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Monday, June 09, 2014

Super Regionals roundup: Monday

Kendall Rogers        

Charlottesville Super Regional


Game 3: Virginia 11, Maryland 2 -- Box score
Virginia advances to the College World Series

Player of the game: Josh Sborz, rhp, Virginia

Roundup: Virginia righthanded pitcher Josh Sborz has one of the biggest arms in college baseball, but consistency has been an issue for him throughout the 2014 campaign. That wasn't the case Monday night in a dominant 11-2 win over Maryland to advance to the College World Series. Sborz struck out nine, walked three and allowed just four hits in seven shutout innings, while the offense took care of the rest in the victory. Virginia was led at the plate by third baseman Kenny Towns, who went 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBIs, while young shortstop Daniel Pinero went 2-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and two RBIs. Brandon Downes and Joe McCarthy each finished the contest with two hits, while Maryland starting pitcher Bobby Ruse allowed six runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings.

What's next: With the win over the Terrapins, the Cavaliers, who began the season preseason No. 1 in the Perfect Game College Top 25, are headed to the CWS for the third time in school history. The Cavaliers last made the tourney in 2011.


Fort Worth Super Regional


Game 3: TCU 6, Pepperdine 5 -- Box score
TCU advances to the College World Series

Player of the game: Kyle Bacak, c, Texas Christian

Roundup: What a magical finish it was in the Fort Worth Regional. In the decisive series finale on Monday, Pepperdine held a 5-4 lead heading to the top of the ninth inning with sure-handed closer Eric Karch on the mound to close things out. However, TCU responded with a Dylan Fitzgerald RBI double and an incredibly gutsy squeeze bunt by catcher Kyle Bacak to take a 6-5 lead. Bacak, by the way, finished the contest with two hits and two RBIs, while hard-throwing TCU righthanded pitcher Riley Ferrell closed out the contest in the bottom of the ninth inning to punch the Frogs' ticket to Omaha. Though in the losing cause, Pepperdine two-way star Aaron Brown put together another memorable offensive performance, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

What's next: With the win over the Waves, the Frogs, who finished near the bottom of the Big 12 last season, are headed back to Omaha next weekend. TCU began the season with high expectations, and certainly hasn't disappointed.

Lafayette Super Regional


Game 3: Mississippi 10, Louisiana-Lafayette 4 -- Box score
Ole Miss advances to the College World Series

Player of the game: Austin Anderson, 3b, Ole Miss

Roundup: The Ole Miss Rebels might've had a history of not taking care of business in these situations, but boy, did Mike Bianco's club flip the script on Monday. Ole Miss third baseman Austin Anderson went 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs, and Auston Bousfield went 2-for-6 with a double. There were other special contributions offensively in the win over the Cajuns, such as pinch hitter Holt Perdzock putting the exclamation point on the victory in the ninth inning with a base-clearing three-RBI triple. On the mound, Ole Miss starting pitcher Sam Smith battled his way through 3 2/3 innings, while the bullpen was just terrific with Scott Weathersby allowing just two hits in two shutout innings and Josh Laxer allowing just a run on two hits in 3 1/3 innings. For the Cajuns, lefthanded starting pitcher Cody Boutte allowed four runs on five hits in four innings, while star second baseman Jace Conrad struggled offensively for the second-straight day.

What's next: With the win over the Cajuns, Ole Miss is making its fifth trip to the College World Series, but just its first since 1972. Meanwhile, the Cajuns had an incredible season despite the loss and finish the year with a 58-10 overall record.

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