Day 3 of the NCAA Baseball Super Regionals came complete with nail-biters, blowouts and shockers, adding to the drama of the quest for the NCAA Division I championship.
Some big-time programs with great history in the College World Series fell on Sunday, opening the door for some new contenders.
One player pitched a shutout. Another hit two home runs...in a losing effort.
Here's a look at Sunday's action, complete with highlights.
|Indiana 11||(7) Florida State 6||Tallahassee|
|South Carolina 8||(1) North Carolina 0||Chapel Hill|
|Louisville 2||(2) Vanderbilt 1||Nashville|
|NC State 5||Rice 4||Raleigh|
|(3) Oregon State 12||Kansas State 4||Corvallis|
Indiana Shocks Florida State
Florida State, the No. 8 team in the nation, fell to Indiana for the second time in as many days on Sunday, failing to reach the College World Series.
Chris Pika of BlogAndTackle.net tweeted:
In the 11-6 drubbing, Indiana started things out with a bang, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning off RBI from Sam Travis (sacrifice fly), Scott Donley (double), Michael Basil (double) and Casey Smith (single).
Florida State actually tied up the game in the top of the fifth with three runs (5-5), but watched as the Hoosiers scored six runs down the stretch to put the game away.
Travis, Donley and Basil combined to go 5-for-12 with seven RBI and four runs.
This came after the Hoosiers' 10-9 victory on Saturday. Indiana is headed to the College World Series for the first time in school history.
Indiana University tweeted after the win:
Louisville Knocks Out Vanderbilt
Louisville stunned Vanderbilt on Sunday with a 2-1 victory, advancing to the College World Series in the process.
The 2-1 win came after a 5-3 victory in Game 1 of the best-of-three series.
Louisville's pitching was spectacular on Sunday. Right-hander Jeff Thompson continued to lead the Cardinals with seven innings of one-run ball, notching nine strikeouts in the process. Joe Filomeno, Kyle Funkhouser, Nick Burdi and Cody Ege combined to blank the Commodores for the final two innings.
Louisville's two-run second inning ended up being all the Cardinals needed. Zak Wasserman and Sutton Whiting each had RBI singles in the frame.
The Commodores' Zaner Wiel connected for a solo homer in the sixth inning, but Mike Yastrzemski struck out with John Norwood on third base in the ninth.
Thompson entered the game 10-1 with a 2.06 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 96.1 innings pitched. He was selected in the third round of the 2013 MLB draft by the Detroit Tigers.
Louisville will face Indiana in the College World Series.
Jon Solomon of the Birmingham News tweeted:
South Carolina Stuns North Carolina
South Carolina rolled over North Carolina on Sunday with an 8-0 victory. It sets up a do-or-die clash on Monday, with a trip to the College World Series on the line.
Left-hander Jordan Montgomery was stellar in the series-clinching win, tossing a four-hit shutout (all singles) on 121 pitches.
ESPN Stats & Info tweeted:
He also got a little help from his friends, as Joey Pankake, LB Dantzler, Max Schrock and Tanner English combined to go 8-for-16 with five RBI.
English also showed up on the field on Sunday, as Kendall Rogers of PerfectGame.org noted:
South Carolina scored five runs in the second inning, which turned out to be all Montgomery needed. Doubles by Pankake and Schrock highlighted the big inning.
NC State Disposes of Rice
After a 4-3 nail-biter on Saturday, NC State did it again on Sunday, winning a 17-inning marathon against Rice, 5-4.
Rice got off to a 2-0 lead through six innings, thanks to two solo home runs by Christian Stringer. The Wolfpack responded with a run in the top of the seventh—thanks to an RBI by Jake Fincher—but Rice scored two more runs in the seventh and eighth innings, via a home run by Michael Aquino and an infield single by Leon Byrd.
Rice had a 4-1 lead headed into the ninth inning.
That's when it got dicey for the Owls.
NC State's Jake Armstrong was hit by a pitch to start off the inning. Three hits later, it was a 4-4 ballgame. Fincher doubled down the right-field line in the inning, as two runners scored when the ball was misplayed in the outfield. Tarran Senay added another RBI double.
Both teams battled back and forth before the top of the 17th inning. In the inning, Senay singled. Two batters later, Brett Williams doubled to right. Another fielding error in right allowed Senay to score off the double.
Rice tried to rally in the bottom of the frame, but—after singles by Aquino and Ford Stainback—Stringer flied out to left field to end the ballgame.
Jon Solomon of the Birmingham News tweeted:
NC State will face the winner of Monday's matchup between South Carolina and North Carolina in the College World Series.
Oregon State Crushes Kansas State
Oregon State scored five runs in the first inning on Sunday and never looked back, going on to a 12-4 victory over Kansas State.
The win sets up a do-or-die game between the two teams on Monday.
In Oregon State's win on Sunday, Kansas State starter Blake McFadden lasted only 0.2 innings before getting pulled for Levi MaVorhis. He gave up four runs before leaving the game.
Only one batter failed to record a hit for the Beavers on Sunday. Kavin Keyes went 4-for-5 with four runs. Michael Conforto (2-for-5, RBI, run) and Dylan Davis (2-for-6, three RBI, run) both homered. Leadoff hitter Tyler Smith went 4-for-5 with three RBI and one run. Jake Rodriguez went 2-for-5 with two RBI.
Beavers right-hander Andrew Moore made history at Oregon State with the win, via Beaver Baseball:
Moore allowed three runs in eight innings, posting nine strikeouts in the process.
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