HCS baseball expert Cameron Brock takes you through the first day of the NCAA Baseball Tournament Regionals.
No. 1 Stetson 10, No. 3 Oklahoma State 3
*Stetson is the No.10 national seed.
With a 2-1 lead entering the sixth, Stetson pulled away from the Pokes with a four-run inning. Jorge Arenas blasted a three-run shot and Stetson never looked back.
Oklahoma State struck out 19 times. Stetson starter Logan Gilbert garnered a quality start with 14 strikeouts. He tossed seven innings while allowing five hits and three walks.
Oklahoma State must win three consecutive games, including two against host Stetson. The Cowboys will play South Florida noon CST Sunday. If they win, they’ll play Stetson 6 p.m. CST Sunday.
No.3 Oklahoma 4, No. 4 Samford 0
*Oklahoma is one victory from the Super Regionals.
Nathan Wiles struck out 10 Bulldogs and came one out shy of a complete game shutout. He allowed seven hits and two walks.
Kyle Mendenhall blasted a three-run shot in the third inning. Thomas Hughes finished 3-for-3 with an RBI.
Oklahoma now has two chances to win one game. They will play the winner of Samford and Mississippi State 5 p.m. CST Sunday.
No.1 Texas Tech 10, No. 2 Louisville 4
^Tech is No.9 in the national seeds.
*Tech is one victory away from the Super Regionals.
Texas Tech handed Louisville its first regional loss since 2012 and snapped an impressive 16-game regional win streak.
This game was close for a brief 3.5 innings. Louisville struck first blood in the top of the third. Tech scored three runs in the bottom frame including scoring on a balk. The Cardinals made it a 3-2 game before Tech opened the floodgates and scored three additional runs in the bottom frame. Once the sixth inning came around, Tech went up 8-2. This was before Josh Jung blasted a home run. It was all Tech from the fourth inning on. Caleb Killiam tossed 5.1 innings before Ty Harpenau finished the game. Each surrendered two earned runs on two four hits and two walks. Louisville did not produce a hit with a runner in scoring position until the ninth inning. They finished 2-for-19 in that category.
Texas Tech will have two chances to score a victory and secure a berth into the Super Regionals. They will play the winner of Louisville and Kent State 6 p.m. CST Sunday.
No.1 Texas 8, No. 3 Texas A&M 3
*Texas is No.13 in national seeds.
*Texas is one victory from the Super Regionals
Some of the greatest players have played their most memorable games while under the weather. Most notably, Michael Jordan’s Flu Game comes to mind.
Nolan Kingham pitched 7.2 innings and scored the victory while battling a virus. Once in the dugout, the broadcast crew said, “He looks like he could use a nap.” Kingham allowed three runs on nine hits, but walked just one batter and struck out eight.
Kody Clemens belted two home runs and D.J. Petrinsky added another. Texas wasted no time getting out in front as Clemens first bomb scored three runs in the top of the first. (Yes, Texas was deemed the visitor due to a coin toss, despite being the host).
The scene was incredible for the renewed rivalry. Texas fans were loud all night long and made for one of the best atmospheres of college baseball this season.
Texas will be rewarded for winning its first two games. They will have two chances to win one game and advance to the Super Regionals. Texas A&M will play Indiana. To advance, they must win three consecutive games, including two against Texas at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Texas is scheduled to play at 8 p.m. CST Sunday.
No. 2 Baylor 11, No. 4 Wright State 5
^Wright State is eliminated.
Baylor broke a 4-4 tie in the eighth inning scoring four runs in the eighth and three runs in the ninth. Baylor never trailed, but Wright State gave Baylor a run for their money for seven innings. Davion Downey scored three runs. Richard Cunningham finished 3-for-6, and Davis Wendzel brought in three RBIs. Kyle Hill secured the win tossing 2.1 scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit.
Baylor entered the game needing four consecutive victories. They now need three more, and will be forced to win two Sunday.
The first game will be played against the loser of Stanford and Cal State Fullerton 3 p.m CST Sunday.
If Baylor wins, they will advance to the regional championship to play the winner of Stanford and Cal State Fullerton 6 p.m. CST Sunday.