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Three more teams play on Monday with Super Regionals bids at stake.
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. - The Virginia baseball team won its sixth regional championship in the last seven years Sunday as the Cavaliers rallied from four runs down to earn a 14-10 win in 11 innings over Southern California at the NCAA Lake Elsinore Regional at Lake Elsinore Diamond in Lake Elsinore, Calif. The four-hour, 48-minute marathon began late on Sunday evening and extended well into Monday morning, concluding at 4:18 a.m. ET.
The third-seeded Cavaliers (37-22) advance to play the champion of the Los Angeles Regional - either UCLA or Maryland - in a best-of-three NCAA Super Regional series June 5-7 or 6-8. The Bruins and Terrapins play a decisive championship game Monday at 11 p.m. ET/8 CT.
"We're obviously very excited that we found a way to win this regional," Virginia head coach Brian O'Connor said. "USC has a heck of a ballclub. I'm so proud of our ballclub. It's been noted how much our team has gone through over the course of the season. We've endured more than any team that I've coached in 12 years at Virginia, and certainly this moment is very special because of what these guys have accomplished in light of that. This particular game, it certainly wasn't how you would draw it up, but maybe that makes it all the more special. Just the fact that our guys hung in there and found a way to get it done in the end. I'm as proud of this ball club as I've ever been and we're looking forward to playing next weekend."
Kevin Doherty (Jr., Laytonsville, Md.) hit the tie-breaking RBI double with one out in the 11th inning for the Cavaliers, spurring a five-run inning for UVa, which trailed 9-5 entering the sixth inning before rallying for a run in the sixth and three in the eighth to send the game to extra innings.
Matt Thaiss (So., Jackson, N.J.) went 2-for-3, and reached base six times, scoring three times and knocking in three runs. Adam Haseley (Fr., Windermere, Fla.) and Daniel Pinero (So., Toronto, Ontario) each scored three runs, while Kenny Towns (Sr., Burke, Va.) and Pavin Smith (Fr., Jupiter, Fla.) each drove in three runs. Virginia recorded 10 hits but also drew 14 walks in the win.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Behind its highest scoring performance in an NCAA postseason game since 2007, No. 3 national seed Louisville clinched its third straight NCAA Regional championship with a 13-4 victory over Michigan on Sunday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Facing a two-run deficit after the top of the first inning, the Cardinals (46-16) scored 13 straight runs in earning their 11th straight NCAA postseason victory at home. Louisville will host No. 13-ranked Cal State Fullerton (37-22) in a best-of-three NCAA Super Regional starting either Friday or Saturday at Patterson Stadium. The dates, times and television details for the Louisville Super Regional will be announced by the NCAA on Monday night.
The Cardinals advanced to their fifth NCAA Super Regional in nine seasons under head coach Dan McDonnell and are looking for their third straight College World Series berth. With a crowd of 4,614 on hand for Sunday's finale, Louisville totaled 13,778 fans for its three games (4,592 per game), the highest total of the five NCAA Regionals hosted at Patterson Stadium.
All-session tickets for the Louisville Super Regional are on sale and can be purchased online here, by phone at 502-GO-CARDS or through the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office. All-session tickets for the Super Regional are $45 for reserved chairback seats, $25 for general admission and outfield berm seating and $15 for college students.
An All-Regional team selection, sophomore Nick Solak (Woodridge, Ill.) led the way at the plate going 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored as Louisville finished with its highest NCAA run total since the 20-2 win against Oklahoma State in game three of the 2007 Super Regional. Sophomore Corey Ray (Chicago, Ill.) was 3-for-5 with three RBI and sophomore Logan Taylor (Lexington, Ky.) added a 2-for-3 performance with two RBI and a run scored.
Senior Sutton Whiting (New Wilmington, Pa.) chipped in going 2-for-3 with one RBI and scored three times, while senior Zach Lucas (Louisville, Ky.) was 2-for-5 with a double and scored once. Freshman Devin Hairston (Lexington, Ky.), who was named as the Most Outstanding Player of the Louisville Regional, doubled and scored twice to finish a weekend in which he hit .500 (5-for-10) with three doubles, three RBI and four runs scored.
Game 6 featuring Florida State versus the winner for Game 5 will now be played at 2 p.m. on Monday.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Top-seeded Miami was unable to finish off the Coral Gables Regional Sunday night at Mark Light Field, falling to No. 3 seed Columbia 3-0 and forcing a winner-advance Game 7 to be played Monday.
Columbia, who eliminated FIU with a 4-3 win earlier in the afternoon, tamed the Hurricanes’ talented lineup to stave off elimination for a second straight game.
“First of all, we lost in every phase of the game tonight,” head coach Jim Morris said. “Columbia came out and did a great job. Their pitchers threw strikes, got ahead of us and kept us off-balance all night.”
Columbia starter Bryce Barr (3-0) tossed 5.0 scoreless innings and surrendered just two hits, while fellow freshman Zack Bahm tossed 3.0 innings of clean relief.
After totaling 14 runs in their first two victories, the Hurricanes (46-15) managed just two hits Sunday night.
“If you don’t have anybody on base, you can’t do much,” Morris said. “They didn’t walk guys and we just got a couple of hits.”
The loss was just the fifth of the season for the Hurricanes inside Mark Light Field.
NC State baseball dropped an 8-2 decision at No. 4 TCU on Sunday night at Lupton Stadium in the winners’ bracket of the Fort Worth Regional.
The Wolfpack (36-22) suffers only its fourth loss in the last 19 contests. All four of those losses have come against competition ranked inside the top 10. NC State’s last loss to an unranked opponent came April 21 at ECU. The Pack’s last loss to a team that did not make the NCAA Tournament field came April 11 at North Carolina.
TCU (46-12) has lost one home game in its last 19 tries, with that defeat coming at the hands of the Wolfpack. Prior to that, the Horned Frogs last home loss happened on March 22 against Oklahoma State.
Frog starter Tyler Alexander took a perfect game into the seventh, broken up when Logan Ratledge reached on an error to leadoff the inning. Andrew Knizner spoiled the no-hit bid as the next batter, on a single through the right side. The Pack scored once in the inning to trim its deficit to 6-1, but could have had more, leaving two stranded. Ratledge’s solo shot to start the ninth, his 10th homer and 40th RBI of the season, narrowed the margin to 8-2. Ryne Willard provided State’s only other hit in a 1-for-3 effort.
Wolfpack starter Ryan Williamson (4-4) took the loss on 2 2/3 innings. Cory Wilder worked the next six in relief, his second-longest outing of the year behind a seven inning effort against Florida State on April 2. Wilder threw 111 pitches to preserve the Pack bullpen for Monday’s championship game, allowing three earned on five hits with seven punchouts. Evan Mendoza faced one batter in the ninth, inducing a pop to right to end the frame.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – It has been said that all good things must come to an end. After a culture change helped pave the way for the University of Notre Dame baseball program to reach its first NCAA Regional in nine years, the Irish saw their historic 2015 season come to an end Sunday with a pair of shutout loses at Illinois Field in the NCAA Champaign Regional. The Irish dropped a 3-0 decision to the No. 6 overall national seed Illinois Fighting Illini in the early game, before falling to Wright State, 4-0, in an elimination contest.
The Irish just couldn’t get much of anything going Sunday, as Illinois pitcher Drasen Johnson hurled a five-high shutout in game one, before Wright State hurler Jack Van Horn threw eight shutout innings of five-hit ball in an elimination game for both teams.
At the plate, Notre Dame tallied just 10 hits on the day. It marked the first time all year that the Irish were shut out in consecutive games.
Notre Dame finishes the year at 37-23 overall. The Irish placed third in the tough Atlantic Coast Conference and went 1-2 against talented competition at both the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Championship.