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Roundup: USC, LSU board SEC express to Omaha

By The Associated Press

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South Carolina 5, East Carolina 3

COLUMBIA — Steven Tolleson hit a two-run, go-ahead double in the eighth to lead South Carolina to its third straight trip to the College World Series.

The win by USC means Southeastern Conference teams will comprise half of the eight-team field in next week's Omaha championship shootout. Fellow SEC members Arkansas, Georgia and LSU have also clinched CWS berths.

The Gamecocks (50-15), who have won 10 straight games and 18 of their last 20, threw their gloves and helmets in the air and piled on top of each other on the mound. They dumped water on coach Ray Tanner, who has taken them to six NCAA tournaments in eight years.

The Pirates (51-13) filed slowly out of the dugout after falling to 0-4 in super regionals.

East Carolina had a 3-2 lead in the eighth when coach Randy Mazey put second baseman Trevor Lawhorn on the mound with a man on first and one out.

Lawhorn, who faced only three batters all year, struck out the first batter. Then pinch-hitter Ryan Mahoney slapped a sharp grounder that first baseman Ryan Norwood couldn't get to, scoring Brenden Winn from second to tie the game at 3.

After Lawhorn (0-1) walked the next batter, Tolleson doubled and Lawhorn went back to second.

Zac McCamie (7-0) won with two innings of relief, and Chad Blackwell allowed two runners over the final two innings to get his 19th save.

LSU 4, Texas A&M 0

BATON ROUGE — Will Harris hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth to lead LSU past Texas A&M, sending the Tigers to a second straight College World Series.

LSU (46-17) will make its 13th overall World Series appearance after sweeping the Aggies in the super regional.

Texas A&M (42-22) is now 0-6 against LSU in NCAA postseason play.

Harris' home run broke open a pitchers duel between A&M starter Zach Jackson and LSU's Lane Mestepey.

Jackson (10-7) did not give up a hit over the first five innings and had only allowed two hits going into the ninth inning.

Mestepey (7-3) pitched a five-hitter for LSU, which has won five College World Series titles.

Arizona 4, Long Beach State 3

LONG BEACH — Nick Hundley's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th inning gave Arizona a 4-3 victory in an NCAA super regional Sunday over Long Beach State and sent the Wildcats to the College World Series for the first time in 18 years.

Moises Duran reached and took second on a throwing error by third baseman Danny Mocny. He went to third on a wild pitch by Neil Jamison (3-5) before scoring on Hundley's fly to center.

Long Beach (40-21) rallied to tie it at 3 on Sean Boatright's run-scoring single off John Meloan with one out in the ninth. Meloan pitched 8 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on nine hits. Mark Melancon (6-4) pitched 2 2/3 innings of one-hit relief.

Jeff Van Houten's two-run single off Long Beach reliever Brian Anderson put Arizona (35-25-1) ahead 3-2 in the seventh.

Anderson replaced left-hander Jason Vargas, who gave up three runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Arizona coach Andy Lopez will take his third team to Omaha. He previously coached Florida and Pepperdine to series appearances, winning the 1992 championship with the Waves. He is one of only eight Division I coaches to take two different schools to Omaha.

Fullerton 10, Tulane 7

FULLERTON — Kurt Suzuki homered and drove in two runs to help Cal State Fullerton advance to the College World Series.

Ricky Romero (12-4) pitched 8 2/3 innings, giving up two runs in the ninth before yielding to Vinnie Pestano, who got his first save of the season.

J.R. Crowel (8-3) allowed six runs, but just three were earned, asTulane (41-21) committed four errors.

P.J. Pilittere and Felipe Garcia had three hits for the Titans, who will be making their 13th College World Series appearance. Fullerton will play South Carolina next Saturday.

Miami 3, Florida 1

CORAL GABLES — Cesar Carrillo pitched a four-hitter to give Miami its 21st trip to the College World Series.

The victory gave Miami a super regional sweep over the Gators, who have been eliminated by the Hurricanes three straight seasons.

It will be the third trip to Omaha in the last four years for Miami (50-11).

Carrillo (11-0) surrendered his only run in the first inning on Ben Harrison's RBI single. He settled down after that, holding Florida (43-23) to just two hits the rest of the way while striking out a career-high nine in his first complete game.

Florida starter Connor Falkenbach (10-7) cruised until giving up a two-run homer to Richard Giannotti in the fifth that gave Miami a 2-1 lead.

Miami added an insurance run when Adam Ricks singled, advanced to third on a sacrifice and a wild pitch and scored on Jim Burt's sacrifice fly.

The two teams combined for just 13 hits, a day after posting 15 runs and 26 hits against each other's aces.

The Hurricanes haven't lost a postseason tournament at Mark Light Field since the 1990 Atlantic Regional and improved to 12-3 all time in the postseason against the Gators.

Miami also improved to 8-0 at home in super regionals.


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