Eight teams punched their tickets to Omaha this past weekend. Some were surprised and some got to where they expected to be. Four of the 16 teams were playing in the first ever Super Regionals (Kent State, Oregon, St. John’s and Stony Brook). Seven national seeds entered the Super Regional weekend, but only four survived the Super Regional weekend.
Rain across the country affected some of the Super Regionals sites, which pushed some deciding games back to Monday. Let’s recap all eight Super Regionals.
Gainesville Super Regional – McKethan Stadium
(1) Florida defeated North Carolina State
Game 1: Florida 7-1
Game 2: Florida 9-8
The Gators again got through another round of the NCAA tournament. In game one of the Gainesville Super Regional, Gators junior starting pitcher Hudson Randall threw seven shutout innings behind Mike Zunino’s three RBIs as the Gators took the opening game. Game two was a tightly contested battle that went into extra innings after the home team, NC State, tied the game in the bottom of the 9th with a RBI single by catcher Danny Canela. Florida centerfielder Daniel Pigott hit what would be the game-winning two-run home run in the 10th, giving the Gators their third straight trip to the College World Series.
Columbia Super Regional – Carolina Stadium
(8) South Carolina defeated Oklahoma
Game 1: South Carolina 5-0
Game 2: South Carolina 5-1
South Carolina’s senior lefthander Michael Roth worked seven and two-third scoreless innings as the Gamecocks took game one. Game two of the series started on Sunday but was suspended until Monday due to rain. Game two was suspended in the bottom of the 6th with no score. When the Gamecocks got back onto the field on Monday, their bats came alive, scoring five runs on five hits (and an error).
Eugene Super Regional – PK Park
Kent State defeated (5) Oregon
Game 1: Kent State 7-6
Game 2: Oregon 3-2
Game 3: Kent State 3-2
Kent State came into the Eugene Super Regional as a heavy underdog against a tested Oregon team. After surviving the Gary Regional, the Golden Flashes wanted to show the country they belong there. Game one ended in dramatic fashion as Kent State centerfielder Evan Campbell made a great game-saving catch in a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the 9th, giving the Golden Flashes the victory. Oregon rebounded from a game one loss by winning game two. In the deciding game three, Kent State punched their ticket to Omaha on a bloop single from Jimmy Rider in the bottom of the 9th. All three games were decided by one run, making this Super Regional one of the most entertaining of the tournament.
Waco Super Regional – Baylor Ballpark
Arkansas defeated (4) Baylor
Game 1: Baylor 8-1
Game 2: Arkansas 5-4
Game 3: Arkansas 1-0
Columbia, IL’s Trent Blank was dominant in a game one victory for Baylor. Blank only allowed one run in eight innings. Baylor centerfielder Logan Vick added two home runs for Baylor’s game one win. Arkansas’ two-run ninth inning rally in game two, forced a winner-take-all game three. The Waco Super Regional champion couldn’t be decided in nine innings as Arkansas upset the number four national seed Baylor Bears, thanks to sophomore Jake Wise’s RBI single in the 10th.
Los Angeles Super Regional – Jackie Robinson Stadium
(2) UCLA defeated TCU
Game 1: UCLA 6-2
Game 2: UCLA 4-1
UCLA’s Cody Regis lead the Bruins to a game one win with a clutch bases-clearing double in the sixth inning. The Bruins shut out the TCU offense from then on. In game two, UCLA never trailed. Bruins’ starting pitcher Nick Vander Tuig pitched six innings, limiting the Horned Frogs offense to one run and five hits. UCLA played small ball to earn their four runs in game two, earning them a trip to the College World Series.
Baton Rouge Super Regional – Alex Box Stadium
Stony Brook defeated (7) LSU
Game 1: LSU 5-4
Game 2: Stony Brook 3-1
Game 3: Stony Brook 7-2
In game one, Stony Brook led 2-1 heading to the bottom of the 9th until LSU second baseman JaCoby Jones hit a game-tying solo home run. Stony Brook and LSU traded home runs in the 10th, again tying the game. The game would ultimately be won by LSU in the 11th. Stony Brook took game two. In the final game of the Super Regional, the Stony Brook starting pitcher Frankie Vanderka’s three-hit complete game led the Seawolves to victory over LSU and earning their first ever appearance to the College World Series.
Tucson Super Regional – Hi Corbett Stadium
Arizona defeated St. John’s
Game 1: Arizona 7-6
Game 2: Arizona 7-4
In game one of the Tucson Super Regional, Arizona rallied from being down 5-0 to win the game in 10th inning. A three-run sixth inning lead by centerfielder Joey Rickard’s triple in right center helped Arizona take the first game. Arizona’s offense started early in game two by scoring three runs in the first inning behind starter Konner Wade’s complete game.
Tallahassee Super Regional – Dick Howser Stadium
(3) Florida State defeated Stanford
Game 1: Florida State 17-1
Game 2: Florida State 18-7
Not even a little rain could stop Florida State as the Seminoles hitting attack scored an amazing 35 runs in just two games. The Seminoles jumped out to big leads early in both games of the series. Stanford’s Mark Appel, a 2012 MLB top ten pick, got roughed up by Florida State in game one, giving up five earned runs in just four innings of work. In game two, FSU connected on three home runs including a Seth Miller grand slam in an eight-run 8th inning.
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