Auburn completed a dominant run through the Raleigh Regional by beating NC State to clinch its first super regional trip since 1999 — exorcising the ghosts of last year’s heartache in the process. By Aaron Fitt
Sunday represents elimination day in the 2018 NCAA baseball tournament, with each team fighting to stay alive in the hunt for a national championship.
While each region was down to three teams heading into Day 3 of the tournament, only one or two squads will survive after the latest set of games. In many cases, teams will have to win twice on Sunday just to keep their hopes of reaching the super regional alive. By ROB GOLDBERG
Down in the count, 1-2, with two outs, two runners on and his team trailing by two runs in the ninth inning Saturday at Florida State, Mississippi State outfielder Elijah MacNamee stepped out of the box. He could feel Seminoles lefthander Drew Parrish getting into a rhythm, the crowd at Dick Howser Stadium getting behind him. So, with the Bulldogs’ season down to its final strike, MacNamee took a beat. By Teddy Cahill
The conditions for Casey Mize’s final start before the 2018 draft were less than ideal. The skies opened up moments before Saturday night’s Auburn-Army game, bringing a steady rain that varied from a light sprinkle to a near downpour for most of the first three innings of the game. In such conditions, simply gripping the ball wasn’t always easy. Two of Mize’s pitches in the first two innings simply slipped out of his hand, sailing wide. By J.J. Cooper