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- #1 Rice 13, #2 Kansas State 4
- #1 Louisville 5, #3 Vanderbilt 3
Around the Regionals
Vollmuth homers twice in
Southern Miss win
Parker delivers for Clemson; Pomeranz
pitches Ole Miss to victory
Atlanta Regional - #3 Southern Miss wins
#3 Southern Miss 12 @ #1 Georgia Tech 8 (Georgia
Palmer, who is retiring this season after 12 seasons at Southern
Miss, is taking the Golden Eagles to their first Super Regional.
And he has a freshman largely to thank.
B.A. Vollmuth hit two homers and drove in five in a nine-run
second inning off Deck McGuire, the ACC pitcher of the year who
was throwing on two days' rest, as Southern Miss opened a big
lead and held off Georgia Tech. Vollmuth, who only became USM's
starting shortstop in late April, hit three homers in the
Regional - all against Georgia Tech.
Bo Davis went 2 for 5 with a solo homer and two runs, and
Kameron Brunty drove in a pair of runs for the Golden Eagles
(38-24), who were one of the last teams selected for the NCAA
tournament and now find themselves headed to Florida for the
Super Regionals. Todd McInnis (9-4) entered in the second inning
and tossed 4.1 innings of solid relief to post the win.
McGuire (11-2) allowed nine runs (four earned) on seven hits and
struck out five in two innings. He opened the Regional with a
win over Georgia State Friday. Derek Dietrich went 3 for 4 with
a homer, two runs and four RBI as Tech (38-18-1) trimmed an 11-3
deficit to 11-8 in the eighth inning but could get no closer.
Clemson Regional - #1 Clemson wins
#3 Oklahoma State 5 @ #1 Clemson 6 (OSU
Down a run with two men on and two outs in the
bottom of the eighth inning, Clemson rested its hopes on a guy
who's battling to be the Tigers' starting quarterback this fall.
Kyle Parker delivered a two-run single down the left field line
as the Tigers stormed back with three runs in the seventh and
two more in the eighth to edge Oklahoma State to claim a berth
in the Super Regionals. Clemson (44-20) will travel to Arizona
State, the No. 5 national seed. The Cowboys (34-24), regarded as
one of the final teams to make the NCAA tournament, were in the
driver's seat but dropped two straight games to the Tigers.
Tyler Lyons, pitching on two days' rest, gutted his way into the
eighth inning, allowing eight hits and six runs (three earned).
He left with the lead, but Randy McCurry couldn't retire Parker,
who has seen the bench at times of late.
"It was definitely tough," Parker told reporters in the postgame
news conference of being benched. "It kind of puts things into
perspective. I wasn't really performing as well as I needed to
be. The biggest thing you have to see is that it's not about
you; that's just the little picture. It's about this team and
this university, and that's the bigger thing.
"I wanted to go out there no matter how difficult it was. I was
able to put that into the back of my mind and say that whatever
opportunity I get, I'm going to try to capitalize on it."
Matt Vaughn tossed 3.2 innings with three hits and two runs
(none earned) to improve to 4-1.
Chris Epps, the Regional's Most Outstanding Player, went 2 for 4
with a homer and two RBI, and Mike Freeman went 3 for 4 with a
run and a RBI for the Tigers.
Tom Belza capped a tremendous Regional by driving in two runs
for the Cowboys.
Greenville Regional - #1 East Carolina wins
CBI Live-Phil Stanton
#2 South Carolina 9 @ #1 East Carolina 10 (10)
(South Carolina eliminated)
Houston Regional - #1 Rice wins
- Allen Brown
#2 Kansas State 4 @ #1 Rice 13 (KSU eliminated)
Louisville Regional - #1 Louisville wins
CBI Live - Jimmy Jones
#3 Vanderbilt 3 @ #1 Louisville 5 (VU eliminated)
Oxford Regional - #1 Mississippi wins
#3 Western Kentucky 1 @ #1 Mississippi 4 (WKU
Drew Pomeranz, pitching on two days' rest after
throwing eight innings and 109 pitches, allowed two hits and no
earned runs and tied a school record with 16 strikeouts as Ole
Miss ended Western Kentucky's run and moved onto the Super
Regional round vs. Virginia.
"I told myself I was going to stay out there as long as I
could," Pomeranz told the Rebels radio broadcast team shortly
after the Ole Miss players took a victory lap.
Added first baseman Matt Smith, who had the
game-winning, two-run triple in the eighth inning: "He's
awesome, what else can you say?"
The lanky lefty took a no-hitter into the seventh inning when
Chad Cregar's grounder ate up first baseman Matt Smith for the
first hit. Trailing 1-0, Cregar stole second and scored when
Matt Hightower's grounder deflected off Pomeranz to second
baseman Evan Button, who couldn't smother it. Cregar kept
running as the ball bounced away and scored the tying run just
ahead of the throw home.
Hilltoppers starter Matt Ridings, also pitching on short rest,
departed after seven brilliant innings, allowing seven hits, one
earned run and four strikeouts.
In the eighth, Smith (3 for 4, 2 R) came back in a big way in
the with a two-run triple to right-center to break the 1-1 tie.
Pomeranz was named the Regional's Most Valuable Player after
picking up two wins and striking out 26 batters in 17 innings.
Ole Miss improved to 43-18, while Western Kentucky finished its
season at 42-20.