Super Regional next for surging Georgia
By: By The Associated Press
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Matt Olson went 5-for-6 with three RBI and Rich Poythress hit a two-run homer to help Georgia advance to an NCAA Super Regional with an 18-6 triumph over Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs (39-22-1) will host North Carolina State, a 2-1 winner Sunday over South Carolina, in an NCAA Super Regional this weekend. Alex McRee (6-1) entered the game in the first after Bulldogs’ starter Justin Grimm failed to retire a batter. Pitching the next four full innings, McRee allowed four hits, two runs — one earned — with one walk and five strikeouts. Brandon Cumpton (2-1), the Jackets’ second pitcher, allowed five hits, two walks and five runs — three earned — with no strikeouts. Georgia Tech (41-21) ended a difficult year that included the heroin-related death of pitcher Michael Hutts on April 11. Stanford 9, Pepperdine 7 STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Sean Ratliff hit a pair of home runs, including a go-ahead grand slam, and Stanford overcame an early four-run deficit to beat Pepperdine 9-7 on Monday to win its regional. Jason Castro hit a key two-run double for the Cardinals (37-22), who won four consecutive elimination games to advance to a Super Regional against the winner of the Fullerton regional. Chase d’Arnaud had three hits, including two home runs, and drove in four runs for the Waves (38-21), who lost their third straight regional championship game. Drew Storen (4-3) pitched four innings in relief to earn his second win of the regional. Storen gave up two runs on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Tyler Hess (4-1) walked a batter ahead of Ratliff’s grand slam. Florida St. 16, Tulane 7 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Holt went 5-for-6 and Dennis Guinn capped a six-run fourth inning with a three-run double to help the Seminoles eliminate the Green Wave (39-22-1) and advance to a super regional for the first time since 2005. It was the 19th time Florida State won its region, though the Seminoles had to win four straight elimination games to do it after opening the tournament with a loss to Bucknell. Tulane’s Shooter Hunt (9-4) gave up six runs, though only two were earned, on six hits and a run-scoring wild pitch. Pitching on two days’ rest, he was relieved with two outs in the fourth inning. A fielding error by center fielder Anthony Scelfo with two outs in the inning and the score 2-0 opened the door for Florida State to score on Jack Rye’s single and Guinn’s bases-clearing double. Matt Fairel (11-2) allowed four runs on seven hits in 52/3 innings. Jason Stidham drove in four runs for the Seminoles (52-11), who will host the Shockers on Friday. The game was delayed 49 minutes by lightning. Fresno St. 5, San Diego 1 LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Gavin Hedstrom had three hits to help Fresno State win the Long Beach regional. Fresno State (40-28), the Western Athletic Conference champions and No. 4 seed, will play Arizona Sate in the first super regional in school history next weekend. San Diego (44-17) was ranked sixth in the nation. Holden Sprague (4-2) gave up one run and five hits over five and 1-3 innings for Fresno State. Brandon Burke came on in relief and earned his 11th save of the year. Hedstrom hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the bottom of the fifth off Sammy Solis (3-2) to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead. Texas A&M 13, Houston 5 COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Kyle Colligan hit two home runs to lead Texas A&M to the regional title and a game against Rice in the weekend’s super regional. Colligan put the Aggies (46-17), up in the first inning with a solo shot, and had a two-run drive during a seven-run second that put Texas A&M up 8-2. Darby Brown hit a solo shot and a three-run double in the inning. Rice (45-13) beat A&M in last year’s super regional, taking two games from the Aggies. Kyle Thebeau (6-4) allowed two runs on six hits in four innings. Ty Stuckey (3-4) allowed three hits and four earned runs before he was relieved after failing to record an out in the second inning for Houston (42-24). Cal St. Fullerton 5, UCLA 4 FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Dustin Garneau drove in three runs and pitcher Brian Wilson earned his second victory in four days to lead Cal State Fullerton. The Titans (41-20), seeded fifth nationally, will host Stanford in the best-of-three Super Regionals starting Friday after eliminating the Bruins (33-27). Garneau broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning, then walked with the bases loaded in the fifth to force Wilson home and give the Titans a 5-3 advantage. Wilson (3-2), the tournament’s most outstanding player, allowed three runs, four hits and a walk during his four innings while striking out three.