Saturday’s NCAA baseball regional roundup, schedule
Mississippi State got some MacNamee Magic. For Florida State, it was more misery for Mike Martin.
The No. 7 Seminoles became the first national seed eliminated from the NCAA tournament when Elijah MacNamee hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Mississippi State a 3-2 walk-off win Saturday in Tallahassee, Florida.
Florida State, which lost to Samford on Friday, went 0-2 in the regionals as a top-eight national seed for the second time in five years.
“Baseball. It hurts, guys, ladies. It hurts,” Martin said. “Good Lord willing, I’ll see the sun come up tomorrow. Life will go on. But this one hurt.”
Martin passed Augie Garrido as college baseball’s all-time coaching wins leader last month. His two-year contract expires this year, and he said he would meet with Athletic Director Stan Wilcox to determine whether he will be back for a 40th season.
If Martin returns, he would need 13 wins to reach the 2,000 mark and would get another chance to chase his elusive first national championship.
Mississippi State has had an emotional season as well. Andy Cannizaro resigned Feb. 20 over off-field conduct and pitching coach Gary Henderson took over as interim coach.
The Bulldogs had to play their first 11 games away from home — unusual for a team in the South — because of construction on Dudy Noble Field. They lost seven of their first nine SEC games and went into May as no lock to make the conference tournament, let alone the NCAA tournament.
They swept top-ranked Florida to finish the regular season, and after going one-and-out in the SEC tournament, they lost 20-10 to Oklahoma in their regional opener.
Down to their last strike against Florida State, MacNamee sent Drew Parrish’s 3-2 change-up over the left-field wall to keep the season alive and make Mississippi State 10-1 against teams ranked in the top 10.
“Parrish is one of the best pitchers we have seen all year,” said MacNamee, 5 for 9 with two homers and six RBIs in two games. “I just believed in myself during that at-bat and it worked.”
Parrish had returned to the mound in the ninth after a rain delay of more than two hours. He had thrown 109 pitches through eight innings. Martin said pitching coach Mike Bell had Parrish throw every 15 minutes to stay loose during the delay, and he didn’t second-guess his decision to send him back out.
“He wanted to have the ball,” Martin said. “His teammates wanted him to have the ball. And if I had to do it over again, I would have made the same decision.”
Chapel Hill regional
Purdue 14, North Carolina A&T 4: Ben Nisle had four hits and drove in four runs for the Boilermakers. Jacson McGowan and Skyler Hunter also drove in a pair of runs for Purdue, which trailed 3-2 after three innings but scored four runs in the fourth then added six in the sixth to take control. Trent Johnson took the win with a scoreless inning of work.
North Carolina 4, Houston 3: Zack Gahagan hit a two-run homer in the second inning for the Tar Heels. Gianluca Dalatri (2-2) earned the win, allowing four hits and a run in five innings.
Purdue vs. Houston, noon
North Carolina vs. Purdue-Houston winner, 5 p.m.
N.C. State 9, Northeastern 3: Patrick Bailey hit two home runs for the Wolfpack. N.C. State had a fast start behind Bailey, who hit a two-run homer in the first inning then added a three-run shot in the fifth. Evan Edwards also drove in three runs while Josh McLain added three hits for the Wolfpack.
Auburn 12, Army 1: Will Holland, Brett Wright and Josh Anthony hit home runs to help Auburn advance to the bracket championship game. The second-seeded Tigers led just 1-0 before a nine-run fifth inning, which started with Anthony and Holland hitting consecutive homers.Starter Casey Mize took the win, allowing four hits and one run with 11 strikeouts in seven innings of work.
N.C. State vs. Army, 1 p.m.
Auburn vs. N.C. State-Army winner, 6 p.m.
UNC-Wilmington 4, Ohio State 3: Kep Brown had a walkoff RBI single through the right side in the 13th inning to help UNC Wilmington win an elimination game. Brown’s hit scored Noah Bridges for the fourth-seeded Seahawks. Brown finished with four hits for the Seahawks, who had 19 hits.
South Carolina 4, East Carolina 2
UNC-Wilmington vs. East Carolina, 1 p.m.
South Carolina vs. UNC-Wilmington-East Carolina winner, 5 p.m.
St. John’s 11, Morehead State 5: Mike Antico had a three-run homer and Wayne Mascarella had three RBIs for St. John’s. Antico’s homer in the sixth inning put the Red Storm ahead 6-1. After the Eagles cut things to 6-4 with six straight hits, St. John’s put the game away with three runs in the seventh and two in the eighth.
Vanderbilt 4, Clemson 3: Connor Kaiser’s RBI single broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth and five Vanderbilt pitchers held Clemson to two hits over the final seven innings. It was the second straight season the Commodores won a winner’s bracket matchup against the Tigers on their home field on their way to winning the regional.
St. John’s vs. Clemson, 11 a.m.
Vanderbil vs. St. John’s-Clemson winner, 5 p.m.
Connecticut 10, LIU Brooklyn 3: Christian Fedko drove in three runs and tied the game with an RBI double and kept UConn alive while ending LIU-Brooklyn’s first NCAA Tournament trip in 46 years. Reliever Tim Cate worked 5-1/3 scoreless innings for the Huskies to pick up the win, allowing two hits and striking out six.
Washington 11, Coastal Carolina 6: Nick Kahle hit a grand slam and drove in five runs as the third-seeded Huskies moved a win away from the NCAA Tournament’s super regional round. Washington got going with a big, six-run second inning that was highlighted by catcher Kahle’s grand slam.
Connecticut vs. Coastal Carolina, 11 a.m.
Washington vs. Connecticut-Coastal Carolina winner, 5 p.m.
Georgia 18, Campbell 5: Tucker Bradley hit a grand slam, and Georgia hit four home runs. Keegan McGovern, Adam Sasser and Cam Shepherd also homered to help the top-seeded Bulldogs win a game pushed back a day due to rain and lightning Friday night. Bradley’s grand slam keyed the seven-run fourth inning that put the Bulldogs ahead to stay.
Duke 16, Campbell 8: Chris Crabtree hit the go-ahead three-run double in Duke’s 11-run ninth inning to rally in an elimination game. The second-seeded Blue Devils trailed 8-5 before putting together their huge inning, which included two-run singles from Chris Proctor, Max Miller and Chase Cheek. It was Duke’s first win in the NCAA Tournament since 1961, with 2016 marking their only other appearance since that win.
Troy vs. Georgia, 11 a.m.
Duke vs. Troy-Georgia loser, 5 p.m.
Mississippi State 3, Florida State 2: Elijah MacNamee hit a three-run homer to left field with two outs in the ninth, and Mississippi State eliminated the No. 7 national seed Seminoles. Jake Magnum and Hunter Stovall got on via walks before MacNamee hit a 1-2 pitch from Florida State’s Drew Parrish off the scoreboard. Parrish had blanked the Bulldogs for the first eight innings but came out for the ninth despite a 2½-hour rain delay after the eighth.
Oklahoma 4, Samford 0
Mississippi State vs. Samford, 11 a.m.
Oklahoma vs. Mississippi State-Samford winner, 5 p.m.
FAU 11, Columbia 2: Cody Wilson’s RBI triple sparked a six-run first inning for Florida Atlantic. The Owls sent 12 batters to the plate in the opening frame, the first six of them getting on base. Mark Nowatnick pitched four scoreless innings for the victory for FAU.
Florida 3, Jacksonville 2: Brady Singer allowed two runs in seven solid innings, returning after three weeks off for defending national champion Florida. Singer gave up five hits, plunked two, walked one and struck out six. Jonathan India and Wil Dalton crushed consecutive homers in the fourth.
FAU vs. Jacksonville, noon
Florida vs. FAU-Jacksonville winner, 5 p.m.
South Florida 9, Hartford 4: David Villar had two hits and drove in three runs, including the go-ahead in the 11th inning for the Bulls. Villar’s two-run single with the bases loaded in the 11th gave South Florida the lead for good. Joe Genord then supplied some insurance runs with a three-run homer down the left-field line.
Stetson 10, Oklahoma State 3: Jorge Arenas had two hits, including a three-run home run in a five-run fifth inning for the Hatters. Logan Gilbert struck out 14 Cowboys in seven innings for Stetson.
South Florida vs. Oklahoma State, noon
Stetson vs. South Florida-Oklahoma State winner, 6 p.m.
Gonzaga 8, Canisius 2: Alek Jacob struck out five batters over eight innings and Austin Pinorini went 3 for 4 with three RBIs for the Bulldogs. Gunnar Schubert missed the cycle by a double. He went 3 for 6 with two RBIs to fuel a 17-hit attack from Gonzaga. Jacob threw 133 pitches, allowing seven hits and two runs.
UCLA at Minnesota, late
Gonzaga vs. UCLA-Minnesota loser, TBA
UCLA-Minnesota winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBA.
Tennessee Tech 6, Missouri State 4: Tennessee Tech scored twice after an errant throw in the eighth inning to win in the regional opener that had been pushed back a day because of flooding rain. Ethan Roberts struck out seven over the final 3 1/3 innings and Chase Chambers hit his 16th homer for the Golden Eagles.
Mississippi 9, Saint Louis 2: Ryan Rolison had a career-high 13 strikeouts in seven innings and the Rebels got two-run homers from Cole Zabowski and Tyler Keenan. Rolison allowed four hits, walked three and hit two other batters.
Missouri State vs. Saint Louis, 1 p.m.
Tennessee Tech vs. Mississippi, 5 p.m.
Dallas Baptist 18, Oral Roberts 9: Jameson Hannah had two hits and three RBIs for Dallas Baptist during a 10-run fourth inning. Jimmy Glowenke and Tim Millard each homered and drove in four runs for the Patriots, who finished with 18 hits including seven for extra bases. Devlin Granberg went 4 for 5 with three RBIs.
Arkansas 10, Southern Mississippi 2: Jared Gates and Eric Cole homered in a seven-run second inning and Kacey Murphy pitched eight strong innings for the Razorbacks. Murphy threw eight innings of two-hit, shutout ball. Carson Shaddy had three hits and three RBIs and Cole had three hits and drove in two runs for Arkansas.
Dallas Baptist vs. Southern Mississippi, TBA
Arkansas vs. Dallas Baptist-Southern Mississippi winner, TBA
Kent State 2, New Mexico State 1: Pete Schuler hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning for the Golden Flashes. It was Schuler’s second homer of the season. He also homered in the NCAA regional opener. John Matthews worked 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief. Collin Romel pitched the ninth, working around a hit batter and a single for his seventh save.
Texas Tech 10, Louisville 4: Josh Jung hit a two-run homer as each of the top four batters in Texas Tech’s lineup had two RBIs. Jung’s 12th homer put the Red Raiders up 10-2 in the seventh. They are one win from their third Super Regional berth in five years. Red Raiders starter Caleb Kilian struck out four and allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Kent State vs. Louisville, 2 p.m.
Texas Tech vs. Kent State-Louisville winner, 6 p.m.
Indiana 6, Texas Southern 0: Pauly Milto struck out 10 and pitched a four-hitter for his second shutout of the season for the Hoosiers. Ryan Fineman had a solo homer, his seventh, and an RBI double for Indiana. Milto, a junior right-hander, limited the Tigers to four singles and walked two.
Texas 8, Texas A&M 3: Kody Clemens homered twice and Nolan Kingham pitched into the eighth inning for 8-3 the Longhorns. Clemens hit a three-run homer in the top of the first to put Texas ahead to stay before the game’s first out. He went deep again leading off the sixth for his 21st homer of the season. Kingham (8-3) struck out eight and walked one while allowing three runs, one of them unearned.
Indiana vs. Texas A&M, 2 p.m.
Texas vs. Indiana-Texas A&M winner, 8 p.m.
Northwestern State 9, San Diego State 0: Tyler Smith hit a three-run homerun in the third inning and Jerry Maddox yielded three hits and zero runs over six innings and struck out four for the Demons. Smith finished 3 for 5 with four RBI to pace Northwestern State’s 13-hit offensive attack. Kwan Adkins hit a two-run home run in the 8th inning to close out the scoring.
Oregon State at LSu, late
Northwestern State vs. Oregon State-LSU loser, 2 p.m.
Oregon State-LSU winner vs. Game 5 winner, 8 p.m.
Baylor 11, Wright State 5: Davis Wendzel singled to bring in two runs in a four-run eighth inning and Baylor staved off elimination. The Bears and Raiders were tied at 4-4 heading into the eighth. Davion Downey and Josh Bissonette each had RBI singles before Wendzel’s two-run hit made it 8-4.
Cal State Fullerton at Stanford, late
Baylor vs. Cal State Fullerton-Stanford loser, TBA
Cal State Fullerton-Stanford winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBA