best-of-three super regional series. N.C. State broke a 1-all tie in the seventh. Chris Schaeffer and Drew Martin hit one-out singles and Ryan Pond walked to load the bases. Matt Payne hit a grounder deep into the hole at shortstop, and when Reese Havens couldn’t make a play, Schaeffer scored the go-ahead run. Havens led off the Gamecocks’ first inning with his 18th home run of the season, a shot down the right-field line that gave South Carolina (40-23) a 1-0 lead. South Carolina 7, James Madison 5 RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Reese Havens’ two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning helped South Carolina eliminate James Madison. After Scott Wingo led off the ninth with a single through the right side, Havens followed with a drive to right field off Kyle Hoffman that sent the Gamecocks to their ninth straight regional final. Justin Smoak homered twice for South Carolina. Arizona 5, Kentucky 3 ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Eric Berger matched his career-best 11 strikeouts and Bobby Coyle added a pinch-hit homer to help Arizona take the Ann Arbor regional championship. Berger (8-3) gave up solo home runs to Collin Cowgill and Brian Spear but surrendered only three other hits and one run in 7 1-3 innings against Kentucky (44-19). The Wildcats (41-17) will travel to Miami on Friday or Saturday to begin a best-of-3 super-regional playoff against the host Hurricanes. Kentucky 12, Michigan 6 ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Troy Frazier hit a two-run homer during a seven-run first inning and Kentucky eliminated host Michigan. Sawyer Carroll added his third postseason homer for the Wildcats. Michigan (46-14) got an RBI single from Adam Abraham in the top of the first Sunday but lost the lead in the bottom half when Collin Cowgill and Brian Spear hit consecutive two-run doubles. Chris Wade added an RBI double before Frazier homered. East Carolina 16, Alabama 1 CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — East Carolina starting pitcher Justin Bristow allowed one run over seven innings to lead the Pirates past Alabama in an elimination game. Alabama (35-28) had scored at least 10 runs in nine of its last 17 games, but Bristow — an Auburn transfer — did not allow a hit until the fourth inning. The Crimson Tide sent No. 2 seed East Carolina to the losers’ bracket with a 16-3 win Friday. Jamie Ray went 4-for-6 with a home run and six RBI and Brandon Henderson and Drew Schieber each added three hits for the Pirates, who finished with 18 hits. UC Irvine 8, Oral Roberts 0 LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Bryce Stowell struck out a career-high 13 in 7 2/3 shutout innings and Sean Madigan drove in five runs to key UC Irvine’s title-clinching win in the Lincoln Regional. The Anteaters (41-16) won three straight to reach super regionals, where they will play the winner of the Baton Rouge Regional for a chance to go to the College World Series for the second straight year. Irvine’s pitching staff finished the regional with 15 consecutive shutout innings. Stowell (8-2) struck out four of the first seven batters he faced. He allowed five hits in 7 2/3 innings. Carlos Luna (13-1) allowed eight hits and a season-high six runs in 6 1/3 innings for the Golden Eagles (48-14). Oral Roberts 8, Nebraska 0 LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Kelly Minissale allowed two hits over eight-plus innings and Michael Notaro slugged a three-run homer to help Oral Roberts eliminate the top seeded Cornhuskers. Minissale (3-3) carried a no-hitter into the seventh before Tyler Farst singled into right. Nebraska hadn’t hat a hit before that since Jake Opitz’ home run in the third of Saturday’s 3-2 loss to UC Irvine. Nebraska (41-16-1) was shut out for only the second time this season. Florida St. 17, Tulane 8 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Buster Posey hit two home runs as Florida State beat Tulane to set up a rematch for the NCAA Tallahassee regional title. Posey hit a three-run homer during a five-run fifth inning as the Seminoles (51-11) opened up a 10-4 lead. His solo homer in the fourth broke a 4-4 tie. He also hit a pair of home runs — including a grand slam — in an earlier game Sunday to lead Florida State to a 24-9 win over Bucknell. Tulane (39-21-1) rallied from a 4-0 deficit behind Jared Dyer’s three-run homer and Warren McFadden’s RBI double in the fourth. Sam Honeck hit a two-run homer in the sixth to keep the Green Wave within striking distance. But the Seminoles put the game out of reach with a seven-run eighth inning. Florida St.24, Bucknell 9 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Buster Posey hit a pair of home runs, including a grand slam in the third inning, to lead Florida State to a rout over Bucknell. Florida State pounded out 25 hits to become the first team in the nation to reach the 50-win mark. Seminoles batters Jason Stidham and Posey homered on consecutive pitches during a six-run second inning. Florida State scored seven runs in the third, capped by Posey’s third grand slam of the season. Coastal Carolina 24, East Carolina 11 CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Coastal Carolina scored 13 runs in the second inning and overwhelmed East Carolina to win the NCAA Conway regional. The Chanticleers (50-12) earned the school’s first berth to the super regionals and will travel to North Carolina next weekend for the best-of-three series. The 13 runs scored by Coastal Carolina in the second inning were the second most ever scored in a single frame in Division I postseason history. David Anderson hit his 19th and 20th home runs of the season and picked up the victory on the mound. David Sappelt, Chance Gilmore and Tommy Baldridge also homered in the win. East Carolina (42-21) took a 4-2 lead to the second inning, but Anderson’s second home run of the game brought home three runs and Sappelt hit a grand slam later in the inning to key the onslaught. North Carolina 7, UNC Wilmington 3 CARY, N.C. (AP) — Mark Fleury’s three-run homer capped a five-run fifth inning and helped North Carolina win the Cary Regional championship. Tim Fedroff drove in two runs, and he and Tim Federowicz had RBI singles during the big inning that sent the top-seeded Tar Heels (49-12) into the super regionals for the third straight year — but not before enduring a weather delay of 1 hour, 44 minutes. Next up: the Conway, S.C., regional champ Coastal Carolina next weekend at USA Baseball’s national training complex in suburban Raleigh. The Seahawks (44-17-1) advanced to the championship round earlier in the day by rallying past Elon 15-11. UNC Wilmington 15, Elon 11 CARY, N.C. (AP) — Shane French’s bases-loaded double highlighted an 11-run ninth inning that helped North Carolina-Wilmington rally from a seven-run deficit. Bobby Leeper finished with three RBIs for the Seahawks, who trailed 11-4 after eight innings. Eight consecutive UNC Wilmington batters reached base in the ninth inning. After No. 9 hitter Mike Rooney tied it at 11 with a two-run single, French pinch hit for Alex Hill and doubled to bring in two runs. Wichita State 11, Oklahoma State 7 STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Clinton McKeever’s 10th-inning grand slam off the right-field foul pole sent Wichita State to an NCAA baseball super regional. Wichita State (47-15) will play either Florida State or Tulane, getting a chance to host the super regional if the Green Wave win. Oklahoma State (44-18) led 7-5 entering the ninth inning, but the Shockers scored twice, with McKeever driving in the tying run with a single. In the top of the 10th, Oklahoma State relievers Brett Davis (2-2) and Matt Hague walked the bases loaded, including an intentional pass to regional MVP Conor Gillaspie. That brought up McKeever. Oklahoma State 9, TCU 8 STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Jordy Mercer atoned for his pitching woes with his third home run of the game, a ninth-inning shot in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Oklahoma State past TCU. Top-seeded Oklahoma State survived a late rally by the Horned Frogs. Mercer became the second Oklahoma State player this season to hit three home runs in one game. Dylan Brown also did so in a win over Missouri State on March 11. Rice 7, Texas 4 HOUSTON (AP) — Jared Gayhart and Jimmy Comerota each drove in two runs to lead Rice in the championship game of the Houston regional. The Owls (45-13) broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh with back-to-back RBI singles by Comerota and Diego Seastrunk. Comerota then scored from third on a groundout by John Hale. Reliever Bobby Bell (1-0) pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed no runs on two hits and a walk, striking out two. Cole Green (3-7) pitched one inning and allowed two runs on two hits and a walk to take the loss. Rice, which beat Texas (39-22) two out of three games in the regular season, will play host to a super regional next weekend. Texas 4, St. John’s 3 HOUSTON (AP) — Austin Wood pitched 8 2/3 strong innings, Kyle Russell hit his third home run of the tournament and Texas rallied for a win over St. John’s. Texas picked up its 3,000th win with the victory, joining Fordham as the only school with at least 3,000 wins. St. John’s (42-16), which had beaten Texas 2-1 in the first round of the tournament Friday, was eliminated. Wood (7-3) allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk and struck out three. He had two outs in the ninth when the Red Storm mounted a rally. Houston 4, Texas A&M 3 COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Houston’s Jake Stewart busted open a tie game in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Cougars. The teams will play a regional title game at 6:30 p.m. Monday to decide who will face Rice in a super regional next weekend. Houston’s Austin Goolsby led the way early with a two-run home run against A&M starter Clayton Ehlert. Houston starter Jared Ray (4-2) allowed five hits and three runs in a complete-game victory. Houston (42-23) had played a 4 1/2-hour, 11-inning elimination game earlier in the day against Illinois-Chicago, for the right to face A&M (45-17). Houston 14, Illinois-Chicago 11 COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Chris Wallace’s two-run double with one out in the top of the 11th helped lift Houston over Illinois-Chicago. Wallace, a catcher, led the Cougars with three hits and three RBI, while teammate Bryan Pounds added three RBIs. Jake Stewart also collected three hits and two RBI for the winners. San Diego 15, Fresno State 1 LONG BEACH (AP) — Kyle Blair struck out nine and Logan Gelbrich homered to lead San Diego. The Toreros (44-16) scored four runs in the second inning, highlighted by Logan Gelbrich’s two-run blast, and added three more in the fifth to blow the game open. San Diego’s victory forces a rematch Monday night with the Bulldogs (39-28), with the winner advancing to the Super Regionals starting next Friday. Blair (8-4) pitched seven innings allowing four hits and one run Justin Miller (6-3) lasted only 2 2/3 innings, gave up six runs and took the loss. San Diego 5, Long Beach State 1 LONG BEACH (AP) — Ricardo Pecina limited No. 1 seed Long Beach State to one run over seven innings and San Diego pounded out 13 hits to eliminate the Dirtbags. James Meador’s two-run single sparked a three-run rally in the ninth inning that sealed the win for the Toreros. AJ Griffin came on in relief and pitched the final two innings for San Diego to earn his 14th save of the year. The Toreros tied a school’s record with their 43rd win. Stanford 13, Pepperdine 1 STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Toby Gerhart had a career-high four hits, including a home run, and Stanford forced an extra championship game. The top-seeded Cardinal (36-22) beat UC Davis, 8-4, earlier in the day. Stanford and Pepperdine play again Monday for the regional championship. Jason Castro added three hits, including a three-run homer in the first inning as Stanford had 15 hits in winning its third straight elimination game. Cord Phelps had two hits, including a home run, and drove in two runs. Zach Jones also drove in a pair of runs. Matt Aidem had two hits, including a home run, for the Waves (38-20), who allowed a season-high in runs and lost for just the fourth time in their last 14 games. Danny Sandbrink (2-1) pitched a six-hitter in his first career complete game. He walked one and struck out six. Stanford 8, UC Davis 4 STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Brent Milleville hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning, sparking a 5-run rally to help top-seeded Stanford beat UC Davis. Jake Schlander added a career-high three hits and drove in two runs and Cord Phelps also had three hits, including a home run, and drove in a pair for Stanford, which beat the Aggies (35-24) for the first time in four games this year. Arizona State 12, Oklahoma 0 TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Kiel Roling went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI and Josh Satow threw seven-plus scoreless innings as fourth-ranked Arizona State won the Tempe regional. Ike Davis went 3-for-4 and threw a scoreless inning of relief en route to being named the regional’s most outstanding player. Jason Kipnis also homered for the Sun Devils (48-11), who will play host to the winner of the Long Beach Regional next weekend. Arizona State won its three games by a combined score of 36-9. Roling’s RBI double gave Arizona State a 1-0 lead in the second. The Sun Devils added six more in the third against Oklahoma (36-26-1), capped by Greg Bordes’ bases-loaded three-run double to center. Cal State Fullerton 11, UCLA 8 FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Joel Weeks drove in three runs and Erik Komatsu and Jared Clark each had two RBIs to lead Cal State Fullerton. The Titans (40-20), seeded fifth nationally, play the Bruins (33-26) for the regional championship Monday night. Fullerton broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the second inning by scoring four runs on two hits, a walk, a hit batter, catcher’s interference and a balk. Komatsu hit a two-run single, then came home on Clark’s double. Weeks’ three-run double in the eighth led a four-run rally that gave the Titans an 11-5 lead. UCLA scored three runs in the ninth, two on Brandon Crawford’s home run, and brought the potential tying run to the plate. But Jermaine Curtis grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the game. Cal State Fullerton 4, Virginia 1 FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Cory Arbiso retired 15 consecutive batters in the first five innings to lead Cal State Fullerton. Erik Komatsu added a solo home run and Gary Brown stole three bases to help the Titans eliminate the Cavaliers (39-23). Arbiso (12-3) gave up a leadoff double to Greg Miclat to start the game, then retired the next 15 batters. The right-hander allowed eight hits, did not walk a batter and struck out seven in the complete-game victory.