Sunday's NCAA Baseball Tournament Capsules
Monday, June 4, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Adam Matthews' RBI single keyed a three-run first inning, and Jordan Montgomery held Clemson to five hits in nearly seven innings as two-time defending national champion South Carolina won its 19th straight NCAA tournament game, wrapping up the Columbia Regional with a 4-3 victory Sunday.
Not that it was easy. The rival Tigers (35-28) cut things to 4-3 in the ninth and had the winning run at the plate. But Brad Felder flied out to the warning track to end the game.
Montgomery (5-1) went 6 2/3 innings and held Clemson in check, retiring 12 straight during one stretch. Tyler Webb finished for his third save.
David Haselden (4-2) couldn't get out of the first for Clemson and took the loss.
CLEMSON 5, COASTAL CAROLINA 3
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Jason Stolz had two home runs and Dominic Leone pitched seven strong innings to keep the Tigers alive and set up its meeting with South Carolina.
Stolz tied it with solo shot in the third inning. He homered again an inning later as the Tigers moved in front 4-2. Leone (7-4) made that stand up as he allowed six hits and three runs.
Coastal Carolina (42-19) was eliminated in the regionals for the third time in four years.
CHAPEL HILL REGIONAL
ST. JOHN'S 9, NORTH CAROLINA 5
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Frank Schwindel had five hits and pinch-hitter Robert Case had a two-run double in the seventh to help St. John's beat North Carolina and advance to the super regionals for the first time.
Schwindel and Jeremy Baltz scored three runs for the third-seeded Red Storm (40-21), who went unbeaten in the regional and notched a pair of wins against the host and No. 6 national seed Tar Heels (46-16).
St. John's went ahead for good with a three-run third, advancing out of the regionals for the first time since reaching the College World Series in 1980.
Matt Carasiti (7-5) earned the win, allowing four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Chaz Frank drove in two runs to lead North Carolina, which had won 16 straight games as a regional host before losing to St. John's on a walk-off three-run homer Saturday night.
NORTH CAROLINA 5, EAST CAROLINA 3
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Benton Moss allowed one run in six innings and Mike Zolk had a two-run single to help North Carolina beat East Carolina in an elimination game.
The Tar Heels managed five hits but took advantage of eight walks. Cody Stubbs and Jacob Stallings added RBI flyouts, and Brian Holberton had an RBI single. Moss (7-2) took the win, allowing six hits.
Tim Younger had three hits for the second-seeded Pirates (36-24-1), who lost 16 of 29 to close the year. Jharel Cotton (8-3) took the loss, allowing three hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings.
FLORIDA 15, GEORGIA TECH 3
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Mike Zunino and Daniel Pigott drove in four runs apiece, and top-seeded Florida beat Georgia Tech to win the Gainesville Regional.
The Gators (45-18) advanced to the NCAA tournament's super regionals for the fourth consecutive year. Florida made getting there look easy, scoring four runs in the first, three in the second and really pulling away with a seven-run fifth. Zunino had a three-run homer in the second and a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Pigott had a two-run double in the first and a two-run single in the fifth.
Brian Johnson (8-4) allowed three hits and a run in five innings for the win. Jake Davies (1-4) gave up seven runs, six earned, in two innings.
Florida dominated the regional, getting a no-hitter in the opener and allowing five runs in two wins against the Yellow Jackets (38-26).
GEORGIA TECH 3, COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 0
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Zane Evans delivered from the plate and the mound, helping Georgia Tech stave off elimination with a victory over College of Charleston.
Evans had a two-out, RBI double in the sixth and pitched three scoreless innings of relief for his seventh save for the Yellow Jackets. Connor Lynch gave Evans some extra cushion with a two-run homer — his first of the season — in the ninth.
Alex Cruz (8-3) gave up two hits in six innings for the win. Josh Renfro (6-8) got the loss for the College of Charleston (38-22).
OREGON 8, AUSTIN PEAY 1
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Jake Reed pitched seven scoreless innings as Oregon beat Austin Peay and advanced out of the NCAA regionals for the first time since 1954.
Brett Thomas had three RBIs for Oregon (45-17), which reinstated baseball in 2009 after the university eliminated the sport in 1981. The Ducks will play Kent State at home next weekend in the super regionals.
Oregon went 3-0 at the regional, and Sunday got its second victory against the Governors (40-24).
Reed (7-4), Oregon's No. 2 starter, allowed just two hits over seven innings with a career-high eight strikeouts. Kacy Kemmer (2-1) lasted just two innings as the Governors used seven pitchers.
OREGON 7, CAL STATE FULLERTON 5
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Alex Keudell became Oregon's career leader in wins, pitching the Ducks past Cal State Fullerton.
Keudell (11-4), the Pac-12 pitcher of the year, allowed five runs on four hits in seven innings to earn the 23rd win of his Oregon career. Jimmie Sherfy threw two scoreless innings of relief, getting Fullerton's Richy Pedroza looking at strike three for his 18th save.
Michael Lorenzen hit a towering, three-run homer in the fifth to cut the deficit to 6-5 for the Titans (36-20).
FLORIDA STATE 5, SAMFORD 2
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Stephen McGee and Josh Delph hit two-run singles as Florida State beat Samford (41-23) to advance to the super regionals. The Seminoles (46-15) won three straight games in the double-elimination round.
Delph singled in two runs and then scored on a sacrifice fly that staked Florida State to a 3-0 lead in the second inning and finished Samford starter C.K. Irby (5-2). McGee singled home the final two runs in the third inning.
Mike Compton (11-2) went six innings for the win, and Robert Benincasa pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th save.
SAMFORD 3, MISSISSIPPI STATE 2
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Miller scored twice and drove in another run as Samford eliminated Mississippi State (40-24).
Miller doubled home Phillip Ervin to tie the game 2-2 in the seventh inning and then scored the winning run on a throwing error by Mississippi State third baseman Sam Frost. Miller also scored Samford's first run on a fourth-inning single by Tommy Corbin.
Samford's Joseph Burns (4-1) got the win and C.K. Irby his 10th save with a scoreless ninth.
Jonathan Holder (2-1) took the loss in relief for Mississippi State, which got runners to second and third with one out in the ninth, but couldn't score.
KENT STATE 3, KENTUCKY 2
GARY, Ind. (AP) — Evan Campbell hit a disputed three-run homer and Kent State (44-17) held off a Kentucky rally to defeat the Wildcats and give the Golden Flashes (44-17) their first NCAA regional crown in school history.
Campbell's three-run blast was the first home run in more than 64 innings of play at the U.S. Steel Yard over the weekend. But video replay showed that the ball didn't clear a chain link fence and assistant crew chief Travis Katzenmeier said after the game that the ball wouldn't be ruled a home run "if it didn't hit anything beyond the fence." The ball hit the chain link fence, fell to the top of the concrete wall and then bounced back into the field of play.
The championship game was defined by strong starting pitching from both team as Kentucky's Chandler Shepherd and Kent State's Tyler Skulina kept the opposition scoreless through the first seven innings.
The Wildcats (45-18) answered Campbell's three-run homer with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, but were unable to complete the rally.
KENTUCKY 6, PURDUE 3
GARY, Ind. (AP) — Thomas McCarthy had three hits and scored two runs as Kentucky eliminated Purdue (45-14).
McCarthy scored his first run of the game on Cameron Flynn's two-run single to center field in a four-run fourth inning that broke the game open. Kentucky starter Corey Littrell threw 7 1/3 strong innings, including a five-pitch sixth inning that retired the heart of Purdue's lineup.
The Boilermakers scored two runs in the first inning, but struggled to generate any offense until adding another run in the eighth inning. Purdue was playing in its first NCAA tournament since 1987.
OKLAHOMA 5, VIRGINIA 4
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Dillon Overton took a five-hitter into the ninth and Jack Mayfield tripled with the bases loaded Sunday night, leading Oklahoma past Virginia and knocking the top-seeded hosts out.
Overton (6-3) struck out 11, walked two and left with one out in the ninth after allowing two one-out hits and a run. Kindle Ladd finished, surviving a lazy pop to short right that fell as two runs scored. He got a grounder to end it.
Oklahoma (40-23), which eliminated Army earlier, will play Appalachian State on Monday in the championship. The Sooners will need to win two straight to reach the super regional. The Mountaineers are in their first tournament in 26 years.
Virginia (39-29-1) lost two one-run games, falling 6-5 to the Mountaineers earlier Sunday.
APPALACHIAN STATE 6, VIRGINIA 5
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Daniel Kassouf singled in two runs in a five-run second inning and Appalachian State held on to beat Virginia and move into the regional championship.
Seth Grant (7-3) allowed five runs in six innings and relievers Ryne Frankoff and Nathan Hyatt made it hold up as Appalachian State (41-16) set a school record for victories in a season.
OKLAHOMA 2, ARMY 1, 10 innings
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Max White's 10th-inning single scored Caleb Bushyhead from second base, lifting Oklahoma against Army in an elimination game.
The Sooners managed just five hits after getting two in their opener, but Bushyhead singled to start the 10th, took second on a sacrifice and scored easily when White lined a single to center.
Army (41-15) got a runner to second in the bottom of the inning on an error and sacrifice, but two groundouts ended it.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE 6, VANDERBILT 5
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Matt Bergquist had the go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning that helped North Carolina State beat Vanderbilt.
Trea Turner drove in two runs for the top-seeded Wolfpack (42-18), who avenged Saturday night's loss to the second-seeded Commodores (35-27). The teams will meet again Monday night to determine the regional champion.
Reliever Ryan Wilkins (4-2) earned the win by allowing one hit in two scoreless innings.
Drew VerHagen (6-3) took the loss, allowing five hits and two runs in four innings of relief.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE 17, UNC WILMINGTON 5
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Ethan Ogburn finished one out shy of a complete game, and Matt Bergquist drove in six runs to help North Carolina State beat UNC Wilmington in an elimination game.
Bergquist had a two-run double in a seven-run fourth then added a three-run homer in the eighth for the top-seeded Wolfpack. Andrew Ciencin also had a three-run homer and finished with four RBIs.
Ogburn (5-3) allowed nine hits and five runs in 8 2/3 innings.
N.C. State regrouped from a loss to Vanderbilt on a walk-off single Saturday by getting 22 hits against the Seahawks (39-23).
CORAL GABLES REGIONAL
STONY BROOK 12, UCF 5
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Maxx Tissenbaum and Tanner Nivins each drove in two runs to lead a balanced attack for Stony Brook to force a final game against UCF in the Coral Gables Regional.
Travis Jankowski had three hits, including a triple, and Jasvir Rakkar (6-2) pitched six innings for fourth-seeded Stony Brook (49-12), which has won 25 of 27.
Both teams are in pursuit of their first regional title after tournament host and top seed Miami was knocked out after two games.
STONY BROOK 10, MISSOURI STATE 7
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Courtney doubled twice and drove in three runs in a seven-run seventh for Stony Brook, who eliminated Missouri State.
Missouri State (40-22) jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first off Evan Stecko-Haley (7-4), who lasted just 1 1/3 innings. A two-run homer by Maddox stretched the lead to 7-2.
Courtney led off the pivotal seventh with a double to right and with the score tied at 7 later in the inning, he hit a bases-clearing double to left for a 10-7 lead.
BATON ROUGE REGIONAL
LSU 6, OREGON STATE 5, 10 innings
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Alex Edward hit a game-tying double in the ninth, Austin Nola scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the 10th, and LSU outlasted Oregon State to win the regional.
Oregon State, playing as the home team on LSU's field, led 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth, but Tigers relievers Nick Rumbelow, Chris Cotton (7-0) and Nick Goody shut out the Beavers the rest of the way.
Raph Rhymes was 2 for 4 with a two-run homer for LSU (46-16), which will host a super regional next weekend against the winner of Monday night's game between Stony Brook and Central Florida in Coral Gables, Fla.
Reliever Dylan Davis (1-1) took the loss for the Beavers (40-20).
OREGON STATE 11, LOUISIANA-MONROE 2
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Michael Conforto went 3 for 4 with four RBIs, and Oregon State defeated Louisiana-Monroe to remain alive.
Starting pitcher Ben Wetzler (8-2) struck out eight and was charged with two unearned runs in 8 2/3 innings for the Beavers.
Shelby Aulds (3-3) took the loss for Louisiana-Monroe (32-30), which was eliminated.
ARKANSAS 5, SAM HOUSTON STATE 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Four Arkansas pitchers combined to limit Sam Houston State to one run to win the Houston Regional and advance to the super regionals.
Nolan Sanburn (4-1) threw 2 2/3 hitless innings with three strikeouts in relief of Randall Fant, who threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits for Arkansas (42-19). Brandon Moore allowed a run in the eighth before Colby Suggs threw a hitless ninth.
Cody Dickson (4-5) allowed four runs — one earned — on seven hits with a strikeout in 3 1/3 innings for the Bearkats (40-22).
SAM HOUSTON STATE 4, RICE 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Michael Oros allowed one run in eight solid innings, and Sam Houston State stayed alive by eliminating Rice.
Oros (8-1) allowed eight hits and struck out six. Matthew Burchett threw a hitless ninth for his 10th save.
Matthew Reckling (8-3) gave up two runs on five hits with two strikeouts in four innings for Rice (41-19), which was the host school and No. 1 seed in the region.
BAYLOR 9, DALLAS BAPTIST 2
WACO, Texas (AP) — Freshman right-hander Austin Stone pitched 5 1/3 no-hit innings against red-hot Dallas Baptist and senior Dan Evatt broke the game open with a mammoth two-run home run in the third inning as Baylor (47-15) won its third straight elimination game.
The teams will play again on Monday night with a berth in the super regionals at stake.
Making only his sixth career start, Stone (3-1) used offspeed pitches to baffle the Patriots (41-18), who hit .392 and scored 21 runs in winning their first two regional games.
BAYLOR 5, ORAL ROBERTS 2
WACO, Texas (AP) — Logan Vick had four hits and three RBIs to help host Baylor stay alive in the Waco Regional with a win over Oral Roberts.
Oral Roberts, which sent Baylor into the losers' bracket with a 4-2 win Friday night before an 11-8 loss to Dallas Baptist on Saturday, ends its season at 38-25.
STANFORD 8, PEPPERDINE 7
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Alex Blandino drove in four runs and top-seeded Stanford beat Pepperdine in the championship game of the Stanford regional.
Austin Wilson drove in two runs for the Cardinal (41-16), who will travel to Florida State next weekend for a super regional. Brian Ragira and Stephen Piscotty also drove in runs.
Tony Cooper had two hits and drove in three runs for the Waves (36-23), who beat Fresno State earlier in the day to reach the final game. Floyd Given drove in two runs and Matt Forgatch also recorded an RBI.
Piscotty (5-2) pitched 6 1-3 innings for the win.
PEPPERDINE 8, FRESNO STATE 5
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Matt Forgatch hit a grand slam in the top of the ninth inning Sunday to highlight a six-run rally that lifted Pepperdine to victory in an elimination game.
Sam Meyer and Floyd Given each drove in two runs for the second-seeded Waves, who advanced to the championship game against top seed Stanford later Sunday.
Michael Swanner (3-3) recorded the final four outs for the victory.
Kenneth Wise had two hits and drove in three runs for fourth-seeded Fresno State (31-28). Cody Kendall (4-4) allowed six runs on nine hits in 8-plus innings.
LOS ANGELES REGIONAL
UCLA 13, CREIGHTON 5
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeff Gelalich homered twice and had four RBIs to lead UCLA past Creighton in the championship game of the Los Angeles Regional.
The Bruins (45-14) advanced to the best-of-three super regionals beginning next Friday. UCLA will play the winner of the TCU/Ole Miss series.
Trevor Brown's two-run single and Pat Valaika's suicide-squeeze bunt highlighted a five-run third inning that propelled UCLA to a 7-2 lead.
Zack Weiss (3-2) pitched five innings and earned the win. Nick Musec (3-4) took the loss, and Anthony Bemboom had five hits for the Bluejays (28-30).
CREIGHTON 7, NEW MEXICO 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Erik Mattingly pitched six strong innings and Anthony Bemboom homered to lead Creighton to victory in the elimination game.
Mattingly (3-4) scattered three hits and gave up two runs, and Reese McGraw pitched the final three innings for his fifth save. Josh Walker (8-3) took the loss.
New Mexico (37-24) was held to a total of five hits and three runs in its two losses in the tournament.
LOUISVILLE 11, MISSOURI 3
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Ty Young drove in four runs to help Louisville avoid elimination.
The Cardinals (41-21) must beat Arizona twice to advance to the super regionals.
The Tigers (33-28) pounded 11 hits, led by Scott Sommerfeld who went 2 for 3 with an RBI, but couldn't put together a serious threat.
Missouri played its final contest as a member of the Big 12. The Tigers will move to the Southeastern Conference beginning this fall.
COLLEGE STATION REGIONAL
TCU 5, MISSISSIPPI 2
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — TCU starter Brandon Finnegan stifled Mississippi to force a game Monday night to decide who advances to a super regional.
Finnegan (4-4) allowed six hits and two earned runs while striking out seven and walking three over 7 1-3 innings. TCU grabbed a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning on Derek Odell's two-run home run into the right-field bullpen, and then added to its lead with single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
The second-seeded Horned Frogs (39-20) have won three consecutive games after dropping their regional opener against the third-seeded Rebels (37-25) on Friday. Mississippi suffered its first loss in three games in the regional.
TCU 10, TEXAS A&M 2
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Stefan Crichton threw a six-hitter, Derek Odell homered and TCU eliminated the regional's top seed.
The Horned Frogs scored one run in each of the first three innings — all they'd need for the efficient Crichton (9-2), who struck out four and walked only one.
TCU moved on to play Mississippi in the regional title game, needing two wins to advance.
Kyle Von Tungeln led the Horned Frogs with three hits, and had two RBIs.
The Aggies (43-18) were hoping to make it to the College World Series in consecutive seasons for the first time.