The second day of the NCAA Tournament was very interesting as it is usually with several upsets and teams not living up to expectations.
- The biggest upsets of the day was the Ole Miss Rebels blowing a one run ninth inning lead to Tulane who got a two run homer from Jake Rodgers to take the late lead. The victory by the Green Wave eliminated the Rebels from the Regional to send them out with an 0-2 record. This combined with a Boston College win over Utah sets up a Tulane and Utah game with the winner facing off against the Eagles in the Regional final.
- The other big storyline is Vanderbilt having a tough day going 0-2 with Xavier using a 13 run 7th inning to lead themselves to a 15-1 victory while Washington came back from a 8-2 deficit to defeat the Commodores 9-8 with the big hit coming from Washington center fielder and head coach Lindsey Meggs son Jack. The Huskies move on to face the loser of the Xavier and UC Santa Barbara game on Sunday.
- UNC-Wilmington picked up a wild 11-7 victory over Rhode Island to advance to the Regional Final where they will face the winner of South Carolina and Rhode Island. Wilmington has been right at the cusp of breaking through onto the real national stage for the past couple of seasons. We will see if they can make their first Super Regional appearance over the coming days.
- The East Carolina Pirates had Virginia on the ropes throughout their winner’s bracket matchup on Saturday afternoon. The Pirates though couldn’t find the big hit until the ninth inning when they exploded for five runs to erase a 6-3 ninth inning deficit to defeat the Cavaliers 8-6 on a Travis Watkins walk-off three run homer.