HCS baseball expert Cameron Brock takes you through the first day of the NCAA Baseball Tournament Regionals.
No.3 Oklahoma State 9, No. 2 South Florida 2
The cold streak is over. Now can Oklahoma State finally figure out its non-conference woes? Entering the day one game under .500 in non-conference play, Oklahoma State (30-24-1) stumbled out of the gates after Chris Chatfield blasted a home run to place the Bulls (35-21-1) ahead 1-0 in the second inning.
After falling behind, Oklahoma State found its groove. Andrew Rosa brought Michael Neustifter across home plate on an RBI double for the first of five unanswered runs in the third inning. Carson McCusker and Christian Funk would follow up with home runs. Trevor Boone would cap off those five runs by scoring on a Neustifter RBI single. The Cowboys would add four more runs as Carson Teel capped off six innings of relief. Teel allowed one earned run on five hits and four walks. He struck out three Bulls hitters. Oklahoma State will play host and national seed No.11 Stetson 6 p.m. CST Saturday.
No.3 Oklahoma 20, No. 2 Mississippi State 10
The Sooners scored nine runs in the seventh inning to put the Mississippi State Bulldogs away once and for all. This came during a back-and-forth affair. Oklahoma provided starter Jake Irvin a five-run lead in the first two innings. This quickly evaporated by the third inning. The Bulldogs would take a 10-7 lead into the seventh when the wheels fell apart. The Sooners would add 13 more runs in the final three innings. They finished with 22 hits. Brandon Zaragoza finished 4-for-7 with four RBIs and three rus scored. Seven Sooners had multiple hits. Oklahoma will face No. 4 Samford 4 p.m. CST Saturday.
No. 1 Texas Tech 9, No. 4 New Mexico State 2
^Tech is No.9 in the national seeds.
Zach Rheams blasted a three-run shot over the right field fence in the first inning. Texas Tech never looked back as it easily secured its third victory over No. 4 New Mexico State. The most explosive offense in the Big 12 produced 11 hits. Four Red Raiders had multiple hits. Ryan Shetfer pitched five innings, allowing one earned run on three hits and a walk. Tech will now face No. 2 Louisville 7 p.m. CST Saturday.
No.1 Texas 10, No. 4 Texas Southern 0
*Texas is No.13 in national seeds.
Texas Southern hardly stood a chance as Texas demolished the Tigers 10-0. Friday night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. DJ Petrinsky hit a home run. Starter Chase Shugarr tossed six shutout innings. Texas outhit the Tigers 11-5 as Texas Southern committed three errors. Now the dream match up is set. Texas will face No.3 Texas A&M 6 p.m. CST Saturday.
No.3 Cal State Fullerton 3, No. 2 Baylor 2
Colton Eastman took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and struck out the first five batters he faced. This helped lead Cal State Fullerton past a red-hot Baylor team.
Brett Borgogno posted a two-run double in the first inning. Ruben Cardenas provided Fullerton with one more much needed run on a Sahid Valenzuela RBI single.
Big 12 Pitcher of the Year Cody Bradford did not provide his normal numbers, but still pitched decent. He surrendered all three earned runs on eight hits. The Bears would score two in the sixth, but never gained the thing run. The Bears will face Wright State 5 p.m. CST Saturday. The loser will be eliminated, ending their season.