Winner Take All
Results from Monday's NCAA Men's Baseball Division I playoffs:
*Texas beat Arkansas, 5-2, in the Austin Regional. Taylor Teagarden and Chance Wheeless homered in the seventh and eighth innings to break a 2-2 tie, and closer J. Brent Cox allowed just one hit and no runs over the final three innings to preserve the victory for the Longhorns.
*Rice edged LSU, 4-3, in the Baton Rouge Regional. The Owls scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth on a triple by Tyler Henley and a single by Greg Buchanan.
*Baylor turned back Stanford, 4-3, in 12 innings to win the Regional in Waco. The Bears tied the game in the ninth and won it in the 12th on a home run by Jeff Mandel. Greg Reynolds pitched 11-plus innings for the Cardinal, facing 44 batters. Stanford didn't go down easily, loading the bases in the bottom of the 12th with two outs before Tyler Bullock struck out Ben Summerhays to end it. (Thanks to Stanford grad Jon Weisman for providing the painful details.)
*Georgia Tech-South Carolina in progress in the Atlanta Regional.
10:00 pm PST update: Georgia Tech shut out South Carolina, 5-0. Sophomore right-hander Tim Gustafson, named the Most Outstanding Player in the tournament, threw seven shutout innings to lead the Yellow Jackets to their fourth Regional title in the past six years.
*Tulane-Alabama just underway in the New Orleans Regional.
10:00 pm PST update: Tulane handled Alabama, 7-4. Micah Owings was credited with the victory in a game that was originally scheduled for Sunday night and pushed back from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday night because of rain.
*Cal State Fullerton-Arizona (Fullerton Regional) and USC-Pepperdine (Long Beach Regional) are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. PST, respectively.
10:30 pm PST update: CSUF toppled Arizona, 6-3. Fullerton scored five runs in the third inning and never looked back. Freshman Wes Roemer, named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament, allowed only three runs (eight hits and no walks) over eight innings to lead the defending CWS champs over the Wildcats. The Titans advance to the Super Regionals for the fourth time in the past five years.
USC defeated Pepperdine, 5-2. Three pitchers combined for the Trojans to muster the victory in the seventh and final game of the Regional.
Super Regional Pairings
#1 Tulane vs. Rice
#8 Oregon State vs. USC
#4 Baylor vs. Clemson
#5 Mississippi vs. Texas
#3 Nebraska vs. Miami, Florida
#2 Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee
#6 Cal State Fullerton vs. Arizona State
#7 Florida vs. Florida State
All eight of the national seeds and 14 of the 16 top-seeded teams advanced to the Super Regionals. USC and Arizona State won their Regionals as the number two seeds, defeating host Long Beach State and Coastal Carolina, respectively.