We all saw how the Beavers took care of business against Minnesota this weekend, but in case you weren’t checking up on the rest of the NCAA Tournament field, we’re here to get you caught up just in time for the College World Series.
Chapel Hill Super Regional - Stetson vs North Carolina
Other than the Beavers, the Tar Heels are the team that has handled themselves the best in the postseason, getting through both regionals and super regionals without a loss. In the Supers, they took on the Stetson Hatters, a small program that’s produced some big results this year. Stetson brought out ace pitcher (and new Seattle Mariner) Logan Gilbert, but North Carolina had no problem finding runs in game one. Gilbert gave up 4 runs on the way to a 7-4 Tar Heel victory.
The Tar Heels also jumped out to an early lead in game two, but Stetson looked as if they’d be able to pull off some magic in the ninth. North Carolina caught a deep ball hit to the warning track to preserve a 7-5 lead an earn a trip to Omaha.
Fullerton Super Regional - Washington vs Cal State Fullerton
One of the most surprising Super Regional matchups; the Huskies and Titans were both three seeds in their regionals but pulled off impressive upsets.
The Fullerton Super Regional was a wild ride. Fullerton jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in game one, before Washington’s bats woke up and took the lead. The Titans battled back, but the Huskies grabbed a few more runs in the ninth to lock up a 8-5 win.
Game two was all Titans. A strong pitching effort limited Washington’s offense, while Fullerton found some early success. The Titans took a 5-2 game two win.
Game three was insane. After Washington led for most of the game, Fullerton notched three runs in the top of the ninth to take the lead. Washington answered with a run in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings. Fullerton got one run in the top of the 10th, but the Huskies answered back and the Titans defense fell apart, allowing Washington to score two runs for a 6-5 win. Check out UW Dawg Pound for a more in depth breakdown of this amazing game.
This will be Washington’s first College World Series.
Nashville Super Regional - Mississippi State vs Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt and Mississippi State both have College World Series history, and this matchup didn’t disappoint. In Game 1, the Bulldogs built an early 7-2 lead before a 5 run inning from the Commodores tied things up. The game was tied 8-8 going into the bottom of the ninth, before a walk off two run homer gave Mississippi State the win.
Game 2 was just as close. Once again both teams battled all game to carry a tie game into the bottom of the ninth, but this time it was Vanderbilt that came up with a walk off home run to take the win.
Game 3 went much the same as the first time. Both teams battled back and forth, to take a tie game into the ninth inning. This time, there was no game ending home run, so the teams headed to extra innings. In the top of the eleventh, the Commodores pitching began to stumble, and the Bulldogs pounced, scoring four runs to take the game and head to Omaha.
For Whom the Cowbell Tolls has a recap. Mississippi State will take on Washington in the first round of the College World Series.
Austin Super Regional - Tennessee Tech vs Texas
Tennessee Tech has been one of the strongest non power 5 teams this year, but Texas was the best team in the Big 12, and this series showed why.
The Golden Eagles brought their A game to Austin, surprising the Longhorns with a hard fought 5-4 Game 1 victory. The Longhorns bounced back in a big way in the next two games, limiting a Tennessee Tech batting lineup that had been extremely effective all season.
The Golden Eagles only scored 4 runs over the next two games, 4-2 and 5-2 wins for the Longhorns. Burnt Orange Nation has a recap of the final game.
Fayetteville Regional - South Carolina vs Arkansas
Our second All SEC matchup. These teams have no love lost between these two programs.
Game 1 was closely fought, until a 4 run seventh inning gave Arkansas an insurmountable lead. They would go on to win 9-3. South Carolina bounced back in Game 2, but it was the Hogs who would have another big offensive day in the decisive third game which ended 14-4. Arkansas Fight went into a bit more detail.
Arkansas makes their ninth appearance in Omaha with this latest trip.
Lubbock Regional - Texas Tech vs Duke
Yet another series that went to three games, the Lubbock super had plenty of excitement.
The Red Raiders got two late runs to earn a 6-4 win over the Blue Devils in game one. Duke angrily fought back in game two with an 11-2 beatdown victory. Game three was a strong group effort by Tech’s pitching staff to keep Duke’s offense in check long enough to wrap up a 6-2 win for Tim Tadlock’s boys.
Check out Viva The Matadors for how Texas Tech earned their third trip to Omaha in five years.
Gainesville Regional - Florida vs Auburn
The reigning champs escaped their regional in three games to get back to Omaha for the fourth straight year.
Florida had a convincing 8-2 win in game one before Auburn forced game three with a big walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth in game two. Game three went eleven innings before Austin Langworthy hit a solo homer in bottom of that inning to book the Gators’ trip back to Nebraska.
For more on that series, go check out Alligator Army.