Ten schools have already secured berths in the Super Regionals, and with the six remaining places up for grabs, the stakes in Monday's 2016 NCAA baseball tournament games couldn't be much higher.
The entire field for the Super Regionals won't be set until Tuesday, though, as the South Carolina Gamecocks announced their clash with the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks had to be postponed because of inclement weather in Columbia, South Carolina. NCAA Baseball also said: "Game 7 between Coastal Carolina and NC State will resume tomorrow (Tuesday) at 2 p.m. ET" in the Raleigh Regional.
Even with that postponement, college baseball fans will have no shortage of action to follow across the country.
Below are the scores from Monday's regional finals and brief recaps for each game.
|2016 NCAA Baseball Tournament: June 6 Results|
|Raleigh||No. 1 NC State vs. No. 2 Coastal Carolina||NC State wins, 8-1|
|Lafayette||No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 1 Louisiana-Lafayette||Arizona wins, 6-3|
|Baton Rouge||No. 2 Rice vs. No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana||Rice wins, 15-0|
|Nashville||No. 4 Xavier vs. No. 2 UC Santa Barbara||UC Santa Barbara wins, 14-5|
|Lubbock||No. 1 Texas Tech vs. No. 2 Dallas Baptist||Texas Tech wins, 5-3|
|Columbia||No. 2 UNC-Wilmington vs. No. 1 South Carolina||Postponed|
|Raleigh||No. 1 NC State vs. No. 2 Coastal Carolina||Suspended until Tuesday|
|Lafayette||No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 1 Louisiana-Lafayette||Arizona wins, 3-1|
|Baton Rouge||No. 1 LSU vs. No. 2 Rice||Rice wins, 10-6|
North Carolina State 8, Coastal Carolina 1
Will Gilbert pitched a gem for North Carolina State in an 8-1 win over Coastal Carolina. The senior left-hander went eight innings, allowing one earned run on five hits. He also struck out nine batters and allowed just one walk.
Joe Giglio of the News & Observer noted why Gilbert's numbers were surprising:
"I don't want to say it's my best ever because there's more games to play," Gilbert said of his performance, per Rob McLamb of Scout.com's Pack Pride. "But it's my best game so far."
The bulk of the Wolfpack's scoring output came in their six-run fourth inning. Brock Deatherage hit a two-run home run, and Evan Mendoza and Preston Palmeiro delivered back-to-back hits later in the inning to plate two more runs.
The top half of North Carolina State's lineup played a big role in the win. The Wolfpack's first five hitters combined to go 9-for-24 with eight RBI and four runs scored.
Arizona 6, Louisiana-Lafayette 3
A strong start propelled Arizona to a 6-3 win over Louisiana-Lafayette. The Wildcats scored five runs in the first two innings, which proved to be enough to put the Ragin' Cajuns away.
Ryan Aguilar and Louis Boyd each provided two RBI, with Cody Ramer and Bobby Dalbec driving in the other two runs.
Nathan Bannister did a good job of staying out of danger on the mound. He scattered Louisiana-Lafayette's five hits over seven innings. Bannister earned the win, giving him 11 on the season. According to the team's Twitter account, it's the most by a Wildcats pitcher since 2012, when Konner Wade and Kurt Heyer had 11 and 13 wins, respectively.
The Ragin' Cajuns' first run came on a sacrifice bunt, and Joe Robbins made things interesting with a two-run homer in the eighth. Alfonso Rivas III came on in relief for Bannister after the home run and allowed Louisiana-Lafayette to load the bases with one out.
Right-hander Kevin Ginkel shut the door on Louisiana-Lafayette's comeback attempt, though, throwing 1.2 perfect innings to end the game.
Texas Tech 5, Dallas Baptist 3
Orlando Garcia's two-run double in the sixth inning provided the difference in Texas Tech's 5-3 win over Dallas Baptist. NCAA Baseball shared a replay of the final out as the Red Raiders advanced to the Super Regionals:
The Patriots had tied the game in the top half of the inning on Austin Listi's two-run homer, which was one of the few blemishes on the box score for Texas Tech reliever Hayden Howard. The junior lefty pitched the final 4.2 innings, which impressed RedRaiderSports.com's Chris Level:
The Red Raiders are in the Super Regionals for just the second time in school history. They beat Miami in the regionals and then the College of Charleston in the Super Regionals to advance to their first College World Series in 2014, when they dropped their first two games to TCU and Ole Miss and quickly departed Omaha, Nebraska.
UC Santa Barbara 14, Xavier 5
UC Santa Barbara hammered Xavier for 15 hits en route to a 14-5 win over the Musketeers.
A nine-run outburst in the top of the fourth accounted for the majority of the Gauchos' scoring. Austin Bush and Clay Fisher homered in the inning. Bush, in particular, has made an impression on D1Baseball.com's Kendall Rogers:
The sophomore first baseman finished the day 3-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored. Fisher had a big game as well, going 3-for-6 with four RBI and scoring two runs.
It's nearly impossible to win a game after allowing 14 runs, but Xavier will likely be disappointed it didn't do more offensively. The Musketeers recorded 11 hits but stranded 12 men on base, including three in scoring position.
Rice 15, Southeastern Louisiana 0
Rice jumped on Southeastern Louisiana early and didn't let up, dropping 15 runs on the Lions in a shutout win.
Four different Owls players finished with three hits, and no one hitter was more instrumental than Hunter Kopycinski. The senior catcher was a perfect 3-for-3 with five RBI and two runs scored.
In total, Rice's starting seventh, eighth and ninth batters were a combined 9-for-11 and drove home over half (eight) of the team's runs. Rarely does the bottom of the order deliver in such a big way.
Right-hander Ricardo Salinas had more than enough support, but that didn't stop him from completely shutting down the Lions offense. He went 7.1 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out four batters.
Arizona 3, Louisiana-Lafayette 1
The Arizona Wildcats used a two-run first inning to down Louisiana-Lafayette for the second straight time.
Zach Gibbons singled to start the flurry. Ryan Aguilar then doubled, but an errant throw on the relay allowed Gibbons to score, while Aguilar moved to third. A wild pitch on the ensuing at-bat brought Aguilar home to give Arizona a lead it would not relinquish.
Kevin Ginkel picked up the win after conceding one run in 5.2 innings. He pitched well for the Wildcats, but ESPN's Keith Law questioned his usage on the day:
Cody Ramer added an RBI single in the third to seal the win and Cameron Ming finished the rest of the game on the mound in a shutout effort. Kyle Clement's fourth-inning home run was the only scoring play for Louisiana-Lafayette.
The Wildcats will advance to the Super Regionals.
Tough loss for the Ragin' Cajuns, who blew a golden opportunity to continue their season with a pair of losses.
Rice 10, LSU 6
The Rice Owls forced a decisive game in the Baton Rouge Regional with their 10-6 Monday night victory over the LSU Tigers. The two squads will square off Tuesday for the right to play in the Super Regionals.
It was an offensive slugfest, as LSU tallied 15 hits and Rice finished with 13.
Rice took an early 3-0 lead after two innings and established a 4-1 advantage after four, but the Tigers came roaring back in the fifth with three runs of their own. However, relief pitcher Glenn Otto entered the game for the Owls in the fifth and ended the rally and ultimately allowed two earned runs and struck out five in 4.1 innings of work.
The Owls answered LSU with three runs in the bottom of the fifth, one of which came off Connor Teykl’s RBI double.
Ryan Chandler and Blake Fox both notched RBI in Rice’s three-run seventh to make it 10-4. While LSU added two runs in the eighth, it was far from enough after Rice’s outbursts in the fifth and seventh innings.