With the remaining places up for grabs in the Super Regionals on Monday, a number of teams opened the day set to battle it out for their postseason lives. After a breathless and enthralling Sunday of action, the stage was set for another thrilling slate of college baseball.
Let's break down the day's results and updated bracket.
|Monday Regionals Results|
|TCU||9-8 (10)||North Carolina State|
For the live, updating bracket, check out NCAA.org.
Another group of teams swept its way through the regionals on Monday, as Vanderbilt, Florida State, Illinois, LSU and Louisiana-Lafayette each finished 3-0 with wins.
Vanderbilt certainly made a statement on the afternoon, absolutely crushing Radford, 21-0. Rhett Wiseman, Zander Wiel and Bryan Reynolds all blasted home runs, while Wiel finished 4-for-6 on the day with six RBI and two runs scored. Ro Coleman reached base in all five of his at-bats, meanwhile, scoring four runs.
Here's one of those home runs, per NCAA Baseball on Twitter:
“It was obviously an offensive show for our guys from the get go,” head coach Tim Corbin told Ben Weinrib of VanderbiltHustler.com. “I don’t think you ever would dream that a game would play out that way, but the kids did a very nice job of swinging the bat early. It was just a total output.”
Four Vanderbilt pitchers combined to allow just three hits and two walks on the day while striking out 13.
Meanwhile, David Kerian (home run, two RBI, one run) and Will Krug (two RBI, two runs) led Illinois past Wright State. Here's Kerian's late blast to help put the game away:
Meanwhile, Florida State continued its strong season with an 8-1 victory over Charleston that had ESPN's Max Bretos feeling good about the team to this point in the tournament:
Finally, Louisiana-Lafayette finished its perfect run through the regionals with a 5-2 win over Rice. Evan Guillory gave up just two runs in five innings, Dylan Moore earned his 13th save and Evan Powell earned the Houston Regional's most outstanding award, capping off his tourney to this point with a two-run single in the top of the fifth.
The No. 3 seed in the Houston Regional will face a stiffer test in the Super Regionals, however, with LSU beckoning. That's just one of many intriguing matchups on tap, with Florida also taking on Florida State, Louisville facing Cal State Fullerton and Vanderbilt facing Illinois, among others.
The best-of-three Super Regionals will decide the eight teams that reach the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. If the games are anything like the Regionals', they should be thrilling.