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Regionals roundup: Rice cooked on Day One

By The Associated Press

Friday's Capsules

Houston Regional

Texas Southern 4, Rice 3

HOUSTON (AP) — Herman Coachmen hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and Brandon Stricklen worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth to lead Texas Southern past defending national champion Rice 4-3 Friday night, the opening day of the NCAA baseball regionals.

Rice starter Phil Humber (13-3) coasted through the first 7 1-3 innings, striking out 11 and allowing only one earned run while the Owls held a 3-1 lead.

Andre Nevels led off the eighth with a walk and Mario Deleon then lined an infield single off the glove of Owls' first baseman Matt Euckert before Coachmen homered.

The Owls (43-13) tried to regroup in the bottom half when Josh Rodriguez led off with a single and was moved to third by a sacrifice bunt and a fly to left field, but Corey Alexander ended the inning with a diving catch over the bullpen fence in foul territory.

The Tigers (19-33), who qualified for the NCAAs by winning the SWAC tournament, overcame two early errors, a lightning delay and a rain delay of more than two hours with one out in the bottom of the ninth to complete the upset.

Chris Kolhorst greeted Stricklen with a single immediately after the delay and promptly walked Austin Davis before striking out Paul Janish and inducing a groundout from Rodriguez to second to end it.

Texas Southern will play Lamar or Texas A&M on Saturday.

Texas A&M vs. Lamar suspended

HOUSTON (AP) — The game between Lamar and Texas A&M was suspended because of storms until 10 a.m. Saturday. The game was halted by lightning with Texas A&M leading 6-0 after four innings. Rice will face the loser Saturday.

Stanford Regional

Long Beach State 4, St. John's 3

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Sean Boatright's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth lifted Long Beach State over St. John's.

Boatright had two hits for the 49ers (37-19) to snap a seven-game losing streak. They will play Stanford (45-12) on Saturday.

P.J. Antoniato and Eddie Schultz homered for the Red Storm, which lost in its first appearance in the NCAA tournament in seven years. Greg Thomson had three hits and drove in a run.

Neil Jamison (3-3) recorded two outs in the ninth, striking out Antoniato with the bases loaded. Craig Hansen (2-2) lost.

Stanford 10, UNLV 4

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Danny Putnam homered and drove in five runs to lead Stanford past UNLV.

Donny Lucy also homered and had three RBIs for the Cardinal.

Eddie Gill doubled twice and drove in two runs for the Rebels (37-23), who will play St. John's (36-22).

Jeff Gilmore (10-2) pitched a seven-hitter, walking two and striking out eight.

UNLV All-American outfielder Eric Neilsen was 0-for-3 and was hit by pitches twice, but his 16-game hitting streak ended.

Fullerton Regional

Cal State Fullerton 7, Minnesota 1

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Jason Windsor pitched a five-hiter and struck out 11 to lead Cal State Fullerton over Minnesota.

Windsor (9-4) had his ninth complete of the season for the Titans, who will play Pepperdine (29-30) on Saturday.

Fullerton (37-20) has won seven straight and 14 of their last 17.

Ronnie Prettyman's two-run triple was the highlight of Fullerton's five-run sixth inning.

Minnesota's Jake Elder hit a solo homer in the eighth.

Pepperdine 15, ASU 5

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Pepperdine scored 12 runs over the final three innings to break open a close game and beat Arizona State.

Nick Kliebert's two-out, two-run double highlighted a five-run seventh inning for the Waves, who also scored twice after shortstop Dustin Pedroia committed a costly throwing error for the Sun Devils (40-17), who will play Minnesota (38-22).

The Waves added three runs in the eight and four in the ninth to wrap it up. Kea Kometani (8-6) allowed 14 hits in eight innings.

Chad Tracy drove in five runs, including his 12th homer of the season, and Patrick Rooney had four RBIs for Pepperdine.

Atlanta Regional

Texas Tech 10, Mississippi State 6

ATLANTA (AP) — Josh Brady had a homer among his four hits and drove in four runs to lead Texas Tech past Mississippi State.

The Red Raiders (39-19) will face Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Jose Delgado added two hits and two RBIs to back Dallas Braden (6-4), who went 8 2-3 innings. allowing six runs on 13 hits.

Braden struck out the side in the eighth, then added two more in the ninth for a career-high 11.

Brad Corley had a three-run homer in the ninth for Mississippi State, which didn't qualify for the eight-team Southeastern Conference tournament but still earned the No. 3 seed in Atlanta.

Georgia Tech 16, Jacksonville State 3

ATLANTA (AP) — Eric Patterson, Clifton Remole and Whit Robbins all homered, leading Georgia Tech past Jacksonville State.

The Gamecocks (31-28) will play Mississippi State on Saturday.

Brian Burks (8-5) bounced back from a shaky start to hold Jacksonville State in check for eight innings. He allowed three runs — two earned — on 10 hits. Patterson finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs and scored twice, while Remole and Robbins each were 3-for-5.

After falling behind 2-1 in the second, The Yellow Jackets (42-19) rallied with nine runs over the next three innings to take control.

Baton Rouge Regional

LSU 9, Army 0

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Justin Meier struck out nine and pitched a complete game to lead top seed LSU past Army.

Meier (6-2), who has allowed more than four earned runs in just one of his 15 starts, went the distance for first time this year.

LSU (42-17) was playing in its 16th home regional and will face Southern Miss (45-17) on Saturday.

Southern Mississippi 6, College of Charleston 5

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Jarrett Hoffpauir hit a tying, two-run double and Ryan Frith scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.

Brett Harker (5-3) allowed a two-run double to Hoffpauir that tied it at five in the seventh, then walked Frith to lead off the eighth. Jason Lowery singled before Harker's wild pitch to Jody Blount.

The College of Charleston (45-15) in the NCAA tournament for the first time, will play Army (37-14) on Saturday.

Coral Gables Regional

Miami 6, St. Bonaventure 3

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Camardese scattered six hits in 8 2-3 innings to lead Miami over St. Bonaventure.

Camardese (6-2) had little problem with the Bonnies, who were making their first NCAA regional appearance. The junior left-hander allowed three earned runs while striking out a season-high seven batters.

Camardese was replaced by Alex Blanco after allowing a pair of runs in the ninth. Blanco retired the only batter he faced for his first save of the season.

Miami (45-11) will play North Carolina State (36-22) on Saturday.

Jim Burt drove in two runs and Erick San Pedro homered to make it 6-1 in the eighth.

N.C. State 6, Florida Atlantic 5

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Dustin Knight's two-out RBI single capped a three-run ninth and gave North Carolina State a win over Florida Atlantic.

Trailing 5-2 entering the eighth, second seeded N.C. State cut the lead to two with Mike Jensen's sacrifice fly.

Florida Atlantic (45-16) will play St. Bonaventure (29-21).

The Wolfpack led off the ninth with a single and a double off reliever Allen Knight (4-2) before Matt Camp cut it to 5-4 with a sacrifice bunt. After a strikeout and a walk put runners at the corners with two outs, Jensen tied it with his third RBI of the game.

Adam McLaurin (3-3) pitched three innings of five-walk, one-hit relief, allowing just one run.

The game was delayed nearly two hours in the seventh.

Jeff Fiorentino hit a two-run homer in the second to give the Owls a 4-1 lead.

Tallahassee Regional

Florida St. 10, Bethune-Cookman 3

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Eddie Cannon (9-6) threw a five-hitter and struck out nine as Florida State cruised past Bethune-Cookman.

Dennis Anderson homered and drove in three runs on two hits for the Seminoles (43-20), who will meet Central Florida (45-16) on Saturday. Anderson and leadoff batter Bryan Zech combined for four of Florida State's six hits, including back-to-back homers in the sixth.

The Seminoles exploited the wildness of Bethune-Cookman starter Mumba Rivera with three runs in the third. Rivera created his own trouble with four walks, two wild pitches, a hit batter and a balk.

Central Florida 7, Oklahoma State 3

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Richmond drove in four runs on three hits, including a two-run homer, to lead Central Florida over Big 12 champion Oklahoma State.

Richmond doubled and scored the game's first run in the second inning. He added a two-run single in a four-run sixth and hit a two-run homer in the eighth to give UCF a 7-0 lead.

Matt Fox (14-2) allowed five hits through seven innings.

Bethune-Cookman (27-27) will face Oklahoma State (37-23).

Fayetteville Regional

Wichita State 3, Missouri 0

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Mike Pelfrey struck out 14 and came up one out short of a complete game.

Wichita State will play Arkansas (40-21) on Saturday.

Pelfrey (11-2) threw eight and two-thirds innings, allowing only four hits and three walks as he put the Shockers (47-14) in the winners' bracket.

Tommy Hottovy closed out the Tigers on three pitches for the save.

Danny Hill (5-5) took the loss for Missouri after giving up two earned runs on eight hits. He struck out five and walked three in seven innings.

Arkansas 4, Le Moyne 1

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Haas Pratt went 4-for-4, including his seventh home run of the year, to lead Arkansas over Le Moyne.

Arkansas took the lead in the fourth after back-to-back solo home runs from Pratt and Danny Hamblin.

The Razorbacks added single runs in the fifth and eighth innings.

Clint Brannon (4-3) pitched a full game for Arkansas, allowing eight hits but no earned runs. He struck out four.

Le Moyne (36-20) will play Missouri (37-22-1).

Austin Regional

Oral Roberts 6, Texas Christian 5

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Matt VanDerBosch scored two runs and drove in another, leading Oral Roberts over Texas Christian.

Dennis Bigley pitched six innings, giving up two runs to earn the win for the Golden Eagles (49-9), who will play Texas (51-13).

TCU led 2-0 after the first but Oral Roberts answered with four runs over the next two innings. Jeff Tuttle hit a solo home run in the second and VanDerBosch, who had three of Oral Roberts' 15 hits, led off the third with a double and scored on Brian Hansen's single.

Texas 10, Youngstown State 3

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Taylor Teagarden homered twice and Justin Simmons pitched seven solid innings in his return from a suspension to lead overall No. 1 seed Texas past Youngstown State.

Teagarden drove in four runs with homers in the sixth and eighth innings.

Simmons (10-3) was suspended for the Big 12 tournament last week after being charged with misdemeanor public intoxication. He surrendered eight hits but was in complete control after giving up the game's first run in the second inning.

The Penguins (22-31) are in their first Division I postseason tournament after winning the Horizon League championship. They will face Oral Roberts (49-9) on Saturday.

Columbia Regional

North Carolina 6, Coastal Carolina 5

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Sammy Hewitt's single through the left-field gap in the bottom of the ninth won it for North Carolina.

The Tar Heels play South Carolina (46-15) on Saturday. North Carolina (42-19) trailed 5-1 after four innings but opened the ninth with a single by Greg Magnum. He stole second and scored the tying run on Mike Daniel's roller just past the glove of shortstop Brett Grandstrand.

Robert Woodard (8-2) pitched 4 1-3 innings of hitless relief.

South Carolina 12, The Citadel 4

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Aaron Rawl tied a season high with eight strikeouts and three South Carolina players homered to lead the Gamecocks past The Citadel.

Rawl (12-4) went seven innings, allowing two earned runs. He was backed by homers from Steve Pearce, Ryan Mahoney and Mark Stanley.

Citadel starter Ken Egleton (8-3) lasted four innings, allowing six hits and seven earned runs.

The Citadel (38-27) will play Coastal Carolina (40-22) in an elimination game Saturday morning.

Oxford Regional

Western Kentucky 1, Mississippi 0

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Grady Hinchman threw a two-hitter to lead fourth-seeded Western Kentucky to an upset of the top seed and host Rebels.

Hinchman (7-5) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, allowed only one runner past second base and finished with six strikeouts for Western Kentucky (35-26).

The Hilltoppers will play Tulane (39-19) on Saturday.

The loss was the Rebels' third straight by one run. Ole Miss went 0-2 in the SEC tournament with single-run losses to South Carolina and Arkansas.

Jordan Newton's sacrifice fly in the second scored the games only run.

Tulane 3, Washington 2

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Brian Bogusevic pitched 8 2-3 solid innings to lead Tulane past Washington.

Brian Bormaster hit a two-run single in the second.

The Green Wave will play the Western Kentucky and Washington (37-19-1) will play Ole Miss (39-20) on Saturday.

Bogusevic (9-5) allowed at least one baserunner in each inning but consistently pitched his way out of trouble until the final inning. After back-to-back two-out singles in the ninth, Bogusevic but reliever Daniel Latham got Ben Johnson to pop out to second to seal his sixth save of the year.

Tim Lincecum (10-3) struck out 10 and held Tulane to four hits.

Charlottesville Regional

Vanderbilt 7, George Mason 3

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Cesar Nicolas homered and drove in three runs to lead Vanderbilt to its first NCAA tournament win since 1974.

Vanderbilt (43-17) capitalized on a three-error fifth inning to score four runs and take a 7-1 lead.

George Mason (39-18) scored two runs in the ninth, but couldn't enough to catch the Commodores, who will play either Princeton or Virginia on Saturday.

Jeremy Sowers (10-5) struck out 11 in eight innings, allowing four hits and one run.

Eric Gibbons (6-5) allowed eight hits and seven runs in seven innings.

Virginia vs. Princeton postponed

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Princeton and Virginia will play Saturday after their game was postponed by rain.

The game will be played at 11 a.m., pushing back the two games originally scheduled for Saturday. George Mason will play the loser at 3 p.m. and Vanderbilt will meet the winner at 7 p.m.

The third game originally scheduled for Saturday has not yet been rescheduled.

Oklahoma City Regional

Florida 12, Cent. Connecticut 1

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jeff Corsaletti drove in six runs and Justin Hoyman allowed one run over eight innings to lead Florida past Central Connecticut.

The Gators (41-20) will play UCLA (34-27) on Saturday.

Hoyman (11-1) allowed six hits and one run in eight innings for Florida. Corsaletti's three-run homer highlighted a five-run fourth inning that gave the Gators an 8-0 lead.

Lewis (7-3) lost, allowing eight hits and nine runs in seven innings for Central Connecticut.

UCLA 9, Oklahoma 1

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Casey Janssen and Kevin Brophy held Oklahoma to four hits and Bill Susdorf and Wes Whisler each had two RBIs.

Janssen (10-4) allowed two hits and struck out seven in eight innings for the Bruins.

Josh Stinson's RBI single in the ninth inning provided the only run for Oklahoma (37-23), which will play Central Connecticut (41-16-1).

South Bend Regional

Kent State 2, Notre Dame 1

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Andy Sonnanstine held Notre Dame to one unearned run in seven innings and Andrew Davis and Will Vazquez each hit RBI singles for Kent State.

The Golden Flashes (36-25) will play Arizona (31-24-1) on Saturday.

Sonnanstine (11-4) held Notre Dame to six hits, walking two and striking out seven on 135 pitches. Chad Wagler pitched two hitless innings for his seventh save.

Adam Crowder walked to lead off the fifth and scored on Davis' RBI single.

Notre Dame tied it in the seventh when Greg Lopez singled and went to third on a throwing error by third baseman Matt Sega before scoring on Steve Sollman's sacrifice fly.

Sega atoned by doubling and scoring on a single by Vazquez.

Arizona 7, UC Irvine 3

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Richard Mercado drove in three runs and Derek Decater and Jordan Brown homered to lead Arizona over UC Irvine.

Koley Kolberg (9-6) allowed two earned runs in six innings for Arizona. Scott Burns allowed one run over three innings for his third save.

Brett Smith (8-5) allowed six earned runs in 6 2-3 innings.

The Anteaters (34-21-1) tied it at 2 in the third on a bases-loaded single by Mark Wagner that scored a second run when Decater bobbled the ball in center. They will play Notre Dame (49-11) on Saturday.

Athens Regional

Georgia 16, Middle Tennessee State 2

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Marshall Szabo, Bobby Felmy and Kyle Keen homered to spark Georgia.

Five pitchers combined on a four-hitter for the Bulldogs (39-20), who play Clemson on Saturday.

After scoring just one run in the previous 32 innings, Georgia scored nine in the second inning alone. Middle Tennessee (40-21) starter Chris Mobley pitched a wild 1 1-3 innings.

Georgia head coach Dave Perno was able to conserve his pitching staff in his 100th win at Georgia. Starter Sean Ruthven was perfect in his three innings of work, striking out two. Johnny Dobbs (4-2) gave up one single in three innings to earn the win.

Clemson 10, Birmingham Southern 6

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Travis Storrer drove in three runs with a home run and a double for Clemson.

Lou Santangelo doubled twice to drive in three runs and Brad McCann also homered for the Tigers (37-24).

Birmingham Southern (46-16) will play Middle Tennessee State on Saturday in an elimination game.

Connor Robertson's two-run homer in the top of the first gave Birmingham Southern a 2-0 lead.

Clemson reliever Steven Jackson (4-3) allowed one run in 3 2-3 innings of relief, striking out six.

Kinston Regional

East Carolina vs. Stony Brook and Tennessee vs. UNC Wilmington postponed

KINSTON, N.C. (AP) — Both games in this Regional at the Class A Kinston Indians' Grainger Stadium were postponed by rain and were rescheduled for Saturday.

Tennessee will play North Carolina-Wilmington at 3 p.m. and East Carolina will face Stony Brook at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Saturday's games will be played Sunday, and Sunday's will be played Monday.

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