By The Associated Press
BATON ROUGE, La. — Frankie Vanderka threw a three-hitter, Travis Jankowski had four hits and Stony Brook completed an improbable run to the College World Series with a 7-2 victory over LSU on Sunday night in the deciding game of the Baton Rouge super regional.
After 22 seasons with a Stony Brook program that played in Division III when he arrived in 1991, coach Matt Senk is taking his team to Omaha.
Stony Brook became only the second team to open the tournament as a No. 4 seed in the regional round and reach the College World Series. The first was Fresno State during its stunning 2008 run to a national title.
Playing before crowds of 10,000-plus draped in LSU purple-and-gold, Stony Brook didn’t merely survive so much as thrive, outhitting LSU 35-15 in the series.
FLORIDA ST. 18, STANFORD 7
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Sherman Johnson homered and drove in five runs to lead Florida State to its 21st trip to the College World Series.
Johnson’s three-run home run capped a four-run second inning that gave the Seminoles (48-15) a 6-0 lead. Jayce Boyd hit a two-run homer in the first.
The Seminoles have the most CWS appearances without a title.
Gage Smith (5-0) picked up the win in relief.
Stanford starter Brett Mooneyham (7-6) was chased before getting an out in the second.
Stephen Piscotty had four of Stanford’s 18 hits. Stanford (41-18) was outscored 35-8 in the two games.
FLORIDA 9, NORTH CAROLINA ST. 8, 10 innings
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Daniel Pigott homered to open the 10th inning and Florida held on to advance to the College World Series for the third consecutive season.
Pigott’s eighth homer of the season was key in a wild, back-and-forth game that included 26 hits, 12 pitchers, a lengthy weather delay, a little controversy and some unlikely heroes.
Casey Turgeon followed Pigott with a base hit and scored on Josh Tobias’ single. Tobias, a freshman and Florida’s No. 9 hitter, had an RBI double in the ninth.
Karsten Whitson (4-0) pitched two-thirds of an inning for the win. Keenan Kish got the final two outs for his first save.
Top-seeded Florida (47-18) improved to 10-0 against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference, including consecutive sweeps of Georgia Tech and North Carolina State (43-20).
ARKANSAS 5, BAYLOR 4
WACO, Texas (AP) — Arkansas scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on hit batters with the bases loaded to force a decisive third game in the super regional.
Arkansas (43-20) entered the ninth inning trailing 4-3 with Baylor closer Max Garner (3-3) on the mound. After loading the bases he hit pinch-hitter Jimmy Bosco with a 2-2 fastball to tie the game. Crayton Bare came on and hit John Clay Reeves with his first pitch.
Baylor (49-16) will host the Razorbacks Monday with the winner advancing to the College World Series.
Trent Daniel (2-0), who got one out in the top of ninth, got the win for Arkansas.
OREGON 3, KENT ST. 2
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Freshman right-hander Jake Reed allowed two runs and five hits and Oregon snapped Kent State’s 21-game winning streak and pushed the super regional to a deciding third game.
Reed (8-4) struck out six over 6 2-3 innings for the Ducks, the national No. 5 seed who faced elimination by the upstart Golden Flashes after a series-opening 7-6 loss.
George Roberts homered and had an RBI double for Kent State (45-18), which is vying for its first ever appearance in the College World Series.
Oregon (46-18) is making its second trip to the postseason since it reinstated baseball in 2009 after a 26-year hiatus. The Ducks have been to the College World Series just once, in 1954.
OKLAHOMA 0, SOUTH CAROLINA 0, 6 innings, susp.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Heavy rain swamping Carolina Stadium postponed the second game of the NCAA super regional series between Oklahoma and South Carolina.
The game, which was tied 0-0 in the sixth inning, is scheduled to resume Monday at 4:05 p.m. If a third game is necessary, it would start at 7:05 p.m.
The two-time defending national champion Gamecocks (44-17) are a win away from their third consecutive College World Series. They beat Oklahoma 5-0 in the first game of the best-of-three series on Saturday.