College Baseball Regional 2016: Results, Highlights and Bracket from Friday

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2016

The ball slips through the glove of William & Mary catcher Hunter Smith (21) as Virginia infielder Daniel Pinero (22) scores a run in the second inning of an NCAA regional baseball game in Charlottesville, Va., Friday, June 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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It's June Madness for NCAA baseball as the College World Series' regional round of 64 teams is officially underway from 16 different sites around the country.

On Friday, all 64 teams were in action with 32 games being played. However, a loss doesn't end a team's CWS hopes right away. With four teams competing in each of the 16 sites, a double-elimination format takes place as the top team from each group will move on to the Super Regionals. 

Here are the results from Friday's games. For the complete bracket, click here:

2016 College World Series Regional Results: Friday, June 3
GainesvilleUConn7-6Georgia Tech
TallahasseeSouthern Mississippi14-2South Alabama
TallahasseeAlabama State6-18Florida State
RaleighCoastal Carolina5-2St. Mary's
RaleighNavy0-5North Carolina State
Baton RougeUtah Valley1-7LSU
Baton RougeSoutheastern LouisianaPostponedRice
LubbockTexas Tech12-1Fairfield
LubbockNew Mexico12-6Dallas Baptist
CharlottesvilleVirginia17-4William & Mary
CharlottesvilleEast Carolina9-1Bryant
Fort WorthGonzaga5-1Arizona State
Fort WorthOral Roberts0-7TCU
College StationWake Forest5-3Minnesota
College StationBinghamton2-4Texas A&M
LouisvilleOhio State7-6Wright State
LouisvilleWestern Michigan1-6Louisville
NashvilleUC Santa Barbara3-2 (14 innings)Washington
ColumbiaRhode Island5-4South Carolina
ClemsonOklahoma State6-0Nebraska
ClemsonWestern Carolina10-24Clemson
StarkvilleMississippi State9-5Southeast Missouri State
StarkvilleLouisiana TechPostponedCal State Fullerton
LafayetteSam Houston State3-7Arizona
OxfordBoston College7-2Tulane
OxfordUtah6-5 (10 innings)Ole Miss
Coral GablesLong Beach State5-1Florida Atlantic
Coral GablesStetson2-4Miami

Virginia 17, William & Mary 4

The first game of the regional round was a blowout as the defending national champions Virginia rolled past William & Mary on Friday. 

Virginia put up crooked numbers in six of the eight innings in which they batted. Ernie Clement, Adam Haseley and Jack Gerstenmaier combined to drive in 10 of Virginia's 17 runs. 

Both Clement and Gerstenmaier also hit home runs for the Cavaliers, as the team recorded 20 hits off William & Mary pitching. 

ESPNU showed Clement's home run:


Ernie Clement's 1st home run of the year is a BOMB! @UVABaseball up big in the 4th inning. https://t.co/fr7rCLX12y https://t.co/Oxt5cNiI7E

The 17 runs were the second-highest output in a College World Series game in program history. 

Southern Mississippi 14, South Alabama 2

A monstrous 11-run sixth inning lifted Southern Mississippi to an easy win over South Alabama. 

In the inning, 15 batters came to the plate, including a solo home run from Chuckie Robinson, seven other hits, a walk, a hit by pitch and a South Alabama error in the field. 

ESPNU showed Robinson's home run:


Paging Chuckie Robinson for lift off. @SouthernMissBSB Tune in to Bases Loaded on WatchESPN! https://t.co/gSZfkRzlUN https://t.co/1rBiwV8amg

It was more than enough real estate for Southern Miss pitching to work with, which was led by Kirk McCarty's six innings in which he allowed just three hits while striking out four. 

Oklahoma State 6, Nebraska 0

Thomas Hatch proved too much for Nebraska hitters to handle in Oklahoma State's opening shutout victory. 

The Cowboys pitcher went seven innings without allowing a run while striking out 10 on the day. While he excelled on the mound, Conor Costello carried the Oklahoma State offense by going 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. 

ESPNU showed his two-run shot that put the Cowboys up 4-0:

Trey Cobb picked up where Hatch left off and closed out the game with two strong innings of no-hit ball.

UConn 7, Georgia Tech 6 

A seven-run second inning was just enough for UConn on Friday as it held off a late Georgia Tech comeback attempt.

The Yellow Jackets scored all six of their runs in the final four innings, including two in the bottom of the ninth to make it a one-run game. But with runners on the corners and with two outs, Kel Johnson popped up to end the game. 

Five different UConn players drove in at least a run in that second inning, and Tim Cate looked to have the game under control after he went six innings and allowed two runs on three hits.

Georgia Tech's Matt Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with four RBI to anchor its offense, which came up just short. 

UNC-Wilmington 11, Duke 1

UNC-Wilmington exacted some revenge for its basketball team losing in the first round of the men's basketball NCAA Tournament with a resounding 11-1 win over Duke on Friday. 

The Seahawks did all of their scoring in the second and third inning, plating six and five runs respectively. 

They were led by Brian Mims, who drove in five runs with a two-run single in the second and a three-run double in the third. 

Pitcher Ryan Foster ensured Duke wouldn't come close to UNCW's advantage as he pitched a complete game, allowing just one run on eight hits and two strikeouts. 

Long Beach State 5, Florida Atlantic 1

Five different players drove in runs for Long Beach State as Florida Atlantic could only muster three hits against four different pitchers on Friday. 

Chris Matthewson led Long Beach State's pitching by going 6.2 innings, allowing one run on just two hits white striking out four. 

Kyle Brown, Ty Provencher and Austin McGeorge allowed just one Florida Atlantic hit in the final 2.1 innings to close out an easy win. 

Coastal Carolina 5, St. Mary's 2

Mental mistakes did St. Mary's in on Friday as three wild pitches in a three-inning span set up Coastal Carolina's five runs, which was all it needed.

Connor Owings drove in two of Coastal Carolina's five runs on the day while Andrew Beckwith allowed just one earned run and six hits in 6.2 innings. 

It was only the second time since May 15 that St. Mary's has scored two runs or less in a game. 

Ohio State 7, Wright State 6

A Jalen Washington single capped off a two-run bottom of the ninth rally that gave Ohio State a win in its College World Series opener. 

ESPNU showed the winning hit:


WALK IT OFF! @OhioState_BASE scores 2 runs in the ninth to take down Wright State! @NCAACWS https://t.co/Mpu3aSav40

Heading into the bottom of the ninth down 6-5, Ronnie Dawson plated the tying run with a one-out single.

This all happened after Ohio State squandered a five-run third inning lead when Wright State scored all six of their runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

Texas Tech 12, Fairfield 1

A steady Texas Tech offensive assault eventually overwhelmed Fairfield as the Red Raiders scored in five different innings. 

Tyler Neslony drove in four runs while Cory Raley added three of his own while the two provided four of Texas Tech's 16 hits on the day. 

On the hill, Davis Martin went seven strong innings and gave up just one run on five hits which was more than enough for the winners. 

Gonzaga 5, Arizona State 1

Gonzaga scored all five of its runs in the first three innings of the game and left the rest to their pitching. 

Brandon Bailey recorded seven innings where he allowed one run on five hits while striking out five. Sam Hellinger took the reigns in the eighth and ninth innings and allowed just one hit as Arizona State was left searching for offensive answers. 

Boston College 7, Tulane 2

The Eagles scored three runs in the final two innings to put Tulane away. Boston College's main source of offense came from Jake Palomaki and Nick Sciortino, who combined for five RBI on the day. 

Tulane could only muster five hits on the day with their only offense coming off of a two-RBI triple from Hunter Williams. 

Mississippi State 9, Southeast Missouri State 5

It was all Brent Rooker on Friday as his powerful bat carried the Bulldogs to a comfortable four-run lead. Rooker hit two home runs and recorded four RBI on the day as ESPNU showed both his home runs. 

His first came in the second inning with Missisippi State leading 2-0:


With the flick of the wrist! Brent Rooker goes oppo and puts @HailStateBB on the board! https://t.co/Z5Rxa2CTMw https://t.co/VMM3Y6zMVD

Down 4-1 in the bottom of the third, his second of the day had just enough to get out of the park and tie the game:


Brent Rooker cannot be contained! His 2nd HR of the day ties the game at 4. @HailStateBB https://t.co/Z5Rxa2CTMw https://t.co/bFCm46JrZX

Jack Kruger added a third Mississippi State home run on the day and drove in two runs as the Bulldogs scored five late runs to put the game away. 

UC Santa Barbara 3, Washington 2 (14 innings)

UC Santa Barbara had its backs against the walls in the 12th inning. After surrendering the go-ahead run without allowing a hit, the Gauchos were down 2-1 and hadn't recorded a hit since the fourth inning. 

But Devon Gradford ensured that there would be more baseball played when he homered to left to tie the game. 

Austin Bush became the hero of the night when he ended the game with a 14th-inning home run to right field. It was his only hit in six at bats on Friday. 

Wake Forest 5, Minnesota 3

Joey Rodriguez paced Wake Forest by going 2-for-5 with a home run and a pair of RBI as he helped the Demon Deacons jump out to a 5-0 lead. 

It was one of three home runs Wake Forest hit on the day to support the 7.2-inning, 11-strikeout performance turned in by Parker Dunshee. 

Minnesota did make it interesting though, scoring a combined three runs in the eighth and ninth innings, but it wasn't enough. 

Arizona 7, Sam Houston State 3

First baseman Ryan Aguilar hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning as the Wildcats defeated Sam Houston State on Friday night.

Arizona jumped out to a 7-0 lead through six innings, including a Bobby Dalbec homer in the sixth that put the game out of reach.

Sam Houston State tried to cut into the lead late, but Arizona was already well out in front by that point.

East Carolina 9, Bryant 1

The Pirates scored seven runs in the top of the eighth to secure an eight-run victory over Bryant.

East Carolina took a 1-0 lead in the seventh thanks to a Bryce Harman sacrifice fly. Charlie Yorgen and Travis Watkins both had three hits apiece.

It was an even game for the most part until East Carolina's late-game rally that gave the Pirates a big-time victory.

Florida State 18, Alabama State 6

Florida State attacked early and often with seven runs in the first inning, as the Seminoles defeated the Jaguars by 12 runs.

The Seminoles put up two seven spots with the last coming in the seventh inning to put the game away. First baseman Dylan Busby drove in five of those runs and recorded three hits.

Top-seeded Florida State looked like a top seed on this night and it was quick and sudden.

TCU 7, Oral Roberts 0

Second baseman Cam Warner hit a two-run home run to propel the Horned Frogs to a victory over Oral Roberts.

Warner's homer was part of a four-run sixth inning that stretched TCU's lead to 5-0. The Horned Frogs tacked on two more in the seventh.

Miami 4, Stetson 2

Randy Batista scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and give the Hurricanes a late-inning victory.

Stetson tied the game in the top half of the eighth thanks to an Austin Hale RBI single, but the Stetson bullpen couldn't close the door over the top-seeded Hurricanes.

Rhode Island 5, South Carolina 4

Rhode Island pitcher Tyler Wilson struck out 11 over seven innings as the Rams won their first ever NCAA tournament game with the victory over the Gamecocks.

The Rams scored three runs in the fifth and that was the last scoring on the night. First baseman Brett McManus drove in three runs.

Clemson 24, Western Carolina 10

In a game that resembled a football score, the Tigers scored three touchdowns and a field goal to defeat Western Carolina by two touchdowns.

Western Carolina took a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the third, but Clemson scored 10 runs in the half frame. Clemson tacked on five more in the bottom of the fifth to stretch the lead even farther.

Chris Williams drove in five runs for Clemson while two other Tigers also batted in four each.

Louisville 6, Western Michigan 1

Third baseman Blake Tiberi hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning as Louisville defeated Western Michigan.

Starting pitcher Kyle Funkhouser gave up only four hits in eight innings while striking out six.

Florida 9, Bethune-Cookman 3

The Gators scored six runs through the first three innings and defeated Bethune-Cookman with only nine hits.

First baseman Peter Alonso went 3-for-4 at the plate and hit his 13th home run on the year. Logan Shore pitched 6.1 innings and struck out four in the victory.

New Mexico 12, Dallas-Baptist 6

Catcher Andrew Pratt hit a home run and New Mexico scored five runs in the top of the ninth to defeat Dallas-Baptist.

Center fielder Luis Gonzalez went 4-for-4 in the win for the Lobos.

Louisiana-Lafayette 5, Princeton 3

Third baseman Joe Robbins picked the perfect time to get his first base hit of the game. He hit a go-ahead RBI triple in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Ragin' Cajuns a victory over Princeton.

Steven Sensley and Kennon Fontenot both hit home runs for Louisiana-Lafayette.

Utah 6, Ole Miss 5 (10 innings)

Hunter Simmons hit a go-ahead RBI double in the top of the 10th inning to give the Utes a thrilling extra-innings victory over the Rebels.

Utah tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the sixth inning with three runs, but couldn't materialize anything after that.

Texas A&M 4, Binghamton 2

Aggies designated hitter Jonathan Moroney went 3-for-3 at the plate and hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning as A&M defeated Binghamton.

Kyle Simonds and Andrew Vinson combined for 11 strikeouts through eight innings for the Aggies.

LSU 7, Utah Valley 1

Tigers first baseman Greg Diechmann went 2-for-4 and hit a home run as LSU defeated Utah Valley thanks to four runs through three innings.

LSU pitcher Jared Poche struck out eight in six innings and only allowed one earned run in the victory.

North Carolina State 13, Navy 8

The Wolfpack scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and defeated the Midshipmen on Friday.

Five different NC State players hit home runs, including Chance Shepard. He drove in four runs for the Wolfpack.


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