Stanford Regional

#2 Cal State Fullerton 4, #1 Stanford 2 (Stanford eliminated)

#1 Stanford 9, #3 BYU 1 (BYU eliminated)

#2 Cal State Fullerton wins Stanford Regional

Scott Hurst and Chris Hudgins homered as Cal State Fullerton captured the Stanford Regional by beating Stanford, ending the career of the legendary Mark Marquess in the process. Marquess, known as “9” for his jersey number, announced his retirement before the season and leaves the game with a 1,627-878-7 record spanning 41 amazing seasons. His teams won two national titles (1987 and 1988) and made 14 trips to the College World Series. The Titans, however, are moving on as Hurst homered and drove in two, and Hudgins hit a solo homer and scored twice. Colton Eastman allowed two hits and one earned run and struck out five in 6.2 innings for Fullerton (37-21). Stanford ends its season at 42-16.

Chris Castellanos tossed a four-hitter as Stanford beat BYU to advance to the championship game against second-seeded Cal State Fullerton. Castellanos allowed four hits, did not walk a batter and fanned three. The Cardinal (42-15) trailed 1-0 before plating three in the sixth, seventh and eighth. Daniel Bakst (3 for 5, 2 R) homered and drove in three, while Quinn Brodey and Jack Klein both had three hits, two runs and two RBI. Colton Shaver homered in the fifth for the Cougars (38-21).

Chapel Hill Regional

#4 Davidson 2, #2 FGCU 1

#1 North Carolina 8, #3 Michigan 1 (UM eliminated)

Evan Roberts held FGCU scoreless for eight innings as Davidson won to advance to the regional finals. Roberts surrendered a homer to Nick Rivera of the Eagles (43-19) leading off the top of the ninth and finished with eight innings, five hits, one walk and two strikeouts. Westin Whitmire fanned two of the final three batters to record the save. Justin Lebek had an RBI single in the second and Eric Jones (3 for 4) knocked in an insurance run in the eighth for the Wildcats (34-24).

Luca Dalatri allowed one run over seven innings as UNC knocked off UM. Dalatri allowed five hits and two walks while striking out six. The Tar Heels (48-13) erased a 1-0 deficit with three in the fifth and added three in the sixth and two in the seventh. Tyler Lynn went 3 for 4 with two runs and one RBI, while Logan Warmoth, Ashton McGee and Cody Roberts each drove in two for UNC. Drew Lugbauer homered for the Wolverines (42-17).

Baton Rouge Regional

#1 LSU 11, #2 Southeastern Louisiana 6

#3 Rice 13, #4 Texas Southern 6 (TSU eliminated)

Zach Watson went 3 for 5 with two homers, three runs and three RBI, and Kramer Robertson went 4 for 4 with two runs and an RBI as LSU outslugged Southeastern Louisiana in the winners’ bracket. Josh Smith homered and drove in two, and Cole Freeman contributed two RBI for the Tigers (45-17), who scored three in the fifth, two in the sixth and once in the seventh to pull away. Ryan Byers homered and drove in three, and Taylor Schwaner hit a solo homer for the Lions (37-21), who also scored twice on a squeeze bunt as the man on second stole third on the play and came all the way around to score.

Tristan Gray homered twice and knocked in five as Rice eliminated TSU. The Owls (32-30) trailed 5-0 before scoring five in the bottom of the second, and snapped a 6-6 deadlock with six in the seventh. Ryan Chandler (3 for 4, 2 R, 3 RBI) and Andrew Dunlap (1 for 3, 3 BB, 2 R) also went deep for Rice. Christian Sanchez had three hits and three RBI for the Tigers (20-34).

Clemson Regional

#2 Vanderbilt 9, #1 Clemson 4

#4 UNCG 3, #3 St. John’s 1 (St. John’s eliminated)

Kyle Wright struck out nine in seven innings as Vanderbilt topped Clemson to advance to the regional finals. Wright allowed seven hits, one walk and three runs. The Commodores (35-22) scored three in the fourth and four in the sixth in building a 7-0 lead. Half of Vandy’s 16 hits were doubles. Jeren Kendall went 3 for 5 with two doubles and three RBI for the ‘Dores. Andrew Cox drove in two and Seth Beer homered for the Tigers (40-20).

Matt Frisbee tossed six scoreless innings as UNCG eliminated St. John’s. Frisbee allowed three hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Andrew Wantz (3 IP, 2 H, R, BB, 2 K) earned the save. Ben Spitznagel went 1 for 3 with a walk, a run and an RBI for the Spartans (36-23). Troy Dixon was 2 for 3 with a double and one RBI for the Red Storm (42-13).

Corvallis Regional

#1 Oregon State 11, #3 Yale 0

#4 Holy Cross 7, #2 Nebraska 4 (Nebraska eliminated)

Luke Heimlich was brilliant again, striking out eight and allowing two hits in seven scoreless innings, and KJ Harrison homered and drove in three runs as Oregon State rolled past Yale. Steven Kwan went 4 for 5 with a run and an RBI, Elliott Cary had three hits and a run and Adley Rutschman contributed two hits, two runs and two RBI as the Beavers (51-4) pounded out 16 hits and pulled away with a six-run sixth inning. Yale dropped to 33-17.

Austin Masel and Anthony Critelli both had two hits and two RBI as Holy Cross handled Nebraska. The Crusaders (24-28) scored two in the first, snapped a 2-2 tie with three in the fifth and added two more in the sixth. Josh Hassell and Chris Rinaldi both had two hits and two runs for HC. George Capen (3.1 IP 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K) earned the win in relief, while Phil Reese (1.2 IP, 2 H, K) registered the save. Scott Schreiber (2 for 5, 2 R) homered for the Cornhuskers (35-22).

Fayetteville Regional

#2 Missouri State 5, #1 Arkansas 4

#4 Oral Roberts 14, #3 Oklahoma State 6 (OSU eliminated)

Jeremy Eierman singled and scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the sixth to break a 3-3 deadlock and Jack Duffy drove in a run on a groundout later in the frame as MSU nipped Arkansas to stay unbeaten in regional play. Shaddy scored on a wild pitch in the top of the seventh as the Razorbacks (43-18) pulled within one, but Arkansas could not plate the equalizer over the final two innings. Jordan Knutson (2.2 IP, H, R, 2 BB, 2 K) earned the win in relief, while Jake Fromson worked two hitless innings with one walk and one strikeout to record the save. Hunter Steinmetz (2 for 4, 2 R) and Justin Paulsen (2 for 4, 2 RBI) both homered for the Bears (42-17). Luke Bonfield went 3 for 5 and scored once for the Hogs.

Michael Hungate went 4 for 4 with a homer, three runs and five RBI as ORU outscored OSU. The Golden Eagles (43-15) scored multiple runs in four of the first six innings, including five in the third. Trevor  McCutchin drove in three, while Dylan Snypes had two hits, three runs and two RBI for ORU. Taylor Varnell (2 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K) picked up the win in relief. Michael Neustifter had two hits, including a homer, and three RBI for the Cowboys (30-27).

Fort Worth Regional

#1 TCU 9, #4 Central Connecticut State 6

#2 Virginia 6, #3 Dallas Baptist 3

Mitchell Traver tossed seven innings with one hit, one earned run and nine strikeouts, and Evan Skoug homered, drove in three and scored twice as TCU opened Regional play with a win over Central Connecticut State. Eliott Barzilli and Josh Watson each drove in two runs for the Horned Frogs (43-16), who broke from a 3-1 game with a six-run eighth. Dean Lockery had two RBI, and Buddy Dewaine scored twice for the Blue Devils (36-21), who scored five times in the ninth.

After UVa put up three in the third, Robbie Coman had a two-run double to cap a three-run fifth in a win over DBU to begin the Fort Worth Regional after Friday games were postponed due to weather. Andy Weber (3 for 4) and Justin Novak (2 for 2) both scored twice for the Cavaliers (43-14). Derek Casey (7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 K) picked up the win, while Tommy Doyle walked one and struck out two in a hitless ninth to record the save. Jameson Hannah (2 for 4), Tim Millard and Garrett Wolforth each homered for the Patriots (40-20).

Gainesville Regional

#1 Florida 5, #2 USF 1 (12)

#3 Bethune-Cookman 4, #4 Marist 2 (Marist eliminated)

Pinch-runner Blake Reese scored the tie-breaking run from first on a pair of throwing errors in the top of the 12th, and Nelson Maldonado capped the four-run outburst with a two-run single, as UF outlasted USF to stay undefeated in regional play. Michael Byrne was outstanding in relief, tossing five scoreless innings with three hits, two walks and eight strikeouts for the Gators (44-16). Duke Stunkel went 3 for 5 with one RBI for the Bulls (42-18).

Tyler Norris went the distance with seven strikeouts as B-CU bounced Marist. Norris allowed six hits, two walks and two runs. Nate Sterijevski drove in two, while Jameel Edney homered and scored twice for the Wildcats (34-24). Randy Taveras went 3 for 4 with a homer for the Red Foxes (32-23).

Hattiesburg Regional

#2 Mississippi State vs. #4 UIC, #1 Southern Miss vs. #3 South Alabama both postponed due to weather

Houston Regional

#3 Texas A&M 3, #4 Iowa 2

#1 Houston 17, #2 Baylor 3 (BU eliminated)

Corbin Martin allowed two runs over seven innings with nine strikeouts, and Cole Bedford belted a three-run homer in the fourth as Texas A&M edged Iowa to advance to the regional finals. Martin surrendered eight hits and walked two. Cason Sherrod fanned three over 1.2 innings before Kaylor Chafin recorded the final out to pick up the save. Jake Adams (2 for 4) hit his 28th home run, the top mark in the country.

Jake Scheiner homered and drove in six at UH stayed alive against BU. The Cougars (41-20) expanded a 3-0 lead with five in the sixth and added eight in the seventh. Lael Lockhart went 3 for 5 with two runs and four RBI for UH. John King (5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 5 K) picked up the win, while Fred Villarreal (3.1 IP, 3 H) recorded the save. Matt Menard (2 for 3) homered and knocked in two for the Bears (34-23).

Lexington Regional

#3 NC State 5, #1 Kentucky 4

#2 Indiana 11, #4 Ohio 2 (OU eliminated)

Stephen Pitarra and Josh McLain opened the bottom of the first with back-to-back homers, and Sean Adler turned in 7.2 innings of splendid relief as NC State won its winners’ bracket game with Kentucky. Adler replaced Michael Bienlien 20 pitches into the game as the Wolfpack (36-23) made a quick pitching change for the second straight night – he allowed six hits and two earned runs. Evan Mendoza tripled in two runs as NC State scored three times in the fifth to make it 5-2. Riley Mahan drove in two, and Tristan Pompey and Evan White each went 2 for 4 with a solo homer and two runs for the Wildcats (40-21).

Logan Sowers socked three homers to lead IU over OU. Sowers had four hits, four runs and four RBI to lead the offense for the Hoosiers (34-23-2). Craig Dedelow (1 for 3, 3 R) also went deep for IU. Jonathan Stiever (7 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K) hurled the complete game. Ty Black and Rudy Rott both had two hits for the Bobcats (31-28).

Long Beach Regional

Long Beach Regional

#2 Texas 5, #1 Long Beach State 3 (12)

#4 San Diego State 3, #3 UCLA 2 (13) (UCLA eliminated)

In possibly the game of the tournament so far, Travis Jones delivered a two-run single in the top of the 12th to lift Texas past Long Beach State in the winners’ bracket. Both starting pitchers, Texas’ Morgan Cooper (8 IP, 2 ER, 7 K) and the Beach’s Darren McCaughan (7 IP, 2 ER, 3 K), pitched deep into the game. The Longhorns (39-22) used three solo homers, two from Bret Boswell and one from Zane Gurwitz, to get to extra innings. Long Beach (38-18) nearly won it in the 10th when Jarren Duran tried to stretch a triple into a game-winning, inside-the-park homer. But Austin Todd fired a long arcing throw from the wall in left toward cutoff man Ryan Reynolds at third. Reynolds incredibly barehanded the throw after it hit the dirt, turned and fired home to catcher Michael Cantu just in time to get Duran. Brock Lundquist went 2 for 3 with a homer for the Dirtbags.

Danny Sheehan was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, allowing Dean Nevarez to score the go-ahead run in the top of the 13th inning as San Diego State eliminated UCLA. CJ Saylor tossed 4.2 innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits and striking out four for the Aztecs (42-20). Nevarez reached on an error to open the 13th and moved up on Julian Escobedo’s single and a sacrifice bunt. After a walk, Sheehan was hit by a pitch. Andrew Brown had two hits and a run for SDSU. Jake Hirabayashi went 2 for 2 with an RBI for the Bruins (30-28). Jon Olsen turned in a strong start for UCLA, working 7.2 innings with four hits and two earned runs.

Louisville Regional

#1 Louisville 11, #2 Oklahoma 1

#3 Xavier 3, #4 Radford 1 (RU eliminated)

Logan Taylor had three RBI, including a two-run single to break a 1-1 tie in a seven-run eighth inning as Louisville ran away from Oklahoma in the winners’ bracket. Colby Fitch followed Taylor’s single with a two-run triple and the floodgates were open. Colin Lyman had two hits and two RBI, and Brendan McKay, who allowed three hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings, added two RBI for Louisville (49-10). Jake Irvin threw very well for the Sooners (35-23) with seven innings, three hits and three earned runs.

Garrett Schilling and Trey Schramm combined on a two-hitter as XU edged RU. Schilling allowed two hits and a run in seven innings with one walk and five strikeouts. Schramm tossed two hitless innings with one punchout to record the save. Nate Soria went 1 for 4 with one RBI for the Musketeers (33-26). Luke Wise went 1 for 3 with a double for the Highlanders (27-32).

Lubbock Regional

#1 Texas Tech 6, #3 Sam Houston State 0

#2 Arizona 6, #4 Delaware 5 (12) (UD eliminated)

Steven Gingery tossed six scoreless innings as TTU blanked SHSU to advance to the regional finals. Gingery allowed two hits and two walks while striking out eight. Jose Quezada gave up one hit and fanned five in two innings, while Dylan Dusek worked around one hit in a scoreless ninth to preserve the shutout. Tanner Gardner (3 for 5) homered twice and drove in four, while Ryan Long (2 for 4, 2 R) also went deep for the Red Raiders (45-15). Hunter Hearn went 1 for 3 with a walk for the Bearkats (41-21).

Alfonso Rivas hit a solo homer in the top of the 12th inning as Arizona eliminated Delaware. The Blue Hens (34-23) trailed 5-1 before scoring twice in the eighth on Jeremy Ake’s single and twice more on Jordan Glover’s single in the ninth, when they nearly ended the game. Cesar Salazar had three hits and three runs to lead Arizona (38-20), which got a solid start from Cameron Ming (7.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER). Glover finished with two hits, two runs and two RBI for Delaware.

Tallahassee Regional

#3 Auburn 5, #4 Tennessee Tech 3

#1 Florida State 6, #2 UCF 1 (UCF eliminated)

Casey Mize went the distance with 12 strikeouts as Auburn edged TTU to advance to the regional finals. Mize scattered seven hits and walked one. Luke Jarvis knocked in two, while Jay Estes went 2 for 2 with a homer, two walks, two runs and one RBI for the Tigers (37-24). Ryan Flick and Chase Chambers both homered for the Golden Eagles (41-20).

Tyler Holton struck out 13 in a complete-game victory as FSU downed UCF. Holton gave up six hits and one unearned run with no walks. Jackson Lueck launched a three-run homer in the top of the third to put the Seminoles (40-21) on top for good. Taylor Walls (2 for 5, 2 R) also went deep for FSU. Matthew Mika had an RBI single in the seventh for the Knights (40-22).

Winston-Salem Regional

#1 Wake Forest 4, #2 West Virginia 3

#3 Maryland 16, #4 UMBC 2 (UMBC eliminated)

Gavin Sheets drilled a ball off the wall in right-center to score Jonathan Pryor with the game-winning run as Wake Forest edged West Virginia in the winners’ bracket. The Mountaineers (35-25) scored three times in the first as Darius Hill singled in a run, and Jackson Cramer ripped a two-run homer. But Parker Dunshee was nearly unhittable from there, finishing with seven innings, six hits and five strikeouts and giving the Demon Deacons (41-18) a chance to come back. Bruce Steele hit a two-run homer for Wake to cut the lead to 3-2 in the fifth, and Pryor drove in a run in the seventh to tie the game. Griffin Roberts worked into and out of a jam in the eighth and closed with two scoreless innings with four strikeouts to post the win for Wake Forest.

Kevin Smith homered twice and drove in six as Maryland mauled UMBC. the Terrapins (38-22) scored multiple runs in five of the final seven innings, including six in the fourth. Marty Costes homered and knocked in three for Maryland. Taylor Bloom allowed two runs in eight innings with seven hits and a pair of walks to record the win. AJ Wright and Zack Bright both went deep for the Retrievers (23-25).

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