NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The road to Omaha became considerably shorter for the Vanderbilt baseball team on Friday afternoon. Continue reading
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:
Arizona State baseball struggled this season with a 33-24 campaign and head coach Tim Esmay is facing some intense heat from his athletic director Ray Anderson who was hired in January. Earlier, this year he stated that he was not happy with the direction of the program and today was a guest on 98.7 Arizona’s Sports Page where he made some interesting comments about Esmay. 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
OXFORD, Miss. – It took extra innings and enduring a nearly two-hour rain delay, but an RBI triple in the 10th inning from Sikes Orvis propelled No. 12 Ole Miss (44-18) to a 3-2 win over No. 14 Washington (41-17-1) and into an NCAA 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
Georgia Tech 4 Jacksonville State 2
OXFORD, Miss. – Matt Gonzalez broke a 1-1 tie with a two-out, two-run double in the ninth inning as No. 25 Georgia Tech rallied to stave off elimination Sunday with a 4-2 win over Jacksonville State in the NCAA Oxford Regional.
The Yellow Jackets (37-26) will play again Sunday versus the loser of a game between Washington and Ole Miss that was set for a 4 p.m. ET first pitch. The late game at Ole Miss’s Swayze Field will begin at approximately 8 p.m. ET on ESPN3. Continue reading
Stanford 12 Youngstown State 4
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Stanford eliminated Youngstown State and stayed alive in the Bloomington Regional with an 12-4 win Sunday afternoon at Bart Kaufman Field. Brett Hanewich threw seven innings, while allowing one earned run on three hits, and Danny Diekroeger went 3-4 with three RBI to lead the Cardinal.
Stanford (32-24) moves on to tonight’s championship round against No. 4 national seed Indiana by ending Youngstown State’s season. The Penguins had won five of their last six, including the program’s first NCAA regional win Saturday against Indiana State. Continue reading
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — After losing 4-2 to Cal Poly on Friday night, first baseman Rhys Hoskins said Sacramento State wasn’t going to go “two-and-que” (being eliminated after losing the two first games).
The MLB Draft prospect did his part to assure that the Hornets’ season didn’t end Saturday afternoon at Baggett Stadium. Hoskins reached base three times and cut down the potential tying runner at home in the ninth inning.
Sacramento State (40-23) scored three runs in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and then held on through a wild ninth inning. In the final frame, Arizona State big bopper RJ Ybarra knocked a two-run homer and the Sun Devils (33-24) put the tying runner on third base, but Hoskins fired home on a chopper and got runner Drew Stankiewicz hung in a rundown. Alex Palsha finished off the game by striking out Trever Allen on a high curveball.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Sacramento State won its first NCAA Tournament game thanks to a three-run eighth inning that broke a 2-2 tie.
A wild ninth inning saw RJ Ybarra knock a towering pinch hit, two-run home run to cut the lead to 5-4. Perennial college baseball postseason program Arizona State then put the tying and go-ahead runs on base, but the Hornets cut down the tying run trying to score from third on a chopper to first base.
With closer Sutter McLoughlin unavailable, Alex Palsha stayed the course and struck out dangerous hitter Trever Allen with a high curveball to end the game.
A booted potential double play ball propelled Sacramento State’s three-run inning, putting two men in scoring position with no outs. David Del Grande put the Hornets ahead with an RBI single through the left side. Dane Fujinaka singled home another run and a bases loaded walk to Nathan Lukes later in the inning made it 5-2.
Lukes also had a two-run double that opened the scoring in the fifth inning, but Arizona State responded with a pair of runs in the next half inning on a Dalton Dinatale bases loaded bloop single.
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Pepperdine 2, Cal Poly 1
An outfield collision started a two-run rally that was just enough for Pepperdine to take a 2-1 victory over Cal Poly Saturday night.
The Mustangs (46-10) held a 1-0 lead after Mark Mathias hit a deep fly to right field to score Chris Hoo in the second inning. But in the seventh inning, Aaron Barnett’s routine flyball to left-centerfield resulted in a triple when Jordan Ellis and Zack Zehner collided and the ball bounced off Ellis’ glove toward the warning track.
Hutton Moyer followed with a double off the right field wall to drive in pinch runner Jeremy Goldenetz. Moyer came in to score the winning run two batters later when John Schuknecht couldn’t make an over-the-shoulder grab on Manny Jefferson’s two-out flare behind first base.
Aaron Brown picked up his 12th win of the season, allowing three hits and an unearned run in eight innings. Casey Bloomquist took the tough-luck loss despite giving up just one earned run in a complete game effort.
Moyer finished the game 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI for Pepperdine while Brian Mundell had two of Cal Poly’s three hits.
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