Sunday, May 31, 2009
Updated: June 2, 1:59 PM ET
Florida St. sets NCAA records in rout
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Mike Martin sat back and relaxed as his Florida State hitters crossed the plate one after another.
The Seminoles coach was working with a 32-run lead -- and it was only the fifth inning.
Stephen Cardullo set a tournament record with seven hits, including three of Florida State's NCAA-record 15 doubles, as the Seminoles routed Ohio State 37-6 on Sunday in the Tallahassee regional and advanced to the super regionals.
"I can honestly say I've never seen anything like it," Martin said. "We're sitting there in the fourth inning and I knew we were going to a super regional."
Florida State (45-16) set NCAA postseason records with 37 runs, 38 hits and 66 total bases, while Cardullo tied the school mark for hits in an offensive performance the football team would've been proud of. The Seminoles set or tied 18 NCAA, school or postseason records.
Jason Stidham, the regional's most outstanding player, hit a two-run double as the Seminoles scored eight times in the first and cruised past the pitching-depleted Buckeyes (42-19), who trailed 32-0 in the fifth.
"Everything they did was right," said Ohio State coach Bob Todd, who went through seven pitchers in an attempt to stem the rout. "Everything we did was wrong."
The teams combined for a single-game postseason record for hits (51) and tied the mark for runs, which was previously set in Miami, Ohio's 35-8 victory over Quinnipiac on June 4, 2005.
Ohmed Danesh homered a drove in five runs on four hits, while Mike Meschke was 5 for 5 with a homer and four RBIs. Stidham drove in four runs and led the tournament with 12 RBIs in three games.
Ohio State starter Jared Strayer allowed seven earned runs without recording an out. Andrew Armstrong, the Buckeyes' fifth pitcher, was tagged for 11 earned runs in one-third of an inning.
"It was a great feeling," Cardullo said. "It's definitely true that hitting is contagious."
Florida State will make its ninth super regional appearance in 11 years against the Norman Regional winner.
Arkansas 11, Oklahoma 0
Freshman Drew Smyly had a no-hitter broken up with one out in the ninth inning, and Andy Wilkins went 5-for-5 with two homers and five RBIs as Arkansas advanced to the super regionals with a win over Oklahoma.
Smyly's bid to throw the first NCAA tournament no-hitter in 18 years ended on an infield hit by Trey Sperring with one out in the ninth. Shortstop Ben Tschepikow fielded the ball, but couldn't throw over to first base in time.
Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn then took Smyly (3-1), and the left-hander received a standing ovation.
Second-seeded Arkansas (37-22) posted its second win over top-seeded Oklahoma (43-20) in as many nights, and its third this season.
Oklahoma 7, Washington State 2
Aaron Baker's first career grand slam highlighted a five-run seventh inning, and Oklahoma beat Washington State.
J.T. Wise's infield single off reliever Connor Lambert gave the Sooners (43-19) a 3-2 lead. Adam Conley replaced Lambert, and Baker sent Conley's only pitch over the right-field wall.
Oklahoma went on to bat around for the 23rd time this season.
Washington State (32-25) managed only five hits off Oklahoma starter Garrett Richards, a junior right-hander who threw his first career complete game and struck out 10, one shy of his career high.
David Stilley (3-3), a redshirt freshman coming off elbow surgery, gave up six hits and struck out four in six-plus innings. It was the left-hander's second-longest outing of the season.
Texas 14, Army 10
Preston Clark hit a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning as Texas rallied from a four-run deficit to stun Army and advance to the super regionals.
Less than 24 hours after beating Boston College in 25 innings in the longest game in NCAA history, the Longhorns (44-13-1) were at it again with an eight-run ninth.
Trailing 10-6, the Longhorns loaded the bases three times against Army (36-21) during the inning.
The second time, Brandon Loy almost ended the game when he bounced a three-run double off the top of the left-field wall just inches away from going over for the win.
A few batters later, Clark hit a walk-off grand slam to win it.
Army 4, Boston College 3
Hours after losing the longest game in NCAA history, Boston College ended its season by losing to Army.
Army closer Kevin McKague escaped a ninth-inning scare for his seventh save, getting Mickey Wiswall to ground into a double play with the bases loaded.
On Saturday night, the Eagles lost 3-2 in a 25-inning marathon against regional host Texas. Army (36-20) advanced to play the Longhorns a few hours later Sunday.
Boston College (34-26) jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but Army rallied for a 3-2 lead in the fifth when designated hitter Joey Henshaw drove in Cling Moore and Zach Price.
Army starting pitcher Kirk Porter (7-3) gave up three runs and struck out six batters in 6 2/3 innings.
Chapel Hill Regional
North Carolina 12, Kansas 1
Garrett Gore hit a grand slam to highlight a seven-run third inning that helped North Carolina beat Kansas to win the regional.
Gore also hit a solo homer in the fifth for the Tar Heels (45-16), who had no trouble advancing to the super regionals. The slam was the first career postseason homer for Gore, who had three home runs this season before Sunday.
Kyle Seager added a two-run single in the third for North Carolina, the No. 4 national seed which is looking for a fourth straight trip to the College World Series. Dustin Ackley also hit a solo homer, his 21st of the season.
Tony Thompson hit a solo homer in the ninth for the Jayhawks (39-24), who beat Coastal Carolina in an elimination game earlier Sunday.
Kansas 5, Coastal Carolina 1
James Stanfield and David Narodowski came up with key hits in the seventh inning, helping Kansas beat Coastal Carolina and knock the Chanticleers out.
Stanfield brought home the go-ahead run with an RBI groundout for the Jayhawks (39-23), then Narodowski hit a two-run single that made it 4-1. Tony Thompson added a homer in the eighth.
Reliever Brett Bochy (6-0) earned the win, allowing a hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings.
Jose Iglesias hit a home run for the Chanticleers (47-16), while Bobby Gage took the loss after allowing three hits and three runs in 1 1/3 innings.
Vanderbilt 8, Louisville 4
Brian Harris, Steven Liddle and Andrew Giobbi each drove in two runs as Vanderbilt beat Louisville and forced a deciding game in the regional.
Nick Christiani (6-6) limited the Big East Conference champions, who came in averaging 8.4 runs per game, to just three earned runs on seven hits. Chase Reid struck out four in the final 1 2/3 innings to earn his second save.
The third-seeded Commodores (37-26) will take on the top-seeded Cardinals (46-16) on Monday night.
Bob Revesz (4-2) gave up nine hits and six runs, four earned, in three innings to take the loss. The Cardinals made three errors, including two in Vanderbilt's four-run second inning.
Vanderbilt 6, Middle Tennessee 0
Caleb Cotham threw a four-hit shutout to help Vanderbilt eliminate Middle Tennessee.
Aaron Westlake and Jonathan White each homered as the third-seeded Commodores (36-26) avenged a 5-4 first-game loss in Louisville to the second-seeded Blue Raiders (44-18).
Westlake, who led the Southeastern Conference in batting, went 2 for 4. He hit a solo home run in the second inning and later doubled in Vanderbilt's four-run eighth inning, which was highlighted by White's two-run homer.
Cotham (7-5) limited the Sun Belt Conference's best hitting team to just three singles and a double.
Middle Tennessee starter Chad Edwards (8-2) gave up only three hits and two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Ohio State 13, Georgia 6
Michael Stephens hit a pair of homers, including a three-run shot to highlight a six-run seventh inning, and Ohio State beat Georgia to eliminate the Bulldogs.
Stephens also hit an inside-the-park homer in the third inning, as the third-seeded Buckeyes (42-18) built a 5-2 lead they never relinquished. Corey Kovanda also drove in a pair of runs for Ohio State.
Jake Hale struck out six in a season-high 2 2/3 innings for his 18th save in relief of Ohio State starter Drew Rucinski.
Zach Cone homered twice for the Bulldogs (38-24), who played for the 2008 College World Series championship.
Florida 16, Miami 5
Preston Tucker and Matt den Dekker drove in three runs apiece and Florida used two big innings to beat rival Miamiand advance to the super regionals.
It marked the first time in 11 tries that the Gators (42-20) advanced in regional play when grouped with the four-time national champions.
Tucker and Josh Adams homered for No. 8 national seed Florida, which will host the winner of the Atlanta regional next weekend.
The Hurricanes (38-22) struggled at the plate in all four games, then really came apart when their pitching broke down.
Florida's first eight batters either scored or drove in a run, staking the Gators to a 5-0 lead. They tacked on seven more in the fifth, turning the game into a rout.
Miami 4, Jacksonville 0
David Gutierrez pitched a seven-hitter and Miami took advantage of three errors to beat Jacksonville.
The Dolphins (37-22) were eliminated.
Gutierrez had never pitched more than seven innings in any of his 19 career starts, but the junior right-hander's complete game gave Miami's bullpen some much-needed rest in the Gainesville regional. Gutierrez (4-6) walked two and hit a batter, but his teammates turned three double plays behind him.
Jacksonville's defense wasn't nearly as stout. The Dolphins had a run-scoring error in the second and two more that led to two unearned runs in the fifth.
Western Kentucky 10, Mississippi 9
Wade Gaynor hit two home runs to key an eight-run rally and Jake Wells' go-ahead homer in the ninth inning gave Western Kentucky a win over Mississippi and forced a deciding game in the regional.
The Hilltoppers (42-19) put together a 15-hit performance to eliminate Missouri earlier in the day, then pounded out 20 more as they upset the top-seeded Rebels (42-18). The teams will meet again Monday.
Matt Rice and Gaynor started the rally with solo shots in the seventh inning, then Gaynor tied it at 9 with a three-run homer in the eighth.
The Hilltoppers snapped the Rebels' 11-game regional home winning streak and extended their school record for runs in a season to 536.
Western Kentucky 11, Missouri 6
Chad Creger hit a three-run homer, Wade Gaynor became Western Kentucky's first 20-20 player and the Hilltoppers beat Missouri.
Western Kentucky beat Missouri (35-27) for the second time in the regional.
Creger tied his career high with five RBIs. The right-fielder went 4 for 5 with four runs scored and a stolen base. His second-inning homer gave Western Kentucky (41-19) a 7-0 lead.
Terrence Dayleg also had five RBIs for the Hilltoppers.
Gaynor's steal in the fourth inning gave him 20 to go with 23 home runs. He's the first to reach those marks in a single season since the Hilltoppers began play in 1910.
East Carolina 8, South Carolina 6
Brandon Henderson hit a grand slam and East Carolina held on to beat South Carolina and force a winner-take-all regional championship game.
Kyle Roller hit a three-run shot and Dustin Harrington also connected for the top-seeded Pirates (45-18). They scored the first eight runs, then withstood the Gamecocks' late rally to set up a rematch Monday night.
South Carolina (40-22) trailed 8-2 entering the ninth before Justin Dalles got things started with a two-run homer and pinch-hitter Brady Thomas' bases-loaded double brought home two more.
Reliever Seth Simmons then got two flyouts to wrap up East Carolina's second elimination-game victory of the day.
East Carolina 16, Binghamton 9
Kyle Roller homered twice during an eight-run fifth inning to lead East Carolina past Binghamton in an elimination game.
Trent Whitehead had three hits, Drew Schieber homered and Roller finished with four hits and four RBIs for the top-seeded Pirates (44-18), who need two wins in the championship round against unbeaten South Carolina to advance.
The Pirates trailed 7-3 after four innings before Roller got them rolling. He led off the fifth with a homer to right-center and capped the outburst by following Austin Homan's go-ahead two-run single with a two-run blast to right that made it 11-7.
America East rookie of the year Dave Ciocchi drove in five runs and Peter Bregartner had three RBIs for Binghamton (30-22).
Baton Rouge Regional
LSU 10, Minnesota 3
Louis Coleman pitched into the eighth inning, and LSU beat Minnesota to advance to the super regionals.
Coleman (12-2) allowed one run on five hits while striking out eight for LSU (49-16). Blake Dean and Ryan Schimpf each had three hits and two RBIs as the Tigers raced out to a 7-0 lead in the top of the third. Micah Gibbs was 4 for 5 with an RBI and four runs scored.
LSU belted 17 hits against Minnesota (40-19), which reached the championship round of the Baton Rouge regional by beating Baylor 15-12 earlier Sunday.
LSU, the Southeastern Conference champion, is seeking its second straight trip to the College World Series and 15th in school history.
Minnesota 15, Baylor 12
Derek McCallum's home run, three doubles and seven RBIs helped Minnesota survive its second elimination game, this time over Baylor.
McCallum's homer to right gave Minnesota a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
After Baylor (30-26) surged ahead 5-2, McCallum's two-out double in the seventh made it 5-3 and sustained a tying rally capped by Michael Kvasnicka's homer off Baylor starter Jon Ringenberg.
McCallum added two more run-scoring doubles as Minnesota (40-18) plated 10 runs during the eighth and ninth innings.
Gophers starter Chauncy Handran lasted eight innings for Minnesota.
Clemson 15, Oklahoma State 1
Mike Freeman and Ben Paulsen homered as top-seeded Clemson routed Oklahoma State to force a deciding game in the regional.
The Tigers (43-20) scored 11 runs in the first three innings and cruised behind freshman left-hander Chris Dwyer (5-5), who struck out a career-high 13 and allowed six hits in 8 2/3 innings.
Freeman and Wilson Boyd each had four of Clemson's 16 hits, while Chris Epps had three.
Tyler Blandford (7-4) was knocked out in the second inning as the Cowboys (34-23) used six pitchers. Tyrone Hambly homered in the fourth for the Cowboys' only run.
Clemson 10, Tennessee Tech 0
Freshman right-hander Scott Weismann threw eight sterling innings, and top-seeded Clemson beat Tennessee Tech in an elimination game.
Ben Paulsen and Chris Epps homered for the Tigers (42-20), the host team of the Clemson regional. Epps also had three of the Tigers' 14 hits.
Paulsen's two-run homer capped a four-run third inning. Clemson added three runs in the fourth to take an 8-0 lead and knock Tech starter Chason Choate (1-2) from the game.
Tech (31-24-1), which took a one-run lead into the ninth inning of an opening-round loss to the Tigers, managed only four hits off Weismann.
Fort Worth Regional
TCU 5, Oregon State 4
Jason Coats hit a game-winning RBI single to give TCU a win over Oregon State and clinch a berth in the super regionals.
Facing a full count with one out in the bottom of the ninth, Coats slapped an opposite-field single to right field to score Bryan Holaday from second.
Oregon State (37-19) took a 4-0 lead in the third after Stefen Romero drove in three runs on a double with the bases loaded.
TCU (39-18) answered with a run in the third, then tied it at 4-4 with three runs in fifth. Oregon State had runners at first and second in the eighth, but Jared Norris grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Reliever Eric Marshall (2-2) got the win with one shutout inning, while Kevin Rhoderick (3-3) took the loss.
Oregon State 13, Texas A&M 5
Koa Kahalehoe went 5 for 5 with three RBIs, helping Oregon State overwhelm Texas A&M in an elimination game.
Kahalehoe was hitting .227 coming into the game, but had four singles and a two-run double. Teammate Ryan Ortiz was 4 for 6 with a solo home run.
Oregon State (37-18) took a 6-0 lead in the first. Three of its six hits in the first inning were doubles, including one with the bases loaded by Jared Norris.
The Beavers collected 18 hits and improved to 9-1 in elimination games under coach Pat Casey.
Oregon State starter Jorge Reyes (6-2) struck out six in a complete game.
Texas A&M (37-24) didn't score until the sixth on a homer by Joe Patterson. The Aggies used six pitchers, with starter Clayton Ehlert (5-2) lasting 1 2/3 innings.
Georgia Tech 10, Southern Mississippi 3
Luke Murton became the 10th player in Georgia Tech history to hit 20 homers in a season and the Yellow Jackets beat Southern Mississippi.
Murton, Jay Dantzler and Cole Leonida hit homers in the first two innings for Georgia Tech (38-18-1), which won two games Sunday to set up Monday night's regional final game against Southern Miss. The winner will face Florida in the super regionals.
The Yellow Jackets beat Elon 8-4 in an elimination game earlier Sunday.
Andrew Robinson (1-0) gave up two runs in five innings in his second career start for Georgia Tech.
Pinch-hitter Kyle Maxie homered in the ninth inning for the Eagles (37-24).
Georgia Tech 8, Elon 4
Nine consecutive Georgia Tech batters reached safely in a seven-run second inning and the Yellow Jackets beat Elon to eliminate the Phoenix.
Georgia Tech (37-18-1) overcame nine walks by its three pitchers to beat Elon (41-18).
Jake Davies (3-0) gave up one run in his only inning in relief of Zach Von Tersch. Mark Pope closed the game with five scoreless innings for his eighth save.
Daniel Britt (8-1), who pitched one inning Saturday to earn the save in Elon's 4-3 win over Georgia State, lasted only 1 1/3 innings and gave up five runs as the surprise starter.
Rice 8, Kansas State 0
Freshman Taylor Wall threw a three-hitter as Rice defeated Kansas State.
The Owls (42-16) and Wildcats (43-17-1) will meet again Monday night, with the winner advancing to the super regionals.
Wall (7-5) struck out four and walked one in the longest outing of his career. He's the first Rice pitcher to throw a shutout in the NCAA tournament since Justin Crowder in 2002 against LSU.
The Owls (42-16) finished with 11 hits, including two each by Anthony Rendon, Steven Sultzbaugh and Michael Fuda. Pinch-hitter Jess Buenger drilled a three-run homer over the right-field wall in the eighth.
Todd Vogel (4-2) gave up three runs on six hits in 4 1-3 innings in the loss.
Rice 12, Xavier 5
Right-hander Jared Rogers struck out a career-high seven batters in his first complete game, and Rice defeated Xavier to stave off elimination.
Rogers (4-1) threw 114 pitches Sunday and scattered seven hits while walking only one.
Rice outfielder Steven Sultzbaugh hit two home runs, while designated hitter Diego Seastrunk and third baseman Anthony Rendon each added three hits and three RBIs.
Xavier left-hander Ben Thomas (5-2) took the loss, giving up seven hits and seven runs in 2 1-3 innings.
Billy O'Conner and Bobby Freking each had two hits for Xavier (39-21), which finished 1-2 in its first NCAA tournament appearance.
Arizona St. 8, Oral Roberts 3
Zack MacPhee's two-run, go-ahead single in the sixth inning helped lead Arizona State to a victory over Oral Roberts.
Jared McDonald added a two-run, inside-the-park home run in the eighth inning as Arizona State (47-12) advanced to the super regionals for the third consecutive year. The Sun Devils will face either Clemson or Oklahoma State in the best-of-3 series next weekend.
Seth Blair (7-2) held Oral Roberts (33-15) to four hits over six innings, settling down after surrendering three runs in the first on Johnny Roberts' RBI single and Colby Price's two-run double.
Mitchell Lambson pitched three perfect innings for his fourth save. Oral Roberts starter Drew Bowen (2-2) took the loss.
Oral Roberts 15, Kent State 10
Michael Notaro drove in three runs and hit one of Oral Roberts' five homers as the Golden Eagles beat Kent State in an elimination game.
Oral Roberts (33-14) advanced to Sunday night's game against Arizona State (46-12), which could earn a berth in next weekend's super regional with a victory.
Oral Roberts trailed 3-1 before rallying for nine runs in the fourth inning. Notaro, who hit a solo homer in the second inning, had a two-run double and P. J. Sequeria added a two-run homer.
Kyle Price, Juan Martinez and Seth Furmanek all homered to put the Eagles up 15-3 in the fifth.
Kyle Hallock (4-3) allowed 12 runs, six earned, in 4 1/3 innings for Kent State (43-17).
Virginia 4, UC Irvine 1
Franco Valdes hit a go-ahead triple in the sixth inning to help Virginia beat top-ranked UC Irvine and advance to the super regionals for the first time in school history.
Virginia (46-12-1), which has made six straight postseason appearances, allowed just two runs in 27 innings in winning all three of its regional games. The Cavaliers will face the winner of Monday night's Mississippi-Western Kentucky game.
UC Irvine (45-15) was denied a third straight trip to the super regionals after being held to four hits by Andrew Carraway and Kevin Arico.
Valdes, who had two RBIs, snapped a 1-1 tie in the sixth as his sharp grounder hit the first-base bag and skipped past Cusick into the right-field corner.
UC Irvine 14, San Diego St. 3
Jeff Cusick had four hits, and Ben Orloff and Ronnie Shaeffer each drove in three runs as UC Irvine stayed alive in the NCAA tournament with a victory over San Diego State.
A day after being shut out for the first time this season, the top-seeded Anteaters (45-14) racked up 19 hits against Tony Gwynn's Aztecs (41-23). UC Irvine needed to beat Virginia twice to reach the super regionals, starting with a late game Sunday.
Cusick went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and scored four runs, while Orloff had three hits, including a three-run double, and scored three times. Crosby Slaught (8-0) worked into the sixth inning.
It was the Aztecs' first NCAA appearance in 18 years, and first under Gwynn.
Cal State Fullerton 16, Utah 3
Cal State Fullerton pounded out 21 hits and Tyler Pill (11-3) pitched eight strong innings as the top-seeded Titans defeated Utah and advanced to the super regionals.
The Titans (45-14) scored 11 times in the fourth through sixth innings to break the game open and win their 13th straight home game. Cal State Fullerton has also won seven consecutive regional series.
Khris Davis hit two home runs, and four in the tournament, to lead the Titans, who beat Utah twice and Gonzaga once with a total of 60 hits and 41 runs.
C.J. Cron homered for the Utes (28-31), who played in their first regional since 1960.
Utah 9, Gonzaga 7
Tyler Yagi had a career-high five hits to lead Utah over Gonzaga in an elimination game.
Utah, making its first NCAA regional appearance since 1960, broke a 4-4 tie with a run in the fifth and three in the sixth, sparked by Yagi's RBI single and Nick Kuroczko's two-run triple. Yagi had five singles and scored three runs as the Utes had 17 hits.
The Utes (28-30), the only team in the regionals with a losing record after winning the Mountain West Conference tournament, needed to beat Cal State Fullerton Sunday and again Monday to advance to the super regionals.
Evan Wells had three hits for the Bulldogs (36-18), who made their first regional appearance since 1981.