College Baseball Regionals 2013: Day 3 Results, Highlights and Analysis
Day 3 of the 2013 College Baseball Regionals featured plenty of upsets, with several top seeds getting knocked out of the tournament, while the No. 1 team in the nation is on the verge of elimination.
Sunday's action showed just how unpredictable baseball can be, from blowouts to nail-biters. Here's a look at the day's scoreboard, as well as the top storylines of the day.
|(2) Austin Peay 5||(4) Valparaiso 4||Bloomington|
|(3) Elon 6||(2) UNC-Wilmington 4||Charlottesville|
|(2) Florida Atlantic 6||(3) Towson 5||Chapel Hill|
|(3) William & Mary 4||(1) Ole Miss 1||Raleigh|
|(3) Liberty 3||(2) Clemson 1||Columbia|
|(3) Troy 9||(2) Alabama 8||Tallahassee|
|(3) Oklahoma State 7||(2) Miami (FL) 1||Louisville|
|(4) Central Arkansas 3||(2) South Alabama 0||Starkville|
|(2) Louisiana-Lafayette 7||(3) Sam Houston State 5||Baton Rouge|
|(1) Oregon 6||(3) San Francisco 1||Eugene|
|(2) Texas A&M 5||(3) UC Santa Barbara 4||Corvallis|
|(1) Virginia Tech 3||(4) Connecticut 1||Blacksburg|
|(2) Georgia Tech 6||(3) Illinois 3||Nashville|
|(2) Arkansas 12||(3) Bryant 3||Manhattan|
|(1) Louisville 12||(3) Oklahoma State 3||Louisville|
|(1) Florida State 11||(3) Troy 4||Tallahassee|
|(3) San Diego 8||(2) Caly Poly 5||Los Angeles|
|(1) NC State 9||(4) William & Mary 2||Raleigh|
|(2) Florida Atlantic 3||(1) North Carolina 2||Chapel Hill|
|(1) Virginia 11||(3) Elon 3||Charlottesville|
|(1) Oregon 11||(2) Rice 0||Eugene|
|(2) Arizona State 10||(4) Columbia 5||Fullerton|
|(1) Indiana 6||(2) Austin Peay 1||Bloomington|
|(2) Oklahoma 10||(1) Virginia Tech 4||Blacksburg|
|(2) Georgia Tech 5||(1) Vanderbilt 0||Nashville|
|(4) Central Arkansas 5||(1) Mississippi State 2||Starkville|
|(1) Oregon State 6||(2) Texas A&M 1||Corvallis|
|(1) LSU 5||(2) Louisiana-Lafayette 1||Baton Rouge|
|(1) Kansas State 4||(2) Arkansas 3||Manhattan|
|(1) UCLA 6||(3) San Diego 0||Los Angeles|
|(1) CSU Fullerton 6||(2) Arizona State 1||Fullerton|
Live scoreboard can be found at NCAA.com.
North Carolina on Verge of Elimination
North Carolina, the No. 1 team in the nation, fell to Florida Atlantic on Sunday, 3-2, setting up a winner-take-all game tomorrow between the two teams.
Andrew Ivins of InsideTheU.com tweeted what we all were basically thinking:
FAU baseball beats North Carolina. Crazy.— Andrew Ivins (@andrewrivins) June 3, 2013
North Carolina held a 2-0 lead headed into the bottom of the seventh inning, courtesy of RBI by Colin Moran and Michael Russell, but Florida Atlantic roared back, scoring three runs in the seventh off a home run by Ricky Santiago.
It's worth noting that Florida Atlantic, the No. 27 team in the country, is no slouch. The squad scored 14 runs against Canisius in the first round of the tournament.
No. 1 Seed Ole Miss Knocked out of Tournament
Despite being ranked 20th in the country headed into the 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament, Ole Miss lost twice to No. 46 William & Mary in the tournament.
The 4-1 defeat on Sunday was disheartening, to say the least. Ole Miss tied it up, 1-1, in the top of the fourth inning, but William & Mary went on to respond with two more in the bottom of the frame, tacking another run on in the sixth.
Ole Miss managed only seven hits (all singles) as William & Mary's Brett Koehler went on to pitch all nine innings, posting five strikeouts in the process.
No. 2 Seed Clemson Follows Ole Miss out the Door
Not only did Ole Miss get knocked out of the tournament on Sunday, so did Clemson.
Clemson, the No. 14 team in the country, was uprooted by No. 53 Liberty on Sunday, 3-1. Clemson posted eight hits in the contest (including two doubles), but most of the damage was done by Steven Duggar (2-for-4, one run) and Garrett Boulware (3-for-4, one RBI).
Liberty starter Trey Lambert pitched 7.2 innings of one-run ball, coming up huge for the squad. Closer Ashton Perritt finished off Clemson.
Liberty's Bryan Aanderud went 4-for-4 with two RBI on the day.
Jon Solomon of the Birmingham News tweeted:
Alabama, Ole Miss & Clemson got eliminated by Troy, William & Mary and Liberty. That's (college) baseball.— Jon Solomon (@jonsol) June 2, 2013
NC State Continues to Roll
On Sunday against William & Mary, N.C. State posted its third win in as many games in the tournament. This was after William & Mary had upset Ole Miss earlier in the day. It was the Wolfpack's second straight win over William & Mary in the tournament.
In the 9-2 victory, the Wolfpack posted three three-run innings. First baseman Tarran Senay was the hero, going 2-for-5 with five RBI. Starter Brad Stone pitched 5.1 innings of shutout ball.
N.C. State has advanced to the Eugene Super Regional.
No. 1 Seed Virginia Tech Knocked out by Oklahoma
Virginia Tech, the No. 11 team in the nation, has officially been eliminated after getting burned by Oklahoma on Sunday, 10-4.
The Hokies actually had a 2-0 lead headed into the top of the sixth inning, but Oklahoma scored four runs in the sixth, then six more runs in the ninth to put the game away.
The Sooners' Jack Mayfield went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs, Hector Lorenzana went 2-for-3 with three RBI and Garrett Carey went 2-for-4 with one RBI and two runs.
Virginia Tech pitchers Eddie Campbell and Jake Joyce took the brunt of the onslaught.
Oklahoma has advanced to the Baton Rouge Super Regional.
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