NCAA baseball regionals: One Pac-12 team advances to super regionals
Stanford Shocks Indiana Again
Just yesterday, Indiana was 39-0 this season when leading a game after the seventh inning. Well, the Hoosiers finished the year with a 39-2 mark in that category. For the second time in 24 hours, Stanford shocked the Hoosiers with a late home run. This time, it was a Tommy Edman walk-off that sealed the deal for the Cardinal. Final score: Stanford 5, Indiana 4. Mark Marquess' squad is the only Pac-12 team that survived the regional round of the NCAA tournament. Their reward: a super regional matchup at Vanderbilt, where the Commodores swept the Cardinal back in March. As the past two days of late-inning heroics have shown, though, that was a long time ago.
Edman's jack was reminiscent of the greates home run in Stanford history, Paul Carey's walk-off grand slam against LSU in the 1987 College World Series. Here's one of the classic shots, along with a link to the dramatic video highlights:
— David Lombardi (@DavidMLombardi) June 3, 2014
On the other end, Indiana was devastated:
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 3, 2014
UC Irvine Stuns Oregon State
Only three of the eight national seeds advanced to the super regional round this year. That's a new low, and top-ranked Oregon State was one of the five victims. UC Irvine held on for a 4-2 victory in Corvallis, stunning the home crowd and ending the Beavers' season early. It was certainly a painful exit for Paul Casey's club, but it was another accomplished season at Goss Stadium: Oregon State won the Pac-12 conference championship for the second straight season and finished with a very respectable 45-14 overall record.
Classy Oregon State fans: Giving a standing O to each departing player outside the clubhouse. #gobeavs
— B2B Pac-12 Champs (@Beaver_Baseball) June 3, 2014
[Highlights: Oregon State upset and eliminated by UC Irvine]
Washington Comes Up Short at Ole Miss
The Huskies' season also ended in gut-wrenching fashion. Washington was hoping to force a decisive seventh game by beating Ole Miss, and they appeared in solid position to do so tied 2-2 in the 10th inning. A two-out Ole Miss rally, though, did the Dawgs in. Sikes Orvis shot a ball down the right field line that Kyle London misplayed in the corner. That allowed Will Allen to score the winning run all the way from first, and Washington's season ended shortly thereafter. The Huskies, though, have a lot to be proud of. They reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in a decade this year and finished with an impressive 41-17-1 record.
[Highlights: Washington eliminated by Ole Miss]
After the game, a former Huskies player reflected on the last Washington team before this one to make the regional round:
@UW_Baseball seeing my huskies play in the same place that I played my last regional in 04' bring back memories and hopes of many more 2come
— Brent Lillibridge (@BSLillibridge) June 3, 2014