Game 2: Virginia 7, Maryland 3 -- Box score
(Series tied 1-1)
Player of the game: Brandon Waddell, lhp, Virginia
Roundup: Facing elimination after losing the series opener to Maryland, Cavaliers desperately needed a strong performance from sophomore lefthanded pitcher Brandon Waddell, and got just that in a 7-3 win over Maryland. Waddell allowed just a run on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, while the offense did enough to win. For instance, Kenny Towns, Mike Papi and Daniel Pinero each had three hits in the game, while leadoff hitter Branden Cogswell and outfielder Brandon Downes each finished the contest with a pair of hits and an RBI. The Cavaliers pulled ahead of the Terps 5-1 with a three-run seventh inning that included RBI singles from Towns and Downes, while they scored single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to seal the deal.
What's next: With the win over the Terrapins, it now sets the stage at Davenport Field for a winner-take-all series finale on Monday night.
Fort Worth Super Regional
Game 2: Pepperdine 3, Texas Christian 2 -- Box score
(Series tied at 1-1)
Player of the game: Aaron Brown, lhp/of, Pepperdine
Roundup: Kentucky has one of the nation's best in two-way star A.J. Reed, and Aaron Brown isn't far behind at all. Brown has had a terrific season for the Waves, and continued his impressive ways again Sunday afternoon in a 3-2 win over TCU to even that series at 1-1. Brown struck out four, walked two and allowed just five hits in seven shutout innings on the mound, while he also had a hit at the plate. However, once he was out of the game as a pitcher, Brown moved to center field, where he gunned down TCU's Jerrick Suiter, the tying run, at home with two outs in the top half of the eighth inning. To put it mildly, Sunday was the Aaron Brown show for the Waves.
What's next: There's a lot at stake as these two clubs get ready for Monday's series finale. The Waves are trying to get to Omaha for the first time since 1992, a year in which head coach Steve Rodriguez was a player on the team. Meanwhile, the Frogs are looking to take care of business with consistent freshman lefthanded pitcher Tyler Alexander on the bump.
Lafayette Super Regional
Game 2: Mississippi 5, Louisiana-Lafayette 2 -- Box score
(Series tied at 1-1)
Player of the game: Christian Trent, lhp, Mississippi
Roundup: After watching staff ace and righthanded pitcher Chris Ellis struggle in the series opener against Louisiana-Lafayette, it would've been easy for Trent to get rattled at the first sign the Cajuns were getting things going at the plate. However, the gritty lefty had very good fastball command, having the ability to move it around the zone, and elevate it, and put together an impressive performance in the victory. Trent struck out seven, walked two and allowed a run on four hits in seven innings, while righthanded pitcher Aaron Greenwood finished out the game by allowing a run on two hits in two innings. Ole Miss second baseman Preston Overbey led the way at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a big-time blast in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie, while Colby Bortles, in a pinch-hit role, knocked in a pair of runs with a single. Though his team didn't come away with a win, ULL righthanded pitcher Carson Baranik put together a quality start, allowing three runs on six hits in seven innings.
What's next: The two clubs will meet for a winner-take-all finale Monday night in Lafayette, La. The Rebels will go with righthanded pitcher Sam Smith, while the Cajuns are countering with Cody Boutte. Ole Miss is trying to make its first College World Series since 1972, while the Cajuns hope to do it for the first time since 2000.
Lubbock Super Regional
Game 2: Texas Tech 1, College of Charleston 0 -- Box score
Texas Tech advances to the College World Series
Player of the game: Dylan Dusek, lhp, Texas Tech
Roundup: Texas Tech freshman lefthanded pitcher Dylan Dusek has consistently been one of the club's better arms throughout the spring. So, perhaps we shouldn't have been remotely surprised when he went out in an NCAA Super Regional and had yet another dominant performance. Dusek struck out just two batters, but also allowed just three hits in five shutout innings to set the tone for the afternoon. Tech relievers Cameron Smith (1.1 IP), Dominic Moreno (1/2 IP) and Jonny Drozd (2 IP) led the way out of the bullpen, with Drozd not allowing a hit in two innings of work. Tech's Eric Gutierrez finished the contest with a pair of hits, while Adam Kirsch had the game-winning hit, smacking an RBI double in the fourth inning. Texas Tech didn't allow a run in this NCAA Super Regional, and only have allowed four runs in six NCAA postseason bouts.
What's next: With the win, Texas Tech secured its first College World Series appearance in school history. Meanwhile, Charleston finishes off what was a terrific campaign for coach Monte Lee and his coaching staff.
Nashville Super Regional
Game 3: Vanderbilt 12, Stanford 5
Vanderbilt advances to the College World Series
Player of the game: John Norwood, of, Vanderbilt
Roundup: The Commodores didn't reach the College World Series last season after a heartbreaking series loss to Louisville, but they're back this season after taking care of Stanford in the Nashville Super Regional finale, 12-5 behind a strong offensive performance. John Norwood went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs, while Bryan Reynolds and Vince Conde each finished the contest with three hits, and second baseman and leadoff hitter Dansby Swanson finished the afternoon with two hits and three runs scored. Meanwhile, though starting pitcher Walker Buehler didn't have a terrific day on the mound, the 'Dores received yet another boost from young reliever Hayden Stone, who struck out eight, walked two and allowed just a run on three hits in six innings. It was a memorable night for the 'Dores, who are playing a great brand of baseball at exactly the right time.
What's next: With the win, the Commodores advance to the College World Series and could very well be one of the favorites to win the national title. Meanwhile, though Stanford's season is over, this young club set the foundation for what could be a very special next few seasons.
BA - Roundup: Red Raiders, Commodores Headed To Omaha
Vanderbilt and Texas Tech clinched trips to the College World Series on Sunday, bringing the total number of teams that have punched their Omaha tickets to five. The final three spots will be decided in winner-takes-all Game Threes on Monday. The three national seeds left standing will all be in action Monday, so it's possible the CWS might feature no national seeds. No fewer than three national seeds have reached Omaha in the first 15 years of the 64-team era.
Vanderbilt beat Stanford 12-5 in Sunday's third game of the Nashville Super Regional, sending the Commodores to Omaha for the second time in program history, and the first time since 2011. And Texas Tech won its second consecutive 1-0 game against College of Charleston to secure its first CWS appearance.
So, the left side of the bracket is set. The College World Series will open Saturday at 3 p.m. ET with UC Irvine taking on Texas in a battle of teams renowned for their small-ball prowess. Saturday's second game, Louisville vs. Vanderbilt at 8 p.m. ET, pairs teams with high-octane, speed-oriented offenses and power-armed pitching staffs. That one is also a rematch of the 2013 Nashville Super Regional. Texas Tech will play the first game Sunday against the TCU/Pepperdine winner, and the Virginia/Maryland winner takes on the Ole Miss/Louisiana-Lafayette winner Sunday night.
CHARLOTTESVILLE SUPER REGIONAL
Saturday: Maryland 5, Virginia 4
Sunday: Virginia 7, Maryland 3 | Series tied 1-1
Monday: 7 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Daniel Pinero, Mike Papi and Kenny Towns had three hits apiece to lead Virginia's 17-hit attack. Brandon Waddell (5.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER), and Artie Lewicki (3.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER) recorded the final 10 outs to nail down the win and force a decisive Game Three on Monday. For more details, read my report from Charlottesville.
FORT WORTH SUPER REGIONAL
Saturday: TCU 3, Pepperdine 2
Sunday: Pepperdine 3, TCU 2 | Series tied 1-1
Monday: 4 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Pepperdine's Aaron Brown (Photo by Larry Goren)
The duel between Big 12 pitcher of the year Preston Morrison (6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) and West Coast Conference pitcher of the year Aaron Brown (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K) did not disappoint, but Brown turned in the better pitching performance, then moved to center field and saved the game with his defense.
After the Waves scored twice in the seventh?highlighted by Brandon Caruso's RBI double?to take a 3-0 lead, Pepperdine came back to score two in the top of the eighth, and Jerrick Suiter stole second base to put the tying run in scoring position with two outs. Keaton Jones singled up the middle, but Brown fired a missile to the plate to catch Suiter at the plate and preserve Pepperdine's one-run lead. Suiter made an acrobatic, leaping attempt to evade catcher Aaron Barnett's tag, and it was unclear from replays whether Barnett tagged him on the leg, but Suiter was called out. Eric Karch then worked a 1-2-3 ninth to close out Pepperdine's win and force a decisive game Monday.
LAFAYETTE SUPER REGIONAL
Saturday: Louisiana-Lafayette 9, Mississippi 5
Sunday: Mississippi 5, Louisiana-Lafayette 2 | Series tied 1-1
Monday: 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
In a matchup between two of college baseball's best offenses, pitching was the story for most of the game Sunday. Ole Miss got a strong start from Christian Trent (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) in a no-decision, and Carson Baranik (7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) matched him for six innings, until the Rebels broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the seventh on Preston Overbey's solo homer. The Cajuns answered with a run in the top of the eighth on Blake Trahan's RBI single to tie the score again, but Ole Miss responded with three in the eighth. With men on first and second and no outs, ULL center fielder Seth Harrison dropped a fly ball to allow the go-ahead run to score, and Colby Bortles followed with a two-run single to give Ole Miss some breathing room. The Rebels will send Sam Smith to the mound in Monday's decisive game against ULL's Cody Boutte.
LUBBOCK SUPER REGIONAL
Saturday: Texas Tech 1, College of Charleston 0
Sunday: Texas Tech 1, College of Charleston 0 | Texas Tech wins super regional 2-0
Pepperdine's Brown wasn't the only center fielder to make a remarkable, game-saving defensive play Sunday. With Texas Tech nursing a 1-0 lead in the seventh inning, College of Charleston put the tying run on second base with two outs, and Champ Rowland hit a fly ball to right-center field, but TTU center fielder Devon Conley made a full-extension diving catch to end the inning. The Red Raiders got another strong start from Dylan Dusek (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R), who combined with three relievers on a five-hit shutout. Cameron Smith entered with men on first and second and no outs in the sixth but escaped the jam unscathed with a fly out and two strikeouts.
Texas Tech has thrown four shutouts in the NCAA tournament and allowed only four runs in its six postseason games. The Red Raiders scored their lone run Sunday in the fourth inning, when Tyler Neslony singled and scored on Adam Kirsch's RBI double.
So the Red Raiders, who were picked to finish in eighth place in the nine-team Big 12 in the preseason coaches' poll, will head to Omaha in coach Tim Tadlock's second year at the helm.
"Right now I don't know if it's really sunk in yet," Tadlock said afterward. "I'm sure when I get home this evening I'm sure it will hit me. I just really appreciate these guys. I mean, they're a special group."
The Commodores chased Stanford starter James Logan in a five-run first inning, but once again the Cardinal did not roll over. Stanford got to Walker Buehler (3 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) for four runs in the third inning to cut Vandy's lead to 5-4, and the teams swapped runs in the fourth to make it 6-5. But the Cardinal would not score again versus Vandy reliever Hayden Stone (6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K), and the Commodores broke the game open with four runs in the seventh, then tacked on two more in the eighth. Bryan Reynolds, Vince Conde and John Norwood combined for nine hits, six runs and five RBIs to lead Vanderbilt's 15-hit attack.
CBT - Super Regionals Day Three: Leapfrog to Monday
Day three of the Super Regionals sees two more teams run their tickets to Omaha through the scanning machine with the new downtown stadium as the final destination. Big props to Texas Tech and Vanderbilt for adding their names to the 2014 College World Series roster today.
Here's a quick swing through what we saw on this third day of the Supers.
- Texas Tech's 1-0 win over CofC.
Not to downplay any other team's win which advances them to the Promised Land. But talk about a long-suffering program. What makes today's win that sends the Raiders to Omaha even more satisfying is it gives these passionate Raider fans their long-awaited trip to the CWS. It's one of the more loyal fan bases in the country and they have been looking forward to this for a very long time. Have at it Double-T.
- Maryland's 7-3 loss to Virginia.
You have to wonder if the Terps MoJo has gone MIA after today's loss to the Cavs. The final score doesn't show it, but the Wahoos went nuts at the plate on UMd, slapping 17 hits on the day. The Terrapins have used their aces Jake Stinnett and Mike Shawaryn and don't have the quality and depth to match up with the Cavalier arms. I'm not going to put anything past this Maryland team, but they'll be hard-pressed to duplicate Saturday's win.
PLAY OF THE DAY:
- Aaron Brown's strike from center field.
The reason this game didn't go into extra innings was due to the Waves All American. After pitching seven innings, he moved into center field to play the last two innings. After the Waves infield threw ball around Bad News Bears style
TOUR DE FORCE:
- Aaron Brown, Pepperdine
The two-way threat went 7.0 innings, giving up five hits and two walks to pick up the W, improving to 13-1 on the season. Then, as described above, he took his talents to centerfield where he made the game-saving assist in the 8th inning. Oh, and he also went 1-for-3 at the plate with a double and a walk.
TOUR DE FORCE II:
- Hayden Stone, Vanderbilt
It was stunning to see that usually reliable Walker Buehler couldn't last beyond the third inning. That was the point in which Stanford pulled within 5-4 of the 'Dores. But never fear, Mr. Stone showed major stones, tossing the remaining 6.0 innings and giving up just three hits, one run and also had an impressive eight strikeouts.
NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME PLAYERS:
- College of Charleston's offense.
It wouldn't have taken much for the Cougars to get a win here in Lubbock. Since, you know, they were outscored 2-0 on the weekend. But having gone just 9-for-60 in the two games was painful. The other part was that Tech was in no mood to help them as they issued just one walk in the two games.
SAY GOODBYE TO:
- College of Charleston, 44-19
Great run here guys. As a No. 4 seed, they played like anything BUT a 4-seed. They stunned No. 2 national seed Florida in game one of the Regionals, 3-2 and it was game-on from there. As pointed out above, the Cougars hit just .256 as a team and it showed here in Lubbock, losing a pair of 1-0 decisions.
- Stanford, 35-26
Not too many tears should be shed for the Cardinal. Pitching-wise, this team is still a year away anyway. During most of the season they had an all-freshman rotation on the weekend. They will lose a bunch of drafted bats, led by Alex Blandino, Danny Diekroeger and Austin Slater. But they'll have plenty of bats to fill the holes.
- Vandy's offense.
The Commodores have plenty of talent at the dish but have underachieved much of the season. But in the NCAA tournament VU is hitting .322 in this year's NCAA tournament.
- Texas Tech pitching.
The Red Raiders posted their fourth shutout in the NCAA tournament today. Old Double T's pitching staff has an ERA of 0.65 going into Omaha.
- Virginia at Davenport Field.
The Cavaliers have yet to lose a weekend series this season at their own friendly confines. UVa is now 33-4 at home this season.
- The Cajuns don't play 18 straight bad innings.
Louisiana is facing elimination for the 5th time this post-season and has yet to lose back-to-back games yet this season.
- One for 65.
Texas Tech has had a baseball program for 65 years now, but this is still the Raiders first trip to the Promised Land. In other words, for as long as Raquel Welch has been alive, Texas Tech has still never won its way to Omaha.
- No West Coast Bias
As I tweeted out earlier today, with Stanford's loss today this will be the first time since 1996 that there won't be a Pac 10/12 team in Omaha.
- The Sunshine Shun
As I also tweeted out earlier today, this will also be the second straight College World Series where there will be no team from the state of Florida taking part in it.
- Scoreless Coogs.
The College of Charleston becomes only the second team in Super Regional history to be held scoreless in the two games. The last time ? and only other time ? was in 2002 when Rice blanked the Bayou Bengals of LSU 6-0 and 3-0. Coincidentally, that was also the first season in LSU's Smoke Laval days, the man who was hand-picked to take over and unsuccessfully followed Skip Bertman.
- The National Seed foibles.
All three national seeds that reached the Super Regionals will be playing Game 3s on Monday. Since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1999, there has never been a CWS with fewer than three national seeds playing.
There have been three occasions where only three national seeds advanced to Omaha, those were in 2013, 2010 and 2007.
- The "Longhorn State" kidding. It's "Lone Star" I know.
If TCU beats Pepperdine on Monday the state of Texas will have three teams in the College World Seres for the first time ever. Only California (five times) and Florida (twice) have had three or more schools in the same CWS.
- Omaha Experience
Of the five teams to reach Omaha already, Texas is by far the most experienced program in going to college baseball's Mecca.
Texas: 35 appearances.
Louisville: 3 appearances.
UC Irvine: 2 appearances.
Vanderbilt: 2 appearances.
Texas Tech: 1 appearance.
- California Dreaming or, make that, California Reality.
The Golden State has had four teams in Omaha for the College World Series once (1988) and three teams four other times (2001, 2000, 1995 and 1992). In three of those seasons ? 1988, 1995 and 1992 ? a Californication school won the national title.
- Most Wins.
Louisiana is chasing history this coming week in Omaha. With their 58 wins this season the Cajuns are only two wins shy of the most Ws in a season since the advent of the 64-team field. Only four teams currently have more wins since 1992 than the Cajuns do.
2002: Florida State won 60 games.
2013: North Carolina won 59 games.
1999: Rice won 59 games over the course of the season.