UNCW vs. South Carolina (UPDATE: POSTPONED)
The winner-take-all matchup between the Gamecocks and UNCW Seahawks has been postponed due to weather. The time has not been determined for Tuesday's contest, which will send the winner to face the Oklahoma State Cowboys. If South Carolina wins, the Super Regional will take place in Columbia next weekend.
Rice 10, LSU 4
--- by Tom StephensonThe Rice Owls were in command for most of the game Monday night at Alex Box Stadium, forcing a deciding game with the LSU Tigers on Tuesday by a score of 10-6.
After a scoreless first inning, the Owls struck with a three-run second inning, getting the bases loaded on a pair of singles and a walk before LF Dayne Wunderlich opened the scoring with a sac fly. C Hunter Kopycinski followed with an RBI single, and RF Charlie Warren drove in a run with a double; fortunately, LSU freshman RF Antoine Duplantis managed to throw Kopycinski out at the plate to prevent any further damage.
That ended the night for LSU starter Caleb Gilbert. Relief pitcher Riley Smith managed a scoreless third, and in the fourth, 1B Greg Deichmann got one run back on an RBI single, but the Tigers missed an opportunity for more runs. With the bases loaded and one out, Rice starter Dane Myers induced a popup followed by a flyout to limit the damage. Rice 1B Tristan Gray then promptly hammered the second pitch of the bottom of the fourth over the right field fence to make the score 4-1.
LSU tied the game up in the top of the fifth as SS Kramer Robertson hit a two-run homer and then Rice issued four walks, forcing in another run, but the Tigers once again left the bases loaded as relief pitcher Glenn Otto induced a groundball to end the inning; Rice then got all three runs back in the bottom of the inning to take a 7-4 lead. The Owls would then add three more runs in the seventh on back-to-back RBI singles by CF Ryan Chandler and PH Blake Fox to make it 10-4; LSU would cut the final margin to 10-6 on a two-run homer by Jake Fraley in the eighth inning.
The Tigers and Owls will play again at 4 PM CT on Tuesday for the right to advance to the super regional.