JUNE 7 (Sporting Alert) — The Fayetteville Super Regional between Arkansas and Missouri State at Baum Stadium has come down to a Game 3 decider with both clubs winning a game each in the series.
Arkansas raced away with Game 1 with a 18-4 result on Friday, but Missouri State answered back with a 3-1 victory in Game 2 on Saturday.
This means a decisive Game 3 will be played Sunday with the winner joining Florida, Miami and Virginia in Omaha for the College World Series.
Four other games are on the schedule for Sunday, with defending champions Vanderbilt, LSU, TCU and Cal State Fullerton one win away from advancing to the College World Series.
The Commodores served early notice that they maybe peaking at the right time with another shutout, following a 13-0 victory over No. 6 Illinois.
Vanderbilt, who hammered Radford 21-0 to lift the Nashville Regional, has now scored 34 unanswered runs over the course of two games, which is pretty scary.
After having their 19-game home winning streak snapped in Game 1, the FightingIllini, with their back now against the walls, must quickly regroup for Sunday’s Game 2, which is vital if they want to keep playing in the postseason.
“We just didn’t play very well [on Saturday], Illinois head coach Dan Hartleb said. “If you look, the bottom line is we made nine major mistakes.
“We walked guys, we hit guys, and we made errors, and when you do that to a good team, you come out on the short end.”
Hartleb believes the quality of his team makes it a firm candidate to bounce back, as they look “to move forward.”
“I think we got all of our mistakes out of the way for the weekend, and we just have to move forward,” he said. “I thought our guys did a good job from a mental standpoint.
“Nobody panicked in the dugout. I thought we continued to take quality at-bats, hit some balls hard, just hit them right at some of the defenders, but I thought our guys still continued to play and didn’t get down, and we just didn’t perform very well with simple fundamentals.”
Looking to close their series in Game 2 on Sunday are TCU against Texas A&M in the Fort Worth Super Regional, LSU in the Baton Rouge Super Regional and Cal State Fullerton in the Louisville Super Regional.
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NCAA Super Regionals and TV Channels on Sunday, June 7
***All game times are Eastern Standard***
Louisville vs. Cal State Fullerton (noon, ESPN2 or ESPNU) – Game 2
TCU vs. Texas A&M (2:15 p.m., ESPN) – Game 2
Missouri State vs. Arkansas (3 p.m., ESPN2 or ESPNU) – Game 3
LSU vs. Louisiana Lafayette (TBD) – Game 2
Illinois vs. Vanderbilt (9 p.m., ESPNU) – Game 2