College Baseball Regionals 2016: Results, Highlights and Bracket from Monday
Ten schools have already secured berths in the Super Regionals, and with the six remaining places up for grabs, the stakes in Monday’s 2016 NCAA baseball tournament games couldn’t be much higher.
The entire field for the Super Regionals won’t be set until Tuesday, though, as the South Carolina Gamecocks announced their clash with the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks had to be postponed because of inclement weather in Columbia, South Carolina.
Even with that postponement, college baseball fans will have no shortage of action to follow across the country.
Below are the scores from Monday’s regional finals and brief recaps for each game.
North Carolina State 8, Coastal Carolina 1
Will Gilbert pitched a gem for North Carolina State in an 8-1 win over Coastal Carolina. The senior left-hander went eight innings, allowing one earned run on five hits. He also struck out nine batters and allowed just one walk.
Joe Giglio of the News & Observer noted why Gilbert’s numbers were surprising:
“I don’t want to say it’s my best ever because there’s more games to play,” Gilbert said of his performance, per Rob McLamb Scout.com’s Pack Pride. “But it’s my best game so far.”
The bulk of the Wolfpack’s scoring output came in their six-run fourth inning. Brock Deatherage hit a two-run home run, and Evan Mendoza and Preston Palmeiro delivered back-to-back hits later in the inning to plate two more runs.
The top half of North Carolina State’s lineup played a big role in the win. The Wolfpack’s first five hitters combined to go 9-for-24 with eight RBI and four runs scored.
Arizona 6, Louisiana-Lafayette 3
A strong start propelled Arizona to a 6-3 win over Louisiana-Lafayette. The Wildcats scored five runs in the first two innings, which proved to be enough to put the Ragin’ Cajuns away.
Ryan Aguilar and Louis Boyd each provided two RBI, with Cody Ramer and Bobby Dalbec driving in the other two runs.
Nathan Bannister did a good job of staying out of danger on the mound. He scattered Louisiana-Lafayette’s five hits over seven innings. Bannister earned the win, giving him 11 on the season. According to the team’s Twitter account, it’s the most by a Wildcats pitcher since 2012, when Konner Wade and Kurt Heyer had 11 and 13 wins, respectively.
The Ragin’ Cajuns’ first run came on a sacrifice bunt, and Joe Robbins made things interesting with a two-run homer in the eighth. Alfonso Rivas III came on in relief for Bannister after the home run and allowed Louisiana-Lafayette to load the bases with one out.
Right-hander Kevin Ginkel shut the door on Louisiana-Lafayette’s comeback attempt, though, throwing 1.2 perfect innings to end the game.
Texas Tech 5, Dallas Baptist 3
A two-run double by Orlando Garcia in the sixth inning provided the difference in Texas Tech’s 5-3 win over Dallas Baptist. NCAA Baseball shared a replay of the final out as the Red Raiders advanced to the Super Regional:
The Patriots had tied the game in the top half of the inning on a two-run homer by Austin Listi, which was one of the few blemishes on the box score for Texas Tech reliever Hayden Howard. The junior lefty pitched the final 4.2 innings, which impressed RedRaiderSports.com’s Chris Level:
The Red Raiders are in the Super Regionals for just the second time in school history. They beat Miami in the regionals and then the College Of Charleston in the Super Regionals to advance to their first College World Series in 2014, when they dropped their first two games to TCU and Ole Miss and quickly departed Omaha, Nebraska.
UC Santa Barbara 14, Xavier 5
UC Santa Barbara hammered Xavier for 15 hits en route to a 14-5 win over the Musketeers.
A nine-run outburst in the top of the fourth accounted for the majority of the Gauchos’ scoring. Austin Bush and Clay Fisher homered in the inning. Bush, in particular, has made an impression on D1Baseball.com’s Kendall Rodgers:
The sophomore first baseman finished the day 3-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored. Fisher had a big game as well, going 3-for-6 with four RBI and scoring two runs.
It’s nearly impossible to win a game after allowing 14 runs, but Xavier will likely be disappointed it didn’t do more offensively. The Musketeers recorded 11 hits but stranded 12 men on base, including three men in scoring position.