2009 Men's College World Series: Second Round In The Books

We're four days in, eight games down, and have already seen two teams eliminated. Here are the results so far.

  • Game 1, Arkansas-10, Cal State Fullerton-6
  • Game 2, LSU-9, Virginia-5
  • Game 3, Arizona State-5, North Carolina-3
  • Game 4, Texas-7, Southern Miss-6
  • Game 5, Virginia-7, Cal State Fullerton-5, Cal State Fullerton Eliminated
  • Game 6, LSU-9, Arkansas-1
  • Game 7, North Carolina-11, Southern Miss-4, Southern Miss Eliminated
  • Game 8, Texas-10, Arizona State-6

I'll pick up where Jake left off after day two. On Monday, Virginia eliminated the number two national seed, Cal State Fullerton.

Second baseman Keith Werman, was the only Cavalier to have multiple hits, going 2-4 with 2 RBI's and 2 runs scored. Five Virginia pitchers, combined to hold Fullerton to five runs, scattering 13 hits, walking four and striking out five. Starter Robert Morey went four innings, giving up three runs on five hits ad two walks. 

The Titans struck first, getting a two run homer in the second inning from Dustin Garneau. However, Virginia bounced back in the bottom half of the inning with four runs to take the lead for good.

The Titans got back to within a run when Christian Colon led off the third with a home run. Virginia would not give in though, and went on to win the game, 7-5.

The LSU and Arkansas game was a very boring contest. Going into the second inning, LSU was up 3-1 and cruised from there. The Tigers added a run in the second inning before exploding for five more runs in the sixth. During that five run explosion the Tigers got four hits. The game remained scoreless after that as LSU sent the Cavaliers to the Loser's Bracket.

On Tuesday, North Carolina started the day off by eliminating Cinderella, Southern Miss. Dustin Ackley went crazy, going 5 for 6 ad scoring 1 run. North Carolina started the game off with a run in each the first and second innings. In the third inning, the Tar Heels pushed their lead to 6-0 with four runs on four hits. Southern Miss would finally get on the board in the fourth inning with three runs but not before UNC got two runs in the top half of the inning.

Kyle Seager and Dustin Ackley would drive in two more runs in the seventh inning to make the score, 10-3. In the eighth inning Joey Archer scored on a throwing error for the Golden Eagles, making the score, 10-4. Kyle Seager would add the final run in the ninth inning by homering to right center field. Southern Miss was held scoreless in the ninth to end the game.

In the Winner's Bracket on Tuesday, Texas defeated Arizona State in a wild game, 10-6. The Sun Devils started out the game perfectly, scoring three runs in both the second and third innings to make the score, 6-0. With Sun Devil  ace Mike Leake on the mound, the Devils appeared to be in full control.

By the time ASU came up to bat in the bottom of the fourth, however, the game was tied. Keyes led off with a single, and after Leake hit Loy with a pitch, and Rupp cut the lead in half with a home run to right. Preston Clark and Connor Rowe followed with singles, and a fielder’s choice by Michael Torres put runners on the first and third with one out.

Travis Tucker put down a bunt that went for an RBI single, and a throwing error by the first baseman Jared McDonald allowed Torres to advance to third and Tucker to move up to second. Brandon Belt then chased Leake with a two run single to right that tied the game. ASU Reliever Jordan Swagerty escaped further trouble by getting Russell Moldenhauer to line out before striking out Keyes.

Texas would add another run in the seventh inning to make the score 7-6 on a Cameron Rupp solo homer. In the eighth inning the Longhorns added three insurance runs to send the Sun Devils into the Loser's Bracket.

On Wednesday, Arkansas will take on Virginia in an elimination game. First pitch is at 4:00 PM Pacific on ESPN2.

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