The Camels jumped out to a lead in the first inning, with the big blow coming on a two-run homer off the bat of first baseman Koby Collins.
On the mound, righthander Michael Horrell did a nice job, even if his defense didn't help him a ton. He threw seven-plus innings, allowing five hits and four runs, but just one of those runs was earned, a solo homer from NC State outfielder Jonny Butler that knocked Horrell from the game in the eighth.
With everything at the Greenville Regional being backed up a day, Campbell's winner's bracket game won't come until Sunday evening.
Coming into the game, it was expected that Louisville lefty Reid Detmers would steal the show, but it was Redbirds lefty Matt Walker who shined brightest. He threw a complete game, giving up six hits and two runs with two walks and seven strikeouts.
More impressively, he bounced back from adversity and finished strong. After the Cardinals scored two runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead, not only did the ISU offense answer with three runs to take the lead back, Walker returned to the hill for the seventh and proceeded to face the minimum over the final three innings.
Suffice it to say that the Redbirds are in a really good spot now. With Walker's effort, the bullpen is about as fresh as it could possibly be, and now, either Indiana or Louisville will have to beat ISU twice to keep it out of its first super regional appearance.
The final score might suggest that the Tar Heels' offense was the story, but for the most part, the way they pitched was the key. Using freshman lefty Will Sandy as an opener, UNC held the Flames to one run on six hits by using seven different pitchers, highlighted by three scoreless innings from righty Austin Love.
Offensively, North Carolina broke open what was a game after five innings by scoring two runs in the sixth, six in the seventh, four in the eighth, and two more in the ninth.
Righty Caleb Kilian did a solid job of limiting damage by holding DBU to two runs despite giving up seven hits in 4. The Red Raiders scored in just one inning, when they plated three in the second inning, including two on a Cameron Warren two-run homer.
With a win on Sunday, Texas Tech will be into a super regional for the second straight year and third time in four years. Yellow Jackets' lefty Connor Thomas had been cruising.
Going into the ninth inning, He'd allowed just two runs, and with a lead, a win seemed to be in hand. Still, there were two outs and the winning run wasn't even in scoring position. But that didn't matter, because Auburn right fielder Steven Williams brought everyone home, himself included, with a three-run bomb to right.
With the struggles Auburn has had on the mound at times this season, it was paramount that they stay on schedule pitching-wise in a regional, and this win keeps them there. In the Morgantown Regional, that team is Duke, and it has beaten both guys to move to The Blue Devils didn't exactly light Manoah up on Saturday, but they made the most of their four hits off of him in six innings and took advantage of four walks, scoring four runs.
That was more than enough support for a pitching staff that shut down the Mountaineers. Righthander Bryce Jarvis threw eight innings, allowing six hits and one walk with 11 strikeouts and righty Thomas Girard came on behind him and threw a perfect ninth with two strikeouts to close it out.
With one more win, Duke will appear in a super regional for the second straight year.
When four seeds pull these types of upsets, it often comes when the underdog is able to deliver a body blow early, and that was the case in this one. The Bobcats scored two runs in the first inning, including one on a solo shot by their exquisitely named third baseman Evan Vulgamore. They tacked on another one in the second inning, and after ECU tied it , the Quinnipiac pitching staff not only limited the damage to avoid letting the Pirates get off and running, but the offense battled back to take the lead again, in the seventh, which was enough cushion in the end.
Now, there is a huge opportunity in front of both Quinnipiac and Campbell, as one of those two teams will be going into a regional final on Monday. Behind a solid effort from lefthander Ethan Small and 16 hits from the lineup, the Bulldogs took down the Chippewas Small went six innings, giving up five hits and two runs with ten strikeouts, all while first baseman Tanner Allen did the heavy lifting on offense.
He went 4-for-5 with a home run. MSU is a heavy favorite to clinch a spot in a home super regional on Sunday evening. On Saturday, the Seminoles absolutely put it on Georgia righty Emerson Hancock, the potential top overall pick in the draft, on the way to a win.
In Hancock's four innings, FSU scored five runs on nine hits, and then when lefty Ryan Webb came on for Hancock, it scored five runs off of him in one-third of an inning.
Meanwhile, FSU righthander C. Van Eyk managed the game well, allowing three runs on nine hits in eight innings of work. You know the Seminoles would love to make an Omaha run for "11," and they're well on their way with a start in the Athens Regional. On Saturday, in an win over Indiana State to move Vanderbilt to in its home regional, Rocker came up big again.
He threw 6. The Sycamores actually did as good a job with the Vandy offense as anyone has, really, holding it to four runs through eight innings, but the Commodores put up four runs in the ninth to add some insurance that turned out to be pretty important when you consider that ISU added four runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning.
With the Commodores awaiting a team, either Ohio State or Indiana State, whose pitching will undoubtedly be stretched thin by Sunday evening, it's hard to imagine anyone but the home team moving on.
Early on, the Tigers were cruising. USM hadn't done much against righty Cole Henry, so a lead seemed pretty safe.
Undeterred, LSU fought back to score three runs in the top of the eighth and then another in the ninth to put the game away and put themselves in position to advance to a super regional with a win on Sunday.
He threw five innings, giving up four hits and one unearned run, though he did issue four walks. He gave his team eight innings of four-hit, one-run baseball with one walk and eight strikeouts.
With two seed California already eliminated and Lodolo behind them, the Razorbacks have to feel very good about pushing their way into a super regional on Sunday. For most of nine innings, it looked like the Huskers' day.
Righty Matt Waldron allowed just one run and struck out 11 in 7. But in the ninth, trailing , the Cowboys came alive.
With a couple of men on and two outs, shortstop Andrew Navigato singled home a run to make it , and then center fielder Trevor Boone connected for a massive three-run homer to left to give OSU its first lead of the day.
Riding the wave of this emotional win, Oklahoma State is sitting pretty at , one win away from a super regional appearance. After the teams traded single runs early in the game, the Bearcats jumped out ahead with three runs in the sixth, but that only seemed to wake the Wolverines, as they answered with five runs in the sixth to take back the lead, and then added on four more in the eighth for good measure.
Making what Michigan has done even more impressive is that it has done it without some key pieces.
Big Ten player of the year Jordan Brewer has been out, and shortstop Jack Blomgren was a late scratch on Saturday because of a back injury. But Blomgren's replacement in the order, Riley Bertram, more than carried his own weight, going 4-for-4 with a double, while DH Jordan Nwogu and first baseman Jimmy Kerr added home runs.
On Sunday, the Wolverines will look to break through to a super regional for the first time since After righty Ryan Jensen set the tone with an outstanding start against UC Santa Barbara on Friday, fellow righthander Davis Moore followed it up with one of his own, throwing 6. DH Emilio Nogales led the way in the lineup, going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI, and it was his double that drove in two runs and broke a tie in the sixth inning.
The Bulldogs are one win away from getting back to a super regional for the first time since that magical national championship-winning season. Righthander Josh Agnew got it started by scattering seven hits and allowing two runs in 6.
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