September 16, 2014

Three-number one seeds pushed to the brink in NCAA Baseball’s Super Regionals

Number one seeds TCU, Ole Miss and Virginia have been pushed to a third and final game in their Super Regionals with a trip to Omaha on the line. Virginia won to force a game three against Maryland. Ole Miss won to force a final game against Louisiana Lafayette and TCU couldn’t close out Pepperdine. Those decisive game three’s will be played tonight.

Pepperdine’s Aaron Brown beat TCU with his arm, not only from the mound, but also from center field.  Brown pitched seven scoreless innings, then made a game-saving throw from center as the Waves held on for a 3-2 victory Sunday. They forced a deciding third game in the NCAA Fort Worth Super Regional for a spot in the College World Series.

Ole Miss broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring three times to win game two 5-2.  A single, walk and error led to the first run, followed up by a two-run RBI single from pinch hitter Colby Bortles. to force a third game in the NCAA Oxford Super Regional.

Kenny Towns had three hits, Artie Lewicki pitched 3.1 innings of solid relief and Virginia beat Maryland 7-3 on Sunday to force a deciding Game 3 of the NCAA Charlottesville Super Regional. The Cavaliers (48-14) had 17 hits, including four in the seventh inning as they sent eight batters to the plate and scored three runs.

Number one seeds Louisville and Vanderbilt, along with Texas, Texas Tech and UC Irvine are already in the College World Series.