By The Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jeff Thompson surrendered one run in seven strong innings to make two early runs stand up in Louisville’s 2-1 victory over No. 2 overall seed Vanderbilt in a NCAA super regional on Sunday, sending the Cardinals to the College World Series for the second time.
The Big East Conference pitcher of the year struck out nine, allowed three hits and threw 124 pitches. Zak Wasserman and Sutton Whiting drove in runs in the second inning for the Cardinals (51-12).
Left-hander Cody Ege earned his first career save by striking out Mike Yastrzemski with runners on the corners. Louisville is making its first trip to the CWS since 2007.
Vanderbilt freshman Zander Wiel homered in the sixth inning to account for the only extra-base hit of the series. The Commodores (54-12) stranded 11 runners for the second straight game.
SOUTH CAROLINA 8, NORTH CAROLINA 0
Jordan Montgomery pitched a four-hit shutout, leading South Carolina past North Carolina in the NCAA super regionals for the Tar Heels’ most lopsided loss this year.
Joey Pankake drove in two runs during a five-run second inning for the Gamecocks (43-19), who forced a decisive game Monday in the best-of-3 series with the winner going to the College World Series.
The Tar Heels (56-10) won Saturday’s opener 6-5 on an RBI single in the ninth, putting them within a win of returning to Omaha, Neb., for the sixth time in eight seasons.
But the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament got a short outing from a starting pitcher and fell behind early for the second straight day.
INDIANA 11, FLORIDA STATE 6
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Sam Travis hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, and Indiana beat Florida State to reach the College World Series for the first time in school history.
The Hoosiers (48-14) made the NCAA tournament for just the third time and were in their first super regional. But they played with plenty of poise on the road, sweeping the Seminoles.
Will Coursen-Carr (5-0) pitched four innings of relief for Indiana, allowing just one earned run. Coursen-Carr earned the win in the Big Ten tournament final, regional title game and super regional clincher.
After Florida State (47-17) scored three runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game 5-5, Travis gave the Hoosiers the lead for good in the bottom of the inning.
Scott Sitz (10-2) allowed seven runs, six of them earned, in 4 1-3 innings.
N.C. STATE 5, RICE 4, 17 innings
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Brett Williams doubled in Tarran Senay in the top of the 17th inning to help North Carolina State beat Rice 5-4 on Sunday in the longest super regional game in NCAA history.
Senay drove in the run that tied it in the ninth inning and set the stage for N.C. State (49-14) to make its first College World Series appearance since 1968.
Rice (44-20) tied a season high with three home runs. Two were solo shots by Christian Stringer, who homered and hit a go-ahead double in Game 1 and has four of the Owls’ six extra-base hits in the series. Before the super regional, Stringer had one home run in 62 games this season.
N.C. State starter Logan Jernigan held Rice to two hits over five innings, including Stringer’s first home run, but just as in Game 1, the Wolfpack struggled to scratch out runs early.
Owls starter Jordan Stephens allowed one earned run in 6 1-3 innings, and N.C. State left 16 runners on base.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 5, VIRGINIA 3, 7 1-2 innings, Susp., rain
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Mississippi State’s game against Virginia was suspended in the middle of the seventh inning by lightning and heavy rain.
The Bulldogs were leading 5-3 and coming to bat six outs from a sweep and their first College World Series berth since 2007 when the rain came at 10:02 p.m. The umpires waited just over an hour before deciding to suspend the game.
The game will resume at 4 p.m., the original scheduled time for a possible Game 3 at Virginia’s Davenport Field. A victory would finish off a second straight impressive victory for Mississippi State against the nation’s No. 6 seed, and sent them on to Omaha, Neb., as one of eight teams remaining.
Adam Frazier was again key to the Bulldogs success. The leadoff man, who had six hits in Saturday’s opener with three runs batted in, had two RBI singles and Wes Rea added a two-run home run while Chad Girodo was dazzling in 4 2-3 innings of relief for the Bulldogs.
OREGON ST. 12, KANSAS ST. 4
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Michael Conforto and Dylan Davis hit back-to-back home runs in a five-run first inning and Oregon State went on to force a decisive third game in its NCAA super regional series with Kansas State.
Oregon State’s Tyler Smith and Kavin Keyes each had four hits and Oregon State (49-11) combined for a season high 21 hits. Andrew Moore, the Pac 12’s freshman of the year, allowed six hits and three earned runs over eight innings, striking out a season-high nine batters.
The Beavers scored five runs in the first off six straight hits. With two outs, Conforto and Davis blasted back-to-back line-drive solo home runs. Ryan Barnes then added an RBI single to chase Kansas State starter Blake McFadden (6-3), who lasted just 23 pitches and 2-3 of an inning for the Wildcats (45-18).
The deciding game is Monday at 10 p.m. EDT.