In Brief | College Baseball | 6-9-14
PEPPERDINE 3, TCU 2
FORT WORTH, Texas — Aaron Brown pitched seven scoreless innings and made a game-saving throw from center field as Pepperdine beat TCU 3-2 on Sunday night, forcing a deciding third game in the NCAA Fort Worth super regional for a spot in the College World Series.
Brandon Caruso had a pair of RBI hits and Hutton Moyer scored twice for the Waves (43-17).
Brown (13-1), the two-way player who was the West Coast Conference pitcher of the year and a third-round pick by Philadelphia on Friday, won his 10th consecutive decision. The lefty scattered five hits with four strikeouts and two walks while throwing 119 pitches against TCU (46-16).
After Brown went to center field, his strong throw home cut off the tying run to end the eighth inning.
Game 3 is Monday night.
MISSISSIPPI 5, LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 2
LAFAYETTE, La. — Pinch-hitter Colby Bortles broke open the game with a two-run single in Mississippi’s three-run eighth inning as the Rebels beat Louisiana-Lafayette 5-2 on Sunday night to tie their super regional series.
The teams will play a deciding Game 3 on Monday night.
Ole Miss scored the go-ahead run when center fielder Seth Harrison dropped a flyball hit by Will Allen. Sikes Orvis then singled to load the bases, setting it up for Bortles — the younger brother of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles.
Preston Overbey hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to put the Rebels (45-19) up 2-1. But Blake Trahan answered for the Ragin’ Cajuns (58-9) with an RBI single in the eighth, scoring Mike Strentz from second.
Christian Trent (9-0) went seven innings for the win, while Carson Baranik (11-1) took the loss.
TEXAS TECH 1, COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 0
LUBBOCK, Texas — Dylan Dusek turned in his fourth consecutive scoreless start and Texas Tech advanced to the College World Series for the first time with a 1-0 victory over the College of Charleston on Sunday.
Dusek (8-0) worked five-plus innings, gave up three hits and walked one as Texas Tech (45-20) swept the best-of-three series with back-to-back 1-0 triumphs over the Cougars. Cameron Smith, Dominic Moreno and Jonny Drozd combined to work the final four innings for the Red Raiders.
Adam Kirsch’s RBI double in the fourth inning was the game’s lone run. It marked the Raiders’ third straight shutout in the postseason and fourth in their past five outings.
Bailey Ober (10-3) took the loss for College of Charleston (44-19), scattering six hits in eight innings.
The game was delayed 90 minutes at the start by lightning and rain.
VANDERBILT 12, STANFORD 5
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vince Conde and John Norwood had three hits and two RBIs each and Vanderbilt combined for six runs in the seventh and eighth innings to beat Stanford 12-5 Sunday to advance to the College World Series.
Bryan Reynolds also had three hits and Conde, Norwood and Reynolds each scored twice as the Commodores (46-19) finished with 15 hits against eight Cardinal pitchers to secure their second trip to Omaha and first since 2011.
Hayden Stone (2-0) pitched six innings in relief to earn the win, striking out eight and allowing just three hits and one unearned run.
Vanderbilt had six hits in the top of the first against Logan James (3-4) to jump out to a 5-0 lead, but Stanford (34-26) closed to 5-4 in the bottom of the third.
Danny Diekroeger had three hits for the Cardinal.
VIRGINIA 7, MARYLAND 3
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Kenny Towns had three hits, Artie Lewicki pitched 3 1/3 innings of solid relief and Virginia beat Maryland 7-3 Sunday to force a deciding game 3 of the NCAA Charlottesville super regional.
The Cavaliers (48-14) had 17 hits, including four in a decisive seventh inning as they sent eight batters to the plate and scored three runs. Towns, Derek Fisher and Brandon Downes came through with RBIs.
Lewicki relieved starter Brandon Waddell (9-3) with two outs and runners at first and second base in the sixth. The right-hander left those runners stranded and then retired seven straight until the ninth inning.
Maryland starter Mike Shawaryn (11-4) gave up five runs on a season-high 12 hits. The Terrapins (40-22) got three hits and an RBI from Brandon Lowe.
Game 3 is Monday.