You would be hard-pressed to come up with a day of college baseball with more at stake and more back-against-the-wall pressure than what teams were facing in the regionals Sunday.
The NCAA baseball tournament starts with 16 separate regionals that each consist of four teams that compete in round-robin style in a double-elimination format. Fifteen of the first 17 games on Sunday's schedule pitted squads sporting a 1-1 record against each other.
Kentucky Wildcats coach Gary Henderson summarized the pressure of the event nicely after his team stayed alive with a win Saturday, via Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader: “It’s amazing how quick you can go from tight to loose and loose to tight.”
Here is a look at all of the scores for Sunday’s games. Check back for updates as the games develop.
|Oxford||Georgia Tech (1-1)||Jacksonville St. (0-2)||4-2|
|Tallahassee||Alabama (2-1)||Georgia Southern (1-2)||6-0|
|Louisville||Kentucky (2-1)||Kansas (1-2)||8-6|
|Bloomington||Stanford (2-1)||Youngstown State (1-2)||12-4|
|Stillwater||Cal State Fullerton (2-1)||Nebraska (1-2)||4-3|
|Columbia||South Carolina (2-1)||Campbell (1-2)||9-0|
|Charlottesville||Arkansas (2-1)||Bucknell (1-2)||10-0|
|Coral Gables||Miami (2-1)||Bethune-Cookman (1-2)||10-0|
|Nashville||Oregon (2-1)||Xavier (1-2)||11-8 (10 innings)|
|Baton Rouge||Houston (2-1)||SE Louisiana (1-2)||9-5|
|Fort Worth||Sam Houston State (2-1)||Siena (1-2)||9-2|
|Oxford||Mississippi (2-0)||Washington (1-1)||2-1|
|San Luis Obispo||Cal Poly (2-1)||Sacramento State (1-2)||6-5|
|Tallahassee||Alabama (3-1)||Kennesaw State (2-1)||4-1|
|Corvallis||Oregon State (2-1)||UNLV (1-2)||6-1|
|Houston||Texas A&M (2-1)||Rice (1-2)||9-8 (10 innings)|
|Lafayette||Louisiana Lafayette (2-1)||Jackson State (1-2)||11-1|
|Bloomington||Stanford (3-1)||Indiana (2-1)||10-7|
|Fort Worth||TCU (3-0)||Sam Houston State (2-2)||6-1|
|Stillwater||Oklahoma State (3-0)||Cal State Fullerton (2-2)||6-4|
|Columbia||Maryland (3-0)||South Carolina (2-2)||10-1|
|Nashville||Vanderbilt (3-0)||Oregon (2-2)||3-2|
|Oxford||Washington (2-1)||Georgia Tech (1-2)||4-2|
|Charlottesville||Virginia (3-0)||Arkansas (2-2)||9-2|
|Louisville||Louisville (3-0)||Kentucky (2-2)||4-1|
|Baton Rouge||Houston (3-1)||LSU (2-1)||5-4|
|Houston||Texas A&M (3-1)||Texas (2-1)||3-2|
|San Luis Obispo||Pepperdine (3-0)||Cal Poly (2-2)||10-6|
|Lafayette||Louisiana-Lafayette (3-1)||Mississippi State (2-1)||14-8|
|Corvallis||Oregon State (3-1)||UC Irvine (2-1)||4-0|
*The Long Beach State and North Carolina game was suspended in the 7th inning with Long Beach State leading 5-4. It will resume Monday.
Georgia Tech 4, Jacksonville State 2
Georgia Tech and Jacksonville State were tied at one heading into the ninth inning, but the Yellow Jackets' offense came alive when it mattered most.
Matt Gonzalez came through in the clutch with a two-run double for Georgia Tech, and Thomas Smith followed that up with an RBI single to stretch the lead to 4-1. Jacksonville State made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth with a rally of its own, but it stranded runners on base and only pushed across a single run.
Georgia Tech's Twitter page let fans know what was next:
Alabama 6, Georgia Southern 0
It was Geoffrey Bramblett's world and the rest of the team was just living in it for Alabama.
The starting pitcher went the complete nine innings and did not allow a single run for the Crimson Tide. In fact, he only allowed two hits and two walks as he completely shut down Georgia Southern in the process.
Offensively, Ben Moore went 3-for-3 with three RBI for Alabama from the three hole in the lineup.
Kentucky 8, Kansas 6
Kentucky jumped out to a quick lead against Kansas and then held on for dear life.
The Wildcats held a commanding 8-0 lead after they scored a run in the top of the sixth inning, but the Jayhawks put together an impressive five-run rally in the bottom of the frame. Kentucky's Zack Brown cruised through the first five innings, but he needed the bullpen to save the day after struggling in the sixth.
Fortunately for Brown and the Wildcats, Taylor Martin and Spencer Jack did just that.
Stanford 12, Youngstown State 4
Safe to say, Youngstown State would like to forget about Sunday's second inning.
Stanford pushed six runs across the plate in the second, highlighted by back-to-back home runs from Danny Diekroeger and Alex Blandino, and eventually cruised to an easy victory. In fact, the Penguins only scored in the first and ninth innings during the rout.
Cal State Fullerton 4, Nebraska 3
Nebraska lost in gut-wrenching fashion Sunday when it allowed four unearned runs in a 4-3 loss.
The Cornhuskers three errors were the ultimate difference, but Cal State Fullerton received a stellar eight innings from pitcher Grahamm Wiest en route to the win.
South Carolina 9, Campbell 0
Wil Crowe turned in an absolute gem for South Carolina with nine innings of scoreless baseball. In fact, he only allowed four hits the entire game.
Offensively, South Carolina strung together timely hits throughout the contest, highlighted by a four-run explosion in the fourth inning.
Arkansas 10, Bucknell 0
Jalen Beeks and Jackson Lowery combined for a nine-inning shutout to lead Arkansas to a dominating 10-0 victory.
Beeks only allowed three hits and struck out nine in five innings of work, while Lowery struck out five and didn't give up a single hit in the final four innings. On the offensive end, Brian Anderson went 3-for-3 with two runs scored for the Razorbacks.
Miami 10, Bethune-Cookman 0
This was about as big of a mismatch as you can imagine on the diamond Sunday, as Bethune-Cookman only managed to scrap together three hits in the 10-0 loss.
Miami got a complete game shutout from Bryan Radziewski and received an incredible day at the plate from Zack Collins. Collins went 2-for-3 with two home runs, five RBI and two walks. His offensive effort was more than enough for the Hurricanes to win given Radziewski's pitching.
Oregon 11, Xavier 8 (10 innings)
This was arguably the craziest game of the day.
Oregon jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but Xavier scored five in the sixth inning and three in the seventh inning to take what seemed like a commanding 8-3 lead into the final two frames. All the Ducks did was answer with five runs of their own in the eighth and ninth to force extra innings and an impressive three more in the 10th.
The team's Twitter page was certainly thrilled with the free baseball:
Santos with a great play to end the 9th, BONUS BASEBALL in Nashville!! 8-8 heading to the 10th #GoDucks— Oregon Duck Baseball (@OregonBaseball) June 1, 2014
It was a heartbreaking way to lose for the underdog Musketeers.
Houston 9, SE Louisiana 5
All it took was a dominating second inning from Houston to secure a critical victory Sunday over SE Louisiana.
The Cougars pushed six runs across in the second to open up a dominating 7-0 lead and then cruised to the win. Kyle Survance set the table nicely from the leadoff spot and finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI on the day.
Sam Houston State 9, Siena 2
Much like Houston, all Sam Houston State had to do to secure the win over Siena was dominate the second inning.
The Bearkats posted five runs in the second and tacked on some insurance in the seventh and eighth. The majority of the lineup contributed, as the team racked together 12 hits in all.
Mississippi 2, Washington 1
Mississippi and Washington battled in a good ol' fashioned pitcher's duel Sunday, and the Rebels prevailed 2-1.
Christian Trent and Aaron Greenwood combined to only allow one run and six hits for Mississippi, while Jeff Brigham and Will Ballowe gave up two for the Huskies. Despite the impressive pitching, fans certainly enjoyed themselves when Auston Bousfield hit a home run, via SB Nation:
Cal Poly 6, Sacramento State 5
It's not every day that a pitcher has to tally a 2.1-inning save, but that's exactly what Reed Reilly had to do for Cal Poly in a nailbiter against Sacramento State.
Cal Poly almost blew a 5-1 lead but received clutch pitching from Reilly in the ninth inning to escape with the victory. Offensively, Zack Zehner hit a home run for Cal Poly and Nick Torres and John Schuknecht both drove in two runs apiece.
Alabama 4, Kennesaw State 1
Taylor Guilbeau came through in the clutch for Alabama with a complete game effort on the mound and only one run allowed.
On the offensive side, Casey Hughston drove in two runs, while Mikey White, Ben Moore and Kyle Overstreet each tallied multi-hit contests. It was an impressive win for Alabama considering the fact that it already won earlier in the day.
Oregon State 6, UNLV 1
Ben Wetzler put Oregon State on his back from the mound and pitched a complete game. He only allowed one run and four hits and struck out an impressive 10 batters.
On the offensive end, Kavin Keyes went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored from the No. 8 hole in the Beavers lineup. However, ESPNU captured what was arguably the most important part of this game:
Texas A&M 9, Rice 8 (10 innings)
It looked like Rice was going to tally an impressive extra-innings victory over Texas A&M when the Owls scored a run to take a 8-7 lead in the top of the 10th. However, the Aggies answered with two of their own to capture the dramatic victory.
Krey Bratsen went 3-for-5 and drove in the tying run in the bottom of the 10th and then scored the winning run on a wild pitch.
It was certainly a heartbreaking way to lose for Rice.
Louisiana Lafayette 11, Jackson State 1
This game was essentially over after three innings.
Louisiana Lafayette jumped out to a dominating 8-1 lead by the time the fourth frame rolled around and simply cruised to the finish line. Jace Conrad put on an absolute clinic and finished 3-for-5 with six RBI. Conrad hit the grand slam that broke the game open, and the team's Twitter page pointed out that it was business as usual:
Jace Conrad with a GRAND SLAM to right to give the Cajuns a 5-1 lead in the 2nd at #TheTigue. Its his 3rd grand slam of the season.— Cajuns Baseball (@CajunsBaseball) June 1, 2014
Stanford 10, Indiana 7
The final score in Stanford's win over Indiana may have been a three-run deficit, but Indiana had fans on the edge of their seats in the bottom of the ninth.
The Hoosiers had the bases loaded with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth and only managed to push across a single run. The game ended with a double play when Scott Donley was doubled off first base on a lineout.
Stanford got home runs from Zach Hoffpauir, Brant Whiting and Wayne Taylor. Taylor's long ball came in pinch-hit fashion with two runners on base and was the turning point in the game.
TCU 6, Sam Houston State 1
Tyler Alexander was absolutely brilliant for TCU against Sam Houston State and pitched a complete game. He only allowed a single run and six hits and never gave his opponent much of a chance.
Offensively, the first five hitters in the Horned Frogs' lineup tallied two hits apiece, and the balanced attack was more than enough to get TCU the win with Alexander on the hill.
Oklahoma State 6, Cal State Fullerton 4
Cal State Fullerton had control of this game until a dramatic two-inning rally from Oklahoma State in the sixth and seventh innings.
Conor Costello hit a two-run home run in the sixth, and the Cowboys scrapped together three runs with timely hitting in the seventh. Brendan McCurry was critical at the back end of the bullpen for Oklahoma State with two scoreless innings and three strikeouts.
He earned the well-deserved save.
Maryland 10, South Carolina 1
South Carolina scored the first run of the game, but it was all Maryland after that.
The Terrapins dominated the middle innings and gradually stretched their lead all the way to 10-1 by the ninth inning. Maryland also used three different pitchers because there was little need to overwork anyone in such a blowout win.
Blake Schmit led the way for Maryland and went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored.
Vanderbilt 3, Oregon 2
Ro Coleman was the hero for Vanderbilt in the bottom of the ninth inning, and drove home the game-winning run in pinch-hit fashion.
The Commodores also received excellent pitching in front of their home fans from Walker Buehler. Buehler posted a complete game victory and only allowed two runs. He also struck out eight different batters and came through in the clutch on the mound numerous times.
Washington 4, Georgia Tech 2
Neither bullpen allowed a run in this game, and Washington emerged with a 4-2 victory thanks to a timely two-run rally in the sixth inning.
Andrew Ely hit a home run for the Huskies and drove in two runs to get their scoring started in the third inning, and Trevor Dunlap pitched a brilliant four innings of shutout baseball at the back end of the bullpen for Washington.
Virginia 9, Arkansas 2
What a third inning it was.
Virginia scored six decisive runs in the third inning and never looked back in an impressive victory over Arkansas. The Cavaliers pushed across three more for good measure in the ninth, but this one was never in doubt.
Derek Fisher led the way, going 2-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored.
Louisville 4, Kentucky 1
The showdown between these two rivals better known for their success on the hardwood was the nailbiter many expected until the seventh inning.
Louisville broke free with three runs behind timely hitting and held on to win 4-1. The bullpen shut down Kentucky in the final innings and captured the victory.
Aaron Fitt of Baseball America pointed out that the game was certainly entertaining:
Friends, this Louisville/Kentucky game has been well worth the wait—all the intensity and passion you'd hope for in a rivalry showdown.— Aaron Fitt (@aaronfitt) June 2, 2014
Houston 5, LSU 4 (11 innings)
Kyle Survance drove home Josh Vidales in the top of the 11th to give Houston a 5-4 win over LSU in extra innings.
After going down 4-0 heading into the top of the eighth, the Cougars made a feverish comeback in order to tie the game in the eighth. Although Survance was the hero, both Caleb Barker and Landon Appling deserve plenty of plaudits. They each drove in two runs in the pivotal eighth inning that saw Houston claw its way back.
Texas A&M 3, Texas 2
Although Texas drew first blood, it was Texas A&M that landed the fatal blow, with the Aggies adding a run in the fourth and fifth innings which made the difference in a 3-2 win.
Tyler Stubblefield pitched a complete game for A&M, giving up two earned runs on four hits and striking out nine. The freshman lefty also had some fun at the Longhorns' expense after the game.
When you pitch a complete game in the NCAA tournament, you're entitled to have a little fun at the other team's expense.
Pepperdine 10, Cal Poly 6
With four runs in the top of the ninth inning, Pepperdine narrowly bested top-seeded Cal Poly, 10-6. Taylor Chris melted down late in the game. A three-run triple by Bryan Langlois put the Waves on top, and despite Chris making way for Reed Reilly, it couldn't stop the bleeding.
Langlois drove in five on the day, leading the way for the Pepperdine offense.
Cal Poly knew it was in for a long day after starting pitcher Danny Zandona went 1.2 innings, giving up five runs. Despite a strong comeback from the Mustangs, their pitching was once again their undoing.
An updated bracket and schedule can be found at NCAA.com.
The winner of the elimination games Sunday stay alive in their respective regionals but will still have to rack together multiple wins in order to qualify for the super regionals. Teams' backs are constantly against the wall in double-elimination format when they lose a contest early, but the various winners responded to the pressure accordingly Sunday.
Their pitching depth will certainly be tested going forward with so many games, but the only way to make consistent noise at the NCAA tournament is through quality performances on the mound.
Each of Sunday’s winners will need more of the same going forward.