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College Baseball Regional 2018: Results, Highlights and Bracket from Saturday

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 2, 2018

Florida State coach Mike Martin (11) speaks with his players during the sixth inning of an Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college baseball tournament semifinal against Clemson in Durham, N.C., Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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The regional round of the 2018 NCAA baseball tournament entered its second day Saturday, with 33 games scattered throughout the afternoon and into the night.

In one of the bigger upsets from Friday, the Samford Bulldogs defeated the ACC champion Florida State Seminoles. One more loss will knock Florida State out of the tournament, with the Seminoles facing off with the Mississippi State Bulldogs to try to stay alive.

That's only one game in what's set to be a busy Saturday. Here are the results as they unfold and a brief recap of the day's biggest matchups.

      

NCAA Tournament Regional Results

Saturday, June 2

Indiana 6, Texas Southern 0

NC State 9, Northeastern 3

Tennessee Tech 6, Missouri State 4

Connecticut 10, LIU Brooklyn 3

Georgia 18, Campbell 5

Mississippi State 3, Florida State 2

Florida Atlantic 11, Columbia 2

Kent State 2, New Mexico State 1

Dallas Baptist 18, Oral Roberts 9

UNC Wilmington 4, Ohio State 3 (13 innings)

St. John's 11, Morehead State 5

South Florida 9, Hartford 4 (11 innings)

Purdue 14, North Carolina A&T 4

Gonzaga 8, Canisius 2

Washington 11, Coastal Carolina 6

Northwestern State 9, San Diego State 0

Ole Miss 9, Saint Louis 2

Baylor 11, Wright State 5

Duke 16, Campbell 8

The full tournament bracket is available on NCAA.com.

     

Saturday Highlights

Mississippi State 3, Florida State 2

A year after reaching the second round of the College World Series, Florida State's NCAA tournament is over after two games. The Seminoles fell 3-2 to Mississippi State.

Bulldogs right fielder Elijah MacNamee launched a three-run homer over the left-field fence in the ninth inning to deliver the victory in Tallahassee, Florida:

NCAA Baseball @NCAACWS

HAIL. STATE. 🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶 https://t.co/teip4b8wYQ

Entering the final inning, Seminoles starting pitcher Drew Parrish had limited Mississippi State to three hits and struck out six batters.

However, his pitch count had climbed to 109, so it seemed fair to wonder whether the sophomore left-hander had enough to finish the complete game. In addition, Parrish had to sit through a rain delay that lasted well over two hours.

The benefit of hindsight makes it easier to criticize FSU coach Mike Martin for leaving Parrish in for the ninth inning, but the decision was a bit puzzling at the time considering the stakes:

Teddy Cahill @tedcahill

That was absolutely stunning. The decision to bring back Parrish backfires in a massive way as he was simply not sharp in the ninth. MacNamee was down to his final strike and delivers.

Neil W. Blackmon @nwblackmon

Mike Martin is a great man and a good coach but putting Drew Parrish back in the game after a 2 hour rain delay was madness and it’s why FSU’s season is over after two regional games.

Roy Philpott @RoyPhilpott

Holy mother of comebacks. Mississippi State just eliminated FSU ... all sorts of questions set to be asked of Mike Martin after Parrish returned to try and throw a complete game after 2+ hour delay. Wow #BasesLoaded

It's a heartbreaking way to end the season, especially for a Florida State team that looked sure to make a deep tournament run and potentially earn a second straight trip to the College World Series.

Mississippi State will play again Sunday and take on the loser of Samford vs. Oklahoma.

      

Georgia 18, Campbell 5

Appearing in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2011, the Georgia Bulldogs got off to a blistering start in the regional round. They put 18 runs on the board in a dominant win over the Campbell Fighting Camels.

Georgia trailed 3-2 through three innings before exploding for seven runs in the fourth. Bulldogs right fielder Tucker Bradley gave his team the lead with a grand slam, something fans wouldn't have expected based on his numbers this season:

Anthony Dasher @AnthonyDasher1

Tucker Bradley's grand slam was just the third home run of his career...It was also the school's seventh grand slam this year - a school record.

Georgia tacked on three more and didn't look back from there. Campbell was already staring at an eight-run deficit before the Bulldogs scored five runs in the eighth.

First baseman Adam Sasser had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored. Both of his RBI came on a home run in the fifth inning to make it a 12-3 game.

     

UNC Wilmington 4, Ohio State 3

The UNC Wilmington Seahawks and Ohio State Buckeyes combined for a 13-inning nail-biter. The Seahawks eliminated the Buckeyes from the tournament with a 4-3 win.

UNC Wilmington will wonder how the game even went to extra innings, considering the Seahawks had a 19-5 edge in hits. Buckeyes pitchers Ryan Feltner and Austin Woodby did particularly well to scatter 13 hits and surrender just two runs over their 9.1 combined innings on the mound.

Ohio State shortstop Noah West put the Buckeyes ahead 3-2 in the top of the 11th with an RBI single, but UNC Wilmington first baseman Mason Berne answered back with a run-scoring single in the bottom half of the inning.

Seahawks right fielder Kep Brown delivered the decisive blow with a single to right for the walk-off victory.

     

Washington 11, Coastal Carolina 6

The Washington Huskies put the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers one loss away from elimination after earning an 11-6 win.

The bulk of Washington's offense came in the bottom of the second when the Huskies put six runs on the board. AJ Graffanino delivered an RBI single, and left fielder Mason Cerrillo brought a run home with a sacrifice fly. Catcher Nick Kahle then emptied the bases with a grand slam.

Washington Baseball @UW_Baseball

Nick Kahle is feeling grand. Thank you for asking. https://t.co/n6eQcS0yic

Coastal Carolina got to within a run, 7-6, in the sixth inning before Huskies designated hitter Joe Wainhouse provided Washington with some breathing room on a two-run homer.

Stevie Emanuels and Alex Hardy combined to pitch the final innings and held the Chanticleers scoreless. Emanuels needed just four pitches to get out of the seventh, which was the perfect complement to Wainhouse's homer as Washington ran away from Coastal Carolina late in the game.