The matchups for the NCAA baseball super regionals took place Monday night after second-seeded national Stanford, No. 3 Oregon State, No. 8 East Carolina and eight other teams won the regionals.
Best-of-three super-regionals kick off Friday and Saturday and will determine the College World Series field in Omaha, Nebraska, beginning June 17.
The matchups: Notre Dame (38-14) at National No. 1 seed Tennessee (56-7), Connecticut (49-14) at Stanford (45-15), Auburn (40-19) at Oregon State ( 47-16), Oklahoma (40-21) at No. 4 Virginia Tech (44-12), Louisville (41-19-1) at No. 5 Texas A&M (40-18), Texas (45-19) at East Carolina (45-19), Mississippi (35-22) to South Mississippi (47-17) and Arkansas (41-19) to North Carolina (42-20).
Stanford will play in a third straight super regional after coming back from two runs in the ninth inning to claim a 4-3 win over Texas State. Drew Bowser and Tommy Troy hit back-to-back homers to tie, and freshman hitter Trevor Haskins singled in the winning run.
Matthew Gretler hit a game-breaking homer for Oregon State in the seventh inning, and No. 1 starter Cooper Hjerpe pitched the final two innings in his first relief appearance to secure a 7-6 win over Vanderbilt.
“I felt good and told them if you need me, I’m ready,” said Hjerpe, who was working on two days off after throwing 100 pitches in 6 2/3 innings on Friday.
East Carolina’s eight-run seventh inning opened a 13-2 victory against Coastal Carolina.
Auburn won a regional on their home turf for the first time since 1999, beating UCLA 11-4 at the end of a suspended game Sunday night because of the rain.
Cameron Masterman’s game-breaking homer in the eighth inning was dispatched Louisville to an 11-9 win over Michigan and in super regionals for the seventh time since 2013.
Southern Mississippi is back in the super regionals for the first time since 2009 after take the lead in the ninth on a sacrificial fly to beat LSU 8-7.
Tim Elko homered three times and Kemp Alderman hit a grand slam in Mississippi rout 22-6 against Arizona.
Gage Gillian and Davis Palermo combined to throw 5 1/3 shutout innings on one hit to help send North Carolina to a third straight super regional with a 7-3 win over VCU.
Peyton Graham homered in a four-run eighth inning that erased a two-run deficit and Oklahoma beat Florida 5-4 to return to the supers for the first time since 2013.
Connecticut held off Maryland 11-8 to become the first current Big East team since St. John’s in 2012 to win a regional.
Arkansas’ Hagen Smith escaped a goal-laden jam with his team up two runs in the eighth, and the Razorbacks knocked out No. 7 Oklahoma State 7-3 to reach a fourth super regional. consecutive. The Hogs maintained an OSU offense that scored 10, 12, 29 and 14 points in its previous four games.
Auburn became the first team in SEC history to score at least 50 points in its first three tournament games. The Tigers outscored opponents 51-18 and hit 12 doubles and 11 homers.
“Our offense was key No. 1. Number 2 was our three starting pitchers,” coach Butch Thompson said. “It’s good when you’re at this point and playing your best baseball of the year, and I thought we did.
A MOUNTAIN TOO HIGH?
East Carolina is in its third straight super regional and is looking to reach its first college World Series. The Pirates have played 31 times in the tournament, the most of any NCAA team that has never qualified in Omaha.
The Pirates are 1-12 in their six super-regional appearances, and they’ve managed two combined points in four games in the previous two.
LET’S PLAY HOCKEY
Dan McDonnell used an unusual coaching ploy to motivate his Louisville team. Instead of talking baseball with his players, he talks hockey.
The tournament coincides with the NHL playoffs, and McDonnell preaches to his players to compete with the same intensity as a hockey team in a Game 7 situation.
It must have worked. The Cardinals have fought elimination three times on their home turf. After earning an 11-9 win over Michigan on Monday, McDonnell emerged from the dugout wearing a hockey jersey.
“It’s a Lamar Jackson hockey jersey,” he said, referring to the Baltimore Ravens quarterback who played in Louisville. “I don’t know where we found it, but it’s pretty cool.”
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