A crazy day of college baseball on Saturday ended with three teams punching their tickets to Omaha.
Miami, Florida, and Virginia all swept their Super Regionals, moving them onto the College World Series field.
After a close game against VCU on Friday, Miami showed their true strength, walking away with a 10-3 victory. It was the first time that VCU had allowed more than three runs in their last 18 games.
All but one Hurricane starter had a hit on Saturday, but the real hero was the Miami bullpen. Starter Thomas Woodrey allowed three earned runs on three hits and three walks.
But Sam Abrams came in, and threw four shutout innings, resulting in the win.
Florida 11, Florida State 4
For the second-straight day, the Gators absolutely trashed their in-state rivals. FSU got out to a 2-0 lead in the first thanks to some sloppy play by UF, but eight runs over the next three innings ended any hope for the Seminoles.
JJ Schwarz hit two home runs on the day. His first one tied the game up at two in the second inning. The latter was a solo shot in the sixth, which put the Gators up 10-4. Not a bad performance from the freshman.
Virginia 5, Maryland 4
Just like Friday, Maryland brought in closer Kevin Mooney with the thought of him shutting down the Cavaliers to pull out a win.
But just like Friday, Mooney failed, and Virginia will play in the CWS thanks to a walkoff hit by their nine-hole hitter Ernie Clement.
Watching Mooney collapse on the field was heart-breaking, and hopefully he’ll be able to find his confidence next year, but man is that a tough way to end your season. His only two blown saves of the year came in the Super Regional round. Brutal.
The Bears were the only other team facing elimination, but forced a third game against Arkansas behind Matt Hall’s complete game one-hitter. The Razorbacks’ lone run was an unearned one in the seventh inning.
Four other Super Regionals got started on Saturday, and two of those games were blowouts. TCU crushed Texas A&M 13-4, and Vanderbilt continued its defense of last year’s National Championship with a 13-0 win at Illinois.
It took ten innings for Cal State Fullerton to take down Louisville. Timmy Richards was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the extra frame to bring in the game-winning run. And LSU beat UL-Lafayette in dramatic fashion in the ninth.
Sunday’s action starts at Noon ET with CSF/Louisville on ESPN2. TCU/TAMU start at 2:15 on ESPN. Arkansas/MO State is at 3 on ESPNU. LSU/ULL is at 7 on ESPN2 and Illinois/Vandy is at 9 on ESPNU.
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