Two wins. That’s all it takes. Two wins during the Super Regional round punches a ticket for a team to advance to the ultimate college baseball destination…Omaha.
For eight squads, that first win was within grasp on Friday. See who took the early advantage on the left side of the bracket:
Riverside—UC Riverside Baseball Coach Doug Smith announced today that he is retiring after nearly 40 years with the program including the last 10 as the team’s head coach. Highlanders Pitching Coach Bobby Applegate has been named the team’s interim head coach, and a national search for Coach Smith’s fulltime replacement will begin immediately.
“I’ve been honored and privileged to be a part of UC Riverside and the Highlanders baseball program for 36 years,” said Smith, “and during that time I have been fortunate to be surrounded by great mentors, great peers, and great student-athletes. I have been a very lucky man. I look forward to continuing my relationship with UC Riverside Athletics, this time as a fan and supporter.” Continue reading
Corvallis, Ore. – Andrew Morales and Evan Manarino combined for 7.2 innings on short rest as UC Irvine defeated No. 1 overall seed Oregon State 4-2 in the finale of the Corvallis Regional.
The Anteaters (39-23) play Oklahoma State in the Super Regionals in Stillwater, Okla., next. Oregon State (45-14) fell short at home in front of 3,435 baseball fans. Continue reading
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – College of Charleston (44-17) swept through the NCAA Gainesville Regional with three straight victories, including a 4-2 win over Long Beach State (34-26) on Monday, to win the regional and advance to a Super Regional. Continue reading
Oregon State 6 UNLV 1
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Senior Ben Wetzler pitched a complete-game four-hitter and Oregon State eliminated UNLV 6-1 on Sunday to remain in contention for the Corvallis Regional title.
Wetzler struck out 10 and raised his record to 12-1 with his school-record 36th career victory. He is 8-0 with a 0.66 ERA in eight home starts and has not allowed more than two runs in any outing. Continue reading
Cal State Fullerton 4 Nebraska 3
STILLWATER, Okla. - Grahamm Wiest went eight solid innings and Cal State Fullerton capitalized on a number of mistakes as they eliminated No. 19 Nebraska 4-3 Sunday afternoon in an elimination game at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. Continue reading
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Things pretty much went the way Cal Poly head coach Larry Lee drew them up in Sunday afternoon’s elimination game.
He said as much himself after the game.
“It kind of went the way it was scripted,” Lee said. “[Justin] Calomeni came out and gave us some quality outs. [Bryan] Granger came in, did what he needed to do to shorten the game to get to [Reed] Reilly.
“This is the fifth game of this Regional and there’s been four one-run ballgame and one two-run game. Just shows you how competitive this Regional is.”
The Mustangs scored in each of the first four innings, building a 5-1 lead and held on as Sacramento State scrapped back before falling 6-5.
Long Beach State 5 UNC 4 (Suspended/7th inning)
Gainesville, Fla. - Long Beach State’s Michael Hill gave the Dirtbags a crucial advantage against North Carolina, hitting a sixth-inning home run to give Long Beach State a 5-4 lead in a rain-marred contest that was suspended in the 7th inning. Play will resume at Noon ET Monday. Continue reading
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Cal Poly and Regional winner’s bracket games just don’t seem to get along. And routine flyballs are the instigator.
For the second year in a row, a flyball that should have been a routine out changed the momentum of Cal Poly’s Regional winner’s bracket contest. Pepperdine (41-16) took advantage, scoring two runs in the seventh inning to take a 2-1 victory Saturday night at Baggett Stadium.
“That was a tough one. We let an opportunity slide by,” Cal Poly head coach Larry Lee said. “Casey [Bloomquist] has been our most consistent pitcher all year. He showed that again tonight.”
UNLV 2 North Dakota State 1
CORVALLIS, Ore. - UNLV baseball (36-24) fought off elimination in the NCAA tournament by beating North Dakota State (25-26) 2-1 on Saturday afternoon. Continue reading