Michigan 10 Memphis 7
Nick Recknagel and Doug Pickens each had two hits and three RBI as the Wolverines picked up a 10-7 victory over Memphis. Zach Putnam picked up the victory by pitching eight innings while giving up all seven runs. Michigan will take on Vanderbilt on Saturday while Memphis will take on Austin Peay in an elimination game.
Vanderbilt 2 Austin Peay 1 (11 innings)
Vanderbilt received a scare from Austin Peay but were able to survive for a 2-1 victory over the Governors. David Price started for Vandy and provided nine innings while allowing one run on five hits. Austin Peay starter Shawn Kelley went 10 strong innings while only giving up one run on five hits and had nine strikeouts. Vandy will take on Michigan in the winner’s bracket game on Saturday while Austin Peay will play Memphis in an elimination game.
Vandy Rivals Recap
Austin Peay Recap
Clemson 3 St. John’s 2
The Clemson Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk-off with a 3-2 victory over St. John’s. Brad Chaulk hit a single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to break a 2-2 tie and give the Tigers the walk-off victory. The Tigers will face Coastal Carolina in the winner’s bracket on Saturday while St. John’s will play VCU.
St. John’s Recap
Coastal Carolina 7 VCU 1
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers picked up a 7-1 victory over VCU to advance in the winner’s bracket. Coastal Carolina was led by Tommy Baldridge who went 2-4 with two RBI. Bobby Gagg let up one run in 7.1 innings and picked up the win. Coastal Carolina will take on Clemson in the winner’s bracket while VCU will play St. John’s in an elimination game.
Coastal Carolina Recap
UCLA 7 Pepperdine 3
Tyson Brummett (UCLA) pitched 8.2 innings while giving up three runs as his Bruins picked up pa 7-3 victory over Pepperdine. The UCLA offense got to Peperdine ace Barry Enright for six run in 6.1 innings. UCLA will face surprise winner UIC while Pepperdine will face Long Beach State in an elimination game.
UIC 4 Long Beach State 1
The UIC Flames picked up an impressive 4-1 victory over Regional host Long Beach State on Friday evening. The Dirtbags were held to only one hit by UIC starter Ryan Zink who pitched eight strong innings. David Cales struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to pick up the impressive victory for the Flames. UIC will play UCLA on Saturday in the winners bracket while LBSU will play Pepperdine.
Oklahoma State 6 Creighton 4
The Cowboys scored four runs in the first inning to grab an early lead and were able to hold onto a 6-4 victory over Creighton. Oklahoma State was led by Rebel Ridling who went 2-4 with 3 RBI in the win. Oklahoma State will take on Arkansas on Saturday while Creighton will take on Albany.
Oklahoma State Recap
Arkansas 9 Albany 0
The Arkansas Razorbacks continued their recent hot streak with a 9-0 victory in the NCAA Regional in Fayetteville. Duke Welker threw six shutout innings on the mound to keep the Great Danes offense silent. The Razorbacks will be back in action on Saturday against Oklahoma State while Albany will play Creighton.
SOUTHERN MISS 14, TROY 1
Southern Miss won an opening game in an NCAA baseball regional for the first time in three years, routing Troy 14-1 today in the Oxford Regional.
The Golden Eagles (39-21) will next play at 5 p.m. Saturday against Ole Miss at Oxford-University Stadium.
USM rolled to a 9-0 lead after two innings, as Troy (34-26) committed four errors and the Golden Eagles banged out six hits in that stretch.
OLE MISS 9, SAM HOUSTON STATE 5
Cody Overbeck drove in four runs and Ole Miss used four big innings to beat Sam Houston State 14-5 tonight in a first-round game of the Oxford Regional.
The victory set up in-state showdown on Saturday night against Southern Miss. The top-seeded Rebels will play the second-seeded Golden Eagles at 5 p.m.
Zach Miller, Zack Cozart and Logan Power each added a pair of RBIs for the Rebels, who broke the game open with three runs in the sixth and then put the Bearkats away with a five-run eighth.
Ole Miss had 12 hits overall, including homers by Power and Overbeck.
The Rebels, who scored four runs in the first, were locked in a 4-4 tie until Miller tripled to lead off the fifth inning. He scored one batter later when Justin Henry grounded out to second base.
Charlotte 6 NC State 3
Adam Mills continued his strong season pitching seven innings while giving up two unearned runs as the 49ers won their first NCAA Regional game. Charlotte’s offense was led by Kris Rochelle went 3-3 with one run scored. Charlotte advances to play South Carolina while NC State will play Wofford.
NC State Recap
South Carolina 9 Wofford 1
Justin Smoak hit two homers and Reese Havens drove in three runs as the Gamecocks won 9-1 over Wofford. Harris Honeycutt pitched seven strong innings while only giving up the one run. South Carolina will take on Charlotte in the winner’s bracket while Wofford will play NC State on Saturday in an elimination game.
South Carolina Recap
Virginia 5 Lafayette 1
The Virginia Cavaliers opened up their run to Omaha with a 5-1 victory over Lafayette. Sean Doolittle gave the Cavaliers 7.2 innings while giving up 1 run on nine hits. Brandon Guyer hit a key three run homer in the first inning to set the pace for the Cavs offense. Virginia will play defending national champion Oregon State on Saturday while Lafayette will play Rutgers on Saturday in an elimination game.
Oregon State 5 Rutgers 1
Joe Paterson let up one run in six innings as he led the defending national champion Beavers to a 5-1 victory over Rutgers. John Wallace led the offense with 2 RBI. Oregon State will take on Virginia on Saturday while Rutgers will play Lafayette.
Oregon State Recap
East Carolina 9 Western Carolina 8
The East Carolina Pirates got a bases loaded single in the bottom of the eighth inning by Jamie Ray to drive home the winning run as the Pirates picked up a 9-8 victory over Western Carolina. East Carolina advances in the winning bracket to take on North Carolina on Saturday. Western Carolina will take on Jacksonville in an elimination game on Saturday.
North Carolina 6 Jacksonville 0
Robert Woodard threw eight shutout innings while scattering seven hits as he shutdown the Jacksonville offense in a 6-0 victory. The Carolina offense was led by Tim Federowicz who went 3-4 with 2 RBI. They advance in the winners bracket to take on East Carolina while Jacksonville will take on Western Carolina.
A late season surge has given Missouri the opportunity to host at least one weekend of NCAA postseason play. The Tigers will be welcoming second-seeded Miami, on a roll themselves, as well as both Louisville and Kent State. That survivor will then take on the winner from Fayetteville next weekend. Arkansas, the top seed at home and the seventh overall national seed, will see Creighton, Oklahoma State, and Albany make their way to town this weekend. Are the Tigers and Hogs on a collision course, or will someone else break up the party?
COLUMBIA, MO REGIONAL
vs Fayetteville Regional
(1) Missouri (40-16)
It’s been a great season for the Tigers, who finished a surprising second in the Big 12 at 19-8. Despite a 1-2 showing in the Big 12 tournament, they were still chosen to host a regional for the first time since 1965.
(2) Miami (36-22)
Miami was penciled in as a potential title contender, but finished in the middle of the pack in the ACC. This is the second straight year the Hurricanes go to a Big 12 school for the postseason, having gone to Nebraska a year ago.
(3) Louisville (40-20)
The 2007 season has been a historic one for Louisville. The Cardinals, under first-year coach Dan McConnell, have won a school-record 40 games, and make only their second regional appearance in school history. The Cards finished third in the Big East with a 19-8 record, one game behind St. John‘s and Rutgers, and went 2-2 in the Big East tourney.
(4) Kent State (33-24)
The Golden Flashes captured the Mid-American‘s Eastern Division title with a 19-8 record, then won four in a row to win the automatic bid, knocking off #1 seed Eastern Michigan twice in the process. The Golden Flashes enter their first postseason appearance since 2004 on a hot streak, having won 16 of their last 17 games.