NCAA Regionals: Day Three Recap
Gauchos One Win Away From First Super Regional After Hanging On For 5-4 Win Over Xavier
Two-seed UC Santa Barbara booked its trip to the Vanderbilt Regional final after holding on for a 5-4 victory on Sunday afternoon in the winner's bracket game against Xavier at Hawkins Field.
The last undefeated team in the Nashville bracket, UCSB (39-18-1) stormed out to a 5-0 lead through 3.5 innings against XU starter Trent Astle. But starting in the bottom of the fourth, the Musketeers' bats started to come alive, plating runs in three straight innings and cutting their deficit to just one in the sixth.
No. 21 Cal State Fullerton’s Season Ends in 6-2 loss to Louisiana Tech
The No. 21 Cal State Fullerton baseball team saw its season come to a close Sunday afternoon at the Starkville Regional at the hands of Louisiana Tech after the Titans dropped a 6-2 decision to the Bulldogs.
The Titans' end the 2016 season with a 36-23 record and a mark of 17-7 in the Big West Conference, while the Bulldogs improve to 42-19 overall and will play No. 4 Mississippi State tonight at 6:30 p.m. (CT).
Long Beach State Earns Impressive Victory, Eliminates FAU
With their backs against the wall on Sunday afternoon, Long Beach State (38-21) delivered an emphatic 5-1 victory over Florida Atlantic (39-19) in an elimination game, knocking the Owls out of the Coral Gables Regional. It's the same score as the first meeting between these teams on Friday, and it featured another great starting pitching performance from the Dirtbags.
LBSU has a quick turnaround for a rematch with Miami at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) on Sunday at Alex Rodriguez Park. A Dirtbags win would force a winner-take-all game on Monday at 7 p.m. ET for the right to advance to a Super Regional.
Valiant Dirtbags Rally Falls Short In Season-Ending Loss At Miami
After five full innings at Alex Rodriguez Park on Sunday night, most of the 1,900 people in attendance already had thoughts of host Miami (48-11) playing in a Super Regional the following weekend. The Hurricanes led 8-1 after scoring in each of the first four innings, and needed just 12 outs to secure a win in the Coral Gables Regional. But Long Beach State (38-22) had other ideas, and never quit on its season. The Dirtbags scored seven unanswered runs—including a six-run sixth inning—to storm back and tie the game, 8-8, in the eighth and stun the Miami faithful.
The Hurricanes would ultimately regroup, and Randy Batista’s bloop single over the head of second baseman Jarren Duran with two outs in the bottom of the ninth brought home the winning run in a thrilling 9-8 victory for Miami.