Saturday's College Baseball Capsules

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Nick Vickerson hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth Saturday to give Mississippi State a 4-3 victory over Florida, tying their best-of-three Super Regional series at McKethan Stadium.

Jarrod Parks led off the ninth with a single off Florida's Nick Maronde, and Vickerson hit the first pitch he saw from reliever Steven Rodriguez over the fence in left-center field.

The Gators and Bulldogs will play Sunday for a spot in the College World Series.

Florida (49-17) built a 2-0 lead on Nolan Fontana's sacrifice fly in the third and Josh Adams' solo homer in the sixth, and Mississippi State (38-24) tied the game in the seventh on RBI singles by Cody Freeman and Brent Brownlee.

The Gators broke the tie with a run in the eighth on Tyler Thompson's triple to center.

North Carolina 7, Stanford 5

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Kent Emanuel held Stanford to one run through six innings and North Carolina held off a late rally to clinch another trip to the College World Series.

Jacob Stallings drove in three runs for the Tar Heels (50-14), who swept the best-of-3 NCAA Super Regional to reach Omaha for the fifth time in six seasons.

The Tar Heels led 6-1 going into the bottom of the eighth inning before the Cardinal (35-22) rallied to within a run behind a three-RBI double from Austin Wilson. Then, with two outs in the top of the ninth, officials stopped the game for 3½ hours due to lightning and heavy rain.

When the game resumed, Stallings added an RBI single to give North Carolina an extra cushion. Reliever Michael Morin then got Stephen Piscotty to groundout to end it more than seven hours after the first pitch.

Virginia 6, UC Irvine 0

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Danny Hultzen and Cody Winiarski combined on a four-hitter and Jared King hit a three-run home run in helping Virginia stretch its winning streak to eight games in the opener at the Charlottesville Super Regional.

Hultzen (12-3), the No. 2 pick in the Major League draft by Seattle, pitched 5 1-3 innings, an outing interrupted by a lightning delay of an hour, 23 minutes. He allowed three hits, and singled home the second run for the Cavaliers (53-9).

Matt Summers (11-3) allowed five runs in having his nine-game winning streak snapped.

He also returned after the long delay, already trailing 2-0, and sailed into the sixth before allowing consecutive one-out singles and then King's second home run of the season.

It was just the second home run Summers has allowed this season.

Texas A&M 6, Florida State 2

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Wood hit a two-run single to highlight a four-run seventh inning and Texas A&M beat Florida State ace Sean Gilmartin in Game 1 of the Super Regional.

Texas A&M (46-19) is one win from its first College World Series appearance since 1999. Game 2 of the best-of-three Super Regional against Florida State (45-18) will be Sunday.

Gilmartin (12-2), a first-round pick of the Atlanta Braves, had seven strikeouts through six innings but ran into trouble in the seventh. Wood's hit put Texas A&M up 3-2, and Kenny Jackson and Tyler Naquin later had RBI hits in the inning.

Texas A&M's Ross Stripling (14-2), a ninth-round pick of the Colorado Rockies, scattered seven hits but had eight strikeouts in seven innings.

Jayce Boyd had a solo home run and Mike McGee had a sacrifice fly for the Seminoles.

South Carolina 5, Connecticut 1

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Michael Roth pitched into the ninth, allowing six hits, and Scott Wingo had two RBIs as South Carolina won Game 1 against UConn.

The defending national champion Gamecocks (49-14) are a win away from a return trip to the College World Series.

Roth (13-3) came in second in the country with a 1.10 ERA and lived up to that against the Huskies (45-18-1). He got stronger as the game progressed, notching his first two strikeouts of the game on UConn stars George Springer and Mike Nemeth in the eighth inning. Roth finally left with one out in the ninth to a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 8,242 at Carolina Stadium.

Wingo tied the game at 1-all in the third with an RBI single, then put the Gamecocks (49-14) up 3-1 with a run-scoring hit off Connecticut ace Matt Barnes (11-5).

Texas 5, Arizona State 1

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Jordan Etier hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth and Texas tied the Super Regional at a game apiece.

The Longhorns and Sun Devils, two of the most storied programs in college baseball, will play for a spot in the College World Series on Sunday night.

Etier had a key error in Texas' 3-1 loss Friday night.

The Longhorns (48-17) were up 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth, when the Sun Devils (43-17) used two singles and a sacrifice fly to cut Texas' lead in half.

Cole Green (8-3) allowed one run on six hits in five innings for Texas. Corey Knebel, who was recently named National Freshman Pitcher of the year, got his 18th save of the season.

Kramer Champlin (9-4) allowed two runs on five hits in 6 1-3 innings for Arizona State.

California 7, Dallas Baptist 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Justin Jones threw a one-hitter over six innings before leaving with a left biceps problem and California powered past Dallas Baptist in the first game of an NCAA Super Regional.

Chad Bunting and Marcus Semien each hit a three-run homers and Devon Rodriguez also drove in a run for the Bears (36-21), who won their fifth straight.

Brandon Williamson went 7 2-3 innings for the Patriots (42-19), who entered the game with the second most runs scored in the nation. Williamson (10-4) allowed a season-high seven runs on 10 hits. He walked one and struck out three.

Jones, who walked one and struck out three, was warming up for the seventh when he walked off the mound and began rubbing his left biceps, reporting he felt something tug.

Logan Scott pitched the final three innings, giving up two hits, to record his first career save.


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