College Baseball Regionals 2019: Results, Highlights and Bracket from MondayJune 3, 2019
The final day of college baseball NCAA regionals took place on Monday, with six teams looking to punch their ticket to the Super Regionals and extend their seasons.
Below, we'll break down the day's scores and top highlights. For the updated bracket, be sure to check out NCAA.com.
No. 3 Michigan def. No. 2 Creighton, 17-6
No. 1 Oklahoma State def. No. 2 UConn Huskies, 3-1
No. 1 East Carolina def. No. 3 Campbell, 12-3
No. 1 East Carolina def. No. 3 Campbell, 10-3
No. 1 Louisville def. No. 3 Illinois State, 4-3
No. 1 Stanford def. No. 3 Fresno State, 9-7
No. 1 UCLA def. No. 3 LMU, 6-3
East Carolina def. Campbell, 10-3
East Carolina is alive.
The Pirates beat Campbell 10-3 on Monday, setting up a winner-take-all game between the teams at 7 p.m. ET later on Monday night, with a place in the Super Regionals at stake.
Bryant Packard led the way for the Pirates with three hits, three runs and three RBI, while Jake Washer added two hits (one home run) and two RBI and Alec Burleson knocked in three runs.
Spencer Packard was the lone bright spot for Campbell, with three hits and two RBI.
The two teams will play again Monday for the chance to face Louisville.
East Carolina Def. Campbell, 12-3
East Carolina picked up where they left off earlier Monday with two runs in the bottom of the first to jump out to an early lead that they never would relinquish.
Just as in the first game, Spencer Packard was the only threat Campbell posed ECU as his two-out, two-run double cut the Pirates' lead to 6-3 in the top of the fifth. However, that is the closest Campbell came.
As for East Carolina, Spencer Brickhouse batted in four runs on three hits, including a third-inning home run, and accounted for two runs scored. East Carolina will look to ride its high-powered offense in their best-of-three Super Regionals series against No. 1 Louisville.
Louisville def. Illinois State, 4-3
It took three games and a walk-off single from freshman Alex Binelas, but Louisville finally eliminated Illinois State.
Binelas' clutch two-out hit in the bottom of the ninth gave Louisville a 4-3 win on Monday and advanced it to the Super Regionals.
Alongside Binelas' heroics, Jake Snider (three hits, two RBI) and Bryan Hoeing (five innings of one-hit, one-run, six-strikeout pitching) led the way for Louisville, which beat Illinois State two times in a row the past two days after losing to the Redbirds on Saturday.
The Cardinals didn't make things easy on themselves. They held a 3-1 lead heading into the top of the ninth, but an error scored Libman, and Joe Butler's RBI single one batter later knotted the score at three.
But that set the stage for Binelas, who kept Louisville's season alive and ended Illinois State's in heartbreaking fashion. Louisville now awaits East Carolina.
Oklahoma State def. UConn, 3-1
UConn got the better of Oklahoma State on Sunday, but it wasn't to be for the Huskies on Monday. The Cowboys walked away with a 3-1 victory to advance to the super regional.
An excellent combined effort from Joe Lienhard and Peyton Battenfield on the mound helped Oklahoma State earn the win. Lienhard started and went six innings, allowing one earned run on five hits and striking out four. Battenfield picked up from there to go three innings, striking out five and keeping UConn hitless.
Alex Garcia tied the game at one in the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo home run.
Carson McCusker stroked a two-run double to left in the sixth, which was the game's decisive blow.
It's an all-Big 12 super regional in Lubbock, Texas, as Texas Tech will host Oklahoma State.
Michigan def. Creighton, 17-6
In what was the rubber match between the two teams, Michigan hammered Creighton 17-6 to move on to the super regional.
The Bluejays led 4-1 after the top half of the fourth inning before the Wolverines put five runs across the board in the bottom half to go ahead 6-4. A Joe Donovan homer made it a 7-4 game in the fifth before Michigan broke the game open in the sixth.
Jimmy Kerr singled to right to bring two runs home.
Two more runs came in on a sacrifice bunt by Jack Blomgren.
Jack Strunc gave Creighton some life with a home run in the seventh, but Michigan responded with six runs to erase what little hope the Bluejays had.
Six different Wolverines players had at least two RBI, with Jesse Franklin the standout performer. The sophomore center fielder finished 4-for-6 and was a home run short of the cycle. He had three RBI and four runs scored.
Stanford def. Fresno State, 9-7
A six-run fifth helped Stanford pull out a 9-7 victory over Fresno State in a back-and-forth battle.
While the Cardinal jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second, the Bulldogs responded with three of their own in the bottom of the frame. Fresno State took a 5-3 lead before the Stanford bats came to life.
A leadoff walk followed by Maverick Handley's second home run of the night tied the score at five-all:
But the Cardinal were far from done.
While Stanford had just three hits in the frame, two of them went for extra bases. That combined with four free passes helped it put up a six-spot to take a 9-5 lead.
A two-run shot by right fielder Nate Thimjon in the bottom of the inning helped cut the deficit in half, but that would be the closest the Bulldogs would get.
Brendan Beck (3.1 innings) and Jack Little (one inning) combined to throw 4.1 innings of shutout relief to help Stanford advance to the Super Regionals.
UCLA def. LMU, 6-3
UCLA held Loyola Marymount to one run over the final eight innings and advanced with a 6-3 victory.
A double by shortstop Ryan Kreidler and a sacrifice fly by first baseman Michael Toglia helped the Bruins grab a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third. Then, second baseman Chase Strumpf provided insurance runs with a three-run blast in the fourth:
That would be more than enough for the Bruins bullpen, which allowed just three hits and struck out nine in 7.2 innings. The trio of Nate Hadley, Ryan Garcia and Holden Powell combined to shut out the Lions on one hit over the final four frames.
Kreidler helped set the table for UCLA by going 3-for-3 with three runs scored, and Strumpf went 2-for-3 with one walk, three RBI and two runs scored.
UCLA moves on to the Super Regionals for the first time since 2013, when the Bruins won their first national championship.