NCAA regionals: USC, Oregon, Cal get wins, UCLA, ASU drop games
The Ducks offense wasted no time rebounding after Friday's loss, as they scored four runs in the top of the first and went on to beat Canisius 12-6 to stay alive in the regional. Austin Grebeck reached on a fielder's choice and promptly stole second to get the rally started. Phil Craig-St. Louis walked, and a double from Scott Heineman got Oregon on the board. A two-run shot from Scott Chase made it 4-0 before Conor Harber even took the mound.
Harber struggled a bit, especially in the fifth when the Golden Griffins put up a four-spot of their own. Connor Panis led off that inning with a walk for Canisius and moved to second on a sacrifice before Brett Siddall also walked. RBI singles from Mike Krisch and Jesse Puscheck for the Golden Griffins on the board. After another walk, a wild pitch, and a Anthony Massicci single and Canisius had it's four runs. But Oregon's offense kept their foot on the gas all game long, scoring single runs in the second, third, fourth, fifth, and eighth innings and three more in the top of the sixth to unload for 12 runs after scoring just one on Friday. Grebeck, Chase, and Mitchell Tolman each finished with two RBIs while Heineman and led the Ducks with three on the day.
It was a close game but the Trojans broke it open with a seven-run top of the ninth to beat UC Santa Barbara 12-3 and also keep their hopes alive in the NCAA regional. Garrett Stubbs' two-out double to score Bobby Stahel gave USC a 1-0 lead in the third. They tacked on another in the fifth after Reggie Southall walked, and Jeremy Martinez eventually singled him home. The top of the order was clutch all day for the Trojans, adding two more runs in the seventh after Southall singled, Stahel doubled, and Stubbs singled.
That was plenty of run support for USC starter Kyle Twomey, who lasted 7.1 innings and surrendered seven hits, three walks, and three runs - two of which didn't come until the eighth. Cameron Newell had a one-out single for the Gauchos before Robby Nesovic doubled him in. Paddy O'Brien followed that up with an RBI single of his own, chasing Twomey. But USC's bullpen held, and the offense added seven insurance runs in the top of the ninth. Eight Trojans starters collected an RBI during the rout.
The win saved the Trojans from elimination, but the one-seeded Gauchos are now out with two losses under their belt.
The Golden Bears improved to 2-0 in the regionals after an extra-innings 2-1 walk off win over Texas A&M. Cal was down early after Blake Allemand led off the game with a walk for A&M. He would eventually score on a Logan Taylor single. The Bears stayed down 1-0 until the bottom of the seventh when back-to-back-to-back singles from Devin Pearson, Lucas Erceg, and Chris Paul tied the game at one. The pitcher's duel continued into the 14th.
Ryan Mason put in a phenomenal start for Cal, going eight strong innings and giving up six hits, one earned run, and three walks while striking out three. Brian Celsi kept the game going by robbing Nick Banks of a home run in the top of the eleventh. Dylan Nelson picked up where Mason left off, throwing four scoreless to keep it 1-1 and setting the stage for Mitchell Kranson to be the hero. In the bottom of the 14th, Kranson launched a one-out home run to give the Bears the walk-off win.
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The Bruins jumped out to an early lead but couldn't hold off Maryland as they dropped Game 2 of the NCAA regionals 4-1. UCLA got on the board in the top of the first when Kevin Kramer reached on a throwing error from shortstop Kevin Smith. Ty Moore was hit by a pitch, Luke Persico singled, and a flyout from Chris Keck made it 1-0. But the Terrapins took the lead in the second. Kevin Martir and Nick Cieri singled before Tim Lewis tripled them both home.
Maryland added on two more in the bottom of the third. LaMonte Wade led off with a solo shot, and Smith followed it up with a double. Smith moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a groundout from Martir. Grant Watson went 6.2 innings for the Bruins, surrendering eight hits, four runs, and one walk while striking out six.
In a marathon game that lasted almost a whooping six hours (and gave us our first instance of #Pac12AtDawn), Arizona State fell to Fullerton 3-2 in 14 innings.
The Sun Devils jumped out to an early lead when Johnny Sewald led off the game with a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a throwing error from Fullerton catcher A.J. Kennedy. They added another run on a solo shot from Andrew Snow in the top of the second. But the Titans got that run right back in the bottom of the inning when Tanner Pinkston worked a one-out walk, moved to second on a groundout, and scored on a single from Timmy Richards.
Both pitching staffs buckled down and delivered solid performances. Unfortunately for the Sun Devils, Fullerton loaded the bases in the bottom of the 14th on a hit by pitch, an intentional walk, and a walk. Eder Erives then delivered a bases-loaded walk to Jerrod Bravo to give the Titans the 3-2 win. CSUF used only two pitchers in 14 innings. Thomas Eshelman and Tyler Pietzmeier combined to strike out 20 Sun Devils.