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Roundup: 'Cocks vs. Heels in Columbia

By The Associated Press

Saturday's Capsules

Columbia Regional

South Carolina 5, North Carolina 2

COLUMBIA — Steve Pearce hit a three-run homer in the first to lead South Carolina (47-15) to the regional championship game.

South Carolina starter Matt Campbell (9-4) settled down after allowing two runs in the first, scattering four hits over the next seven innings and only allowing two batters to get past first base. He got the win, tying a season-high with 11 strikeouts.

Daniel Bard (8-4) took the loss.

North Carolina 6, The Citadel 3

COLUMBIA — Matt Ellington drove in three runs and had two hits, and North Carolina eliminated The Citadel (39-28) from the Columbia regional.

The Tar Heels (43-20) advance to the regional final Sunday against South Carolina.

Reliever Whitley Benson (5-1) came in for the third and got the win, allowing no runs and one hit and striking out three. Gross picked up his eighth save.

The Citadel 10, Coastal Carolina 1

COLUMBIA — Jonathan Ellis struck out a career-high 13 and scattered six hits for a complete game to help The Citadel eliminate Coastal Carolina.

The Chanticleers leave the tournament after two straight losses for the second straight year.

Steven Carter (12-3) took the loss, allowing eight runs, seven earned, nine hits with five strikeouts.

Oxford Regional

Washington 7, Mississippi

OXFORD — Aaron Hathaway had three RBI's, and Washington beat top-seeded Mississippi 7-2 Saturday to eliminate the Rebels from the NCAA baseball tournament.

Mississippi ace Mark Holliman (9-3) gave up five runs in two-thirds of an inning as the Rebels (39-21) lost their sixth straight game and went 0-2 for the first time in six regional appearances.

Hathaway had a triple that scored two and added an RBI single in the ninth, and Kyle Parker (4-3) went the distance with seven strikeouts.

Washington beat Western 4-1 Kentucky later Saturday for a spot in the regional final.

Ole Miss flopped in its first home regional. The Rebels combined to score two runs in two games and were booed in becoming the first top seed eliminated from the tournament.

Washington 4, Western Kentucky 1

OXFORD — Kyle Larsen and Aaron Hathaway homered to help Washington eliminate Western Kentucky (35-28).

Matt Kasser threw 7 2/3 innings of four-hit ball for Washington (39-19-1), which won twice Saturday and must beat Tulane twice Sunday to win its first regional championship.

Tulane 7, Western Kentucky 0

OXFORD — J.R. Crowel tossed a four-hitter to lead Tulane to the championship game in the Oxford regional.

Crowel (8-2) struck out seven and won for the fifth time in his last six decisions.

The Green Wave (40-19) are one win from their first super regional since 2001 — when they advanced to the College World Series. Daniel Faulkner (8-6) failed in his bid to win his third straight decision.

Tallahassee Regional

Central Florida 12, Oklahoma State 9

TALLAHASSEE — Ryan Bono's three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning led Central Florida over Oklahoma State.

The Golden Knights (46-17) will play Florida State (43-20) Sunday.

Bono's blast came off Oklahoma State pitcher Travis Ingle (0-3), who walked three and committed a throwing error in the 10th.

Rusty Ryal's three-run double in the top of the ninth tied it at 9 for Oklahoma State (38-24). Darren Newlin (5-0) pitched 3 1-3 innings of relief for UCF.

The game was delayed by bad weather in the bottom of the fifth for 1 1/2 hours.

Florida State 3, Central Florida 2

TALLAHASSEE — Rhett James took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and reliever Matt DiBlasi worked out of a jam in the eighth to help Florida State (43-20) earn a spot in the regional championship game.

Holding a one-run lead in the eighth, DiBlasi entered the game with runners at second and third and no outs. The left-hander enticed an infield fly and turned two comebackers into outs to preserve the lead.

James (10-2) gave up a one-out single to Dee Brown in the seventh for UCF's first hit. But the Golden Knights chased James with two singles sandwiched around a walk to start the eighth. Central Florida plays Oklahoma State later Saturday.

Oklahoma State 4, Bethune-Cookman 1

TALLAHASSEE — Jason Jaramillo hit a three-run home run in the first inning, helping Oklahoma State eliminate Bethune-Cookman in an NCAA regional.

The win sent Big 12 champion Oklahoma State (38-23) into another elimination game later Saturday against Central Florida. Bethune-Cookman finished its season 27-28.

Left-hander Thomas Cowley (8-3) threw a complete-game two-hitter for the Cowboys. He struck out 10 and walked none. Jahsan Page (6-4) took the loss.

Austin Regional

Texas 7, Oral Roberts 5

AUSTIN — Dooley Prince and Seth Johnston drove in four runs with a pair of eighth-inning singles and Texas (52-13) rallied to the regional championship game.

Oral Roberts got runners on first and third in the ninth before Texas closer Huston Street got Matt VanDerBosch to ground into a game-ending double play.

Oral Roberts 10, Texas Christian 1

AUSTIN — Ricky Rivera and Grant Plumley hit home runs to help Oral Roberts eliminate Texas Christian (39-26).

Rivera's solo shot in the sixth made it 4-0. TCU answered with its only run in the bottom of the inning but Plumley's two-run shot to the same spot over the left field wall as Rivera's made it 6-1.

Oral Roberts (50-10) pounded out 15 hits while Taylor McIntrye gave up just three in a complete game effort.

TCU 12, Youngstown State 8

AUSTIN — Chris Neuman hit a two-run homer and Texas Christianrallied with a six-run sixth inning to eliminate Youngstown State from the Austin Regional.

Neuman's blast over the right field wall with two outs capped the rally that turned a 7-3 deficit into a 9-7 lead.

Neuman, who transferred from Texas after the Longhorns won the 2002 NCAA championship, went 3-for-5 with three RBI. Robbie Findlay (6-1) pitched 5 2-3 innings in relief to pick up the win.

Youngstown State (22-33) goes home after earning its first Division I NCAA bid by winning the Horizon League Tournament.

Oklahoma City Regional

Florida 4, UCLA 3

OKLAHOMA CITY — Ben Harrison hit a two-run homer and top-seeded Florida advanced to the championship game at the Oklahoma City regional.

Connor Falkenbach (10-6) pitched a complete game for Florida, scattering 10 hits and giving up three runs. He struck out five and walked two.

C.J. Smith drove put the Gators (42-20) ahead 2-1 with an RBI single in the fifth and came around to score on Harrison's 17th home run of the season.

UCLA 17, Oklahoma 7

OKLAHOMA CITY — Ryan McCarthy and Chris Denove drove in a combined eight runs to help UCLA advance to the Oklahoma City regional and eliminate the Sooners.

UCLA (35-28) next faces top-seeded Florida.

David Johnson (4-3) got the win for UCLA, allowing four runs and 11 hits in 7 1/3 innings.

Oklahoma 6, Central Connecticut State 1

OKLAHOMA CITY — Eric Thornton homered and David Purcey threw a five-hitter, and Oklahoma eliminated Central Connecticut State.

Purcey (9-5) struck out nine and walked three. The Sooners took the lead for good in the fourth when Josh Stinson doubled and Ryan Rohlinger scored all the way from first after right fielder Rob Mosgood's error.

Athens Regional

Georgia 6, Clemson 3

ATHENS — Marshall Szabo had three RBI and Georgia advanced to the championship game.

Bulldogs reliever Will Startup (6-2) came on in the fifth inning for the win.

Georgia (40-20) advanced to Sunday afternoon's championship game.

The Bulldogs scored a pair of two-out runs in the sixth. Josh Smith and Justin Holmes singled, the latter on a bunt, and Szabo doubled them home.

Clemson 5, Birmingham Southern 4

ATHENS — Travis Storrer's RBI single in the ninth rallied Clemson past Birmingham Southern (47-18) and into the regional final against Georgia.

Storrer, who hit a two-run homer in the second inning, drove in Garrick Evans, who led off the ninth with a double to right. Reliever Patrick Hogan (3-3) pitched in trouble but picked up the win in three innings of work for Clemson (38-25).

Birmingham Southern 5, Middle Tennessee 0

ATHENS — Michael Cline homered and doubled, driving in three runs, and David Horne shut out Middle Tennessee in an elimination game at the NCAA regionals.

Cline hit a solo homer in the second that barely cleared the 365-foot sign in right-center off loser John Williams, but it was his two-run double in the sixth off reliever Matt Scott that broke open the game for the Panthers (47-17).

Horne (8-3) held the Blue Raiders (40-22) to five hits.

Houston Regional

Rice 7, Texas Southern 1

HOUSTON — Matt Ueckert struck out 12 and gave up his only run on a throwing error to lead Rice into the regional final against Texas A&M (41-19).

Adam Hale went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Josh Rodriguez drove in two for the defending national champions, who avenged an upset loss from the previous night.

Rice 6, Lamar 3

HOUSTON — Wade Townsend struck out seven and allowed three earned runs in 7 2/3 innings to help the defending national champions avoid elimination, while knocking Lamar out of the tournament.

Jeff Nieman came on in the eighth inning to end a Lamar rally. The Cardinals (41-16) had cut the lead to 4-3 on a solo home run by Jordan Foster and an RBI single by Brett Winn to score John Allen. Allen had doubled to reach base.

Rice (44-13) got two insurance runs in the ninth before Nieman retired the side for the victory.

Texas A&M 12, Texas Southern 1

HOUSTON — Cliff Pennington went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs to send Texas A&M into the regional final.

Texas Southern scored its only run in the sixth inning on a RBI single by Andre Nevels.

Justin Moore (6-3) picked up the win in relief. Moore allowed one run and four hits in six innings of work.

Texas A&M 14, Lamar 3

HOUSTON — Cliff Pennington went 4-for-5 with three RBI and scored four runs, and Texas A&M beat Lamar in the NCAA Tournament.

When play resumed Saturday after being suspended Friday night because of lightning, the Aggies picked up where they left off, scoring a run in the sixth, four more in the seventh and their final three in the eighth. Texas A&M was leading 6-0 at the end of the fourth when the game was suspended.

Charlottesville Regional

Vanderbilt 11, Princeton 1

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Ryan Mullins struck out eight batters in a complete game, and Vanderbilt advanced to the regional championship game.

Mullins (9-2) allowed five hits in helping Vanderbilt (44-17) win for the 10th time in its last 11 games.

Gavin Fabian (4-3) had a miserable game in comparison, giving up 10 hits and six runs in 5 1/3 innings. Princeton (28-19) now meets Virginia in an elimination game Sunday.

Princeton 4, Virginia 2

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Ryan Reich's two-run double in the eighth inning lifted Princeton over Virginia in game that was postponed the previous day because of rain.

With the score tied at 2, Adam Balkan singled off Andrew Dobies (6-3) to lead off the eighth. B.J. Szymanski followed with a single off reliever Casey Lambert.

After the two runners advanced on a sacrifice fly, Lambert intentionally walked Tim Lahey to set up a potential double play. Reich foiled the strategy with his second double of the game.

Virginia 7, George Mason 2

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Joe Koshansky pitched a seven-hitter, homered and drove in two runs to help Virginia knock out George Mason.

Koshansky (8-3), the ACC player of the year, gave himself a 2-0 lead with his 16th home run with.

Virginia (43-14) snapped a three-game postseason losing streak and advanced to another elimination game Sunday. The Cavaliers will face Princeton.

Robby Jacobsen hit his 12th home run in the ninth for George Mason (39-18).

Coral Gables Regional

Miami 19, North Carolina State 5

CORAL GABLES — Gaby Sanchez drove in six runs to lead Miami into the regional final.

Miami (46-11) fell behind 4-0 in the first but rallied to score 11 runs over the next three innings. The Hurricanes rattled North Carolina State ace Michael Rogers for a career-high 11 earned runs on 12 hits in just 3 2/3 innings.

Miami will now face Florida Atlantic.

Florida Atlantic 10, North Carolina State 2

CORAL GABLES — Surprise starter Will Mann pitched an eight-hitter and Florida Atlantic eliminated North Carolina State from the NCAA Tournament.

With its second win of the day, No. 3 seeded Florida Atlantic (47-16) advanced to Sunday's regional championship against top-seeded and host Miami.

Florida Atlantic coach Kevin Cooney's gamble succeeded when he held out ace Randy Beam in favor of Mann, who had appeared in just 11 games all season. Mann (5-0) responded, allowing just one earned run and struck out nine in his first career complete game.

Florida Atlantic 14, St. Bonaventure 2

CORAL GABLES — Rusty Brown hit two homers and drove in six runs, and Florida Atlantic eliminated St. Bonaventure from the Coral Gables regional.

Florida Atlantic (46-16) jumped all over starter Michael Proctor (5-3), scoring seven runs on six hits in two innings.

Matt O'Brien (11-3) allowed four hits and an earned run in five innings. The Owls will play the loser of the Miami-North Carolina State game. St. Bonaventure (29-22) was outscored 20-5 and allowed three homers in losses to Miami and Florida Atlantic.

South Bend Regional

Arizona 7, Kent State 4

SOUTH BEND — Richard Mercado hit an RBI single in the seventh inning to break a tie, leading the Wildcats to their first NCAA regional championship game since 1993.

The Wildcats (32-24-1) will play Notre Dame.

Mercado was 2-for-4 and also scored a run for the Wildcats, who rallied back to win after squandering a 4-0 lead. Arizona added two more runs in the eighth.

Notre Dame 7, Kent State 1

SOUTH BEND — Left-hander Tom Thornton threw a three-hitter over 8 1/3 innings, striking out a career-high 12 to eliminate Kent State (36-27).

Thornton (9-2) didn't allow a hit until the fifth, when the Irish (51-11) were already ahead 4-0. He walked just two and the ball got out of the infield just six times.

Steve Andres went 3-for-3, driving in two runs and scoring three times, Javi Sanchez drove in three runs and Cody Rizzo had an RBI sacrifice fly.

Notre Dame 6, UC Irvine 5

SOUTH BEND — Craig Cooper had four RBI, including a three-run homer, and Cody Rizzo added a solo home run as Notre Dame eliminated UC Irvine.

The Anteaters (34-22-1) stranded 12 runners for the second straight game, going winless in their first NCAA regional appearance.

Ryan Doherty pitched the ninth for the Irish to earn his 12th save. Glenn Swanson (6-4) allowed six runs, five earned, in the loss.

Baton Rouge Regional

LSU 6, Southern Mississippi 2

BATON ROUGE — Nate Bumstead pitched a complete game, giving up two earned runs with six strikeouts to put LSU into the regional championship game for the ninth straight season.

LSU (43-17) scored four in the seventh to take the lead.

College of Charleston 7, Southern Mississippi 3

BATON ROUGE — Reid Price pitched his second complete game of the year and Chris Campbell had a solo home run and drove in two runs as the College of Charleston advanced to face LSU.

Southern Miss (45-19) was forced to play a second game on Saturday after losing to LSU 6-2 earlier. Charleston (47-15) beat Army 2-1 in the first game Saturday and lost to Southern Miss 6-5 Friday night.

Price (7-4) struck out eight, including three in the ninth.

In the fourth, the Cougars scored on a wild pitch, Byron Barber drove in two more, and Campbell's RBI single gave Charleston a 6-2 lead.

College of Charleston 2, Army 1

BATON ROUGE — Ryan Edell struck out eight in 7 2/3 innings, and the College of Charleston eliminated Army from the Baton Rouge regional.

Army (37-15) was eliminated after losing 9-0 to LSU in the first game of the regional. The Black Knights were making their second appearance in an NCAA Tournament. Justin Kashner (7-3) took the loss despite holding Charleston to four hits.

Atlanta Regional

Georgia Tech 9, Texas Tech 3

ATLANTA — Whit Robbins, Steven Blackwood and Mike Nickeas all homered to back the solid pitching of Micah Owings, helping Georgia Tech advance to the championship round of the Atlanta regional.

The Yellow Jackets (43-19) have won 22 of their last 24 games. The Red Raiders (39-20) dropped to the loser's bracket.

Eric Patterson was 3-for-5, while Robbins, Owings and Mike Trapani each added two hits. Owings (9-2) went eight innings and allowed two earned runs on eight hits. He tied a career high with nine strikeouts to win his seventh straight decision.

Texas Tech 14, Mississippi State 7

ATLANTA — Cody Fuller hit a go-ahead, two-run single during an eight-run eighth inning to lead Texas Tech past Mississippi State.

The Red Raiders (40-20) now must beat Georgia Tech twice Sunday to advance to the Super Regional, while the Bulldogs (35-26) completed their season.

Josh Haney and Michael Maske each had a homer among their four hits, and Fuller added three hits. Corey Gerstner (8-1) pitched the final six innings in relief of Steve Gooch and allowed two runs on four hits.

Mississippi State 7, Jacksonville State 6

ATLANTA — Thomas Berkery hit a go-ahead, ground-rule double during a five-run seventh inning, helping the Bulldogs eliminate the Gamecocks.

Joseph Hunter homered and went 3-for-4 for Mississippi State and Jeff Lacher (5-6) pitched 8 2/3 innings. He left after allowing a two-run homer to Robby Goodson, and Brooks Dunn got one out for his second save.

Austin Stein and Scott Smith also homered for Jacksonville State, which won the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament title. C.R. Palmer (9-6) took the loss.

Fullerton Regional

Pepperdine 7, Cal State Fullerton 6

FULLERTON — Cory Brightwell's two-out homer in the 10th inning gave Pepperdine (30-30) the victory.

After the Titans scored twice in the top of the 10th to take a 6-4 lead, the Waves rallied to win and advance to Sunday's regional final against the winner of the Arizona State-Cal State Fullerton game.

Pepperdine's Steve Kleen hit a solo homer with one out in the 10th to make it 6-5. One out later, Chad Tracy legged out an infield single to set the stage for Brightwell's two-out blast.

Arizona State 6, Minnesota 4

FULLERTON — Jason Urquidez and Zechry Zinicola combined to pitch Arizona State to a victory and eliminate Minnesota (38-23).

Urquidez (12-3) allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings before being relieved by Zinicola, who finished for his eighth save to tie a school freshman record.

Fayetteville Regional

Wichita State 4, Arkansas 3

FAYETTEVILLE, AR — Drew Moffitt's 11th-inning home run lifted Wichita State to the regional final.

Moffitt slammed a 1-2 pitch from reliever Trey Holloway (2-2) through a stiff wind for his 26th home run of the season.

Wichita State (49-14) will play the winner of Arkansas (40-22) and Missouri on Sunday. Arkansas forced extra innings when Bubbs Merrill's pinch-hit single in the eighth scored Clay Goodwin with two outs to tie the game 3-3.

Missouri 11, LeMoyne 3

FAYETTEVILLE, AR — Cody Ehlers had four RBI to help Missouri eliminate LeMoyne (36-21) from the tournament.

Ehlers had an RBI single in the second inning, then hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning.

Missouri (38-22-1) will play Arkansas. Garrett Broshuis (11-0) earned the win, pitching a complete game in which he allowed three earned runs on eight hits with six strikeouts.

Alan Drechsler (10-1) got the loss after giving up four earned runs on four hits in 1 2/3 innings.

Kinston Regional

East Carolina 8, Stony Brook 2

KINSTON — Shane Matthews allowed two runs in eight innings to give East Carolina the victory.

John Poppert had two RBI for the Pirates (49-11), who advanced to the winner's bracket and will face North Carolina-Wilmington on Sunday. The Seawolves (29-26) will face Tennessee in an elimination game Sunday.

Matthews allowed just six hits and struck out seven batters, throwing 106 pitches.

UNC-Wilmington 8, Tennessee 5

KINSTON — Tim Preston hit a home run to lead off a four-run seventh inning Saturday, lifting the Seahawks.

UNC-Wilmington (39-21) advanced to the winner's bracket and will face East Carolina.

The Volunteers (37-23) will face Stony Brook in an elimination game Sunday.

Patrick Hicklen (4-3) took the loss, allowing eight hits and six runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Stanford Regional

Long Beach State 7, Stanford 4

STANFORD — Jered Weaver allowed five hits over eight innings and Troy Tulowitzki hit two home runs to lead Long Beach State.

Danny Mocny homered, hit two doubles and drove in two runs for the 49ers (38-19), who advance to Sunday's championship game against either Stanford (45-13) or St. John's.

Weaver (15-1) gave up one earned run with a walk and eight strikeouts in bouncing back from his only loss of the season in his last start. The potential first-round draft pick in Monday's amateur draft retired the final 13 hitters he faced.

Stanford 7, St. John's 2

STANFORD — John Mayberry, Jr. hit a monstrous home run and drove in three runs for Stanford in the elimination game.

Chris Minaker also hit a home run and drove in two runs for Stanford, which has to beat Long Beach State twice to advance to a Super Regional.

Matt Leva (6-2) threw his first career complete game, allowing two runs on seven hits. Matt Toscani (5-2) took the loss for St. John's (37-25), which had five errors.

St. John's 9, UNLV 6

STANFORD — Eddie Schultz had three hits, including a homer, and drove in two runs to help St. John's eliminate UNLV (37-24) from the Stanford regional.

Jim Martin and Joe Burke each drove in two runs for the Red Storm (37-22), who snapped a three-game losing streak.

The Red Storm advanced to meet Stanford.

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