From almost every direction, they came charging, some with water bottles in hand, ready to celebrate just as Mike Fox encouraged them to.
Just six days earlier, after North Carolina clinched the Chapel Hill Regional with its second win over Houston in as many days, the Tar Heels chose not to commemorate the victory with a dogpile. And Fox was OK with that. But in the locker room, he ensured his players celebrated. Such moments, he told them, can be fleeting. By Pat James
After the final out of the game, all of the players ran out onto the pitcher’s mound — some with water bottles in hand — and celebrated with a dog pile.
North Carolina’s baseball team had just beat No. 11 Stetson 7-5 in its Super Regional for the second consecutive time. That means the Tar Heels advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. It’s the first time since 2013 that the Tar Heels have made it this far. By JONATHAN M. ALEXANDER
Fans at Goodwin Field were chanting, “Tom-my Wil-son, Tom-my Wil-son.” For good reason. Wilson pitched seven superlative innings on Saturday, leading Cal State Fullerton to a 5-2 victory over Washington in Game 2 of their NCAA Super Regional in front of 3,508.
Game 3 will be Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, with the winner advancing to the eight-team College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. Wilson allowed just one run — a home run by Joe Wainhouse in the bottom of the fourth inning — and three hits. He struck out three and walked one to pick up his seventh victory of the season without a loss. Had Wilson and the rest of the Titans not come through, their season would have been over. By Robert Morales | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Adley Rutschman broke a tie with a two-RBI single in the ninth inning, and the Oregon State Beavers went on to beat the Minnesota Golden Gophers 6-3 on Saturday night to win the Corvallis Super Regional and advance to the College World Series.
The Beavers (49-10-1) scored three runs in the ninth, then OSU closer Jake Mulholland finished off the No. 14 seed Minnesota Golden Gophers (44-15) to set off the celebration for the home team at Goss Stadium. The College World Series begins next weekend in Omaha, Nebraska. By Joel Odom
After his team was beaten 8-1 on Friday, Gophers baseball coach John Anderson bet on his team’s recent history. Not since early March had his team lost consecutive games. His team had grit, Anderson said, and it would show. By Kent Youngblood
With an appearance in its first College World Series on the line, Tennessee Tech couldn’t find its offense Sunday, matching a season-low two runs. The 4-2 loss to Texas (41-21) set up a deciding Game 3 in the Super Regional on Monday (1 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
David Garza was the one of the rare offensive highlights for Tech, going 1-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. Chase Chambers also scored. Tech right-hander Travis Moths allowed all four runs on six hits with four walks and five strikeouts in 6⅔ innings. Texas right-hander Chase Shugart allowed only two hits while striking out five in six innings. He walked five. By Michael Curtis
The most dangerous offensive team in the country was rendered harmless on Sunday. Tennessee Tech managed just three hits, a season-low, against Texas pitchers Chase Shugart and Blair Henley as the Longhorns won 4-2 to even their NCAA Tournament best-of-three super regional series at one victory apiece.
Game 3 is on Monday. All-American Kody Clemens drove in two runs, one with his 23rd home run of the season for Texas (41-21). Tech (53-11) leads the nation in several categories, including runs (more than 10 a game) and home runs. By AP
By the time you get to Game 3 of a Super Regional, the depth usually starts to get tested. Nowhere is that more evident than in the bullpen, particularly in situations where starters have been chased early in Games 1 or 2.
Luckily for Florida and Auburn, neither has burned through too much of the bullpen just yet, but Tigers coach Butch Thompson made it abundantly clear what he thinks Monday’s elimination game will boil down to. “I don’t know which pitching staff is the deepest, but we’ll probably find that line tomorrow if both offenses show up,” Thompson said. By THOMAS GOLDKAMP