|ncaa saturday baseball RESULTS
|Mississippi State 8, UAB 1
|South Carolina 5, Clemson 4
|Kentucky 8, Valparaiso 1
|Florida 6, Georgia Tech 2
|Arkansas 1, Rice 0
|Vanderbilt 9, NC State 8
|Ole Miss 6, Texas A&M 3
|LSU 7, Oregon State 1
Mississippi State Defeats UAB To Stay Alive
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - While it took a little while to get the offense going, the Mississippi State baseball team did indeed kick it into high gear Saturday afternoon.
The 14th-ranked Bulldogs pounded out nine hits and blew open a tight contest with a five-run sixth inning, as MSU eliminated UAB 8-1 in a second-round game of the Tallahassee Regional played at Florida State University's Dick Howser Stadium.
MSU (40-23) will face either Florida State (44-15) or Samford (40-21) in another elimination game at noon EDT Sunday. MSU would then also have to beat the other team Sunday night to force a winner-take-all championship game on Monday night.
For Conference USA champion UAB (32-30), the season is now complete.
With Saturday's victory, the Bulldogs have won at least one game in 26 different regional tournament appearances. The victory also gives the Bulldogs their 18th 40-win season in program history and first since 2005.
The Bulldogs were held scoreless over the first 13 innings of regional play before breaking through on a two-run double by Sam Frost in the fifth inning against UAB. After back-to-back outs to start the frame, Matthew Britton and Mitch Slauter drew back-to-back walks. Frost crushed a ball to the left center gap for his squad's second hit of the game - a two-run double.
An inning later, the Bulldogs played the bunting game to perfection, while turning four hits and two UAB errors into a five-run at-bat.
Hunter Renfroe began the inning with a double to right center. In his first career start at a defensive position, Luis Pollorena legged out an infield hit on a bunt attempt for his first Bulldog single. Wes Rea followed with a two-run double which fell just inside the left field line.
A pair of sacrifice bunts followed. One bunt resulted in an error. Another error would later extend the inning. Trey Porter also had an RBI-single and the Maroon and White suddenly led, 7-1.
In the seventh inning, a sacrifice fly by Frost capped his season-best three-RBI night and closed the scoring.
MSU starter Kendall Graveman was lifted with two runners on and one out in the fourth inning. Graveman allowed one hit and struck out five, while walking two. Winning pitcher Ross Mitchell (3-0) entered in relief and got a double play ball to get his squad out of that inning.
In the fifth inning, Mitchell was lifted with one out. Caleb Reed pitched the final 4.2 innings, allowing four hits and four strikeouts, while earning his ninth save.
UAB starter Ryan Nance (4-4) was lifted with two outs in the fifth inning. Nance allowed two hits and two runs (both earned), with seven strikeouts and four walks. Chase Mallard, Dillon Napoleon and David Hayes followed in relief for the Blazers.
Britton and Porter each had two hits for the Bulldogs. Slauter ran his hit streak to a season-best five games, while Adam Frazier saw a hitless afternoon end his streak at 13 games. The two-run double by Rea was his team-best ninth multi-RBI hit of the season.
Keith DePew had two of UAB's six hits.
Gamecocks Top Clemson in Walk-Off Fashion, 5-4
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Junior LB Dantzler blasted a walk-off single off the right-field wall in the bottom of the 12th inning, scoring freshman Joey Pankake to lift South Carolina to a thrilling 5-4 victory over rival Clemson on Saturday in the 2012 NCAA Columbia Regional at Carolina Stadium.
Pankake came through with a leadoff single to begin the 12th. Junior Evan Marzilli then moved Pankake to third with a single to left center, setting the stage for Dantzler. After Christian Walker popped up to right field, Dantzler smashed a 2-2 offering from Kevin Brady to right to drive in Pankake for the victory in front of a sellout crowd of 8,242.
With the victory, the Gamecocks improve to 42-17 on the year and advance to the winner’s bracket final where they will face the winner of the Clemson-Coastal Carolina game at 4 p.m. on Sunday. South Carolina extends its NCAA-record of consecutive postseason wins to 19 and is now 10-0 all-time at Carolina Stadium in the postseason. The Gamecocks have also won 21 consecutive postseason games at home.
The Tigers drop to 34-27 on the season and will play Coastal Carolina in an elimination game on Sunday at noon.
Carolina tallied 12 hits on the evening, including a 3-for-6 night from Marzilli. Dantzler, Pankake and Adam Matthews contributed two hits apiece. Matthews had two RBIs after delivering his fifth home run of the season.
Clemson collected eight hits in the loss. Brad Felder led the way with three base knocks, including a solo home run.
South Carolina reliever Evan Beal (4-4) worked a perfect 1 1/3 innings to earn the win, striking out two batters.
Brady (1-3) picked up the loss after working three innings and giving up one run and five hits. He also had three strikeouts.
In a game that feature big plays in almost every inning, one of the biggest came early on for the Gamecocks. Carolina starting pitcher Michael Roth got in a jam in the top of the second inning as he gave up a single and walked two batters to load the bases with no outs. However, the Gamecocks turned a huge double play that involved interference being called on the base runner going to second, forcing runners to go back to second and third base and taking a run off the board. Roth was then able to get Spencer Kieboom to fly out to center field to end the threat.
After getting the Gamecock offense going in Friday’s win, Matthews was back at it on Saturday as he delivered a two-out two-run home run to left field in the fourth to give South Carolina a 2-0 lead.
The Tigers found their offense in the seventh with a three-run rally to take the lead. With one out and runners on first and second, Steve Wilkerson lined a double down the left-field line to drive in one run. Thomas Brittle followed with a RBI single, and Pohl reached on a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded to plate another run and give Clemson a 3-2 advantage.
Clemson pushed its lead to 4-2 in the eighth when Felder sent a solo homer over the right-field wall.
The Gamecocks pulled to within a run in the home half of the eighth. Marzilli ripped a single to right field to lead things off. Walker then doubled down the left-field line, scoring Marzilli from first to make it a 4-3 ballgame.
Carolina rallied in the ninth to tie the game. Kyle Martin delivered a pinch-hit single to lead off the frame. After Chase Vergason drew a walk and Dante Rosenberg laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third, Pankake lined a single to center field, scoring pinch runner TJ Costen to tie the game. Vergason was waved home on the play, but he was thrown out at the plate to keep the contest knotted at 4-4, as the teams went to extra innings where Dantzler delivered the game-winning single.
COUSINO SPARKS NO. 11 UK TO SCHOOL-RECORD 44TH WIN
GARY, Ind. -- Freshman centerfielder Austin Cousino collected three hits and three RBI, including a two-RBI double off the centerfield wall in a five-run sixth inning, to lead No. 11 Kentucky to an 8-1 win over Valparaiso in the second round of the NCAA Gary Regional, on a sunny Saturday afternoon at U.S. Steel Yard.
Kentucky (44-17) has now tied the 2006 (44-17) and 2008 (44-19) school-record of 44 wins with the elimination game win over Valparaiso. Just hours after playing the second-longest game in the history of the NCAA Tournament – a 21-inning marathon 7-6 loss to Kent State on Friday night – the Wildcats took the field to face Valpo. After the teams traded runs in the fourth inning, UK exploded for five runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a lead, including Cousino’s two-RBI double and his steal of home.
The Wildcats will now advance to Sunday to face the loser of the Purdue vs. Kent State game, set for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday night. The 4 p.m. ET game with UK on Sunday will be broadcast live on the UK IMG Radio Network, available in Central Kentucky on WLAP 630-AM, in Louisville on WKJK 1080-AM and online at UKathletics.com. If UK is playing Purdue in any games at the Gary Regional, it will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
UK will start all-conference southpaw Corey Littrell (8-2, 2.66 ERA) in the game on Sunday. In order to advance to the Monday if-necessary game, UK would have to post a win in the opener and a win in the finale on Sunday.
The 2012 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year, Cousino led UK at the top of the order for an injury and exhaustion-depleted UK team following the 21-inning affair on Friday night. The Dublin, Ohio, native went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI and a steal of home plate. Shortstop Matt Reida also collected two hits and two RBI, while senior backstop Michael Williams – who has caught all 30 innings of UK’s two games – added an RBI knock.
Each hitter in the UK lineup had a hit, with Thomas McCarthy, A.J. Reed, Cameron Flynn, Zac Zellers, J.T. Riddle and Paul McConkey delivering clutch hits. Zellers added his first career two steal game, also drawing a walk, while Riddle bounced back from an 0-for-9 game in the opener to deliver a clutch double in the sixth. UK was without All-SEC catcher Luke Maile and sophomore outfielder Lucas Witt due to injuries suffered on Friday night in the 21-inning game, with Reed pitching nine innings in relief and making him unavailable on the mound.
UK starter Jerad Grundy (6-3) worked six innings, allowing five hits and one run, walking four and striking out six. Freshman Chandler Shepherd came on with UK needing to preserve its bullpen after staffing 17.2 innings in relief on Friday night. Shepherd picked up his first career save with three shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out two. Grundy, a native of Johnsburg, Ill., tossed his sixth quality start and his second consecutive dominating outing, also striking out a career-high nine in a win over No. 21 Mississippi State last week in the SEC Tournament.
Valparaiso (35-25) starter Kevin Wild (6-4) – the 2012 Horizon League Pitcher of the Year – worked 5.2 innings, allowing 10 hits and six runs – five earned walking two and striking out three. Jarad Miller worked 1.1 innings, not allowing a hit and recording a walk and strikeout. Sean Kennedy and Kyle Wormington each worked an inning with a run allowed.
After retiring the first two batters of the game, Wild surrendered the first hit of the game to Reed but Wild didn’t allow the two-out hit to cause any damage, striking out the final out of the inning. Grundy took the mound for the Wildcats in the bottom half of the inning and retired the side in order, including striking out two. The quick first inning would go scoreless as the game headed into the second at 0-0.
Kentucky managed to get Zellers to third in the top of the second but wasn’t able to bring him home for the first run of the game. Zellers earned a free pass on balls before stealing second with one out. With two outs, Zellers took third on a wild pitch but was stranded following a fly out into centerfield.
Grundy allowed his first hit of the game in the bottom of the second, a one-out single through the right side for John Loeffler. Reida erased Loffeld’s single with a 6-3 double play, fielding a groundball up the middle before stepping on second and gunning Martin at first.
Cousino tallied his first hit of the day in the top of the third, a one-out infield single up the middle but his hit was erased with an inning-ending, 6-4-3 double play.
Grundy let a pitch slip against Spencer Mahoney, plunking the Valpo leadoff batter in the bottom of the third. With Mahoney on first, Grundy struck out the first and forced an infield pop out to record the first two outs of the inning. A base hit through the left side put runners on first and second with two outs but Grundy forced a fly out to Cousino in centerfield to leave two stranded and keep the game scoreless.
The Wildcats placed a runner on third in the top of the fourth after Williams knocked a one-out single into centerfield. Flynn’s single through the right side gave Kentucky runners on first and second with one out. Consecutive groundouts ended the Wildcats’ threat, leaving two runners stranded and keeping Kentucky scoreless.
Chris Manning led Valpo off in the bottom of the fourth with a base on balls but was picked off by Grundy trying to take second early. Grundy struck out the final two outs of the inning, his fourth and fifth of the afternoon.
Kentucky was the first to put a run on the scoreboard, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth. McConkey led off the Wildcats with a single through the left side before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt from Reida. Cousino stepped up and drove McConkey in with a single into rightfield. Wild held the damage at one run, forcing a groundout and strikeout to end the top of the fifth.
The Crusaders matched Kentucky in the bottom half of the inning, bringing across a run of their own. With the help of shortstop Reida, Grundy retired the first two batters of the bottom of the fifth on groundouts to short but Valpo converted on a two-out rally. Fueled by three consecutive two-out singles, the Crusaders brought a run across to tie the game at 1-1 through five.
Following a quick two outs in the top of the sixth, Kentucky’s offense erupted with a two-out rally that featured two singles and two doubles. Zellers started the rally with a single into left center and Riddle’s double down the rightfield line scored Zellers from first. McConkey walked to put runners on first and second before Reida drilled a ball into rightfield to bring Riddle home from second. With two on, Cousino crushed a ball off the wall in dead centerfield, scoring McConkey and Reida, with Cousino advancing to third on the throw home. Kentucky converted on a double steal, McCarthy taking second and Cousino crossing the plate on the throw to second. McCarthy was gunned down trying to take third on the throw back to the plate but the damage was already done as the Wildcats had plated five runners in the top of the sixth and taken a 6-1 lead.
Taking the mound with a comfortable lead, Grundy walked two in the bottom of the sixth but didn’t let the runners cause any damage, leaving two stranded and the Crusaders scoreless in the bottom half.
With Miller on the mound for Valpo, the Wildcats went down in order in the top of the seventh. Shepherd took the hill for Kentucky in the bottom of the seventh and shut down Valpo in the bottom half.
Kennedy took the mound for Valpo in the top of the eighth, retiring the first out of the inning. Riddle laid down a bunt down the left side to reach first before stealing second with two outs. Reida rolled a slow groundball toward the Valpo second baseman, reaching safely for an RBI single. Riddle was stealing on the pitch and able to score from second on the slow roller. Kennedy forced a groundout to end the inning but Kentucky increased the lead to 7-1 through seven and a half.
Shepherd came back out for Kentucky, sitting down the Valpo batters in order in the bottom of the eighth.
McCarthy led off for the Wildcats in the top half of the ninth inning, knocking a double into left center, his 20th of the year. Reed grounded out up the middle for the first out of the inning, advancing McCarthy to third. Williams smoked a groundball to third that was misplayed, reaching first on an error and allowing McCarthy to come across to increase the lead to 8-1.
Shepherd came out in the bottom of the ninth to finish off the three-inning save effort but dealt with some trouble early. Mahoney led off with a double deep into left center. Shepherd forced pinch-hitter Johnson into a groundout to first, moving Mahoney over to third. A fly out to left field and strikeout closed the game for Kentucky, stranding Mahoney on third and claiming the 8-1 victory for the Wildcats.
No. 1 Florida Defeats No. 24 Georgia Tech, 6-2, In Winner’s Bracket Contest
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Junior Hudson Randall (Atlanta, Ga.) allowed one run over 5.2 innings to pick up the win and No. 1 Florida (44-18) used a three-run fourth inning and home runs by junior Mike Zunino (Cape Coral, Fla.) and senior Preston Tucker (Tampa, Fla.) on its way to a 6-2 victory over No. 24 Georgia Tech (37-25) in front of 4,584 fans on Saturday night at McKethan Stadium.
With the triumph, the top-seeded Gators improved to 2-0 in the NCAA Gainesville Regional and await the winner of tomorrow’s elimination game at noon between the second-seeded Yellow Jackets and third-seeded College of Charleston (38-21), which ousted fourth-seeded Bethune-Cookman (34-27) this afternoon by an 8-2 margin. Florida can advance to next weekend’s Super Regional with one more win, while the survivor in tomorrow’s first game will need a victory over the Gators to force an if-necessary game on Monday at 7 p.m.
“I think it was a very well played game by both sides,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “It was emotional on both sides. It felt like a Friday night game in our league, and I’m sure in their league as well. We just got that one inning in the fourth where we scored three runs, and I really think [Preston] Tucker’s home run in the ninth was huge. It gave us a little bit more cushion. Hudson [Randall] was great, as always. He battled tonight, gave up some hits, but made some great pitches when he needed to, and then Steven [Rodriguez] came in behind him. I think the home run by Mike [Zunino] changed the momentum for us. It was a great game by both teams; we just had a couple of innings where we scored quickly in numbers. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
In the top of the second, senior Daniel Pigott (Ormond Beach, Fla.) drew a one-out walk from junior starter Buck Farmer (8-4), stole second with two down and advanced to third base when the relay throw by sophomore catcher Zane Evans went into center field. Farmer countered with an inning-ending strikeout of freshman Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.).
Georgia Tech used three-straight singles in the bottom of the inning off of Randall and broke the ice on a two-strike base-hit by sophomore Mott Hyde (2-for-4) into left center field. Sophomore Daniel Palka (3-for-4, two runs) had a one-out single into right field and Evans followed with a base-hit into left field for runners on the corners. Hyde opened the scoring with a RBI single that brought home Palka but Randall prevented further trouble by having sophomore Paul Kronenfeld hit into a 4-6-3 double play.
The Gators answered in the third on a game-tying sacrifice fly by junior Nolan Fontana (Winter Garden, Fla.) (2-for-3). Junior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) (2-for-3) began the inning with his fifth double of the campaign into right center and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.). Fontana’s fly ball to straightaway center field, his third sac fly of the year, enabled Ramjit to come home with the equalizer.
Sophomore Kyle Wren poked a one-out double to left field in the home part of the stanza and Randall responded with a strikeout of junior Sam Dove before walking junior Brandon Thomas. The right-hander thought he had struck out senior Jake Davies to close the frame but the umpires reversed the call and sent the Gators back onto the field. Randall then ended up striking out the slugger.
Florida erupted for three runs on three hits in the fourth to build a 4-1 advantage. Zunino began the inning with his SEC-leading 17th homer that cleared the wall in left center. It was his sixth career round-tripper in the NCAA Tournament and came on a 0-1 pitch from Farmer. Pigott was plunked with one down and freshman Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) doubled to right field to give the Gators a pair of runners in scoring position and raise his hitting streak to eight games. Shafer blooped a single into left field to bring across Pigott and alertly took second on the relay throw. Ramjit’s third sacrifice fly into left field plated Turgeon with the fourth run.
Randall retired the first two Yellow Jackets in their at bat before yielding back-to-back singles by Hyde and Kronenfeld. The righty caught freshman Thomas Smith looking for his third strikeout to send the game to the fifth inning with the Gators ahead by a 4-1 score.
Fontana earned a free pass to start the fifth and was safe at second on a fielder’s choice by Tucker, as Hyde committed a throwing error. Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall was ejected for arguing with the umpires about the play. Farmer had Zunino line into an 8-4 double play, erasing Fontana at second base, then had junior Brian Johnson (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) fly out to center field.
Palka doubled with one down in the sixth for Georgia Tech and went to third on an infield single by Evans (2-for-4). With runners on the corners, Randall struck out Hyde and was replaced by junior Steven Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.). Over 5.2 innings, Randall scattered eight hits and gave up one run, with five strikeouts and one walk. Rodriguez had senior pinch hitter Evan Martin line out to Tucker in right field to strand the runners and preserve UF’s three-run margin.
The Gators’ bid for another run on a two-out single by Johnson in the seventh fell by the wayside when Fontana was thrown out at the plate on a throw by right fielder Palka. Fontana had led off with a base-hit into left field and had stolen second with two down before attempting to scamper home on a hard-hit single into right field by Johnson.
Rodriguez recorded the first two outs in the bottom of the seventh via groundout and his first strikeout of the outing before Dove and Thomas connected on back-to-back base hits to left field. Rodriguez forced Davies into a fielder’s choice for the out at second to maintain the three-run Gator lead heading to the eighth.
Senior Jarrett Didrick took over for Farmer (7.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 5 K, 3 BB) prior to the eighth and set down the Gators in order. Palka started the bottom of the inning with a single up the middle and went to second on a grounder by Evans. Rodriguez had Hyde ground out to Tobias for the second out and Martin brought the Jackets within 4-2 on an RBI single into left field. Although an error on the relay throw home by Shafer allowed Martin to take second, Rodriguez had Smith ground out to Fontana to complete the inning.
The Gators finalized the 6-2 margin in the ninth on a towering two-run blast by Tucker that cleared the scoreboard overlooking right field. Fontana had singled with two down through the left side and Tucker belted a 1-1 offering from Didrick (2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R) out of the yard for his 15th round-tripper of the year and 10th in NCAA play to extend his school record. Rodriguez put down the Yellow Jackets 1-2-3 to nail down his fourth save of the season. The lefty permitted four hits and one run over 3.1 innings and had a pair of strikeouts. Georgia Tech out-hit Florida, 12-9, but saw its six-game winning streak halted with the defeat.
Pitching Gem Carries Razorbacks to Regional Final
HOUSTON – Sophomore Ryne Stanek threw seven shutout innings and sophomore Barrett Astin closed it out as the University of Arkansas baseball team defeated Rice, 1-0, at Reckling Park in Houston, Texas, to advance to the regional final of the NCAA Houston Regional.
The Arkansas victory brings the Razorbacks record to 41-19 on the year and is the ninth shutout by Razorback hurlers. It is also Arkansas Head Coach Dave Van Horn’s 400th as the Razorback head coach. Arkansas now awaits the winner of the Sam Houston State-Rice elimination game which will be played at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Arkansas will suit up for a 6 p.m. start on Sunday evening. Rice falls to 41-18 on the year with the loss.
Arkansas took the lead in the second, scoring a run without the benefit of a hit. Dominic Ficociello led off the inning with a walk and then advanced to second after a sacrifice bunt by Brian Anderson. After Bo Bigham grounded out to third for the second out of the inning, Derrick Bleeker hit a sharp grounder to third that was booted by the Rice third baseman and went into left field, allowing Ficociello to score from second.
Rice had its first scoring threat of the game in the bottom of the fourth. Ford Stainbeck and Christian Stringer started the inning with back-to-back singles. J.T. Chargois attempted to lay down a sacrifice bunt, but was unsuccessful as he struck out for the first out of the inning. Jeremy Rathjen then grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning and keep the Razorbacks in front.
The Razorbacks had a great chance to extend the lead in the top of the sixth, but came up empty. Tim Carver drew a leadoff walk and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jacob Mahan. A stolen base by Carver moved him up to third with one out. Matt Reynolds then hit a grounder to third and the third baseman threw home in time to retire Carver at the plate for the second out of the inning. A walk to Ficociello put runners on first and second with two out. Reynolds and Ficociello then executed the double steal to move runners to second and third. Anderson then hit a liner to left that was caught by the Rice left fielder to end the inning.
The Owls had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh, but were unable to scratch across a run. Rathjen led off the inning with a single and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Michael Fuda. A ground out to second by Craig Manuel advanced Rathjen to third with two out. After a walk to Michael Ratterree put runners on first and third, Ryan Lewis flew out to center to end the inning.
Stanek and Astin combined for nine shutout innings, giving up just six hits and two walks while striking out four. In trouble a couple of times, the pair continued to make big pitches and get out of trouble and just two Rice players reached third base in the game. Stanek has started three of Arkansas’ nine shutouts this year and picked up his seventh win of the season while Astin earned his 10th save.
Arkansas’ pitching at the Regional has now gone 18 innings without allowing an earned run. DJ Baxendale, Brandon Moore, Stanek and Astin have been masterful and the Razorback pitchers will likely need another gem on Sunday to advance to a Super Regional.
Vandy rallies to down Pack
Raleigh, N.C. – Vanderbilt rallied from a five-run deficit to stun No. 16 North Carolina State with a 9-8 walk-off win Saturday night at Doak Field.
The Commodores (35-26) were designated the home team prior to the game and the Dores made it work to their advantage. Vandy scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game and set up the ninth inning for heroics. Freshman Connor Castellano singled up the middle with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch. A groundout to second base by Riley Reynolds moved Castellano to third base with two outs for Tony Kemp. The Dores’ second baseman was one for his last 20 at-bats and 0-for-3 on the night but the sophomore delivered in a big way, singling to center field to give the team its 15th comeback win of the season.
Vanderbilt trailed 8-3 entering the eighth inning before batting around and rallying for five runs to draw even. Castellano reached base with one out after being hit by a pitch and came around to score on Reynolds’ double. Kemp flew out to center and Mike Yastrzemski looked to have ended the inning when he struck out swinging. But the ball bounced away from North Carolina State (40-18) catcher Danny Canela and allowed Yastrzemski to reach first base and Reynolds to third. The Commodores immediately took advantage of the break with Gomez driving in a run with a single and bring the tying run to the plate. Conrad Gregor kept the rally going, lacing a ground rule double down the right field line to score Yastrzemski. With runners on second and third, the Wolfpack turned to Chris Overman. The right-hander bounced a wild pitch that rolled up the first base line allowing Gomez to score from third. Canela’s throw to Overman covering home sailed wide allowing Gregor to score all the way from second base and tie the game.
The Dores took an early lead in the second inning off NC State starter Carlos Rodon. Andrew Harris dropped down a safety squeeze bunt with two strikes to score Jack Lupo from third. Vandy missed out on several scoring opportunities eight runners on base over the first five innings. The Wolfpack battled back in the fifth to tie the game and took the lead in the sixth with three more runs to chase Vandy starter Sam Selman. Back-to-back RBI-singles in the seventh added to the Pack lead before Ryan Mathews’ two-run homer in the eighth appeared to put the Commodores away.
Vanderbilt pounded out 10 hits on the night putting runners on base in all but two frames. Gomez and Gregor each had two hits to lead the way with eight different Commodores contributing at least one hit. Six different Dores drove in at least one run and seven scored at least one run. Gomez moved into sole possession of fifth place all-time with 265 hits in his career. Mathews and Jake Fincher posted a game-high three hits apiece to pace the Pack’s 13-hit attack.
Jared Miller (3-0) earned the win in relief for VU working 1.1 scoreless innings. Overman (0-1) took the loss for NC State giving up Kemp’s game-winning hit in the ninth. Selman allowed four runs on six hits and a career-high five walks over 5.1 innings. The four runs were the most the lefty had allowed since March 11 against San Diego spanning 11 outings. The run the Wolfpack scored in the fifth snapped Selman’s scoreless innings streak at 15.2 innings. Rodon, the ACC Pitcher and Freshman of the Year, gave up three runs on five hits and five walks with six strikeouts over 6.2 innings. The NC State bullpen allowed six runs on five hits over the final two innings.
OLE MISS DOWNS AGGIES 6-3 TO ADVANCE TO REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Mike Mayers struck out a career-high nine batters as part of a three pitcher effort as Ole Miss (37-24) kept top-seeded and eighth-ranked Texas A&M (43-17) in check on the way to a 6-3 win over the Aggies on Saturday.
With the win, the Rebels advance to the championship game of the NCAA Regional on Sunday night and will face the winner of Sunday afternoon’s elimination game between Texas A&M and TCU. The Horned Frogs and Aggies will face-off at 12:35 p.m. with the Rebels waiting in game two at 6:35 p.m.
Mayers (6-3) picked up the win with nine strikeouts through 6.1 innings of work, allowing three runs – two earned – on four hits with three walks. Brett Huber then turned in two innings of work, allowing one hit with three strikeouts before R.J. Hively picked up the save by recording the final two outs of the game.
It was Hively’s fourth save of the season as he entered the game with two men on base and one out in the ninth inning.
“That was a great baseball game,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “It was a war out there with both teams competing hard. It can be very emotional playing the host team with a great crowd behind them like that tonight. Ross Stripling was as good as anyone we’ve faced all year.
“We got some big hits,” Bianco said. Tanner Mathis really makes us go and the guys behind him can really hit. But that’s all for naught if not for the effort on the mound. Mike (Mayers), Brett (Huber) and R.J. (Hively) put out tremendous effort for us on the mound tonight.”
Mathis reached base on all five plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with two walks, three runs scored and an RBI to lead the Rebel offense.
Texas A&M got on the board in the third inning when Tyler Naquin delivered a two-out double to right field that scored Mikey Reynolds from second. Reynolds reached on a single up the middle to open the inning and moved to second on a sac bunt. Naquin then scored on a throwing error when Matt Juengel lay down a bunt down the first base line and the throw went into right field, allowing Naquin to score and putting Juengel on third base and give the Aggies the 2-0 lead.
Ole Miss answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame when Mathis came home on a wild pitch. Mathis singled up the middle before taking second on a single to right from Alex Yarbrough. A groundout to third from Snyder moved both men into scoring position to set up the Rebel rally. Mathis then scored on the wild pitch before Yarbrough came home on a single to right from Auston Bousfield to tie the game at two.
The Rebels moved into the lead in the fourth when Matt Snyder delivered a two-RBI double to the wall with the bases loaded to put Ole Miss on top 4-2. Andrew Mistone reached on a throwing error on a ground ball to third before a double down the right field line from Mathis put both men in scoring position. The Aggies intentionally walked Alex Yarbrough to bring Snyder to the plate who delivered the two-run hit to center. Texas A&M got Yarbrough out at the plate on the Snyder hit as he tried to score, and a strikeout in the next at bat ended the inning with Ole Miss on top 4-2.
Ole Miss continued to build on the lead in the sixth inning with another two runs that pushed the lead out to 6-2. Mistone opened the frame with a single up the middle and took second on a throwing error by the shortstop on the play. A one out double from Mathis brought Mistone home before a Yarbrough groundout pushed Mathis to third. He then scored on a single from Snyder to give the Rebels the four-run lead.
Texas A&M cut the lead in half in the seventh inning when Krey Bratsen delivered a double down the third base line to bring Reynolds home from first. Reynolds reached on a single up the middle in the previous at bat. Ole Miss turned to its bullpen after the Bratsen hit for Brett Huber who got the Rebels out of the inning with no more damage.
Huber held the Aggies off the board in the eighth inning, pitching the Rebels out of another jam, and recording the first out of the ninth before turning the ball over to Hively with two men on base. The senior right hander then coaxed a pop out and a groundout of the Aggies to preserve the win for the Rebels.
LSU MOVES INTO REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND WITH 7-1 WIN OVER OREGON STATE
BATON ROUGE -- Kevin Gausman may not have had his best stuff on Saturday night at Alex Box Stadium, but the sophomore LSU righty got an early lead and guided the Tigers into the NCAA Regional driver's seat, 7-1.
LSU (45-16) advanced to face the winner of Sunday’s 1:30 p.m. CT elimination game between second-seeded Oregon State (39-19) and fourth-seeded Louisiana-Monroe.
First pitch for the Tigers is set for 6:30 p.m. CT on the LSU Sports Radio Network (98.1 FM in Baton Rouge) and the Jumbo Sports Network (Cox Sports Television in Baton Rouge).
Saturday's attendance of 10,367 was the largest in LSU baseball history. The paid crowd (11,535) was the largest in postseason history.
“It was such a good team victory,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “It was sort of a weird game; the tempo of the game was very slow. They laid off a lot of (Gausman’s) pitches, but we swung at a lot of bad pitches. We kind of grinded our way through tonight and got ourselves a victory. We’re going to put it in our back pocket and move on to tomorrow.”
Gausman (11-1), making his first career NCAA start, gave up seven hits and three walks but held Oregon State to 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. While Gausman threw 129 pitches, the Beavers stranded nine runners and scored their lone run with three-straight two-out singles in the top of the third inning.
“I’ve had Kevin now for almost two full years, and nothing the kid does amazes me anymore,” Mainieri said. “He has gotten better every week. Today, maybe, he wasn’t as sharp as he’s been in previous weeks. He just showed another side of himself, how he could just battle through not being as fine as he normally is. A kid with lesser mental toughness would have probably started to pout and feel sorry for himself and let things get out of control. He just keeps battling right through it.
“He didn’t have a 1-2-3 inning until about the sixth inning. It was a struggle for him, but he just kept fighting and fighting. I thought his last couple of innings were his best innings of the game.”
Nick Goody pitched a perfect ninth for LSU.
Oregon State starter Dan Child (6-4) took the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits with two walks and a strikeout in 5 1/3 innings of work. Three Beavers relievers combined to keep the Tigers hitless until an Austin Nola RBI triple in the eighth.
But, the Tigers did their damage early then leaned on Gausman and then Goody to finish off Oregon State.
LSU got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second, as catcher Ty Ross and designated hitter Grant Dozar each singled to open the inning. Both advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Alex Edward and Ross came home on a groundout by Tyler Hanover for a 1-0 lead. After Arby Fields was hit by a pitch, Nola drove in Dozar with an RBI single to center.
After Gausman allowed a run in the top of the third, the Tigers answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning. Mason Katz was hit by a pitch to start the frame and Raph Rhymes singled up the middle. Each advanced on a wild pitch by Child, and Katz came home on a RBI groundout to second by Ross. A single to left by Dozar plated Rhymes to put the Tigers ahead 4-1.
Despite a putout at home plate, LSU added to its lead in the sixth when Fields reached on an error on a sacrifice bunt and came around the score on a wild pitch.