NCAA Baseball Tournament: Hurricanes, Gators, Cavaliers advance to CWS

Baseball The Miami Hurricanes have been to the College World Series 23 times. After Saturday’s win, make it 24. The Hurricanes became the first team to punch their ticket to Omaha with an efficient 10-3 win over VCU on Saturday. Miami, which has won four national championships, is returning to Omaha for the first time since 2008. MORE: Super Regional dates, times, TV | College World Series dates, times, TVMiami (49-15) scored twice in the first before putting the game away with a five-run seventh inning. The Hurricanes used four pitchers after starter Thomas Woodrey was touched for three runs in the first two innings by the Rams (40-25). Sophomore Willie Abreu went 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs while senior pitcher Sam Abrams got the win with four innings off one-hit ball.  “He looked the same as he always does, so we weren’t worried at all,” Abreu said of Abrams. “We had the same mentality: minimize damage. Then, one guy goes down, the next guy goes down and then you start thinking, ‘Wow. This is something special.'”While Miami wrapped up its CWS berth in South Florida, the Florida Gators took care of in-state foe Florida State in Gainesville. The Gators (49-16) completed a dominating two-game sweep of Florida State (44-21) with an 11-4 win Saturday. The Gators were 13-5 winners Friday. The Seminoles, who have never won a national championship despite reaching the College World Series 21 times, were victims of their own sloppy play with six errors in the two losses. Cal State Fullerton moved one step closer to a berth in Omaha with a 3-2 win at Louisville. Louisville reliever Zack Burdi hit Fullerton’s Timmy Richards with the bases loaded in the 10th inning to drive in the winning run. Louisville put two runners on in the bottom of the inning before Fullerton reliever Tyler Peitzmeier struck out Mike White to end the game. The Titans (38-22) can sweep the best-of-three series Sunday. Should Louisville (46-17) win, the rubber match would be played Monday. For the second straight game, the Virginia Cavaliers used a late-inning rally to beat Maryland. The Terrapins (42-24) blew a 3-0 lead on Friday when Virginia (39-22) scored five runs in the eighth inning for a 5-3 win. The Cavaliers were at it again Saturday, scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth to complete the two-game sweep with a 5-4 win. Virginia held a 2-1 lead after the first inning, but Maryland rallied to hold a 4-2 lead heading into the ninth inning. Three walks and a pair of singles helped the Wahoos advance to the College World Series for the fourth time in program history. Missouri State (49-11) avoided elimination with a 3-1 win over Arkansas, which trounced the Bears a night earlier. The Razorbacks (39-23) mustered just one run Saturday after rolling up 18 runs in an 18-4 win Friday night. Missouri State pitcher Matt Hall tossed a complete game one-hitter with eight strikeouts. Blake Graham drove in two runs for the Bears, who are trying to return to the College World Series for just the second time in school history and first time since 2003. TCU broke open a close game with five runs in the sixth inning en route to a 13-4 win over Texas A&M in their Super Regional opener in Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs (48-12) will go for a sweep of the Aggies (49-13) on Sunday. Nolan Brown and Dane Steinhagen each hit triples for TCU, which also got a double from Jeremie Fagnan and a three-RBI day from Keaton Jones. LSU (52-10) got by Louisiana-Lafayette (42-22) in dramatic fashion to win Game 1 of its series. After Louisiana-Lafayette’s Brenn Conrad hit a game-tying, pinch-hit solo homer in the top of the ninth, LSU’s Jake Fraley smashed a walk-off winner over the outfield fence to give the Tigers a 4-3 win. Fraley, who also doubled in the game, finished with three RBIs. LSU pitcher Alex Lange gave up 10 hits, but also struck out 11 batters over eight innings. Defending national champion Vanderbilt (46-19) is not ready to relinquish its crown. The Commodores laid a 1

3-0 shellacking on host Illinois (50-9) to take the first win in their best-of-three series. The Illini did little to give the capacity crowd in Champaign reason to cheer. Vandy jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first and never looked back. Junior second baseman Tyler Campbell homered twice for the Commodores, who also got a long ball from left fielder Jeren Kendall. Vanderbilt can clinch a return trip to Omaha with a win on Sunday.