Missouri State 3, Arkansas 1
The Bears battled back after Friday's debacle and silenced Arkansas's hitters, staying alive for another day in the Fayetteville Super Regional. Lefty Matt Hall went the distance for MSU, adding eight to his nation-leading strikeout count. The Hogs did get a run in the first, but that was all they'd get. They tried to rally in the ninth:
Arkansas sent to the top of the order to the plate in the ninth, and Serrano drew a leadoff walk again.
Wernes sit a screamer down the left field line in his at-bat, but it went just barely foul and he ended up reaching on a fielder's choice.
Benintendi then popped up in foul ground and Tyler Spoon struck out swinging to end the game.
...but it wasn't meant to be.
The teams will meet again today to settle the series.
TCU 13, Texas A&M 4
This one was competitive early. The Horned Frogs scored a pair of runs in the first, and the Aggies answered with one in the second. TCU would push the lead out to 5-1 over the next two innings, but A&M dropped a three spot in the fourth to cut the lead to one:
Texas A&M (49-13) started to reel the Horned Frogs back in in the top of the fourth. Melton started the inning with a sharply struck base hit that got by the second baseman, which was scored an error. TCU turned a Nottebrok grounder into a 4-6-3 double play to apparently kill the rally. Moroney fanned the embers with a double to leftfield and came around to score when Michael Barash punched a single to leftfield. Basash moved to second on the throw home and scored when Blake Allemand stroked a gapper to right-center for a triple. A passed ball brought Allemand home, closing the Horned Frogs’ lead to 5-4.
The Frogs broke the game open in the sixth, battering the Aggie bullpen for five runs that, along with a run from the fifth, made the lead a formidable 11-4. Two more insurance runs came in the eighth, and that was all she wrote. A&M is a game away from season's end.
Florida 11, Florida State 4
The Gators swept the Seminoles to punch the SEC's first ticket to Omaha. We've got a full post on that story.
LSU 4, Louisiana-Lafayette 3
The Tigers nearly blew this one, but they ended up walking off with a win in the first game of the Baton Rouge Super Regional.
Pitching dominated this one, with Alex Lange and Wyatt Marks engaging in a classic duel. Lange allowed 10 hits, but he also struck out 11 Cajuns to keep the damage limited. Jake Fraley provided the offense early for LSU, doubling home in a run in the first before launching a two-run homer in the third. Lange allowed only a single run through most of the game, but he gave up one in the eighth and one in the ninth to allow the game to be tied up. Parker Bugg relieved Lange in the final inning and promptly sat down the next three batters, but the stage was set for drama.
Chris Chinea couldn't reach base in the first plate appearance for the Tigers, but Chris Sciambra made that not matter. He blasted a Will Bacon pitch to right center to secure the first win of the series in dramatic fashion. It was LSU's first postseason walk-off since 2003.
Vanderbilt 13, Illinois 0
One team has been here in the Super Regionals recently, and one team hasn't. The home field advantage for the Illini meant nothing as the Commodores demolished them to start the Champaign Super Regional. They didn't take long to get rolling:
The Commodores struck quickly to silence a home crowd that clocked in at over two times the listed capacity of Illinois Field. [Kevin] Duchene walked in the first run of the game before allowing a Bryan Reynolds single and a Jeren Kendall RBI groundout to give the visitors a 3-0 lead three outs into this game. They got one more in the third when Will Toffey scored on a Duchene balk.
Vandy never did score in the even numbered innings, but the odd numbered ones were great. It got four runs in the fifth, another in the seventh, and finally four in the ninth to complete the blowout win. Every day is a new day, but VU appears to be in great shape with this series.