Two days into the 2014 NCAA baseball tournament regionals, the field has been trimmed by over 23 percent.
Weather prevented the Oxford Regional from beginning play on Friday, but all 16 regional brackets and all 64 teams were underway on Saturday. Some teams were fortunate enough to qualify for the regional final, while others were sent packing before they even had time to settle in.
Of course, now that the threat of elimination loomed, some top seeds had to deal with the pressure of a must-win game. The double-elimination format allows for schools to slip up once before they're really in trouble.
Here's a look at Day 2's results:
|No. 2 Nebraska||No. 4 Binghamton||8-6||Stillwater|
|No. 2 Alabama||No. 1 Florida State||6-5||Tallahassee|
|No. 2 Kentucky||No. 4 Kent State||4-2||Louisville|
|No. 3 North Carolina||No. 1 Florida||5-2||Gainesville|
|No. 4 Campbell||No. 3 Old Dominion||4-1||Columbia|
|No. 4 Xavier||No. 3 Clemson||6-4||Nashville|
|No. 4 Youngstown State||No. 2 Indiana State||5-2||Bloomington|
|No. 4 Bethune-Cookman||No. 3 Columbia||6-5||Coral Gables|
|No. 1 Louisiana-Lafayette||No. 3 San Diego State||9-2||Lafayette|
|No. 2 Washington||No. 3 Georgia Tech||8-0||Oxford|
|No. 4 Bucknell||No. 3 Liberty||5-2||Charlottesville|
|No. 4 Southeastern Louisiana||No. 3 Bryant||2-1||Baton Rouge|
|No. 4 Siena||No. 2 Dallas Baptist||9-8||Fort Worth|
|No. 4 Sacramento State||No. 2 Arizona State||5-4||San Luis Obispo|
|No. 2 UNLV||No. 4 North Dakota State||2-1||Corvallis|
|No. 1 Louisville||No. 3 Kansas||6-3||Louisville|
|No. 3 Texas A&M||No. 4 George Mason||7-3||Houston|
|No. 1 Indiana||No. 3 Stanford||4-2||Bloomington|
|No. 1 Mississippi||No. 4 Jacksonville State||12-2||Oxford|
|No. 2 Mississippi State||No. 4 Jackson State||3-1||Lafayette|
|No. 2 Texas Tech||No. 1 Miami||3-0||Coral Gables|
|No. 2 Maryland||No. 1 South Carolina||4-3||Columbia|
|No. 1 LSU||No. 2 Houston||5-1||Baton Rouge|
|No. 1 Vanderbilt||No. 2 Oregon||7-2||Nashville|
|No. 1 Virginia||No. 2 Arkansas||3-0||Charlottesville|
|No. 4 Charleston||No. 2 Long Beach State||6-3||Gainesville|
|No. 3 Pepperdine||No. 1 Cal Poly||2-1||San Luis Obispo|
|No. 3 Kennesaw State||No. 4 Georgia Southern||13-5||Tallahassee|
|No. 1 Oklahoma State||No. 3 Cal State Fullerton||13-7||Stillwater|
|No. 3 UC Irvine||No. 1 Oregon State||14-2||Corvallis|
|No. 2 Texas||No. 1 Rice||3-2 (11)||Houston|
|No. 1 TCU||No. 3 Sam Houston State||3-2 (22)||Fort Worth|
Florida State Bounced by 'Bama
The No. 5 nationally seeded Florida State Seminoles are out after two games. Facing elimination against the Alabama Crimson Tide, they fell 6-5. According to Cecil Hurt of The Tuscaloosa News, this is the Tide's first win over the 'Noles in football, men's basketball or baseball since 1985:
That is Alabama's first win over Florida State in football, baseball or men's basketball since December 16, 1985.— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) May 31, 2014
Of course, with FSU out, that means Jameis Winston won't be following up his national championship in football with a victory in the College World Series:
Florida State eliminated from the NCAA baseball tournament. No College World Series for Jameis Winston.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) May 31, 2014
It was too little too late for Florida State. The Seminoles scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but they couldn't undo all of the damage.
Justin Kamplain has been one of the Crimson Tide's best pitchers all season, and he showed exactly why on Saturday night. The junior left-hander pitched eight innings, giving up one earned run on five hits and striking out three.
Florida State first baseman John Nogowski said after the game that Kamplain did a great job of hitting his spots all game, per D.C. Reeves of The Tuscaloosa News:
FSU’s John Nogowski on Justin Kamplain: "He was on the corners the whole day. I didn't see a pitch in the meat of the plate the whole game."— D.C. Reeves (@_DCReeves) May 31, 2014
Mikey White and Wade Wass led the way for the Seminoles offensively, with each hitting a home run. White started off the scoring with a solo homer in the top of the third, and Wass followed up with a two-run bomb in the top of the seventh to make it a 6-0 game.
Alabama has another elimination game, this time with Georgia Southern tomorrow at noon.
Florida Joins 'Noles on Bus Ride Home
The state of Florida should've avoided the baseball diamond on Saturday. Not only did Florida State exit at the regional stage, but the Seminoles were also joined by the No. 2 overall seeded Florida Gators, who fell, 5-2, to North Carolina.
The Tar Heels exploded in the bottom of the third inning, scoring five runs, and that was all they needed.
"I didn't see it coming," Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan said of his team's loss, per USA Today's David Jones. "Baseball is a funny thing. Sometimes it bounces your way, sometimes it doesn't. Obviously we did not play up to our capabilities these last two games."
Bobby Poyner started the game for the Gators.
During the bottom of the third, Mother Nature had her way in Gainesville, per Gator Baseball:
Saturday was the second day in a row in which Florida had to endure a three-plus-hour rain delay:
After such a lengthy delay, Poyner was too cold to continue, making way for Kirby Snead, and that's when the wheels fell off. The freshman lefty allowed both of his inherited runners to score and surrendered three runs of his own.
By the time Snead left the game, the damage had already been done.
With the victory, the Heels move on to an elimination game with Long Beach State, which was beaten by Charleston later in the day.
Oklahoma State Turns Triple Play Against Cal State Fullerton
The top-seeded Oklahoma State Cowboys made rather quick work of Cal State Fullerton, beating the Titans 13-7. The Cowboys jumped out to an 8-1 lead after five innings and didn't look back from there.
In the bottom of the third inning, Oklahoma State pulled off a nifty triple play. Keegan Dale lined out to Cowboys pitcher Jon Perrin, who then threw to shortstop Donnie Walton to double up the runner at second. Walton flung it to first baseman Tanner Krietemeier, who doubled up the runner at first.
That would be the last highlight of the game for Perrin, who would give up six earned runs on 10 hits in six innings pitched.
Luckily for the Cowboys, he had plenty of run support. Krietemeier drove in five runs all by himself, and third baseman Craig McConaughy brought another three runs home.
Oklahoma State was one of the few No. 1 seeds to win its first two games and as a result, will take on the winner of the Cal State Fullerton-Nebraska game on Sunday afternoon.
TCU Outlasts Sam Houston State in Marathon Thriller
One game wasn't enough for TCU and Sam Houston State. Two games weren't enough for Sam Houston State. No, the Horned Frogs and Bearkats needed 22 innings to decide a winner on Saturday night and stretching into Sunday morning.
According to NCAA Baseball, it's the second-longest game in tournament history:
Cody Jones walked to start out the top of the 22nd inning for the Horned Frogs. After fielder's choice, he was sitting on second base. Boomer White drove him home on a base hit.
Riley Ferrell, the seventh pitcher used by TCU, closed the door in the bottom of the 22nd.
The Horned Frogs dodged a major bullet an inning later when Sam Houston State had the bases loaded with just one out. Travis Lee grounded to the shortstop, who was taken out with a slide by Luke Plucheck. However, the umpires called interference on Plucheck, which meant Lee would be out as well and no runs would score.
With the victory, TCU move to the regional championship game, where it awaits the winner of the Sam Houston State-Siena game earlier in the day.