ATB Baseball Regionals: South Carolina, Florida Roll; Ole Miss, LSU Gone

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Two SEC teams are into the Super Regionals, two SEC teams go home and four more will find out today what happens to them.

[3] Florida cruised through the Gainesville Regional, defeating Behtune-Cookman 7-3 and shellacking Oregon State 10-2 before hammering Florida Atlantic 15-0 in Sunday's finale. The Gators had 45 hits in the course of three games, six innings of three runs or more and didn't trail all weekend. They face the winner of the Miami-Texas A&M game tonight at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

South Carolina didn't have much more trouble than that, beating Bucknell 9-5, topping The Citadel 9-4 and waxing Virginia Tech 10-2. The pitching was shaky in the first two games and South Carolina had to come from behind in each contest, but big innings seemed to crop up at the right time -- a five-run eighth against Bucknell, a five-run seventh against The Citadel, a sixth-run six in the regional-clinch victory against Virginia Tech. But big-run innings aren't the best formula for victory in a championship, meaning the Gamecocks will have to find better pitching as they advance to the Super Regionals, where they'll play either [4] Coastal Carolina or the College of Charleston; those teams play today at 1 p.m. ET. If College of Charleston wins, the Super could and likely would end up in Columbia.

LSU, meanwhile, always seemed a big inning or two away from victory, getting an 11-10 win in 11 innings against UC-Irvine before losing 6-3 to [6] UCLA and then dropping the rematch with UC-Irvine on a 4-3 score. Trevor Bauer largely shut the door on the Bayou Bengals in the UCLA game, with only one of the three runs they scored in the ninth earned after eight shut-out innings.

All you ever said about the depth of Ole Miss' pitching staff is correct; after a strong outing Friday by Drew Pomeranz, the Rebels got blasted, allowed 33 runs in the last two games, with the low point a 20-run debacle Sunday against St. John's. That game started with David Goforth allowing eight runs on four hits and three walks in two thirds of an inning. While the three relievers each made it through at least a full inning, they each also gave up at least three runs, with St. John's scoring five runs in the sixth and five more in the eighth.

The potential for an Auburn-Alabama Super Regional still exists, with both teams playing a sudden-death game today. The Tide meets [8] Georgia Tech at 7 p.m. ET on CSS after clobbering the Yellow Jackets 8-1 in the potential elimination game Sunday. Alabama smashed four home runs on Sunday while getting (what else?) a complete game from Adam Morgan, which was probably just as well after the bullpen pitched 11 innings in the first three games.

Auburn faces Clemson for the third and final time in the Auburn Regional, having edged the other Tigers 11-10 Sunday after losing 5-2 in the first meeting Saturday. Auburn also slammed Southern Miss 17-8 earlier Sunday. The troubling thing for Auburn is that the first Clemson game is the only one in which Tigers pitching allowed fewer than seven runs. Sunday's game was the first time Clemson allowed more than two. The historical patterns don't exactly favor Auburn. The finale there is also at 7 p.m., but no television is available; you'll have to try to catch it online.

Arkansas squares off with Washington State at 8:05 p.m. ET -- again, no TV -- after losing to the Cougars 10-7 on Sunday. Drew Smyly pitched well in the Saturday win against Washington State, but the pitching has otherwise had its issues, allowing seven runs to Grambling in a slugfest victory Friday in addition to the 10 runs in the loss Sunday. Of course, the Razorbacks have at least 10 hits in each of the Regional games so far, which will make up for pitching issues a lot of the time. The winner heads to Tempe to take on [1] Arizona State.

Vanderbilt has a 6 p.m. ET matchup with [7] Louisville, also without a schedule appearance on your moving-picture device. The Commodores have so far had an up-and-down regional, edging Illinois State 8-7 in 13 innings Friday with the help of baseball's coolest play, losing to Louisville 7-1 on Saturday and defeating Illinois State 10-4 and the Cardinals 7-0 -- both on Sunday -- to advance to Monday's all-or-nothing showdown. Richie Goodenow's two-hitter Sunday against Louisville couldn't have come at a better time, with Vanderbilt pitchers logging 11 appearances in the first three games; four pitched in Sunday's earlier game. If the Commodores win, they seem likely to go to Tallahassee; Florida State won a Regional as the "No. 1 seed" in Connecticut over the weekend.

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