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    Sunday NCAA Baseball Update

    Ncaa baseball regional RESULTS
    Florida 9,  NC State 8
    Arkansas 5,  Baylor 4
    South Carolina vs. Oklahoma (Suspended)
    Stony Brook 7, LSU 2

    Gators Advance To Third Straight CWS

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – No. 1 Florida (47-18) plated a pair of runs in the top of the 10th inning and withstood a rally by No. 11 NC State (43-20) to notch a 9-8 triumph in the second game of the NCAA Gainesville Super Regional on Sunday afternoon at McKethan Stadium. UF had defeated the Wolfpack in Saturday’s opener by a 7-1 score.

    The victory secured the Gators’ eighth trip to the NCAA College World Series (1988, 1991, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012) and marks the program’s third-consecutive trip to Omaha. UF will face the winner of the NCAA Columbia Super Regional between host South Carolina (44-17) and Oklahoma (42-24) at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha either next Friday or Saturday in the opening round of the CWS. The Gamecocks claimed last night’s series opener over the Sooners, 5-0, and the teams are currently in a rain delay.

    With the game in the 10th inning tied at 7-7 and Florida the visiting team, NCSU redshirt senior Vance Williams (4-4) took over for freshman Travis Orwig (0.1 IP). Senior Daniel Pigott (Ormond Beach, Fla.) (2-for-5) clubbed a leadoff homer just over the right-field wall to give the Gators an 8-7 lead. It was his first blast since May 11 against Mississippi State and eighth of the campaign. Freshman Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) (3-for-5) collected his third hit of the contest with a base-hit into right field and was sacrificed to second by freshman Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) (2-for-3). After junior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) lined to shortstop for the second out, freshman Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.) (2-for-5) sliced an RBI single into right field to give the Gators a 9-7 advantage.

    Freshman Brett Austin (2-for-4) drew a leadoff walk from sophomore Karsten Whitson (Chipley, Fla.) (4-0), who was replaced by freshman Bobby Poyner (Wellington, Fla.). The rookie left-hander plunked junior Tarran Senay for a pair of runners on base and junior Grant Clyde sacrificed his teammates into scoring position with a bunt. Sophomore Keenan Kish (Worcester, Pa.) took over on the mound for Poyner and freshman Trea Turner brought the Wolfpack within 9-8 with a sacrifice fly to straightway center field. With the tying run on second base, Kish caught junior Chris Diaz looking on strikes to record his first career save and secure UF’s trip to the College World Series.

    NCSU freshman Carlos Rodon and Florida sophomore Jonathon Crawford (Okeechobee, Fla.) were locked in a pitcher’s duel early in the contest, with the Wolfpack hurler retiring seven in a row and the Gator righty setting down all six batters, before the game was delayed at 1:37 p.m. due to lightning and then heavy rains in the area.

    When play resumed at exactly 4 p.m., Austin doubled to left field to start the home part of the third, ending a stretch of 14.2 hitless innings by Crawford dating back to a leadoff single by Auburn’s Bobby Andrews in the third inning at the SEC Tournament on May 22. In addition, the right-hander’s streak of consecutive batters retired was stopped at 25, two shy of the school record held by junior Brian Johnson (Cocoa Beach, Fla.). The last base-runner against Crawford had come on a walk by Bethune-Cookman’s Jake Welch in the third inning last Friday night. Following a strikeout of freshman Logan Ratledge, junior Matt Bergquist (2-for-4) opened the scoring with an RBI double to right field. A fly ball to right field by Turner advanced Bergquist to third base and Crawford countered with a key strikeout of Diaz.

    The Gators answered with four runs on five hits in the fourth to seize a 4-1 advantage. Redshirt sophomore Anthony Tzamtzis took over for Rodon (3.0 IP, 0 H, 3 K) out of the delay and surrendered a game-tying homer to senior Preston Tucker (Tampa, Fla.) to right field. The round-tripper was Tucker’s 16th of the year and 11th all-time in NCAA Tournament play. Junior Mike Zunino (Cape Coral, Fla.) (2-for-4) followed with his SEC-leading 28th double down the left-field line and Johnson’s 13th two-bagger of the year to the base of the wall in right field pushed Zunino to third. Tzamtzis retired Pigott on an infield fly and Turgeon moved the Gators in front with an RBI single into right field to bring home Zunino and end the afternoon for Tzamtzis (0.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R). Shafer greeted junior Ryan Wilkins with a sacrifice fly to center field to score Johnson and Turgeon moved into scoring position with his ninth theft. Ramjit roped an RBI single into left field to bring in Turgeon and wound up taking second base on a fielding error by Ratledge before Wilkins had Tobias pop up to complete the stanza.

    The Wolfpack used a two-out, two-run double by Austin to narrow the gap to 4-3 in the home part of the frame. Crawford notched the first two outs before permitting consecutive singles to senior Andrew Ciencin and freshman Jake Fincher (2-for-5). Austin delivered his second double of the game to deep center field to drive in his teammates and bring NCSU within a run. After issuing an intentional walk to Senay, Crawford (3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 5 K, 1 BB) was replaced by senior Greg Larson (Longwood, Fla.), who induced a grounder by Bergquist that Tobias stabbed and tagged third base to finish the inning.

    Diaz knotted the game at 4-4 in the fifth with a one-out homer into the left-field bleachers. It was his second dinger of the campaign and the first allowed by Larson this season.

    In NCSU’s sixth, Larson collected the first two outs before junior Steven Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.) was summoned from the bullpen. Larson gave up one hit and a run in his two innings of work and Rodriguez had Austin ground out to send the game to the seventh all tied up.  

    After Wilkins set down the Gators 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh, junior Danny Canela (2-for-5, two RBI) provided the Wolfpack with a 5-4 advantage on a two-out RBI single into left field. Bergquist singled up the middle with one down and Turner legged out a bunt single for two runners aboard. Tucker laid out for a diving catch in right field to rob Diaz of a hit and Canela followed with a base-hit into left field to move NCSU ahead. Junior Austin Maddox (Jacksonville, Fla.) came in for Rodriguez (1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R) and had redshirt senior Ryan Mathews fly out to left field.  

    Florida answered in the eighth on a one-out homer by Johnson to right field and a go-ahead single by Shafer that resulted in a 6-5 lead. Johnson tagged a 1-0 offering from Wilkins for his first big fly since April 17 against Georgia Southern and his sixth of the season. Pigott followed with a base-hit into center field and Turgeon stroked a single through the right side of the infield that advanced Pigott to third base. Turgeon stole second for Gators on second and third and Shafer gave the Orange and Blue the advantage with a sharply hit ball into left field that scored Pigott. Turgeon was thrown out on a close play at the plate on a relay throw from Senay.

    The Wolfpack answered in the home part of the inning with a game-tying solo homer by Fincher for a 6-6 score. It was his first homer of the campaign and came on Maddox’s initial pitch of the at bat. The righty then struck out Austin, plunked Senay with two down and caught Bergquist looking on strikes to complete the inning.

    Tobias started the ninth with a double to right center and was sacrificed to third by junior Nolan Fontana (Winter Garden, Fla.). Tucker was walked intentionally and Zunino put the Gators back on top with his single-season school-record 10th sacrifice fly to bring home Tobias for a 7-6 Gator advantage. Orwig came in for Wilkins (5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R) and had Johnson fly out.

    NC State tied the game in the bottom of the ninth on a one-out single into right field by Canela. Turner drew a leadoff walk and stole second for his 57th theft of the year. Maddox had Diaz ground out, leaving Turner at second, and Canela tied the game with an RBI single into right field. Whitson relieved Maddox (1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R) and struck out Mathews before walking Ciencin for two runners aboard. The righty struck out Fincher looking to give the fans free baseball.

    UF will be making its eight all-time CWS appearances.
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    Razorbacks Defeat Baylor in 9th, 5-4

    WACO, Texas – A ninth inning two-run rally by the University of Arkansas baseball team has extended the season another day as the Razorbacks defeated No. 4 Baylor, 5-4, at Baylor Ballpark in Waco, Texas, on Sunday afternoon.  The Arkansas win ties the best-of-three NCAA Super Regional at one game each with a deciding game scheduled for Monday at 6:05 p.m.

    The Razorback rally in the ninth began with a leadoff walk to Matt Reynolds against the Baylor closer Max Garner who was in his second inning of work.  Down 4-3 at the time, Dominic Ficociello flied out to short, bringing Brian Anderson to the plate and he hit a scorcher up the middle to put runners on first and second.  Bo Bigham would then hit what could have been a game-ending double play ball to short, but the grounder was booted leaving the bases loaded and extending the inning.  Jimmy Bosco then worked the count to 2-2 before getting hit by a pitch by a pitch bringing in a run in to tie the game.  A Baylor pitching change welcomed John Clay Reeves to the plate and Crayton Bare hit Reeves with the first pitch to allow the winning run to score.

    A close game throughout, Arkansas would not have even had a chance to win if it had not been for some outstanding pitching in the late innings.  The Arkansas bullpen allowed two runs on four hits over five innings, but got out of several jams including a bases loaded, no out fiasco in the eighth.  Josh Ludy was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Max Muncy drew a four-pitch walk to put runners on first and second. A bunt single up the third base line by Dan Evatt loaded the bases with nobody out. Barrett Astin then got Cal Towey to strike out swinging for the first out and then induced a 6-4-3 double play from Lawton Langford to end the inning and keep the score at 4-3.  The play was started by Tim Carver who ranged to his right and threw a strike to Bigham across his body who completed the double play with a strong throw to first.

    Arkansas struck first, scoring once in the bottom of the first. With one out, Joe Serrano lined a triple to the left-center field alley. Reynolds then hit a sacrifice fly to right to drive in Serrano.

    Baylor tied the game with a run in the top of the third. Nathan Orf struck out to begin the inning, but was able to reach first on a wild pitch. Logan Vick then walked to put runners on first and second. Another wild pitch advanced Orf to third with nobody out. Ludy hit a fly ball to shallow center that was caught by Matt Vinson. Orf attempted to tag from third on the fly out, but Vinson threw a strike to home to throw out Orf for the double play. A stolen base advanced Vick to second and he came around to score the tying run on a single to center field by Muncy.

    The Razorbacks regained the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. After the first two batters of the inning were retired, Serrano and Reynolds hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first and third. Dominic Ficociello then laced an opposite field double down the right field line, scoring both runners to give Arkansas a 3-1 lead.

    The Bears took their first lead of the game with three runs in the top of the fifth. After a leadoff walk by Adam Toth to begin the inning, Orf reached on an infield single to put runners on first and second. Vick then singled to center field, scoring Toth and advancing Orf to third. Vick stole second to put runners on second and third with nobody out. Back-to-back groundouts by Ludy and Muncy scored Orf and Vick to give the Bears a 4-3 lead.
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    South Carolina-Oklahoma Game Suspended Until Monday
     
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — The NCAA Super Regional game between South Carolina and Oklahoma has been suspended due to heavy rain passing through the Columbia area. The game will resume on Monday at 4:05 p.m. with the if necessary contest to follow at 7:05 p.m. Both contests will be televised on ESPN2. Fans are asked to return with their ticket for reentry for the conclusion of the game. Stay with GamecocksOnline.com for updates.

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    LSU Falls To Stony Brook

    BATON ROUGE -- Stony Brook (52-13) tossed its second-consecutive three-hitter on Sunday, as the Seawolves came back from a game down to advance past LSU to its first College World Series, 7-2, on Sunday night at Alex Box Stadium.

    LSU (47-18), the Southeastern Conference Champion, won a 12-inning affair in game 1 that was halted by rain after 11 innings on Friday afternoon and resumed on Saturday morning with a 5-4 Tigers victory.

    However, back-to-back complete games by Stony Brook pitching ended the Tigers season with a NCAA Super Regional series loss at Alex Box for the first time.

    After Sunday's game was moved from noon to 7 p.m. in anticipation of rain that never came, Stony Brook starter Frankie Vanderka (3-3) allowed only two runs on three hits with four walks and five strikeouts.

    Though the Tigers hit the ball well throughout the game, just about all of the contact landed in back of the Seawolves' gloves.

    Meanwhile, Stony Brook leadoff hitter Travis Jankowski was 4-for-6 with two runs and No. 3 hitter Michael Carmona was 3-for-5 with two runs and one RBI.

    Jankowski singled in front of LSU leftfielder Raph Rhymes to open the game and came around the score on a one-out single by Carmona to give the Seawolves a 1-0 lead.

    The Tigers matched the run with a two-out solo home run to left field by Mason Katz that tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first. However, that the only hit LSU could muster off Vanderka until the seventh inning.

    In the top of the third, Stony Brook put together three runs on five hits to drive starter Ryan Eades (5-3) from the game. Maxx Tessenbaum's RBI double scored Jankowski, who led off the inning with a double of his own. RBI singles by Kevin Krause and Steven Goldstein to end Eades' day with the Tigers trailing 4-1.

    In the fourth, Stony Brook added two runs when LSU reliever Joe Broussard hit a batter and walked one to setup Tissenbaum's two-RBI double to left-center field.

    The Seawolves' 6-1 lead would last until the bottom of the seventh when Alex Edward doubled to right-center, moved to third on a single by Tyler Hanover and scored on a sacrifice fly to deep right-center by Austin Nola.

    Stony Brook answered the run with an RBI single by Krause that scored Carmona for a 7-2 lead.

    Attendance for the game was a school record for a home baseball game, 10,620.