College Baseball Super Regionals 2018: Results, Highlights, Bracket from Monday

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2018

Texas' Kody Clemens (2) celebrates with teammates after he hit a solo home run against Tennessee Tech pitcher Alex Hursey in the third inning of an NCAA college super regional baseball game, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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With four spots in the 2018 College World Series still up for grabs, eight teams took to the diamond on Monday to battle to keep their respective seasons on the line.

Four spots had already been locked up earlier in the Super Regionals, with Mississippi State, North Carolina, Oregon State and Washington already headed to Omaha. Monday provided a handful of winner-take-all games for a trip to Nebraska.

Below is a look at all of the action from Monday's Super Regionals.

        

Bracket

        

Monday's Schedule/Results

Texas 5, Tennessee Tech 2

Texas Tech 6, Duke 2

Arkansas 14, South Carolina 4

Florida 3, Auburn 2 (11 innings)

       

Recap

Texas 5, Tennessee Tech 2

After dropping the first game of the Super Regionals to Tennessee Tech, 5-4, Texas found a way to keep its season alive by winning the final two games of the best-of-three series. While Monday's game was another nail-biter, the Longhorns managed to pull out a 5-2 victory to advance.

Once again, it was Kody Clemens who came up huge.

Texas grabbed an early 2-0 lead by grabbing a pair of runs in the bottom of the second on a two-out double by Ryan Reynolds.

In the next inning, Clemens—who had already homered in each of the first two games—gave his team some extra breathing room:

Longhorns catcher D.J. Petrinsky also helped the cause in the third by tacking on an insurance run with a solo shot of his own. That strong start by the Texas offense proved to be more than enough to chase Tennessee Tech starter Ethan Roberts from the game after just three innings.

With a four-run lead to work with, Longhorns right-hander Matteo Bocchi settled in rather nicely. He allowed just one run on four hits in five innings. Texas reliever Blair Henley struggled to find the zone, walking two while throwing a wild pitch, and was charged with a run without recording an out.

But after that, the Longhorns bullpen kept the Golden Eagles off the board. Tech made things interesting by loading the bases in the ninth down by three, but it was unable to push across the tying run, ending its season.

Texas is now headed to the College World Series for the 36th time in program history and the first time since 2014.

        

Texas Tech 6, Duke 2

In a do-or-die game, the Red Raiders powered their way past the Blue Devils to book their trip to Omaha.

Both teams traded baserunners early on (with Texas Tech nearly having to pay big-time on a controversial play in the first), but it took until the bottom of the third for either squad to get on the board. With one out in the third, Red Raiders freshman Gabe Holt opened the scoring with a solo blast to right:

The lead would not last long, though. Duke strung together a couple of hits in the top of the fourth to even the score.

Texas Tech, however, quickly regained the lead. Zach Rheams led off the bottom of the fourth with a double, and Michael Davis followed with a home run to put his team back in front:

Duke closed the gap to a single run with a two-out RBI triple in the top of the seventh, but Texas Tech pushed the margin back up to two with a solo shot by Brian Klein in the bottom of the inning.

The Blue Devils had a chance to at least tie the game by loading the bases in the eighth, but Red Raiders right-hander John McMillon wiggled out of trouble to keep the lead intact. That missed opportunity proved costly, as the Big 12 squad added insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Holt (2-for-4, walk, home run, two RBI, two runs) and Josh Jung (4-for-5, RBI, double) led the way at the plate for the Red Raiders. Jimmy Herron (3-for-5, triple, two RBI) provided the offense for the Blue Devils.

Texas Tech continued its recent even-year magic, having made the College World Series in both 2014 and 2016.

        

Arkansas 14, South Carolina 4

Not wanting to see their season come to an end on Monday, the Arkansas Razorbacks' bats came to play.

Arkansas quickly got to South Carolina starter Carmen Mlodzinski, putting a five-spot on him in the opening frame. It was a 2-0 game with two runners on before a single out was recorded. Then, Carson Shaddy put his team in full control with a three-run blast:

Mlodzinski lasted just one inning—but not even a pitching change could keep Arkansas off the board.

When the Gamecocks brought in right-hander Graham Lawson to start the second, the Razorbacks added a pair of runs to push their lead to seven.

The Gamecocks caught a couple of breaks in the top of the fourth when they got two runs on a sun-aided double and a controversial wild pitch. There was some question as to whether Arkansas right-hander Isaiah Campbell's pitch hit South Carolina shortstop LT Tolbert's foot. However, it was ruled a strike and a wild pitch—and the runners from second and third both came around to score on the play.

After that, the Razorbacks got right back at it. They broke the game wide open with a run in the bottom of the inning as well as another five-run outburst in the fifth. With a 13-2 lead, it was all but over.

There were plenty of stars on offense for the Razorbacks. Right fielder Eric Cole (3-for-3, two walks, home run, double, two RBI, five runs scored), designated hitter Luke Bonfield (3-for-4, four RBI) and Shaddy (2-for-5, home run, three RBI). Outfielder Jacob Olson (2-for-4, two home runs, two RBI) was one of the lone Gamecocks to have a productive day at the plate.

Arkansas will be making its ninth College World Series appearance, its first since 2015.

        

Florida 3, Auburn 2 (11 innings)

The reigning champs aren't done yet.

Florida got on the board in the first when Jonathan India—whom the Cincinnati Reds took with the No. 5 overall pick in this year's MLB draft—drove the 0-1 offering from Auburn southpaw Andrew Mitchell to the opposite field over the right-center field wall.

The Tigers, however, would even things up in the third. Shortstop Will Holland was able to manufacture a run with a two-out infield single and a stolen base, scoring on a single by right fielder Steven Williams.

The Gators regained the lead with two outs in the fourth when Blake Reese picked Mitchell's pocket by stealing home—with the help of teammate Nick Horvack across the diamond.

That's why they're the champs.

Auburn, though, found a way to tie things up in the seventh by virtue of a single, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly. Florida right fielder Wil Dalton made an incredible throw from right to try to cut off the equalizing run, but the Tigers' Luke Jarvis just beat the throw.

The Gators nearly regained with a hit-and-run in the bottom of the eighth, but left fielder Judd Ward saved the day for the Tigers:

Nine innings was not enough to decide this game. In the end, Austin Langworthy walked it off for the Gators as his drive to right field went off Williams' glove and over the wall for the game-winning home run:

Florida will now make its 12th College World Series appearance, its fourth consecutive and its seventh in nine years.

        

2018 College World Series Bracket

The 2018 College World Series starts Saturday, June 16.

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