Saturday's NCAA Baseball Tournament Capsules
Originally published June 10, 2012 at 12:05 a.m., updated June 10, 2012 at 4:24 a.m.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Konner Wade tossed a six-hitter and Arizona earned its first trip to the College World Series since 2004 by beating St. John's 7-4 on Saturday to complete a two-game sweep.
A three-time national champion, Arizona (43-17) earned a share of the Pac-12 championship for the first time since 1993 and is headed back to Omaha for the 16th time after finishing off the Red Storm.
The Wildcats rallied from five runs down to win the first game of the super regional on Friday and jumped on St. John's (40-24) early in Game 2, scoring three runs in the first inning off Sean Hagan (8-3).
Wade (9-3) allowed four runs, and Bobby Brown had two RBIs to set off raucous celebration at Hi Corbett Field.
Arizona had a dramatic win in the series opener Friday, fighting back from the big deficit and down a run in the 10th inning to win 7-6 on Trent Gilbert's game-ending RBI single.
LOS ANGELES SUPER REGIONAL
UCLA 4, TCU 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nick Vander Tuig allowed one run in six innings to lift UCLA over TCU to win the NCAA Super Regional and advance to the College World Series.
Vander Tuig (10-3) gave way to David Berg after walking the leadoff hitter in the seventh. Berg retired the side in order and finished off the Horned Frogs in the eighth and ninth to earn his first save. Preston Morrison (9-2) took the loss for the Horned Frogs (40-22).
The Bruins (47-14) advanced to the CWS for the fourth time in the school's history and first time since 2010.
BATON ROUGE SUPER REGIONAL
STONY BROOK 3, LSU 1
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Tyler Johnson threw a three-hitter and allowed an unearned run, and Stony Brook defeated LSU to even the super regional series at one game each.
LSU (47-17) could not muster the late-inning magic of the series opener, when the Tigers hit three game-tying homers before winning a rain-postponed game in the 12th inning Saturday morning.
Johnson improved to 12-1, and now Stony Brook (51-13) is one victory from its first College World Series, with the final game of the best-of-three series slated for Sunday. LSU, a six-time national champion, will be seeking its 16th trip to Omaha.
Kevin Courtney was 3 for 3 with a homer for the Seawolves.
LSU starter Kevin Gausman (12-2), who won Game 1 by pitching the last inning, lasted seven innings in Game 2, giving up three runs on six hits and striking out six.
The loss was LSU's first in 10 NCAA home games in their 10,000-seat stadium since it opened in 2009.
Saturday's action started at 10:05 local time, when Friday's thrilling first game of the series was resumed in the top of the 12th.
LSU 5, STONY BROOK 4, 12 innings
LSU coach Paul Mainieri elected to put Gausman, the Game 2 starter, on the mound for the resumption of Game 1. The move played out ideally for the Tigers when Gausman retired the side in order and LSU's Mason Katz singled home Tyler Moore in the bottom of the inning to cap a victory that took two days to complete.
The fact that Katz and Moore, who led off with a single, both had key hits in the winning rally was fitting. They each had crucial home runs Friday as LSU prolonged its wild super regional opener with the Seawolves with game-tying homers in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings.
Frankie Vanderka (2-3) took the loss for Stony Brook.
GAINESVILLE SUPER REGIONAL
FLORIDA 4, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 1
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Mike Zunino homered and drove in three runs, Hudson Randall pitched seven scoreless innings and Florida beat North Carolina State in the opener of their super regional series.
The top-seeded Gators (46-18) improved to 9-0 against Atlantic Coast Conference teams this season and need one more win to advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., for the third consecutive year.
Florida and North Carolina State play Game 2 on Sunday.
Not even two rain delays totaling nearly 3 hours slowed Florida. The Gators led 5-0 behind Randall's gem when heavy rain halted the game in the bottom of the seventh.
The pause sent Randall (9-2) to the bench, but did little to spark the Wolfpack (43-19). North Carolina State finally scored with two outs in the ninth.
WACO SUPER REGIONAL
BAYLOR 8, ARKANSAS 1
WACO, Texas (AP) — Logan Vick homered twice and Trent Blank scattered seven hits over eight innings as Baylor beat Arkansas in Game 1 of their super regional.
The Bears (49-15) can earn their first trip to the College World Series since 2005 with a win over the Razorbacks (42-20) on Sunday.
Josh Ludy added a home run, while Max Muncy and Cal Towey each had two doubles and a single as Baylor racked up 12 hits against three Arkansas pitchers.
The Bears gave Blank (11-1) an early lead when Razorbacks starter DJ Baxendale (7-5) hit Nathan Orf — the leadoff hitter's school-record 35th hit by pitch this season — and Vick followed with a two-run homer.
COLUMBIA SUPER REGIONAL
SOUTH CAROLINA 5, OKLAHOMA 0
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina ace Michael Roth closed his home career in style and the two-time defending national champion Gamecocks won their 20th straight NCAA tournament game with a victory over Oklahoma.
South Carolina (44-17) needs to defeat the Sooners (42-24) once more to reach its third consecutive College World Series.
LB Dantzler's RBI double keyed a three-run second inning that was all Roth (7-1) needed. The senior worked 7 2-3 innings, giving up six hits.
TALLAHASSEE SUPER REGIONAL
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State and Stanford had the second game of their super regional series postponed because of rain.
It was rescheduled for 7 p.m. EDT Sunday.
The Seminoles (47-16) have a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. Stanford (41-17) needs to win the second game to force a deciding third game on Monday.
NCAA officials waited roughly 90 minutes Saturday as a steady rain fell and the weather radar showed little letup for the next several hours.
EUGENE SUPER REGIONAL
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Jimmy Rider set a school record with his 100th hit of the season and drove in two runs as Kent State extended its winning streak to 21 games in the opener.
David Starn scattered four runs and five hits over 6 1-3 innings for the Golden Flashes (45-17), who are making their first-ever appearance in a super regional.
Oregon, the No. 5 national seed, rallied with two runs in the bottom of the ninth but couldn't overcome earlier mistakes. Alex Keudell allowed two earned runs and nine hits over 7 1-3 innings for the Ducks (45-18).
Oregon is making its second trip to the postseason since it reinstated baseball in 2009. The Ducks advanced out of their double-elimination regional for the first time since 1954, when the team made its lone trip to the College World Series.