Checking in on the NCAA Tournament after two days (UPDATES for Day 3)
by Bob Timmermann
After two days here's how things stand in the NCAA baseball tournament. Each regional will have an elimination game to start the day Sunday and then the winner of that game would have to beat the other team left in the regional twice to advance. If another game is needed, it would be played on Monday. Day 3 info is in italics.
Coral Gables Regional
Missouri plays Ole Miss in elimination game with the winner facing Miami. Bethune-Cookman is out. Ole Miss beat Missouri 9-6. Miami beat Ole Miss 11-2. Miami advances to super-regional, which they host.
Ann Arbor Regional
Michigan plays Kentucky Sunday in an elimination game with the winner playing the unnamed school from Tuscon. Eastern Michigan is gone. Kentucky eliminated Michigan 12-6. The unnamed school beat Kentucky 5-3. The school from Tucson will at Miami in the super-regional.
South Carolina plays James Madison (the school, not the short dead president) in elimination game with the winner drawing North Carolina State. Charlotte (the school, not a person) is gone. South Carolina beat James Madison 7-5. North Carolina State edges South Carolina 2-1. North Carolina State advances to a super-regional at a site to be determined.
Lipscomb (the Bisons as they don't go for irregular plurals in Tennessee) plays Georgia in elimination game with the winner getting Georgia Tech. Louisville is done. Georgia beat Lipscomb 14-3. Georgia beat Georgia Tech 8-0. They will play for a super-regional spot Monday at 4 pm PT.
Virginia faces Cal State Fullerton with UCLA waiting. Rider has departed back to some place in New York (except the comments tell me that Rider is in New Jersey. Lawrenceville, NJ). The UCLA-Fullerton game is took a long time to play. It finished at 11:52 pm PT. Which is why I'm not going to Fullerton Sunday to watch the Bruins play. Cal State Fullerton beat Virginia 4-1. Cal State Fullerton beat UCLA 11-9 in a game that ended at 12:11 am PT. The two schools play again Monday at 8:06 pm PT.
Stanford will play arch-enemy UC Davis with the winner playing Pepperdine. Arkansas has gone home for the year. Stanford scored five times in the ninth to rally past UC Davis, 8-4. Stanford routed Pepperdine 13-1 to force a decisive game. It will be played Monday at 1 pm PT.
Oklahoma State plays TCU in the elimination game. Wichita State awaits the winner. Western Kentucky is already gone. Oklahoma State beat TCU 9-8. Wichita State beat Oklahoma State 11-7 in 10 innings. Wichita State advances to the super-regional against either Florida State or Tulane.
Florida State will play Bucknell in the elimination game. Unfortunately, Christy Mathewson's eligibility has been used up. The winner plays Tulane. Florida has been eliminated, which is always good to see in every sport. I will hold on to this grudge for a long time. Unless I run into a Florida alum, then I'll be embarrassed and stop because I'm easily swayed. Florida State beat Bucknell 24-9. Florida State beat Tulane 17-8. The two teams play again for a spot in the super-regional on Monday at 4 pm PT.
UNC Wilmington will play Elon in an elimination game. The winner plays North Carolina. Mount St. Mary's has been sent home. UNC Wilmington scores 11 runs in the top of the ninth to eliminate Elon, 15-11. North Carolina beat UNC Wilmington 7-3. North Carolina advances to the super-regional, which they will host against Costal Carolina.
Alabama plays East Carolina in the elimination game. The winner plays Coastal Carolina. The losers have to reveal exactly in which Carolina they are located. Columbia, the college in New York, not the capital of South Carolina, has been eliminated. Nevertheless, they consider themselves the luckiest team on the face of the earth. East Carolina beat Alabama 16-1. Coastal Carolina (which is in South Carolina) demolished East Carolina (which is in North Carolina) 24-11. Coastal Carolina advances to play North Carolina in the super-regional in Cary, NC.
Nebraska plays Oral Roberts in the elimination with the winner having to take on UC Irvine. Eastern Illinois is done. Oral Roberts made Nebraska the first #1 seed eliminated with an 8-0 win. UC Irvine shuts out Oral Roberts 8-0. UC Irvine advances to the super-regional at LSU.
Baton Rouge Regional
Southern Mississippi will play New Orleans in the elimination game with the winner facing LSU. Texas Southern and its 16-34 record are done. Southern Mississippi beat New Orleans 8-2. LSU beat Southern Mississippi 11-4. LSU advances to the super-regionals as a host against UC Irvine.
Texas will play St. John's again and this time the loser goes home. The winner faces Rice. Sam Houston State has gone back to some undisclosed city in Texas. Texas held off St. John's 4-3. Rice eliminates Texas 7-4. Rice will host a super-regional.
College Station Regional
Houston plays Illinois-Chicago in the elimination game and the winner plays host Texas A&M. Dallas Baptist has been eliminated. Houston needed 11 innings to eliminate Illinois-Chicago 14-11. Houston then slips by Texas A&M 4-3. The elimination game will be Monday at 4:30 pm PT.
Long Beach Regional
San Diego plays Long Beach State in the elimination game with Fresno State waiting. The Bulldogs are the only #4 seed in a regional to win its first two games. Cal has been eliminated. The Dirtbags are the second #1 team to go down, losing to USD 5-1. USD beat Fresno State 15-1. The two teams will play an elimination game Monday at 6 pm PT.
The Fighting Buster Olneys of Vanderbilt will play Oklahoma in the elimination game. The winner plays host Arizona State. Stony Brook enjoyed the trip I was told. Oklahoma won a see-saw affair against Vandy 11-10. Arizona State shuts out Oklahoma 12-0. Arizona State advances to host a super-regional against either San Diego or Fresno State.