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Sunday, June 3, 2007
Top-ranked Vandy beats Michigan to force deciding game

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Brad French homered and drove in four runs to lead top-ranked Vanderbilt to a 10-7 victory over Michigan on Sunday night, forcing a deciding game Monday in the NCAA regional tournament.

Vanderbilt (54-12) sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven runs in the second inning. Shea Robin, Brad French and David Macias each had run-scoring hits, while two other runs scored on Wolverine errors.

After Michigan (41-17) cut the lead to 7-2 in the bottom of the second inning, the Commodores made it 9-2 in the fifth when French floated a home run to right field.

In the fifth, Michigan's Jason Christian lined a double off the left-field wall, scoring three runs and slicing Vanderbilt's lead to 9-5. The Wolverines added two runs in the ninth.

Brett Jacobson (6-3) picked up the win in relief, allowing two runs in 5 1-3 innings. Earlier Sunday, Vanderbilt beat Austin Peay 11-5.

Tallahassee Regional

Mississippi St. 9, Florida St. 4
Brandon Turner and Brian LaNinfa homered to help Mississippi State advance to the super regionals.

The Bulldogs (36-20) advanced to the super regionals for the first time since 2001 with the victory over the Seminoles (49-13).

Mississippi State starter Josh Johnson (3-3) and relievers Ricky Bowen, Aaron Weatherford and Mitch Moreland limited the nation's top hitting team to six hits -- two in the final five innings. They combined to strike out 10.

Jack Rye hit two home runs for Florida State, which advanced to the championship with a 17-1 victory over Stetson earlier Sunday.

Chapel Hill Regional

Western Carolina 9, East Carolina 5
Jonathan Ingram put Western Carolina ahead to stay with a two-run homer in the third and finished a double shy of the cycle in an elimination game.

Western Carolina (42-19) snapped a 13-game losing streak against the Pirates, beating them for the first time in 30 years and avenging a loss in the first game of the regional. Western Carolina will face North Carolina (50-12) on Monday, with the Catamounts needing two wins over the Tar Heels to advance to the super regionals.

Stephen Batts homered, doubled and extended his school-record hitting streak to 29 games for East Carolina (40-23).

The game was delayed six hours by rain.

Columbia, Mo., Regional

Louisville 4, Missouri 3
Chris Dominguez hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the eighth inning, helping Louisville force a deciding game Monday.

Kyle Hollander escaped jams in the seventh and ninth for the Cardinals (43-21), who beat Miami for the second time earlier Sunday to end the Hurricanes' string of 13 straight regional titles.

Dominguez played a pivotal role in both games, also breaking a tie with a two-run homer in the fifth inning of Louisville's 8-7 victory over Miami.

Dominguez angered Missouri (42-17) after apparently gloating in the batter's box after his shot off Greg Folgia. He was booed the rest of the game by a sellout crowd and players didn't shake hands after the game.

Oxford Regional

Mississippi 21, Sam Houston St. 13
No. 9 batter Alex Kliman had four hits and drove in five runs -- nearly half his season total of 12 RBIs -- to help Mississippi advance to the super regionals.

Kliman was one of nine Ole Miss hitters with at least one RBI and the Rebels set a season high for runs and hits (22). Ole Miss (40-23) batted around in two innings against the Bearkats (40-24).

Ole Miss will play the winner of the Tempe regional championship between Arizona State and Nebraska. If Nebraska wins, Ole Miss will host the three-game series.

Sam Houston State 12, Southern Miss 11 (11 inn.)
Previously hitless Bobby Verbick drove in the winning run and Sam Houston State overcame four Southern Miss leads to eliminate the Golden Eagles.

Southern Miss led by as much as 7-1 after six innings. But Sam Houston State began a series of rallies in the seventh and eight innings to tie the score 7-7. Each time the Golden Eagles took a lead after that, the Bearkats rallied to tie the score until Verbick and Keith Stein drove in two runs in the bottom of the 11th.

Stein went 5-for-6 with two runs and two RBIs and was one of just two players with more than one hit for Sam Houston. Nick Zaleski also drove in two runs.

Myrtle Beach Regional

Clemson 11, Coastal Carolina 8
Andy D'Alessio had a home run, two doubles and four RBIs, and Marquez Smith hit a three-run shot for Clemson (40-21).

Clemson will face Coastal Carolina again in the regional championship Monday, with the Chanticleers needing two victories to advance.

Coastal beat St. John's 6-5 in the final game Sunday to avoid elimination.

Columbia, S.C., Regional

South Carolina 12, Charlotte 8
Trent Kline hit a three-run homer, and Justin Smoak and Andrew Crisp also connected to help South Carolina (44-18) advance to the regional final.

The Gamecocks, who have a national-best 109 homers this season, will face Charlotte again Monday in the championship.

Charlotte (49-11), which needs two victories Monday to advance to the super regionals, beat North Carolina State 12-10 late Sunday in an elimination game.

College Station Regional

Texas A&M 4, Louisiana-Lafayette 1
Scott Migl shut out Louisiana-Lafayette through seven innings as Texas A&M forced a final game.

A&M (47-17) took a 2-0 lead in the first on a solo home run by Kyle Colligan and an RBI infield single by Luke Anders. The Aggies added two runs in the seventh on a two-run double by Craig Stinson, who was 0-for-3 to that point.

Travis Starling took over for Migl (7-3) in the eighth with two runners on base. The Cajuns (45-16) got their only run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Scott Hawkins.

Brent Solich (5-2) took the loss.

The two teams meet again Monday night for the chance to advance to a super regional against Rice.

Texas A&M 10, Ohio State 4
First baseman Blake Stouffer hit for the cycle as Texas A&M stayed alive in the NCAA tournament with a victory over Ohio State.

Stouffer, who collected 6 RBIs, singled in the first, homered in the third, tripled in the fifth and doubled in the seventh. Stouffer also hit for the cycle earlier this season, becoming the first A&M player to do so since 1992.

Gary Campfield (3-0) earned the victory in relief of starter Kirkland Rivers. The duo combined to limit the Buckeyes to eight hits, including two by Matt Angle.

Justin Miller and Cory Rupert paced Ohio State with two RBIs each.

J.B. Shuck (4-4) took the loss.

Catcher Josh Stinson added two hits and two RBIs for the Aggies.

The Buckeyes finished the season 38-24.

Fayetteville Regional

Oklahoma St. 7, Arkansas 6
Oklahoma State's Corey Brown and Ty Wright both hit three-run homers to lead the Cowboys to a victory over Arkansas for the championship of the Fayetteville Regional.

Oklahoma State (41-19) will play next weekend in a super regional against the winner of a contest Monday between Louisville and Missouri for the championship of a regional being played at Columbia, Mo.

The loss ends the season for Arkansas (43-21).

Brown and Wright only had one hit each in Sunday's championship game, but they combined for six RBIs. The Cowboys' only other run came in the sixth inning when Matt Mangini scored on Jordy Mercer's sacrifice fly to left field.

Arkansas scored two runs in the first inning when Jeff Nutt hit a two-run single to right field, scoring Ben Tschepikow and Logan Forsythe. After a two-run fourth inning, the Razorbacks rallied for two more runs in the eighth on RBI basehits from Brian Walker and Jacob Julius to cut Oklahoma State's lead to one run.

Arkansas' only hope in the bottom of the ninth inning came when Casey Coon hit a two-out, infield single to Mercer, OSU's shortstop. But the Razorbacks' next batter, Jeff Nutt, struck out swinging to end the game and give the Cowboys their first regional championship since 1999.

Oklahoma State's Josh Fritsche (2-0), who relieved starter Jeff Breedlove in the fourth inning, picked up the victory after giving up only one hit and striking out five batters.

Arkansas reliever Stephen Richards (1-2), who pitched only two innings after taking over for starter Chris Rhoads, was tagged with the loss after giving up two runs on one hit.

Arkansas 6, Creighton 0
Arkansas' Brian Walker hit solo home runs in the fifth and seventh innings to lead the Razorbacks to a victory over Creighton in an elimination game.

Walker, who had only two hits in his last 20 at-bats before Sunday, went 4-for-4 for the Razorbacks, including his 10th and 11th homers of the season, with two RBIs and four runs scored. The four-hit day was Walker's second of his career.

Arkansas starter Nick Schmidt (11-3) picked up the win after going seven innings, striking out four batters, but hitting four others.

Bluejays starter Ben Mancuso (10-3) was tagged with the loss after giving up two runs on five hits in six innings on the mound for Creighton (45-16).

Creighton leadoff hitter Robbie Knight set an NCAA record in the first inning when he was hit by a pitch from Schmidt. It was the 34th time this season Knight had been hit by a pitch, exceeding the 33 times Andrew Slater was hit by pitched balls when he played for Richmond in 1997. Knight was also hit again in the fifth inning, raising the record to 35.

Houston Regional

Rice 3, TCU 1
Joe Savery (10-1) gave up one earned run and six hits in seven innings, and doubled and scored two runs to lead Rice (52-12) into the super regionals.

Bobby Bramhall got the final six outs for his sixth save.

Rice will face the winner of the College Station regional championship between Texas A&M and Louisiana-Lafayette. TCU finished the season 48-14.

TCU 10, Baylor 5
Austin Adams hit an RBI single and Matt McGuirk added a grand slam as TCU rallied with seven runs in the ninth to defeat Baylor.

Ben Carruthers started the rally for TCU (48-13) with a single. Keith Conlon was hit by a pitch. After Clint Arnold's sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third, Steven Trout singled to right field to tie the game at 5-5. Adams singled in Conlon for the go-ahead run. McGuirk, who came into the game in the eighth, picked up his fifth homer of the season with the grand slam to right field.

Taylor Cragin (2-0) pitched the last four innings for the Horned Frogs.

Round Rock Regional

UC Irvine-Texas, ppd
Storms late Sunday forced the suspension of the Longhorns' game with UC Irvine (42-15-1) with the Anteaters leading 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh.

Play was suspended for almost 90 minutes before the decision was made to resume the game Monday afternoon. If a rematch is needed, the game will begin an hour later.

Texas (46-16) took an early 1-0 lead in the second on a double by Chais Fuller.

Cody Cipriano hit a two-run double just inside the third base line and Matt Morris used a squeeze bunt to score another and give the Anteaters a 3-1 lead in the third.

Texas tied the game in the fourth and took a 5-3 lead in the sixth when Brett Lewis hit a two-run double. But UC Irvine used two doubles and a triple from Jeff Cusick to tie the game in the sixth. Cusick scored on Aaron Lowenstein's fielder's choice to give UC Irvine the 6-5 lead.

The Anteaters, who defeated the Longhorns 3-1 Saturday, would win the regional with a victory in the suspended game.

Texas 7, Wake Forest 4
Bradley Suttle hit a two-run double in the 12th inning to give Texas a victory over Wake Forest in an elimination game.

Wake Forest was down to its last strike in the ninth when Brett Linnenkohl hit a two-run home run off Randy Boone to tie the game with his first career pinch hit.

The Demon Deacons had a runner on second with one out in the 11th but were unable to score when pinch-runner Nathan Frazier was thrown out at third on a grounder to shortstop Chais Fuller.

Texas centerfielder Nick Peoples fractured his left collar bone in the first inning after he made a diving catch on a ball hit by Dustin Hood.

Wichita Regional

Wichita St. 4, Arizona 3
Derek Schermerhorn drove in the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning to give top-seeded Wichita State a victory over Arizona.

The Shockers' win means the two teams will play again Monday in the regional championship game, with a berth in the super regional at stake.

Wichita State pinch hitter Bret Bascue drew a four-pitch walk to start the ninth, then pinch runner Ryan Jones advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. After another out, Schermerhorn drove the ball to the gap in left center to score Jones from second.

The Shockers (52-20) have not advanced past a regional since 1996.

Arizona opened a 1-0 lead in the fourth on a Bill Rhinehart home run, but Wichita State responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to go up 2-1.

The Wildcats (42-16) tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fifth inning, but the Shockers went back on top 3-2 with a run in the sixth. Arizona tied it again in the top of the seventh, setting the stage for Schermerhorn's ninth-inning heroics.

Wichita State 7, New Orleans 3
Wichita State pitchers Aaron Shafer and Noah Booth scattered nine hits to keep the top-seeded Shockers alive in the Wichita Regional.

Shafer scattered six hits over six inning and struck out seven. He allowed two runs. Booth allowed one run in three innings of relief to eliminate the team that stunned Wichita State with a ninth-inning rally to win 7-6 on Friday.

Long Beach Regional

UCLA 7, Long Beach State 4
Jermaine Curtis and Gabe Cohen sparked a four-run fifth inning rally and Tim Murphy pitched a complete game as UCLA captured the regional championship.

Curtis was named the tournament's MVP.

Despite losing eight of their final 11 regular season games, UCLA (33-26), the No. 2 seed in the region, defeated the Dirtbags (39-20) for the first time in three games this season. The Bruins will play the winner of the San Diego regional starting next Friday in a best of three series.

It marks the first time since 2000, and the fourth time the school's history, that UCLA has advanced to the super regionals.

Trailing 4-2, Curtis led off the Bruins' fifth inning with a solo homer to left. Four batters later, Cohen drilled a two-run double with the bases loaded. Tim Stewart followed with a RBI sacrifice fly giving UCLA a 6-4 lead.

Murphy (5-4) threw 140 pitches and gave up eight hits and struck out eight to earn the win. Shane Peterson (2-2) took the loss for the Dirtbags.

The Bruins added a run in the sixth and upped its lead to 7-4.

Long Beach State scored three runs in the first inning to take a 3-0 lead, but three UCLA hits and a costly Long Beach State error helped the Bruins trim the Long Beach State lead to 3-2 in the third inning. The Dirtbags got one back in their half of the third, making it 4-2, on a RBI single by Brandon Godfrey.

Robert Perry had three hits for Long Beach State. Alden Carrithers had three hits and scored two runs and Curtis had two hits and two RBIs for the Bruins. Justin Uribe and Brady Dolan also had two hits for UCLA.

Long Beach State 4, University of Illinois at Chicago 3
Omar Arif survived several defensive miscues and needed help from three relievers as Long Beach State held on to beat University of Illinois at Chicago (35-21).

Following Jake Carr's lead off seventh inning homer that trimmed the Dirtbags' lead to 4-3, Dustin Rasco relieved Arif and shut the Flames down. Jason Markovitz entered the game in the eighth to get the final out of the inning. Bryan Shaw then pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 11th save of the season.

Arif pitched six innings gave up four hits and three runs and improved his record to 6-5. Steve Crnkovich (4-4) took the loss.

Chris Nelson, Robert Perry and TJ Mittelstaedt each had two hits apiece for Long Beach State. Whinery had two hits for UIC.

Tempe Regional

Arizona State 19, Nebraska 7
Kiel Roling drove in four runs with a home run and a double as Arizona State advanced to a super regional with a 19-7 victory over Nebraska.

Nebraska rallied from a 9-3 deficit with a run in the sixth and three more in the seventh but C.J. Retherford hit a grand slam, his first home run of the season, as part of a six-run bottom of the seventh to help secure the win.

Sun Devil starter Josh Satow (12-3) shook off Nebraskas two-run first inning to scatter seven runs on 11 hits over six innings for the Sun Devils (46-13).

Thad Weber (1-2) lasted just a third of an inning for the Cornhuskers (32-27) after giving up a three-run home run to Roling and an RBI double by Matt Spencer.

Arizona State pounded out 23 hits against six Cornhusker pitchers. The Sun Devils won all three of their regional games, outscoring their opponents 33-12. As the No. 5 seed nationally Arizona State are in line to play host to a best-of-three super regional next weekend. The winner of the super regional advances to the College World Series in Omaha.

Petey Paramore led the Arizona State attack going 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

Craig Corriston had three hits, including a run-scoring triple for Nebraska, the No. 3 seed in the regional who reached the game by beating UC Riverside 11-1 earlier Sunday in an elimination game.

San Diego Regional

Cal State Fullerton 13, Fresno St. 2
Fullerton's John Curtis hit a three-run homer, part of a four-run third inning, that helped send the Titans (36-23) to the super regionals.

Nick Mahin drove in four runs for Fullerton, which improved to 9-2 in NCAA postseason play against the Bulldogs (38-29). Fullerton beat Fresno State 6-4 on Saturday and twice in the 2006 regionals.

Earlier Sunday, Fresno State eliminated Minnesota 11-6.

Charlottesville Regional

Rain wiped out play, with defending champion Oregon State (39-18) now set to face Rutgers (42-20) in an elimination game Monday. The Oregon State-Rutgers winner will face Virginia (45-14), with the elimination game winner needing two victories over the Cavaliers to advance to the super regionals.