Around the Regionals
Dean homers twice for LSU against
Ziegler paces Arizona past EMU; Smoak
Ann Arbor Regional
1 Arizona 13 vs. 4 Eastern
3 Kentucky 1 @ 2 Michigan 5
(suspended by rain in the fifth)
C.J. Ziegler went 3 for 4 with a
double and four RBI as Arizona had to outslug Eastern Michigan.
EMU scored six times in the fifth inning to chase Wildcats ace
Preston Guilmet and take a 6-5 lead, but Arizona (39-17) scored
three times in the sixth and five more in the eighth to pull
away. Jon Gaston had two hits, two runs and a RBI, and T.J.
Steele doubled and drove in two for the Wildcats. Jeff Davis
went 2 for 5 with three RBI, and Kyle Rhoad had two hits, two
runs and a RBI for the Eagles (25-33).
In the nightcap, Michigan scored
five times in the second inning before the rains came and
suspended play in the fifth inning.
4 Lipscomb 10 @ 1
2 Georgia Tech 8 vs. 3
Baton Rouge Regional
4 Texas Southern 1 @ 1 LSU 12
2 Southern Miss 13 vs. 3 New
Blake Dean ripped two homers and
drove in four, and Jared Mitchell went 3 for 5 with two runs and
three RBI as LSU had no problem with Texas Southern. The Tigers
(44-16-1) scored four times in the first then pulled away with
seven runs from the fourth to the sixth inning. That was more
than enough for Jordan Brown, who worked five solid innings with
five hits and a run. Matt Clark went 3 for 4 with his 23rd
homer for LSU. Earnest Rhone homered for TSU (16-33).
In the nightcap, Trey Sutton,
Drew Carson and Michael Ewing homered - including back-to-back
shots Sutton and Carson in the seventh - as Southern Miss scored
the game’s final seven runs in a win over New Orleans. Ewing had
three hits, including a three-run shot, and five RBI for the
Golden Eagles (41-20), and Bo Davis and Brian Dozier had three
hits apiece. Johnny Giavotella had a three-run homer that tied
the game at 6 in the sixth for UNO.
2 UNC Wilmington 5 vs. 3 Elon 2
4 Mount St. Mary’s 8 @ 1 North
UNCW ace Bradley Holt got the job done in the opening game of
the Cary regional. Holt pitched 8.2 innings, allowing Elon
(43-17) just six hits, all singles and two runs. He did walk
six, but allowed just one stolen base against the speedy
Phoenix. The Seahawks (43-15-1) racked up 12 hits against Elon
ace Steven Hensley and pushed five runs across. Leadoff man Alex
Hill was 4 for 4 and drove in a run, Mark Carver and Nate Hall
each added two hits and drove in a first inning run.
The second-rated team in the field of 64 flexed its muscles
against NCAA Tournament newcomer Mount St. Mary's as UNC began
its quest for a third consecutive appearance in the national
finals. The Tar Heels scored in each of the first four innings,
to jump to a 10-1 lead and put a quick end to any thoughts of a
monumental upset. North Carolina put 19 men on base in the first
four innings. UNC stars Dustin Ackley and Tim Federoff fueled
the offense with four hits apiece and a combined nine RBI. Seth
Williams' two-run homer in the fourth helped to break the game
open. Zach Helman and Kyle Kane each had three RBI for Mount St.
College Station Regional
2 Dallas Baptist 5 vs. 3 Houston
4 Illinois-Chicago 1 @ 1 Texas A&M
Ryan Lormand and Jimmy Cesario each had four hits
as Houston outscored Dallas Baptist. Cesario doubled and scored
to snap a 5-5 tie in the eighth for the Cougars (39-22). Ryan
Enos had three hits, including a home run, for the Patriots
Luke Andrew went 4 for 4 and matched a school
record with five runs as Texas A&M defeated UIC in front of
3,863 fans at Olsen Field. Darby Brown knocked in four for the
Aggies (44-16). Steve McGuiggan scored in the first for the
4 Columbia 2 @ 1 Coastal Carolina
2 East Carolina 3 vs. 3 Alabama
champion Columbia played Coastal Carolina tough, but a six-run
eighth inning by the Chanticleers ended any hopes of an upset.
Right-hander Nick McCully was excellent on the mound for Coastal
Carolina (48-12), allowing just two hits and a run over eight
innings with five strikeouts. The Chants had gone ahead with a
three-run fifth that included a solo homer by David Anderson.
Then in the eighth they sent 10 men to the plate, Anderson and
Tommy Baldridge each had two-run singles. Mike Malfettone hit a
solo home run for Columbia (22-29).
The Crimson Tide pounded East Carolina ace Seth Maness and
clubbed five homers en route to 16-3 beating of the Pirates. The
Alabama attack got underway in the second when Jake Smith hit a
three-run shot. An inning later Matt Bentley added a three run
blast of his own and Alabama tacked on two more. Three more runs
in the fourth made it 11-1 and essentially put the game out of
reach. On the day, Josh Rutledge, Ross Wilson and Bentley each
recorded three hits. Tide starter Austin Hyatt pitched eight
strong innings, allowing three runs on five hits and striking
Coral Gables Regional
2 Missouri 7 vs. 3 Ole Miss 0
4 Bethune-Cookman 4 @ 1 Miami 7
Missouri's All-American right-hander Aaron Crow was as
advertised against Ole Miss. He went the distance, allowing just
three hits and striking out 10 Rebels on 122 pitches, though he
did walk five batters. The heart of the Missouri (39-19) order
got to Ole Miss (37-25) ace Lance Lynn for six runs. Jacob
Priday drove in a run with a fielder's choice in the first
before Aaron Senne doubled home a pair in the fifth and Priday
singled him in. Trevor Coleman's three-run shot in the seventh
ended any doubt.
Top overall seed Miami faced a stiff challenge from MEAC
champion Bethune-Cookman, but escaped with a win in Coral
Gables. The Wildcats (36-21) actually got on the board first
when they manufactured a pair of runs in the second. However,
the Hurricanes (48-8) responded with four runs in the third on
five hits. Mark Sobolewski delivered a key two-out, two-run
single. However, B-CU tied the game on a two-run triple by Mark
Brooks in the sixth. Miami quickly retook the lead on a Yasmani
Grandal RBI single and scored two more in the seventh on a Blake
Tekotte single. Kyle Bellamy picked up the win in relief with
2.1 scoreless innings.
2 UCLA 3 vs. 3 Virginia 2
4 Rider 0 @ 1 Cal State Fullerton
Cody Decker’s grounded a ball to
third, where Tyler Cannon’s throw to first was lost in the sun
and allowed Chris Giovinazzo to score the game-winning run in
the bottom of the ninth as UCLA edged Virginia. Aces Tim Murphy
(UCLA) and Jacob Thompson (Virginia) were solid, with Murphy
allowing two runs (one earned) in 7.2 innings, and Thompson
allowing two earned runs in six innings. Weisser went 3 for 4
with a RBI, and Alden Carrithers added a RBI for the Bruins.
David Adams went 2 for 3 with a RBI, and Phil Gosselin had three
hits for the Cavaliers.
Brian Wilson went the distance for the first time
as Cal State Fullerton blanked Rider in front of 2,393 fans at
Goodwin Field. Wilson (2-2) allowed six hits and fanned eight.
Joel Weeks had four hits for the Titans (38-19). The Broncs fell
2 Texas 1 vs. 3 St. John’s 2
4 Sam Houston State 2 @ 1 Rice 3
4 Eastern Illinois 10 @ 1
2 UC Irvine 9 vs. 3 Oral Roberts
The wind was blowing out at Hawks
Field, and Jake Opitz took advantage, hitting two homers and
driving in three as Nebraska survived Eastern Illinois. Tyler
Farst and Craig Corriston also homered for the Cornhuskers, who
trailed 5-3 in the fourth inning. Mitch Abeita went 3 for 3 with
two runs and three RBI for Nebraska (41-14-1) Brett Nommensen
had three hits, a double and four RBI, and Alex Gee went 2 for 3
with a homer, three runs and three RBI for the Panthers (27-29).
Tony Asaro had three hits and Eric Pettis notched
his 16th save as UC Irvine got past Oral Roberts. The Anteaters
(39-16) scored six in the first to take control. David Genao had
three hits, including a two-run homer, for the Golden Eagles
Long Beach Regional
2 San Diego 5 vs. 3 California 0
4 Fresno State 7 @ 1 Long Beach
2 South Carolina 15 vs. 3
4 James Madison 2 @ 1 NC State 6
Justin Smoak went 4 for 4 with
three RBI, and James Darnell and DeAngelo Mack contributed
three-run homers as South Carolina pounded out 18 hits and
routed Charlotte. The Gamecocks (39-21) opened up a 9-0 lead for
Sam Dyson (8-0), who worked into the seventh inning and allowed
seven earned runs. Reese Havens went 2 for 4 with two runs, and
Whit Merrifield had two runs and two RBI for South Carolina.
Aaron Bray 4 for 5 with a homer and three RBI for the 49ers
In the late game, Ryan Pond
delivered a two-run double to break a 2-2 tie in the seventh
inning as NC State escaped James Madison. Christ Schaeffer and
Tommy Drew Martin homered for the Wolfpack (39-20). Joey Cutler
tossed 3.1 innings of relief to post the win for NCSU.
2 Pepperdine 4 vs. 3 Arkansas 3
4 UC Davis 4 @ 1 Stanford 2
Nate Simon made a game-saving
diving catch to end the game, and Pepperdine nipped Arkansas.
Nathan Newman struck out a career-best 10 in 6.2 innings for the
Waves (37-19). Denny Duron went 3 for 3 with two RBI, and Chase
d’Arnaud had a solo homer in the sixth to give Pepperdine its
first lead at 3-2. Chase Leavitt had two hits and a RBI for the
Eddie Gamboa pitched a four-hitter as UC Davis
upset Stanford in front of 2,644 fans at Klein Field at Sunken
Diamond. Gamboa fanned seven in notching his seventh victory.
The Aggies (35-22) scored their four in the seventh, keyed by a
two-run double by Evan Hudson. The Cardinal (33-22-2) lost to
UCD for the third straight time. The Aggies recorded their first
Division I regional victory.
2 Wichita State 8 vs. 3 TCU 5
4 Western Kentucky 3 @ 1 Oklahoma
Clinton McKeever went 3 for 4
with two runs, a homer and three RBI, and Andy Dirks went 2 for
4 with a homer, two runs and three RBI as Wichita State slipped
past TCU. Rob Musgrave (11-1) tossed a complete game, allowing
eight hits and five earned runs for the Shockers (45-15). Matt
Carpenter went 2 for 4 with a homer, two runs and two RBI for
the Horned Frogs (43-18).
Tyler Lyons (12-2) held the Hilltoppers in check
for more that eight innings and Jordy Mercer got the final out
for the save as Oklahoma State got by Western Kentucky in front
of a sellout crowd of 4,000 fans at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Matt Hague hit his 11th homer in the first for the Cowboys
(43-16). Tom Belza's two-run double keyed a three-run sixth for
OSU. The Hilltoppers (33-26) got a homer in the seventh by Wade
Gaynor. WKU added a pair in the ninth to make it close.
2 Florida 4 vs. 3 Tulane 7
4 Bucknell 7 @ 1 Florida State 0
Josh Prince went 3 for 4 with two
runs as Tulane scored six times in the seventh inning to
overcome Florida 7-4. Scott Powell added three hits, and Seth
Henry, Jared Dyer and Drew Allain had two hits and a RBI apiece
for the Green Wave (38-20-1). Jon Townsend had a two-run homer
for the Gators (34-23).
2 Vanderbilt 5 vs. 3 Oklahoma 8
4 Stony Brook 7 @ 1 Arizona State
Oklahoma, the team many thought
the most fortunate to be invited to the NCAA field, stayed hot
as Mike Gosse had three hits and three RBI in a win over
Vanderbilt. Andrew Baker contributed three hits, and Casey
Johnson went 2 for 4 with a RBI. Matt Harughty added two RBI for
the Sooners, who broke from a 3-2 game by scoring four in the
sixth inning for a 7-2 edge. David Macias went 3 for 4 with two
runs and two RBI for the Commodores.
Brett Wallace had four hits, three runs and three
RBI to lead Arizona State past Stony Brook in front of 3,425
fans at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. Wallace
smacked his 21st home run. Tommy Rafferty (12-0) pitched the
final five innings for the Sun Devils (46-11) to record the
victory with four hits, two runs and four strikeouts. He tied
the school record for wins in a season. Leadoff hitter Brian
Witkowski had two hits and drove in three for the Seawolves