Update: Florida score and win added
JUNE 5 (Sporting Alert) — Arkansas, Miami (FL), Florida and Virginia were the respective Game 1 winners in at the NCAA Baseball Super Regional round on Friday.
The Gators and Razorbacks scored the biggest victory margin on the day.
Running Wild In Fayetteville
Arkansas (48-11) clobbered No. 8 national seed Missouri State 18-4 in front of a record crowd of 11,869 at Baum Stadium in the Fayetteville Super Regional to move just one win away from booking a place to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
Missouri State (39-22) scored the first run of game in the second inning, but after that it was all Arkansas.
The hosts piled up 10 unanswered runs over a dominating three-inning stretch, while scoring six runs in the sixth and eighth innings, respectively, to build the huge total and setup the biggest win on the day.
Defeat on the day for the Bears, who were making a second Super Regional appearance, resulted in their 19-game winning streak being snapped.
The 18 runs scored on Friday by the Razorbacks is the third highest in a NCAA Tournament game in school history.
It was also the most runs scored by the club since its 19-7 victory over Grambling, also at the Fayetteville Regional in 2010.
The two teams will square off again on Saturday for Game 2 at 1:05 p.m., with live televised coverage on ESPN2.
In the late game at McKethan Stadium, Florida (48-16) raced off to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and scored another four in the seventh en route to a 13-5 victory over Florida State in the Gainesville Super Regional.
The No. 4 Gators, who were grabbing their eighth consecutive win took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series and inched one win away from clinching a place in the College World Series.
Florida, which picked up the 10th-largest victory in club history, will try to close out the series in Game 2 on Saturday, while the Seminoles (44-20), whose seven-game winning streak was snapped, will seek to force a Game 3 on Sunday.
Miami (FL) Holds On Against VCU
At the Coral Gables Super Regional in Miami, the No. 5 national seed Hurricanes (48-15) also put one foot into the College World Series, following a 3-2 victory over VCU (40-24) at Mark Light Field.
“[This was a] huge win,” head coach Jim Morris said. “We need one more [win], one more to get back to the ‘Promised Land.’”
Miami (FL) went 3-0 up in the second inning and looked as though they were going to run away with this contest.
However, VCU made a game of it after pulling within one in the sixth inning.
“[VCU] battled all night long,” Morris said. “It was great, (Michael) Mediavilla coming in the seventh and eighth and getting it done, and Bryan (Garcia) getting that save.
“[VCU] battled all day. It was a great game to watch.”
Game 2 of the Coral Gables Super Regional is on Saturday at 12 p.m. on ESPNU. The Rams will be hoping for a win that would forced a Game 3 on Sunday.
Also winning on Friday was Virginia, which rallied to secure a 5-3 win over Maryland in their NCAA Super Regionals at Davenport Field in Charlottesville, Va.
The Terps, who led 3-0 entering the eighth-inning before the Cavaliers scored five unanswered runs in that inning, will now be hoping to force a Game 3 on Sunday when the two clubs matchup again in Game 3 on Saturday, live on ESPNU.
Super Regional Round
Best of three series – June 5-8
Friday, June 5
Arkansas 18, No. 8 Missouri State 4
No. 4 Florida 13, Florida State 5
No. 5 Miami 3, VCU 2
Virginia 5, Maryland 3