LSU, Stony Brook Super Regional Series Tied at One Game Apiece
|LSU 5, Stony Brook 4
|Stony Brook 3, LSU 1
|Baylor 8, Arkansas 1
|Florida 7, N.C. State 1
|South Carolina 5, Oklahoma 0
BATON ROUGE, La. -- After losing Game 1 Saturday morning, Stony Brook came back to take Game 2 of the NCAA Baseball Super Regional in the afternoon, 3-1, and force a deciding game on Sunday at Alex Box Stadium.
Sunday's game is set for noon CT on ESPN2 and www.ESPN3.com. Pregame on the LSU Sports Radio Network begins at 11:30 a.m. The winner advances to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
LSU (47-17) will be the home team in Sunday's deciding game.
"What we need to do now is just regroup, realize that we won one and lost one today, and tomorrow we are playing for all of the marbles,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “I told the kids after the game that this is what you have worked all year for, an opportunity to go to Omaha and what happens tomorrow they will remember for the rest of their lives."
Stony Brook (51-13) suffered a 5-4 loss in Game 1, which resumed Saturday at 10 a.m. after 11 innings of play on Friday. Friday's game was delayed two hours and 34 minutes before NCAA officials called it due to rain.
Facing elimination in game 2, Seawolves starter Tyler Johnson (12-1) pitched a three-hit complete game while allowing one unearned run with four walks and a strikeout.
In the bottom of the third, LSU starter Kevin Gausman (12-2) - who earned the win by pitching the 12th inning of game 1 - got into trouble during a driving rain shower. With one out, No. 8 hitter Kevin Courtney doubled to right and scored on a single by Sal Intagliata. Then, with runners on the corners and two outs, an RBI single to right by William Carmona gave Stony Brook a 2-0 lead.
The Seawolves added another run off Gausman with a solo home run to right by Courtney for a 3-0 advantage.
Courtney finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.
LSU's lone run came in the top of the sixth when JaCoby Jones singled and advanced to second on a throwing error by Johnson. Jones scored on a single through the right side by Rhymes, cutting the deficit to 3-1. However, after Ty Ross walked, Jordy Snikeris grounded into a double play to end the threat.
Ten minutes after resuming Game 1 of the NCAA Super Regional in the 12th inning, LSU's Mason Katz hit an RBI single to center field to drive in Tyler Moore and move the Tigers within one win of the College World Series.
LSU inserted its pitching ace and Game 2 starter Kevin Gausman on the mound to start the 12th inning, and he retired the Stony Brook side in order on 12 pitches.
In the bottom half, Moore hit a bloop single to right field off Seawolves closer Frankie Vanderka. Moore advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Austin Nola. After an intentional walk of JaCoby Jones, Katz laced a single to left-center field. Though Moore had to hold up waiting for the line drive to fall, he slid into home plate safely and the celebration started around Katz.
Katz tied the game in the bottom of the 11th with a solo home run before the delay on Friday.
"When (Austin) Nola came up with a guy on first, Coach (Mainieri) turned to me and JaCoby (Jones) and said 'one of you drive the run in,'" Katz said. "I said 'if he doesn't, I will.' They intentionally walked JaCoby and tried to get a double-play ball. I was going to do my best to drive something in the gap. In that situation, I was not going to hit into a double play. I wanted to get something early in the count to hit. That kid has a great curve ball. He threw me a curve ball and left it up in the zone and that was it."
Arkansas drops Waco Super Regional opener
WACO, Texas – Baylor’s Logan Vick hit a pair of homers, while starting pitcher Trent Blank allowed just one run in eight innings to lead the fourth-ranked Bears to an 8-1 win over Arkansas in the opening game of the NCAA Waco Super Regional on Saturday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.
With the victory, Baylor takes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. The series continues on Sunday with first pitch set for 3 p.m. The Razorbacks will start sophomore right hander Ryne Stanek (7-3, 2.84), while the Bears will counter with junior southpaw Josh Turley (9-1, 1.83). Sunday’s game will be televised on ESPNU and streamed online on ESPN3.com.
Blank (11-1) earned his 11th win of the season, allowing just one run on seven hits and striking out five in eight innings of work.
Arkansas starter DJ Baxendale (7-5) took the loss. The junior right hander allowed five runs on six hits and struck out four in four innings.
The Razorbacks were led at the plate by Dominic Ficociello, who recorded his team-high tying 20th multi-hit game of the season. Ficociello finished with a team-high three hits and drove in the only Arkansas run of the game. Tim Carver, Jacob Mahan, Matt Reynolds and Matt Vinson each had one hit.
Max Muncy and Cal Towey each had three hits to lead Baylor offensively. Towey drove in two runs in the win. Vick hit his third and fourth home runs of the season and drove in a game-high three runs. Josh Ludy also homered, his 16th round-tripper of the season.
Baylor struck first, scoring twice in the bottom of the first inning. Nathan Orf was hit by a pitch to begin the inning. Vick then hit a two-run homer over the wall in right-center field to give the Bears a 2-0 lead.
Arkansas had a chance to cut into the lead in the top of the second. Ficociello led off the inning with a single to center and then advanced to second on a ground out to first by Brian Anderson. Bo Bigham then hit a grounder to short and the Baylor shortstop threw Ficociello out at third for the second out of the inning. A base hit to center by Vinson advanced Bigham to third to put runners at the corners with two out. Arkansas was unable to capitalize as Derrick Bleeker grounded out to first to end the inning.
The Bears added on to their lead with two runs in the bottom of the third. Ludy led off the frame with a homer over the left field fence, his team-leading 16th homer of the season. Muncy then doubled down the right field line. After a ground out to short by Dan Evatt, Towey doubled off the wall down the right field line, scoring Muncy from second base.
Baylor tacked on another run in the home half of the fourth when Vick hit his second homer of the game, a two-out solo homer over the right field fence.
The Bears stretched the lead to 6-0 with a run in the bottom of the fifth. Evatt singled to right with one out and advanced to third after a double to left-center by Towey. A wild pitch brought home Evatt with Baylor’s sixth run of the game.
Arkansas got on the scoreboard with a run in the top of the sixth. With one out, Reynolds lined a single to left field and came around to score from first after Ficociello ripped a double down the right field line.
Baylor answered back with a run in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Muncy doubled to right field and scored from second on a single to right field by Towey.
The Bears scored once in the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Adam Toth singled into left field and advanced to second on a passed ball. A base hit to right by Orf scored Toth.
No. 1 Florida Downs No. 11 NC State, 7-1, In Super Regional Opener
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Junior Hudson Randall (Atlanta, Ga.) threw seven shutout innings and junior Mike Zunino (Cape Coral, Fla.) drove in three runs and had a two-run homer as No. 1 Florida (46-18) downed No. 11 NC State (43-19), 7-1, in the opening game of the best-of-three NCAA Gainesville Super Regional on Saturday afternoon at McKethan Stadium.
The contest was delayed twice for a total of two hours and 51 minutes before it was completed. Game two will be on Sunday at 1 p.m. and be shown nationally on ESPNU, with the Gators needing one more victory to punch the program’s third-consecutive ticket to the NCAA College World Series.
Randall (9-2) scattered six singles over seven strong innings, with four strikeouts and zero walks. The righty has now permitted two runs or less in 11 of his 15 starts this year, including his last five outings, and also picked up his school-record fifth win in NCAA Tourney action. Following the extended weather delay that began at 4:20 p.m., Zunino cranked a two-run homer over the left-field bleachers in the bottom of the seventh and the teams later endured another 48-minute break before wrapping up the game. The Gators had a four-run third inning to seize control of the contest, while senior Preston Tucker (Tampa, Fla.) was 2-for-3 with a three runs and senior Daniel Pigott (Ormond Beach, Fla.) tallied two RBI.
Junior first baseman Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) made a spectacular play to rob NCSU freshman Brett Austin of a leadoff single to begin the third inning. Ramjit made a diving stop, nearly rolled into the first-base umpire and threw from his back to Randall covering the bag for the out. The right-hander caught junior Matt Bergquist looking on strikes and had freshman Trea Turner ground out to complete the stanza.
In the home part of the frame, the Gators plated four runs on four singles and a Wolfpack throwing error to take a 4-0 lead. Freshman Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.) singled up the middle with one down off junior Ethan Ogburn (5-4) and junior Nolan Fontana (Winter Garden, Fla.) sliced a base-hit through the right side with Tobias on the move for runners on the corners. Tucker then made it three-straight singles for the Orange and Blue with a base-knock into right center that brought across Tobias. A passed ball by Austin enabled Fontana and Tucker to advance and a throwing error by junior shortstop Chris Diaz on a grounder by Zunino enabled the Gators to build a 3-0 advantage. With Zunino in scoring position and two down, Pigott stroked an RBI single into center field to score his teammate with the fourth run.
NC State put two runners aboard in the fourth, as junior Danny Canela (2-for-3) had a one-out single into center field and junior Tarran Senay delivered a two-out single. However, Tucker tracked down a fly ball by senior Andrew Ciencin that was in the gap between right and center to retire the side.
Freshman Jake Fincher (2-for-4) started the fifth with a single up the middle and Randall responded by having Austin fly out to left field. The righty struck out Bergquist, with Fincher stealing second base on the pitch, and then had Turner ground out to keep the Wolfpack scoreless.
The Gators added another run in the fifth on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Pigott for a 5-0 margin. Tucker led off with his second hit, a single into right field, and collected his fifth theft of the campaign. Zunino blooped a single into center field just beyond the reach of Fincher, leaving the Gators with runners on first and third with none out. Junior Brian Johnson (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) drew a walk to load the bases and Pigott lofted a fly ball to the warning track in right field to score Zunino for a five-run lead. Sophomore D.J. Thomas replaced Ogburn (4.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER) and induced an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play from freshman Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.).
Randall retired eight-consecutive NC State hitters before yielding back-to-back two-out singles in the seventh to Fincher and Austin. Randall had tomorrow’s starting pitcher, freshman pinch hitter Carlos Rodon, ground out to close the frame and finish his outing.
Tucker earned a free pass to start UF’s seventh and freshman Dillon Frye took over for Thomas (1.2 IP, 1 H). With Zunino at the plate, the game went into a rain delay at 4:20 p.m. Play resumed at 6:23 p.m. and Zunino jacked a 3-2 pitch to deep left field for his SEC-leading 19th homer to match his output from last year and tie the school’s single-season record again for homers along with David Ross (1998) and Tony Socarras (2000). Zunino has now homered in his last three games (two against Georgia Tech and today).
Senior Greg Larson (Longwood, Fla.) replaced Randall out of the rain delay and registered the first two outs before walking Canela in a driving rainstorm, prompting another delay at 6:38 p.m. Action resumed at 7:26 p.m. and redshirt senior Ryan Mathews singled to left field and went to second on a fielding error by freshman left fielder Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.)., with Canela moving to third. Freshman Bobby Poyner (Wellington, Fla.) came in for Larson (0.2 IP, 1 H) and caught Senay looking on strikes to strand the runners.
Poyner (0.2 IP) had Ciencin fly out to center field to open the ninth and sophomore Keenan Kish (Worcester, Pa.) surrendered a two-out double down the right-field line to Austin (2-for-4) before yielding a pinch-hit RBI single by senior John Gianis that finalized the 7-1 margin. The Gators held a 10-9 advantage in hits. Sophomore righty Jonathon Crawford (Okeechobee, Fla.) (6-2, 2.92) will oppose Rodon (9-0, 1.61) tomorrow at 1 p.m.
Gamecocks Shut Out Oklahoma in Super Regional Opener, 5-0
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Senior lefthander Michael Roth worked 7 2/3 scoreless innings, and South Carolina jumped on Oklahoma early on its way to a 5-0 victory on Saturday night in the NCAA Columbia Super Regional at Carolina Stadium.
The Gamecocks (44-17) are now one win away from making their third straight trip to the College World Series. Carolina extended its NCAA record postseason winning streak to 20 games. The Gamecocks have also won 23 straight NCAA Tournament games at home, including a 12-0 mark at Carolina Stadium. With the loss, the Sooners fall to 42-24 on the year.
Roth didn’t disappoint in his final start at Carolina Stadium as he allowed only six hits and had three strikeouts in 7 2/3 shutout innings to improve to 7-1 on the season. He is now 6-0 in the NCAA Tournament for his career.
Oklahoma starting hurler Jordan John (8-8) was tagged with the loss after working just two innings and surrendering three runs and two hits.
Evan Marzilli and Christian Walker went 2-for-3 and 2-for-4, respectively, to lead Carolina at the plate. As a team, the Gamecocks tallied eight hits on the night. Joey Pankake, Walker, LB Dantzler and Chase Vergason each had one RBI. The Sooners collected six hits in the loss.
The Gamecocks struck first with a three-run outburst in the bottom of the second inning. Senior Adam Matthews drew a walk to lead off the inning, advanced to third on a single by Erik Payne and scored on a double to right center by Dantzler. Payne then plated on a wild pitch by John, and Dantzler made it 3-0 by scoring on a sacrifice fly to center field from Vergason.
Carolina padded its lead with a pair of runs in the seventh. Vergason produced a one-out single to get things started and stole second, his first stolen base of the season, to move into scoring position. Two batters later, Pankake ripped a single to center to drive in Vergason. Walker then delivered a single through the left side to score Pankake, giving the Gamecocks a 5-0 cushion.
Roth retired the first two batters of the eighth inning before giving up a single to Evan Mistich, which led to junior Tyler Webb entering the contest to finish out the game. Webb was stellar in relief as he fanned the final batter of the eighth inning and retired the side in the ninth to preserve the win.
The Gamecocks and Sooners will meet in game two of the Columbia Super Regional on Sunday at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU. Live stats will be available at GamecocksOnline.com.