College Baseball Super Regionals 2016: Results, Highlights, Bracket from Sunday

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2016

Miami's Edgar Michelangeli (16) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run scoring Willie Abreu and Jacob Heyward during the second inning of NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game against Boston College, Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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Teams punched their tickets to Omaha, Nebraska, throughout the afternoon and evening as college baseball's Super Regional action inched closer to its conclusion Sunday.   

Thrilling finishes, top pitching performances and quite a few future MLBers were littered across the big stage as everyone attempted to join Arizona.

Two Game 3 matchups were on tap, with Miami taking on Boston College and East Carolina taking on Texas A&M. UC Santa Barbara, Oklahoma State, Florida State, Coastal Carolina and Oklahoma State each had a chance to close out a sweep. 

Let's check in on which teams got the job done and take a peek at the results from the Super Regionals and an updated Omaha bracket.

Sunday Super Regional Results

Boston College vs. Miami (FL)9-4, MiamiMiami wins 2-1
Louisville vs. UCSB4-3, UCSBUCSB wins 2-0
East Carolina vs. Texas Tech11-0, Texas TechTexas Tech wins 2-1
South Carolina vs. Oklahoma State3-1, Oklahoma StateOklahoma State wins 2-0
Florida vs. Florida State5-0, FloridaTied 1-1
LSU vs. Coastal Carolina4-3, Coastal CarolinaCoastal Carolina wins 2-0
TCU vs. Texas A&MTCU, 4-1TCU wins 2-1
Source: NCAA.com

 A full bracket is available at NCAA.com.

Oklahoma State 3, South Carolina 1

Tyler Buffett gave up one run in seven innings as Oklahoma State carried a three-run fifth inning to a 3-1 win over South Carolina.

Corey Hassel and Donnie Walton each drove in runs for the Cowboys, who advanced in a two-game sweep. A pair of errors for South Carolina proved costly in the inning, turning what could have been a scoreless affair into a series-changer.

Gamecocks shortstop Marcus Mooney made a throwing error that allowed J.R. Davis to reach base while trying to get out a lead runner, and catcher John Jones added another that allowed Hassel to cross the plate. 

Oklahoma State held tight despite nine South Carolina hits, with Buffett throwing seven scoreless innings before faltering in the eighth. Michael Mertz and Trey Cobb came in to finish the final two innings, allowing just a single hit to close it out.

Texas Tech 11, East Carolina 0

Erikson Lanning threw seven shutout innings and Texas Tech's bats opened the floodgates as the Red Raiders' 11-0 win over East Carolina was never in question

Texas Tech jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, sending Pirates starter Jacob Wolfe to the showers after only 0.1 innings. The Red Raiders continued their onslaught with three runs in the third, one in the sixth, three more in the seventh and a final score in the eighth.

Hunter Hargrove went 3-for-5 at the plate and drove in a team-high four runs. He hit a pair of doubles and a single in the game. 

First baseman Eric Gutierrez was responsible for three more runs batted in, going 2-for-2 and scoring a pair of runs.

Lanning struck out six batters and only walked two across his seven innings of two-hit ball. Outfielder Parker Lamm and shortstop Turner Brown were the only two East Carolina players with base hits. Hayden Howard closed out the game for the Red Raiders with two innings of scoreless ball.

Miami 9, Boston College 4

Boston College's Cinderella run is over. The Miami Hurricanes pelted Eagles starter Jacob Stevens for four runs on seven hits in three innings and overcame their own pitching struggles on the way to a 9-4 win.

Third baseman Edgar Michelangeli drove in seven runs on a pair of home runs, a three-run shot in the second against Stevens and a kill-shot grand slam in the seventh. Michelangeli had hit only three home runs coming into the day, but got hits in all three of his at-bats. ESPNU provided a shot of his first homer:


HOMERUN! Edgar Michelangeli w/ 3 run BLAST. @CanesBaseball up 4-2 over @BCBirdBall in 4th. #RoadToOmaha https://t.co/BUjA5RiUvw

Never one to shy away from expression, Michelangeli's grand slam led to both benches clearing after he got into the face of Boston College catcher Nick Sciortino while rounding the bases. Cooler heads prevailed, but the homer all but clinched Boston College's Super Regional exit.

The Eagles had battled back from a 4-0 deficit to get within a 5-3 score at the time of Michelangeli's homer. They forced Miami starter Andrew Cabezas out of the game after only 2.2 innings and got to a wild Thomas Woodrey, who came on in relief. Right fielder Donovan Casey went 2-for-5 and drove in three of the Eagles' four runs.

Unfortunately for BC, the bottom of Miami's order was impossible to stop. Twelve of the Hurricanes' 14 hits came from their No. 5-9 hitters—each having at least two. Willie Abreu went 3-for-3 and drove in his 56th run of the season.

Buoyed by a number of high draft picks and a loaded lineup, the Hurricanes are looking dangerous as they head toward their 25th trip to the College World Series.

UCSB 4, Louisville 3

Sam Cohen is only a freshman, so he'll have to wait a bit, but it's doubtful he'll ever pay for a drink in Santa Barbara again after his heroics Sunday.

Cohen hit a pinch-hit grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving UC Santa Barbara a 4-3 victory over a stunned Louisville Cardinals team. Here's a look at the blast and the subsequent celebration, shared by NCAA Baseball:


This is real... A walk-off GRAND SLAM to go to Omaha by UC Santa Barbara's Sam Cohen! #CWS https://t.co/avSzj06I9t

As noted by Courtney Martinez of NCAA.com, Louisville was 47-0 after leading through eight innings heading into the game. Just days after being taken with the No. 26 overall pick by the Chicago White Sox in the MLB draft, Cardinals pitcher Zack Burdi gave up four runs and got his first blown save of the season.

Burdi, struggling with his command, walked a pair of batters and gave up two hits in 1.1 innings of action. His blown save undid a sterling effort from starter Drew Harrington, who struck out 12 and walked just one in his seven innings of scoreless work. Eric Crawford of WDRB passed along what Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell said to Burdi after the game:

Eric Crawford @ericcrawford

Dan McDonnell, @UofLBaseball coach, on what he said to Zack Burdi after the walk-off elimination loss https://t.co/6kWfK1esZ1

The win for UCSB clinched its first appearance in Omaha. While it was always possible UCSB would stun Louisville, Cohen ranks as perhaps the unlikeliest of heroes of the season. He had hit only one home run and seven runs batted in before pinch-hitting against one of the nation's fiercest arms.

Yet with the chance to make history on the line, Cohen delivered the shot that ended the Cardinals' season and made the national championship a possibility in Santa Barbara.

Florida 5, Florida State 0

Logan Shore pitched eight shutout innings, allowed only two hits and struck out nine as the Gators forced a decisive Game 3.

First baseman Peter Alonso went 3-for-4 at the plate and also drove in two runs. The first came on an RBI double in the top of the first inning, per NCAA Baseball:


Peter Alonso hits a LASER off the LF wall to bring home the first run of the game for the Gators! #RoadToOmaha https://t.co/rboUUjA2qo

With the way Shore was pitching, Florida didn't need to have the offensive outburst it did. Shore threw 114 pitches with 78 of them going for strikes. Gators Baseball was certainly excited about its ace's performance:

Gators Baseball @GatorsBB

Logan Shore is 🔥🔥🔥 so far. SIX strikeouts through three innings. E3 | #Gators 2, FSU 0 https://t.co/xjMf644URC

With the win, the Gators forced a Game 3 with their in-state rival. Shore might not go on such short notice in back-to-back games, but Florida's pitching staff has been one of the best in the nation all year. 

Coastal Carolina 4, LSU 3

Michael Paez had only one hit in five at-bats.

However, it was the biggest one of his life, as captured by NCAA Baseball:


Michael Paez is a Chanticleer LEGEND... What a way to punch your first ticket to Omaha! #CWS https://t.co/4svs3Tgh4u

That RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning put Coastal Carolina on the road to Omaha for the first time in school history. 

LSU tied the game in the top of the frame after an error scored second baseman Cole Freeman.

CCU pitcher Alex Cunningham went 7.1 innings, but had to pitch out of trouble multiple times. He gave up 10 hits, but only allowed two earned runs.

This has been a tournament of making history, and the Chanticleers are now one of eight teams vying for a shot at the national championship. Their combination of pitching and hitting should make them a tough out in Omaha.

TCU 4, Texas Tech 1

Brian Howard went seven innings and gave up only two hits as TCU won a pitcher's duel to head back to Omaha once again.

He threw 111 pitches with 78 of them going for strikes. The Horned Frogs scored three runs in the seventh to pull away.


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