NCAA baseball regionals: Three Pac-12 teams face elimination
Sacramento State 5, Arizona State 4
The Sun Devils became the first Pac12 team eliminated from the NCAA tournament when the Cinderella Hornets pulled out a 5-4 thriller in San Luis Obispo. The Fork got a good start from Ryan Kellog (7.0 IP, 2 ER) in this one, but three Sacramento State runs in the bottom of the eighth broke a 2-2 tie. ASU mounted a furious comeback attempt in their half of the ninth, but they came up a run short. The Devils finish the season 33-24. They were ranked No. 18 in the most recent poll. This happened to be Sacramento State's first-ever NCAA Tournament win. Here's their dog pile:
— CBS Sacramento (@CBSSacramento) June 1, 2014
Indiana 4, Stanford 2
Despite a solid start from John Hochstatter, the Cardinal will have to fight their way through the loser's bracket to win the Bloomington regional. Joey DeNato's 7.1 strong innings (he's now 13-1 on the season) and Sam Travis' home run were enough to upend red-hot Stanford, which had won eight of ten and 18 of 25 coming in. Mark Marquess' squad must now win three consecutive elimination games to advance out of this regional. The challenge begins tomorrow with a 10 a.m. PT tilt against Youngstown State.
Andrew Luck did make it from Indianapolis to check out his alma mater in today's loss:
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 1, 2014
Vanderbilt 7, Oregon 2
A day after exploding for 18 runs versus Clemson, the Quack Attack was mostly stymied by regional host Vanderbilt. Oregon scratched out only three hits against the Commodores, so Vandy's five-run fifth inning was more than enough to do the Ducks in and send them to the loser's bracket. A 10 a.m. PT contest against Xavier awaits George Horton's squad tomorrow. A win would mean a rematch with Vanderbilt in the back end of a doubleheader.
Washington 8, Georgia Tech 0
Entering Saturday's postseason opener, a Washington pitcher had never thrown a shutout in the school's 36-game NCAA tournament history. That changed when Tyler Davis blanked Georgia Tech 8-0 to open the rain-delayed Oxford regional. Huskies leadoff man Braden Bishop reached base five times in five tries for the Dawgs, and that was all the offense Lindsay Meggs' squad needed behind a fantastic Davis in its return to the postseason. A winner's bracket showdown with host Ole Miss awaits tomorrow.
— UW Baseball (@UW_Baseball) May 31, 2014
UC Irvine 14, Oregon State 2
UC Irvine shocked Oregon State in Corvallis, walloping the Beavers 14-2. Pat Casey's club, which was ranked No. 1 in the country just last week, will now have to win three straight elimination games to advance to the super regional round. The first one comes tomorrow against UNLV at 2 p.m. If the Beavers are able to pull it out, they'll have to sweep a doubleheader against Irvine. The good news: Oregon State's pitching staff remains one of the deepest in the country. They'll need that depth for the grueling stretch that starts tomorrow.