CORAL GABLAlert – Miami (Fl), Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Coastal Carolina, TCU and UC Santa Barbara joined Arizona into the NCAA College World Series with respective victories in the Super Regional round on Sunday.
At Founders Park, Oklahoma State continued its impressive run in the NCAA tournament this year with a 3-1 victory over South Carolina to secure the NCAA Columbia Super Regional title 2-0, this after winning Game 1 by a score of 5-1 on Saturday.
Sunday’s best-of-three series win sees the Cowboys (41-20) improving to 5-0 in NCAA tournament play this term, while they advanced to the College World Series for the 20th time in school history, but for the first time since the 1999 season.
Oklahoma State, which tallied nine hits in the game, scored all three runs in the 5th inning, while junior Tyler Buffett was again impressive on the mound.
“We’re very humbled to have come here and played well enough to advance to the College World Series,” OSU head coach Josh Holliday said on the school’s official athletics website. “It’s an amazing journey.
“It pulls a lot of things out of you along the way… It’s very special to our school. Having been a program with amazing baseball history, to have not gone since 1999, to go back gives us a feeling of being whole again from the baseball standpoint.”
He added: “The credit goes to the players. They took the opportunity to go on the road together against a challenging bracket. Nobody thought anything about this team.
“We gave up two nine-spots in the eighth inning of the conference tournament. People were down on us, and these kids turned their focus to getting better and they went out for the past two weeks and have played beautiful baseball.
“They are writing a script that they’ll never forget, and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Oklahoma State will open its College World Series double elimination campaign against the surprise package UC Santa Barbara, which stunned No. 2 Cardinals at the Louisville Regional.
The Gauchos (42-18-1) rallied from a 3-0 deficit to score four runs in the bottom of the ninth, with Sam Cohen, stepping up to the plate with the bases loaded and one out, hammered a walk-off grand slam to stunned the host players who broke down in tears.
Elsewhere on Sunday, No. 3 Miami (Fl) tallied 14 hits for nine runs, including four apiece in the second and seventh innings to beat Boston College 9-4 at Mark Light Field at the Coral Gables Super Regional.
The other top five team advancing to the College World Series on Sunday was No. 5 Texas Tech, which scored 11 runs on 14 hits in a commanding 11-0 shutout victory against East Carolina, which finished the contest with just two hits.
However, TCU eliminated No. 4 Texas A&M from NCAA tournament with a 4-1 victory at the College Station Super Regional and Coastal Carolina stunned No. 8 ranked LSU with a 4-3 victory in Game 2 at the Baton Rouge Super Regional.
No. 1 Florida, in the meantime, staved off elimination in its best-of-three Super Regional in Gainesville, with a 5-0 victory over Florida State in Game 2 to force a winner-take-all third game on Monday.
Sunday’s Results – June 12
Baton Rouge Super Regional
Coastal Carolina 4, LSU 3
LSU eliminated from NCAA tournament
Coastal Carolina advances to College World Series
College Station Super Regional
TCU 4, Texas A&M 1
Texas A&M eliminated from NCAA tournament
TCU advances to College World Series
Columbia Super Regional
Oklahoma State 3, South Carolina 1
South Carolina eliminated from NCAA tournament
Oklahoma State advances to College world Series
Coral Gables Super Regional
Miami 9, Boston College 4
Boston College eliminated from NCAA tournament
Miami advances to College World Series
Gainesville Super Regional
Florida 5, Florida State 0
Louisville Super Regional
UC Santa Barbara 4, Louisville 3
Louisville eliminated from the NCAA tournament
UC Santa Barbara advances to College World Series
Lubbock Super Regional
Texas Tech 11, East Carolina 0
East Carolina eliminated from NCAA tournament
Texas Tech advances to College world Series