College Baseball Regionals 2013: Day 4 Results, Highlights and Analysis

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJune 4, 2013

Photo: Mary Ann Chastain/Associated Press
Photo: Mary Ann Chastain/Associated Press

After Monday's action at the 2013 College Baseball Regionals, all 16 teams have been determined for the super regionals.

On Sunday, we saw several upsets. On Monday, there was one big shocker in Eugene, as well as an all-time classic in Chapel Hill.

How did No. 1 North Carolina fare after falling to Florida Atlantic on Sunday?

Read on.


Winner Loser Region
(1) South Carolina 6 (3) Liberty 4 Columbia
(1) Vanderbilt 7 (2) Georgia Tech 1 Nashville
(1) Mississippi State 6 (4) Central Arkansas 1 Starkville
(2) Rice 11 (1) Oregon 4 Eugene
(1) North Carolina 12 (2) Florida Atlantic 11 Chapel Hill

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North Carolina Wins a Thriller in Chapel Hill

North Carolina won an instant classic on Monday, defeating Florida Atlantic in 13 innings, 12-11.

North Carolina got on the board early, taking a 1-0 lead off a double by Colin Moran. Florida Atlantic bounced back with two runs in the second inning.

The Tar Heels responded with five runs down the stretch, taking a 6-2 lead into the ninth.

Then the top of the ninth came.

Florida Atlantic erupted in the frame, scoring six runs, highlighted by Tyler Rocklein's grand slam. All of a sudden, the Owls led going into the bottom of the ninth, 8-6.

But North Carolina wouldn't go down without a fight. With men on second and third, Mike Zolk singled both of them home, and the Tar Heels had tied it up going into extra innings.

At the top of the 12th, it appeared to be over for North Carolina when Florida Atlantic's Levi Meyer knocked a three-run homer out of the park, giving the Tar Heels an 11-8 lead headed into the bottom of the frame.

But UNC scored three times off of three hits and three walks in the 12th. The Tar Heels had a chance to win at the end on a single by Zolk, but Cody Stubbs was thrown out at home by left fielder Geoff Jimenez.

With men on first and third in the 13th, FAU's Rocklein had a shot at being the hero again, but freshman pitcher Reilly Hovis came into the game to strike him out.

Finally, with the bases loaded with one out, Stubbs singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 13th.

North Carolina will face South Carolina in the Chapel Hill Super Regional.

Rice Shocks Oregon

Rice advanced to the Eugene Super Regional on Monday with an 11-4 victory over No. 1 seed Oregon.

Rice got on the board early, building a 7-3 advantage through four innings.

Shane Hoelscher started things off in the first inning, tripling home two runners before scoring on an error by Oregon shortstop J.J. Altobelli.

Rice scored two more runs in the second inning before RBI singles by Hunter Kopycinski and Keenan Cook in the third.

After Rice tacked on another run in the fifth, Kopycinski rapped another two-run triple in the ninth before Ford Stainback doubled him home.

It was over before it started on Monday.

Rice will play N.C. State in the Eugene Super Regional.

Aaron Fitt of Baseball America tweeted:

South Carolina Advances to Chapel Hill Super Regional

No. 1 seed South Carolina advanced to the Chapel Hill Super Regional with a 6-4 victory over Liberty on Monday.

The Gamecocks got off to a 4-0 lead through three innings—boosted by two RBI by LB Dantzler and RBI singles by Joey Pankake and Kyle Martin. Liberty whittled away at the lead—posting two runs in the fourth and a run in both the eighth and ninth innings—but it wasn't enough.

Dantzler finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run. Tanner English finished 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run.

Vanderbilt Advances to Nashville Super Regional

After getting blanked by Georgia Tech on Sunday, No. 1 seed Vanderbilt responded with a 7-1 victory on Monday to advance to the Nashville Super Regional.

The Commodores built a 4-0 lead through six innings, courtesy of two RBI by Xavier Turner and RBI by Conrad Gregor and Rhett Wiseman.

After Georgia Tech tacked on a run in the top of the seventh, Vanderbilt responded with three runs of its own to put the game away.

Vanderbilt starter Philip Pfeifer pitched five scoreless innings for the win.

Aaron Fitt of Baseball America tweeted:

Vanderbilt.Rivals.com tweeted ahead of the Commodores' matchup with Louisville in the super regional:

Mississippi State Advances to Charlottesville Super Regional

After falling to Central Arkansas on Sunday, No. 1 seed Mississippi State rebounded with a resounding 6-1 victory on Monday to advance to the Charlottesville Super Regional.

The Bulldogs got off to a fast start, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning off an RBI by Brett Pirtle and a throwing error by third baseman Garrett Brown.

In the second inning, the Bulldogs' Sam Frost reached first base after a fielding error by Central Arkansas. He eventually scored on a groundout by leadoff hitter Adam Frazier.

Mississippi State tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning off RBI singles by Frazier and Hunter Renfroe. 

Renfroe added another RBI single in the sixth inning.

Central Arkansas finally scored on an RBI single by Forrestt Allday, but it was too little, too late.

Mississippi State will face Virginia in the Charlottesville Super Regional.

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