Sporting Alert – Vanderbilt was among the 14 teams eliminated from the 2016 NCAA DI Baseball Regionals in Saturday’s day 2 fixtures, as the double elimination tournament trims down on respective campus sites.
Southern Missouri State, Alabama State, Bryant, Bethune Cookman, Nebraska, Duke, Stetson, Oral Roberts, Western Michigan, Ole Miss, Binghamton, Fairfield and Saint Mary’s were also all eliminated from the regional round after losing back-to-back games.
The top seeded Commodores (43-19) were hammered 15-1 by Xavier earlier on Saturday before losing again to No. 3 seed Washington (33-22), 9-8 to end the NCAA Baseball Nashville Regionals 0-2 at Hawkins Field.
The defeats came two days after freshman pitcher Donny Everett drowned while hanging out with friends on a fishing trip Thursday and Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin told The Tennessean, following the elimination, that his players had been playing with a heavy load due to their teammate’s death.
“It’s not fair, but it’s what we have to do,” Corbin said. “Now we’ll delve into another set of emotions and into mourning. They know it’s coming, and that’s difficult in itself.”
Xavier and Washington face off on Sunday for the Nashville Regionals title.
Meanwhile, No. 2 seed Oklahoma State stunned top seed Clemson 12-2 in the winner’s bracket of the Clemson Regionals on Saturday for its second win in the tournament.
The Cowboys (38-20) dominated the first three innings of the contest at Kingsmore Stadium – jumping out to an 8-0 lead, including five runs scored in the third innings.
Oklahoma State also scored three more runs in the seventh inning to finish off the Tigers and improved to 2-0 at the regional tournament, after beating No. 3 seed Nebraska 6-0 on Friday night.
Saturday’s defeat saw Clemson (43-19) losing its 10-game winning streak.
The regionals host team will play Western Carolina in an elimination game at noon on Sunday, with the winner advancing to take on the Cowboys for the title at 7 p.m. live on ESPN3 on the same night.
In the meantime, No. 1 overall NCAA seed Florida picked up its second win at the Gainesville Regionals at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium after narrowly beating the third-seeded Connecticut 6-5 in the winners bracket.
The all important winning run came late in the game from Gators (49-13) freshman third baseman Jonathan India, who picked a perfect time to smash home his fourth home run of the season.
“I was sitting dead-red fastball and I got my good pitch,” India said on the Gators website. “I’m just glad it went out.”
Connecticut will take on Georgia Tech in an elimination game at Noon, live on ESPN3 on Sunday to see who will move on to face-off with Florida in the decider.
In other results in the NCAA Baseball Regionals on Saturday, No. 1 seed Texas Tech collected a 4-3 win over No. 3 New Mexico to improve to 2-0 at the Lubbock Regionals, while No. 2 seed Dallas Baptist bounced back from Friday’s defeat with an 8-5 victory over No. 4 Fairfield.
NCAA Baseball Regionals Scores – June 4
Photo by Vanderbilt
Alfred A. McKethan Stadium
No. 2 Georgia Tech 12, No. 4 Bethune-Cookman 3
No. 1 Florida 6, No. 3 Connecticut 5
Bethune Cookman eliminated
Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park
No. 2 Dallas Baptist 8, No. 4 Fairfield 5
No. 1 Texas Tech 4, No. 3 New Mexico
College Station Regionals
Blue Bell Park
No. 2 Minnesota 8, No. 4 Binghamton 5
No. 1 Texas A&M 22, No. 3 Wake Forest 2
No. 4 Xavier 15, No. 1 Vanderbilt 1
No. 3 Washington 9, . No. 1 Vanderbilt 8
No. 2 UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 4 Xavier, postponed
Baton Rouge Regionals
Alex Box Stadium
No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana (39-19) vs. No. 2 Rice (35-22), suspended
No. 4 Utah Valley vs. Southeastern Louisiana-Rice loser, postponed
No. 1 LSU vs. Southeastern Louisiana-Rice winner, postponed
No. 4 William & Mary 4, No. 2 Bryant 3
No. 3 East Carolina 8, No. 1 Virginia 6
Fort Worth Regionals
No. 2 Arizona State 4, No. 4 Oral Roberts 1
No. 1 TCU 4, No. 3 Gonzaga 3
Oral Roberts eliminated
Jim Patterson Stadium
No. 4 No. 3 Wright State 10, No. 4 Western Michigan 3
No. 1 Louisville 15, No. 2 Ohio State 3
Western Michigan eliminated
No. 1 South Carolina 4, No. 3 Duke 2
No. 2 UNCW 11, No. 4 Rhode Island 7
Dick Howser Stadium
No. 3 South Alabama 6, No. 4 Alabama State 3
No. 1 Florida State 7, No. 2 Southern Miss 2
Alabama State eliminated
Coral Gables Regionals
Mark Light Field
No. 2 Florida Atlantic 8, No. 4 Stetson 4
No. 1 Miami 4, No. 3 Long Beach State 3 (11 innings)
No. 4 Navy 8, No. 3 Saint Mary’s 5 (13 innings)
No. 2 Coastal Carolina vs. No. 1 NC State, suspended
Saint Mary’s eliminated
M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field
No. 3 Sam Houston State 7, No. 4 Princeton 2
No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 1 Louisiana Lafayette, postponed
Doug Kingsmore Stadium
No. 4 Western Carolina 4, No. 3 Nebraska 1
No. 2 Oklahoma State 12, No. 1 Clemson 2
No. 2 Tulane 6, No. 1 Ole Miss 5
No. 3 Boston College 4, No. 4 Utah 3
Ole Miss eliminated
Davis Wade Stadium
No. 2 Cal State Fullerton 1, No. 3 Louisiana Tech 0
No. 3 Louisiana Tech 9, No. 4 Southern Missouri State 4
Southern Missouri State eliminated