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The NCAA baseball Regionals are finally here. It was a wild day throughout the nation. A few hosts were upset. Others had to make huge comebacks.
The Big 12 Conference had a fine day, finishing 4-2 with one postponement. West Virginia blasted six home runs. Oklahoma State’s Garrett Benge hit for the cycle. Texas continued to feature stellar pitching and its dominance over one particular team this year. Finally, Oklahoma ended its losing skid and had an eruption of runs in one inning. We have figured out their lucky number. Baylor faced a former Big 12 Conference member, and one of the Big 12 teams had an amazing comeback only to have its heart broken on a walk-off home run.
There was so much action going on, Mother Nature couldn’t handle it and had to place a damper on the Fort Worth Regional by postponing all games.
Despite Mother Nature’s rude disturbance, we recapped all of the amazing action featuring Big 12 Conference teams, and then some. Just continue scrolling down to see what all you may have missed, or want to relive again.
No. 2 Missouri State 6, No. 3 Oklahoma State 5
Despite Garrett Benge hitting for the cycle, Missouri State was able to walk-off with a 2-run shot from Jeremy Eierman. The Cowboys dug themselves a hole early on with walks, which would eventually come around to score on hits.
Benge woke up the Oklahoma State bats with a solo home run in the fourth inning to make it 3-1. Three consecutive singles in the fifth brought Oklahoma State within one run, but Eierman blasted the first of his two shots in the next frame. Eierman, a sophomore, entered the matchup with 19 home runs on the season.
The Cowboys would nearly tie the game up in the sixth on a John Littell RBI single, but a controversial call at the plate saw Collin Simpson called out at the plate. Still, Oklahoma State continued to battle and eventually take the lead in the ninth.
Down to its final out with the tying run on first, Eierman sent the walk-off blast to the opposite side of the field.
Oklahoma State must win four consecutive games to advance to the Super Regionals. The first of those potential four games will be against in-state rival Oral Roberts. The Pokes went 1-2 in midweek games against the Golden Eagles this season. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. Central Time Saturday.
ALL THE HITS!
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 3, 2017
Fort Worth Regional
All Games Postponed
Schedule (All Games Central Time)
Game 1: No.3 Dallas Baptist vs. No.2 Virginia, 2 p.m.
Game 2: No.4 Central Connecticut State at No.1 TCU, 7 p.m.
No.3 Texas A&M 8 No.2 Baylor 5
Baylor blew a 4-2 lead in the sixth inning when Texas A&M scored five runs. Brandon Shewmake blasted a two-run bomb to start the inning. Baylor made a quick pitching change and the wheels fell off. Kyle Hill inherited a runner after a walk. On the very first batter he faced, Hill committed a throwing error which allowed both runners to move up an extra base. With two runners in scoring position, Hill threw a wild pitch and gave A&M the lead. Two walks and a sacrifice fly later, Hill was gone. Joe Heineman came in, walked the first batter and allowed an RBI single. The inning finally ended on a flyout, but this did the Bears in. Baylor was the better team outside this frame.
Texas A&M ace Brigham Hill wasn’t any better than Baylor ace Montana Parsons. Hill walked a batter and hit another before Aaron Dodson blasted a grand slam. This gave Baylor a 4-2 lead in the third inning. Neither starter lasted six full innings.
Kaylor Chaffin came onto pitch for the Aggies and shut the Bears down after Hill gave up one run on two hits and a walk in the sixth. Chaffin allowed just one hit in 3.2 innings.
This game did feature a weather delay after the second inning. This may have affected the starting pitchers.
Baylor must win four consecutive games to advance to the Super Regionals. The Bears will face former Southwest Conference rival and host Houston. Baylor went 2-1 against Houston during a three-game series in Waco this season. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. Central Time Saturday.
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Long Beach Regional
No.2 Texas 3 No.3 UCLA 2
The Bruins had a chance to take the lead in the ninth, but stranded two men on base. UCLA scored runs in each of the last two innings.
Nolan Kingham did a fine job in recording the win. He tossed 7.2 innings. The only run he surrendered came during his final inning of work. Kingham allowed six hits, but did not surrender a walk, but struck out five. Beau Ridgeway pitched 1.1 innings to record the save.
Kacy Clemens’ bat has yet to cool off. He placed the Longhorns on the board in the fourth inning with a solo blast. Travis Jones also played a big role in the scoring department. He scored after reaching base on an error in the seventh and produced an RBI double in the eighth.
Texas advances to the winner’s bracket and will play Long Beach State at 7 p.m. Pacific Time.
No.2 Oklahoma 7 No.3 Xavier 2
Seven was the lucky number for Oklahoma Friday afternoon. After falling behind 2-0 in the second inning, the Sooners struck gold in the seventh. Oklahoma scored seven runs on seven hits, and shut down Xavier the rest of the way.
Three different Sooners finished the day 2-for-4. Cade Harris was one of those, but garnered the most RBIs with three on the day. Oklahoma starter Devon Perez tossed seven innings, surrendering two earned runs on six hits and one walk. He struck out seven batters.
JB Olsen secured a hold for Oklahoma. Olsen tossed two shutout innings, allowing three hits.
Oklahoma advances to the winner’s bracket and will play national seed No.7 Louisville at 6 p.m. Central Time Saturday.
No.1 Texas Tech 5 No.4 Delaware 2
Davis Martin started for Texas Tech, but the ace left the game with trouble on the base paths. After a weather delay, Martin was replaced by Caleb Killian, who produced an inning-ending double play on the first pitch he threw. The Red Raiders would score two in the next frame when Cody Farhat was hit by a pitch. The second run came during a Brandon Klein RBI fielder’s choice.
Delaware would place runs on the board in the fourth and the sixth. Tech would add another run on a fielder’s choice from Farhat in the fourth. With a 3-2 lead, Orlando Garcia provided Tech with some insurance with a two-run bomb in the eighth inning. Parker Mushinski closed the door in the ninth to get the save. Tech’s bullpen tossed 7.2 innings to help secure the victory for the No.5 national seed.
Hunter Hargrove and Michael Berglund produced two hits each.
Texas Tech will play Sam Houston State at 6 p.m. Central Time Saturday.
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No.2 West Virginia 9 No.3 Maryland 1
The Nomads may have mistaken the NCAA Regionals for being a home run derby. West Virginia blasted six home runs against rival Maryland, including two each from Jimmy Gallusky and Kyle Davis. Ivan Gonzalez and Cole Austen also added homers
Alek Manoah started the game and tossed 3.1 innings allowing Maryland’s lone run on three hits and a walk. BJ Myers took over for the rest of the way for 5.2 innings of shutout ball, allowing four hits and one walk.
West Virginia advances to the winner’s bracket and will play host Wake Forest 7 p.m. Eastern Time Saturday.
Not 1… Not 2… Not 3… Not 4… Not 5…
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 2, 2017
Other news and notes from Day 1 of the NCAA baseball Regionals around the field of 64
Davidson upset North Carolina 8-4 in the Chapel Hill Regional. North Carolina is the No.2 national seed.
BYU defeated Sacramento State 6-1 in the first elimination game of the 2017 NCAA Regionals. The Stanford Regional started Thursday due to BYU’s rules against playing games on Sunday.
Cal State Fullerton upset Stanford. The Titans are one victory away from the Super Regionals. Whoever wins between Stanford and BYU must defeat Cal State Fullerton twice as the Titans have yet to lose in a double elimination bracket.
The SEC had a stellar day going 7-1. Mississippi State was the sole loser, dropping its opening game at the Hattiesburg Regional 6-3 to South Alabama.
While the SEC did score seven wins, national seed No.5 LSU committed five errors against Texas Southern. The team from Houston entered the field 12 games under .500 and held the worst RPI ranking of the field. Texas Southern held a 7-4 lead in the middle of the fifth before caving in. Despite committing five errors, LSU won the game 15-7.
The City of Houston is 0-3. Houston, who is a host, lost to Iowa 6-3. Rice lost to Southeastern Louisiana 12-6. As mentioned above, Texas Southern lost to LSU 15-7. Rice and Texas Southern will play each other Saturday with the loser being eliminated.
Former Big 12 baseball powerhouse Nebraska lost 5-1 to Yale. Overall, it was a day to forget for the Big Ten Conference. Including the Nebraska result, the conference finished 1-4. Their only win came from Iowa, who is the No.4 seed in the Houston Regional.
Illinois-Chicago held a 6-1 lead over host Southern Mississippi in the Hattiesburg Regional before blowing the lead. The Eagles eventually defeated the Flames 8-7, but they had to strand the tying run in scoring position to secure the victory.
Tennessee Tech upset host Florida State in the Tallahassee Regional. The Golden Eagles outhit Florida State 7-4 and scored three runs in the final two innings to capture the victory.