Tennessee was exactly where Sunday night was expected to be, celebrating the NCAA regional title on its home turf and looking forward to continuing one of the most impressive runs in college baseball history.
No. 1 National Seed Volunteers, No. 4 Virginia Tech, No. 5 Texas A&M, Texas and Notre Dame closed their regionals starting Friday and moved on to Super Regionals.
6 Miami was the first top-eight seed eliminated, losing 4–3 to Arizona at Coral Gables, Florida.
Tennessee (56–7) defeated Georgia Tech 9–6 until it scored six runs in the ninth inning. This is followed by Best of Three Series against Notre Dame.
Virginia Tech broke through for its first regional title, beating Columbia 7–2 to complete a dominant three-game run. They will host Florida or Oklahoma next.
Texas A&M took the lead with a ninth inning of seven runs and first-year coach Jim Schlossnagel’s Aggies defeated TCU, his former team, 15–9. The Aggies will host either Louisville or Michigan in the Supers.
Evan Melendez of Texas became the first player since San Diego’s Kris Bryant in 2013 to hit 30 homers in a five-run first-innings 10-1 win over Air Force. The Longhorns will play either Coastal Carolina or East Carolina.
Notre Dame, which received a strong 7 2/3 knock from John Michael Bertrand, beat Texas Tech 2-1 to head to Super Regionals for the second year in a row.
2 Stanford, Oklahoma State, Maryland, Florida, Louisville, Coastal Carolina, North Carolina, Southern Mississippi and Vanderbilt won on Sunday night to set up a winner-take-all final on Monday.
Stanford defeated Texas State 8–4, with Pac-12 home run leader Carter Graham connecting twice and scoring five runs as the Cardinals kept their hopes alive for a third straight Super Regional.
Rock Riggio and David Mendem scored three each and Oklahoma State avenged the slump with a 14-10 win against Arkansas on Saturday.
Nick LoRusso’s base-loaded single in the 11th inning gave hosts Maryland a 7–6 walk-off win over Connecticut, the No. 3 regional seed bidding for their first Super Regional since 2011.
Carsten Feinwald took over for struggling starter Timmy Manning after three batters and nine innings of relief in hosts Florida’s 7-2 win over Oklahoma.
Hosts Louisville propelled themselves to the pinnacle of their seventh Super Regional in nine years, beating Michigan 20-1.
Nick Parker and Reece Maniscalco combined on a four-hitter to beat Coastal Carolina to No. 8 East Carolina 9-1. Parker pitched eight innings and scored 10, both career-highs, and allowed three hits.
Host North Carolina defeated No. 3 regional seed VCU 19-8 with Vance Honeycutt homecoming for the ninth time in 10 games.
Justin Storm pitched five innings of a two-hit shutout relief to put hosts Southern Mississippi ahead of LSU 8-4.
Vanderbilt held off elimination for the third straight game, beating number 3 national seed Oregon State 8–1.
Auburn’s final against UCLA was postponed until Monday due to rain, with the Tigers leading 9-0 in sixth place.
The singular crime was once again on display at regional sites across the country. Another crazy game in Stillwater, Oklahoma, was Example A.
Oklahoma State defeated Missouri State 29–15 in the elimination game to return from a 12–0 loss. It was the highest-scoring game in tournament history, and less than 24 hours later the Cowboys entered seventh to lead 10–5 and lost 20–12 to Arkansas.
The Cowboys’ turnabout against the Bears was complete when Griffin Dorshing hit a Grand Slam in the sixth inning of seven runs for a 17–14 lead. He scored 12 more runs in the eighth and ninth.
Oklahoma State has scored 65 and 50 in four field games and Nolan McLean has hit five homers.
Last year’s average was 12.84 runs per game (both teams) during the regionals. The average in Saturday’s matches was 14.57 and this number will increase after Sunday.
Then there’s Texas Tech
Texas Tech could only manage eight runs in four matches. The Red Raiders finished 10th in the tournament at the national level, scoring 8.7 runs per game. He had not scored so few runs since scoring five runs in his last four matches in 2014.
Florida scored a big run in their 6-5 elimination game win over Central Michigan when Josh Rivera stole the house for a 5-0 lead in the fifth.
With Mac Gusset first, the Gators committed a double steal. Chippewas lefty Ryan Pemblad was distracted as Gusset took off, and by the time he turned to see what was happening, Rivera was slamming into the plate.
It was Florida’s first home theft since 2018 and Gusset’s first theft in 55 career games.
It’s that time of the year when teams bring all kinds of good luck charms. For southern Mississippi, it is “Rally Paddle”.
As the Golden Eagles exited the dugout to celebrate Christopher Sargent’s base-loaded single in the 10th inning to beat Kennesaw State 4-3, reserve infielder Charlie Fischer ran across the field holding a yellow boat paddle in the air .
A Southern Miss spokesperson said the paddle is used to stir the team’s Powerade mix in the clubhouse. Somehow the paddle found its way to the dugout, and you can be sure it will be with the team on Monday.