Super Regional Updates

There were grand slam walkoffs and walkoff singles. Some exciting finishes in the super regionals with the SEC almost shutout from having a team appear in the College World Series. Upsets galore with lots of grand slams putting crooked numbers on the board.

Louisville Regional

UC Santa Barbara pulled the upset of the day with a sweep of Louisville. They won the opener 4-2 getting seven innings of solid work from Shane Bieber. Kyle Nelson came on to pitch the last two innings to get the save. Austin Bush hit a solo shot to lead the offense.

The second game Santa Barbara was trailing 3-0 going into the bottom of the ninth. The Guachos loaded the bases with one out for freshman pinch hitter Sam Cohen. He does what many kids fantasize about launching a two strike pitch from first round draft pick Zach Burdi over the fence just inside the right field foul pole for a walk off grand slam homerun. Talk about pandemonium. If only it was being played in Santa Barbara and not Louisville the place would have gone beserk. As it was, only the Santa Barbara players were celebrating and a few of the fans that had come east to watch the team play.

For Louisville it was their first back to back losses at home since 2012.

Baton Rouge Super Reional

In another upset Coastal Carolina swept by their favored hosts in two advancing to the College World Series for the first time. Seth Lancaster went 4 for 4 including getting the clutch RBI single to put Coastal up 5-4 in an eventual 11-8 win. The second game saw LSU tie the game 3-3 in the top of the ninth after an error allowed the run to score. LSU stranded the bases loaded with one out to allow Coastal Carolina to pull off the walk off heroics in the bottom of the ninth.

A walk to Anthony Marks and a stolen base put him in scoring position for a single to left by Michael Paez that ended the game. The single by Paez was his only hit of the day after five at bats.

Gainesville Super Regional

Shutouts ruled the day but the Florida Gators became the only SEC team to advance to the College World Series after being shutout in the opener 3-0 by Florida State and Drew Carlton. Drew threw a complete game two hitter facing only one batter above the minimum.

In the second game Florida used two pitchers to combine for a two hit shutout in their 5-0 win. Logan Shore went 8 innings, striking out nine leaving it to Shaun Anderson to finish the game off with a one inning of shutout relief. Peter Alonso was the offensive hero with three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Florida finished Florida State off using two first round picks, A.J. Puk for the first 3.2 innings and following him with Dane Dunning for 4.2 innings to finish off the 7-0 win. Shaun Anderson again finished it off with the last inning of shutout relief. J.J. Schwarz was the offensive hero with a grand slam homerun in the fifth and five RBIs in the 7-0 win.

Columbia Super Regional

Thomas Hatch shutout South Carolina for the first seven innings to lead Oklahoma State to a 5-1 opening day win. Collin Threroux clinched the game with his three run homerun in the ninth to give Oklahoma State a 5-0 lead. South Carolina scored their lone run in the bottom of the ninth.

Tyler Buffett pitched the Cowboys to the 3-1 win and the sweep against the Gamecocks, working seven innings and giving up just one run. The Cowboys scored all their runs in the fifth to get the win,

Lubbock Super Regional

East Carolina set themselves up for the upset by beating Texas Tech in the opener 8-6. Travis Watkins drove in six of the eight runs with a grand slam homer in the fifth and a two run homer in the sixth for the Pirates.

The Red Raiders got five innings from Steven Gingery and five innings of bullpen work from Robert Duggar to win the second game 3-1. Eric Gutierrez got his first hit of the game in his sixth at bat in the 13th inning to drive in two runs and give Texas Tech the 3-1 win.

Texas Tech mauled the Pirates in the rubber game 11-0, Erikson Lanning working the first seven innings of shutout two hit ball. Gutierrez drove in three runs on a perfect 2 for 2 day and Hunter Hargrove four runs to lead the offense.

Starkville Super Regional

A classic 1-0 pitcher’s duel won by Arizona and Bobby Dalbec over Mississippi State and Dakota Hudson. JJ Matjevic roped an RBI double in the sixth to drive in the only run of the game. Cameron Ming was called on with two out and two on in the ninth inning to strike out the one hitter he faced to finish off the win.

In the second game Alfonso Rivas hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 5-5. Arizona loaded the bases with one out but failed to score. Cesar Salazar hit the walk off single in the bottom of the 13th to give Arizona a 6-5 victory and a sweep of the Super Regional. Cameron Ming pitched the last two innings of shutout relief to pick up the win. Ryan Aguilar bombed a three run blast in the eighth to put Arizona back in the game.

Brent Rooker went deep twice for Mississippi State to drive in three runs in a losing cause.

College Station Super Regional

TCU walked over Texas A&M 8-2 in the opener. Texas A&M returned the favor in the second game 7-1, banging four balls out of the park. TCU got seven innings of two hit, one unearned run pitching from Brian Howard to win the rubber game 4-1.

Coral Gables Super Regional

Miami advanced to the World Series winning the best of three match up against Boston College 12-7. Johnny Ruiz drove in five runs, taking the ball deep twice.

Boston College evened the series at one game a piece with a 5-3 win. A big four spot in the fourth was enough to pull them over the top.

Edgar Michelangeli was a one man wrecking crew in the third game, driving in seven runs with two homeruns to lead Miami to a 9-4 win over Boston College. He hit both a three run homerun in the second and a grand slam homerun in the seventh to drive in seven of the nine Hurricane runs.

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