Recapping the action from the Fullerton Regional at Goodwin Field on Sunday.
Utah- 9, Gonzaga- 7
Led by a 5-for-5 performance by freshman Tyler Yagi, the Utah baseball team defeated Gonzaga in an elimination game of the NCAA Regional on Sunday afternoon, 9-7.
With the win, Utah turns around to play Cal State Fullerton in the regional title game tonight beginning at 6:10 p.m. (PT, 7:10 MT). The Utes would have to beat the Titans twice to win the regional.
Yagi, who tied his career-high for hits, led a Utes offense that has scored 20 runs and banged out 33 hits in their two elimination games since an opening night loss to Cal State Fullerton on Friday.
Recapping the action from the Irvine Regional at Anteater Ballpark on Sunday.
UC Irvine- 14, San Diego St.- 3
Jeff Cusick went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and the UC Irvine offense belted out 19 hits in a 14-3 victory versus San Diego State in an elimination game of the Irvine Regional Sunday at Anteater Ballpark.
Ben Orloff, Ronnie Shaeffer, Casey Stevenson and Dillon Bill provided three hits apiece as the Anteaters rebounded from a 5-0 shutout loss to Virginia just one night earlier.
Recapping the action from the Irvine Regional at Anteater Ballpark on Saturday.
Virginia- 5, UC Irvine- 0
IRVINE, CA- Danny Hultzen (Fr., Bethesda, Md.) pitched a masterful 7.1 shutout innings and the Virginia offense broke through for five runs in the fifth and sixth innings as the Cavaliers shut out top-ranked UC Irvine, 5-0, Saturday night at the 2009 NCAA Irvine Regional at Anteater Ballpark in Irvine, Calif. UCI is the top seed in the regional and the No. 6 national seed, while UVa is the No. 2 seed in the regional.
Recapping the action from the Norman Regional at L. Dale Mitchell Stadium on Saturday.
Arkansas- 17, Oklahoma-6
NORMAN, OK- The No. 21 Arkansas Razorback baseball team pounded out a season high 20 hits including three or more from Ben Tschepikow, Scott Lyons, Andy Wilkins and James McCann to remain undefeated in the NCAA Norman Regional with a 17-6 victory over the No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners at L. Dale Mitchell Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday night.
Recapping the action from the Fullerton Regional at Goodwin Field on Saturday.
Cal St. Fullerton- 7, Gonzaga- 4
FULLERTON, CA- Cal State Fullerton senior catcher Dustin Garneau finished 5-for-5 with three runs scored, including the go-ahead run on a Joe Scott single in the sixth, and sophomore right-hander Daniel Renken settled down to strike out six in eight innings of work as the top- seeded Titans defeated third-seeded Gonzaga, 7-4, on Saturday night at Goodwin Field in game four of the 2009 NCAA Baseball Regionals in front of 2,255 fans.
Recapping the action from the Irvine Regional at Anteater Ballpark on Friday.
Virginia- 5, San Diego St.- 1
Irvine, CA- Virginia’s pitching staff outdueled San Diego State phenom Stephen Strasburg as the seventh-ranked Cavaliers notched a 5-1 victory Friday afternoon in the opening round of the 2009 NCAA Irvine Regional at Anteater Ballpark in Irvine, Calif. The Cavaliers recorded two early runs, then rode their pitching before tacking on three runs in the eighth inning against the Aztecs’ bullpen to seal the win and hand Strasburg his first loss of 2009.
Recapping the action from the Fullerton Regional at Goodwin Field on Friday.
Gonzaga- 19, Georgia Southern- 10
FULLERTON, CA- No. 19 Gonzaga University pounded out 18 hits to post a 19-10 opening game win over #29 Georgia Southern University in the first game of the Fullerton Regional of the NCAA Tournament Friday afternoon. The 19 runs scored is a season-high for the Zags and the most ever scored by a Gonzaga squad in an NCAA Tournament game, a span of 22 games.
Who’s going to come out of the Louisville Regional? I don’t think anyone really knows because there is no dominant team in this regional and every team has a legitimate chance to advance. Big East champion Louisville will host a regional for the first time in program history (although they did host a Super Regional) as the #1 seed, Sun Belt Conference champion Middle Tennessee is the second seed, while a hot Vanderbilt squad is the #3 seed and the recently crowned Big 10 Tournament champion Indiana Hoosiers rounds out the field as the #4 seed.
The opening game of the regional between Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee will be played at 3 pm EDT on Friday, with Louisville and Indiana to follow at 7 pm EDT. The first elimination game will be played at 3 pm EDT with the winner’s bracket championship game at 7 pm EDT Saturday. Sunday’s slate opens with the second elimination game at 3 pm EDT and closes with the first regional championship game at 7 pm EDT. If necessary, a second regional championship game will be played on Monday at 7 pm EDT.
While fellow Big West power UC Irvine was dealt an incredibly difficult regional, just 20 minutes away, Cal St. Fullerton was handed what some consider the easiest road to the Super Regionals. The #2 national seed, Fullerton will be joined at Goodwin Field by the SoCon Tournament champs, Georgia Southern, the West Coast Conference champion Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Mountain West Tournament winners, Utah.
The opening game of the regional will be played at 3 pm PDT on Friday and will feature Georgia Southern taking on Gonzaga. The second game of the regional will see Cal St. Fullerton play Utah at 7 pm PDT. The first elimination game is at 2 pm PDT on Saturday, with the winner’s bracket championship game at 6 pm PDT. The second elimination game is at 2 pm PDT on Sunday with the first regional championship game at 6 pm PDT. If necessary, there will be a second regional championship game at 6 pm PDT on Monday.
The 2009 Irvine Regional, hosted by the #6 national seed UC Irvine at Anteater Ballpark, is arguably the toughest of the sixteen regionals and will be broadcast live on ESPNU. The ACC Tournament champion Virginia Cavaliers are the regionals number two seed, San Diego St. and superstar Steven Strasburg are seeded third, while defending champion Fresno St. rounds out the field as the fourth seed.
The opening game of the regional will be played at 4 pm PDT on Friday and will feature Virginia taking on San Diego St.’s Steven Strasburg. The second game of the regional will see UC Irvine play Fresno St. at 8 pm PDT. The first elimination game is at 4 pm PDT on Saturday, with the winner’s bracket championship game at 8 pm PDT. The second elimination game is at 4 pm PDT on Sunday with the first regional championship game at 8 pm PDT. If necessary, there will be a second regional championship game at 8 pm PDT on Monday.