NCAA baseball regionals: Three Pac-12 teams open with wins
The Pac-12 went 3-1 to open up college baseball postseason play. Here's a rundown:
Stanford 8, Indiana State 1
The Cardinal missed out on the NCAA Tournament last year, but they returned to the postseason this season on the strength of a season-ending hot streak, winning 17 of their last 24 games. The good play carried over into the Bloomington regional, where freshman Cal Quantrill (Paul's son) delivered a complete game to stymie Indiana State. Fellow freshman Jack Klein blasted a three-run homer to effectively seal the final result in the sixth inning. Stanford moves on to face regional host Indiana on Saturday at 3 p.m. PT.
[Highlights: Stanford rolls by Indiana State in NCAA regionals]
Oregon State 2, North Dakota State 1
The Beavers have consistently been ranked in the country's top five this season, so the casual fan might not have expected them to be tested so sternly to open the postseason at home. But North Dakota State gave Pat Casey's club a run for its money in Corvallis. Andrew Moore's eight strong innings and 14 strikeouts led the way, while Trever Morrison and Dylan Davis provided all the offense the orange and black needed. UC Irvine awaits Oregon State tomorrow night at 8 p.m. PT.
[Highlights: Moore, Davis lead Oregon State past North Dakota State]
Oregon 18, Clemson 1
The Ducks have capitalized on a resurgent offense all season long, and the beginning of the postseason was no different. The Quack Attack pounded out a season-high 20 hits -- including two homers, three triples, and four doubles -- to smash Clemson into submission. Oregon's Tyler Baumgartner finished 3-for-6, while starter Tommy Thorpe earned the win. The Ducks square off with host Vanderbilt tomorrow at 5 p.m. PT.
[Highlights: Oregon dominates Clemson 18-1 in regional opener]
Pepperdine 3, Arizona State 2
The Sun Devils were the only Pac-12 team to lose on the opening day of NCAA regional play. They mustered only four hits against Waves' pitching. That sends the Fork to the losers' bracket in San Luis Obispo, where they'll face Sacramento State in an elimination game tomorrow at 1 p.m. PT. If Tim Esmay's squad can survive that, a potential doubleheader awaits Sunday.
[Highlights: Arizona State falls short against Pepperdine]
The Washington Huskies were rained out Friday in the Oxford regional and will play Georgia Tech tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m. PT.