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Recaps of games played on May 31, 2003:

By The Associated Press

Atlanta Regional

Stetson 9, East Carolina 4

ATLANTA (AP) — Andy Wilson went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Stetson eliminated East Carolina. John Destefano went 3-for-5 with a homer for the Hatters (41-23), who must beat South Carolina (41-20) twice Sunday to advance to the super regionals. Stetson used a six-run second inning to jump out to a 7-0 lead against the Pirates (34-27-1), who beat host Georgia Tech in the first elimination game.

East Carolina 10, Georgia Tech 3

ATLANTA (AP) — Darryl Lawhorn hit a grand slam in the seventh inning and East Carolina eliminated Georgia Tech, the national No. 3 seed. Norwood's 14th homer capped a five-run inning for the Pirates. The Yellow Jackets (44-18) lost two in a row at home in the regionals after reaching the College World Series last year for the first time since 1994.

South Carolina 7, Stetson 2

ATLANTA (AP) — Landon Powell had a career-high four hits, including a homer and two doubles, and Steven Tolleson drove in two runs for South Carolina. David Marchbanks (14-2) went the distance and gave up two runs on 11 hits.

Tallahassee Regional

South Alabama 8, Florida St. 6

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Cole Craig's three-run homer capped a five-run eighth inning as South Alabama beat Florida State, the No. 1 national seed, in NCAA regional play Saturday. The Jaguars (42-17) rallied from a 5-3 deficit and moved within one victory of advancing to a super regional for the first time in school history. Florida State (51-11-1) was trailing 3-1 and scored four runs in the top of the eighth, but South Alabama scored five times against closer Daniel Hodges (5-2). The Seminoles were scheduled to play Rutgers in an elimination game later Saturday night.

Rutgers 8, Jacksonville 5

TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Vinny Esposito and Jeff Frazier each drove in three runs as Rutgers rallied to eliminate Jacksonville. The Scarlet Knights (37-21) blew a 4-0 lead as Jacksonville (32-30) had scored twice in the fifth and three times in the sixth. But Frazier hit a run-scoring sacrifice fly and Esposito hit a two-run homer as Rutgers took control with a four-run seventh. Rutgers' Graig Badger reached base five times and scored two runs. He also stole three bases to become the school's all-time single-season leader with 40.

Coral Gables Regional

Florida 8, Bethune Cookman 6

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Stephen Barton hit a three-run, go-ahead homer in the sixth inning and Florida eliminated Bethune-Cookman. With Florida (35-20-1) trailing by two, Barton squared to bunt on the first four pitches, but swung at the 3-1 pitch and hit his fifth home run of the season. Mario Garza added a two-run homer in the seventh as the Gators snapped a three-game postseason losing streak at Mark Light Field. Sebastien Boucher hit his first home run of the season for the ildcats

Miami 1, Florida Atlantic 0

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — J.D. Cockroft threw the first one-hitter in Miami's postseason history, and Gaby Sanchez drove in the only run on a groundout as Miami beat Florida Atlantic. Cockroft (11-2) faced just one batter over the minimum and had eight strikeouts and three walks for the Hurricanes (41-14-1), who had their first postseason shutout since 1998. Randy Beam (13-2) gave up one run on five hits in the loss for Florida Atlantic (47-15).

College Station Regional

Houston 4, Oral Roberts 2

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Cole Bruce hit a tiebreaking RBI single and Matt Farrington had a two-run triple as Houston scored three runs in the eighth inning and eliminated Oral Roberts. Farrington went 3-for-4, and Hyung Cho was 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Cougars (33-28). Ryan Wagner (5-5) picked up the win after entering the game in the eighth inning and allowing three hits and one run. Matt Vanderbosch was 4-for-4 for Oral Roberts (41-20).

Texas A&M 16, Alabama 5

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Matt Alexander drove in six runs and Erik Schindewolf was 4-for-5 with two RBIs as Texas A&M routed Alabama. The Aggies (45-17) scored 10 runs in the first two innings to put it away early. Brian Finch (6-1) allowed four runs and 10 hits in seven innings. Ryan Beagle and John Marshall hit solo home runs for Alabama (38-23), which plays Houston in an elimination game later Saturday.

Hattiesburg Regional

Southern Mississippi 18, Murray State 0

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Marc Maddox had two hits and three RBIs in Southern Mississippi's nine-run first inning as the Golden Eagles cruised past Murray State in an elimination game. Cliff Russum allowed six hits in his second shutout and fourth complete game of the season for the Golden Eagles (46-16). Matt Shepherd, Jarrett Hoffpauir and Jeff Cook hit two-run homers for Southern Miss. Craig Ringwald six runs, four hits and walked two without getting an out for the Thoroughbreds (25-31).

Baylor 10, Southern 4

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Michael Griffin homered to give Baylor the lead in the seventh before the Bears (43-21) blew open a tight game against Southern with five runs in the ninth. Joey Mouton's RBI single with two outs in the sixth tied it at 3 for the third-seeded Jaguars (47-6). But Griffin's homer off Emary Frederick (1-2) gave Baylor a 4-3 lead. Rickie Weeks, the nation's leading hitter, was 1-for-4 with an RBI single and two steals for the Jaguars, who were scheduled to play Southern Mississippi in an elimination game Saturday night.

Auburn Regional

Clemson 7, Princeton 6, 10 innings

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Steve Pyzik's RBI single in the 10th inning and Brad McCann's big defensive play lifted Clemson past Princeton in an elimination game. With runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the 10th, McCann stabbed Andy Salini's hard liner out of the air and fired to second base for a double play. Matthew Becker then grounded weakly to McCann to end it, giving Clemson (39-21) the win. Princeton (27-23), the Ivy League champion, fell to 2-15 in the NCAA

Ohio State 6, Auburn 2

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Drew Anderson hit two homers — both two-run shots — for the second straight game, and Steve Caravati and Christian Snavely also homered as Ohio State beat Auburn. Mike Madsen (8-1) allowed two runs and eight hits in 8 1-3 innings for the Buckeyes (43-19). Scott Shade homered for Auburn (41-20), the No. 4 national seed, which was
scheduled to play Clemson in an elimination game later Saturday.

Starkville Regional

Missouri 13, Middle Tennessee St. 7

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Jayce Tingler had three hits and two RBIs and Missouri got its first NCAA Tournament win since 1991 with a victory over Middle Tennessee State in an elimination game. Danny Hill (5-2) struck out 11 and allowed five runs and seven hits in 7 2-3 innings for Missouri (36-21). Brett Carroll had three hits, including two homers, and four RBIs for Middle Tennessee State (33-27).

North Carolina 10, Mississippi St. 5

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Greg Mangum hit a grand slam and Chris Iannetta drove in three runs as North Carolina beat Mississippi State. North Carolina starter Adam Kalkhoff allowed two runs on three hits and four walks and lasted just five outs, but Matt Danford pitched 6 1-3 innings of solid relief for the Tar Heels (41-21). Brad Corley had a two-run single for Mississippi State (41-19-1), which was to play Missouri in an elimination game.

Houston Regional

Mississippi 7, McNeese St. 1

HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen Head pitched a three-hitter and scored two runs as Mississippi eliminated McNeese State. Head (4-1) struck out seven and walked two in his second complete game of the season for the Rebels (35-26). McNeese State (31-30) took a 1-0 lead in the third after Lance Dawkins led off with a double and scored on a throwing error by catcher Charlie Waite but it was all Mississippi after that.

Rice 10, Wichita St. 1

HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Kolkhorst hit a go-ahead three-run homer and had four RBIs as Rice cruised past Wichita State. Jeff Niemann (15-0) gave up one run on three hits in seven innings for Rice (50-10). He struck out 10 and walked two and retired 12 straight hitters before giving up a seventh-inning double to Cody Clark. Bryan Erstad hit an RBI single in the first for Wichita State (48-26), who were scheduled to play Mississippi in an elimination game later Saturday.

Baton Rouge Regional

UNC-Wilmington 12, Northeastern 6

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Matt Wright hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning as North Carolina-Wilmington beat Northeastern in an elimination game. Wright, Jamie Hemingway, Matt Sutton and Brad Denson each had three hits as the Seahawks (39-22) used 17 hits in beating Northeastern (27-24). Chris Emanuele homered for the Huskies, who made their first trip to the regionals since 1997 but haven't won an NCAA tournament game since 1974.

LSU 13, Tulane 5

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Clay Harris and Blake Gill hit back-to-back homers in the seventh inning to break open a close game and lead LSU, the No. 2 national seed, past Tulane. Ivan Naccarata went 4-for-5 with a three-run homer, and Ryan Patterson was 4-for-6 for LSU (42-19-1). Wes Swackhamer hit his second homer in as many games for Tulane (44-18),
which was going to play North Carolina-Wilmington in an elimination game later Saturday.

Lincoln Regional

E. Michigan 9, Coastal Carolina 8

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Eastern Michigan blew a seven-run lead in the eighth inning, but Brad Hrovat hit an RBI single for the go-ahead run as the Eagles eliminated Coastal Carolina. Eastern Michigan (33-27) led 8-1 before Coastal Carolina (45-18) scored seven runs — all with two outs — to tie it. Mike Costanzo hit a two-run double in the Chanticleers' surge. Ryan Goleski homered for Eastern Michigan.

SW Missouri St. 4, Nebraska 2

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Brad Ziegler and Shaun Marcum combined on a six-hitter as Southwest Missouri State edged Nebraska. Ziegler (11-1), who gave up five hits, left after giving up Brandon Fusilier's leadoff double in the seventh inning. Marcum earned his 13th save, allowing one hit in three innings. Nebraska (46-17) played Eastern Michigan (33-27) later Saturday in an elimination game. The Huskers had 20 hits in a 16-11 first-round victory over the Eagles.

Tempe Regional

UNLV 22, Cent. Connecticut St. 3

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Eric Nielsen went 4-for-5 to tie UNLV's playoff record for hits, and Stephen Ghutzman had four RBIs as UNLV routed Central Connecticut State in an elimination game. The Rebels (46-16) scored eight times in the fourth, four in the fifth and 10 in the sixth and set school postseason records for runs, hits (25) and margin of victory. Patrick Holden and Dan Tarnowski drove in runs for the Blue Devils (31-17-2).

Arizona St. 15, New Mexico St. 0

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Beau Vaughan combined with four relievers on a four-hitter, and Jeremy West and Mike Guerrero each had three RBIs as Arizona State routed New Mexico State. Andre Ethier hit a two-run single in the seventh to give the Sun Devils (52-12) a 3-0 lead. In the ninth, Arizona State sent 18 to the plate and scored 12 runs — 10 off A.J. Jacquez. The Aggies (43-17) were to play UNLV in an elimination game later Saturday.

Stanford Regional

Richmond 5, Illinois-Chicago 0

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Mike McGirr scattered nine hits and Adam Tidball hit a three-run homer as Richmond eliminated Illinois-Chicago. McGirr (10-1) threw his first shutout of the season and fourth complete game for Richmond (47-14). Brad Ryan had three hits for Illinois-Chicago (39-18), who were playing in the NCAA regionals for the first time.

Stanford 13, UC Riverside 6

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Danny Putnam hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the fifth inning and Stanford beat UC Riverside. Chris Carter and Ryan Garko also homered for Stanford (43-15). John Hudgins (10-3) survived a shaky start and struck out a season-high 12 to win his third straight start. Brian Steinmeyer and Ryan Harvey homered for Riverside (41-16), which played Richmond in an elimination game later Saturday.

Wilson Regional

Western Carolina 9, Le Moyne 5

WILSON, N.C. (AP) — Brad Josey threw a seven-hitter, and Todd Buchanan hit a home run and drove in three runs as Western Carolina eliminated Le Moyne. Josey (7-2) struck out three and walked one in his second complete game of
the season for the Catamounts (42-20). Kyle Brown and Andre Enriquez homered for Le Moyne (33-17), which was in the
NCAA tournament for the first time since 1989.

N.C. State 4, Virginia Commonwealth 3, 10 innings

WILSON, N.C. (AP) — Justin Riley hit a game-winning home run in the 10th to lead North Carolina State past Virginia Commonwealth. Colt Morton hit a pair of homers — one in the sixth and a 450-foot blast two innings later that tied it 3-3 for the Wolfpack (44-16). Jeff Parrish hit two home runs off N.C. State ace Vern Sterry to give the Rams (46-12) the early lead. VCU will play Western Carolina in an elimination game Saturday night.

Long Beach Regional

Minnesota 7, Pepperdine 5

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Scott Welch hit a go-ahead RBI single in Minnesota's five-run ninth inning and the Golden Gophers came from behind to eliminate Pepperdine. Trailing 5-2 heading into the ninth, Sam Steidl hit an RBI single, Ben
Pattee and Luke Appert followed with back-to-back RBI doubles to tie it for Minnesota (40-21). Welch and David Hrncirik then hit RBI singles to give coach John Anderson his 800th victory. David Uribes had two hits and two RBIs for Pepperdine (36-24).

Fullerton Regional

San Diego 5, Arizona 2

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Lucas Wennersten hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning to help lead San Diego over Arizona in an elimination game. Tony Perez went 3-for-3 with an RBI and pitched the last two innings to
secure the win for San Diego (32-29) with his 13th save. Jordan Brown and Brad Boyer had drove in runs for the Wildcats (35-23).

Austin Regional

Arkansas 10, Bucknell 7

AUSTIN (AP) — Ryan Fox hit a two-run double in the top of the ninth inning to help lead Arkansas past Bucknell in an elimination game. Nick Pitts and Scott Hode also had two RBIs each for Arkansas (35-21), which led 8-7 entering the ninth after Bucknell (27-26) scored five times in the eighth. Ben Stoll went 3-for-5 with two RBI and Brian Hirschberg homered for
Bucknell (27-26).

Texas 7, Lamar 3

AUSTIN (AP) — Omar Quintanilla went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Curtis Thigpen drove in two runs in Texas' victory over Lamar. Huston Street, last season's College World Series Most Outstanding Player, pitched three scoreless innings for his 11th save for Texas (45-17). Shaun Stanton was 3-for-3 with two RBIs for Lamar (38-17), which was scheduled to play Arkansas in an elimination game Saturday night.


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