COLLEGE STATION (AP) ó Kyle Thebeau struck out 13 and allowed only seven hits and two unearned runs in pitching a complete game as Texas A&M defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 5-2 on Monday to win the NCAA regional in College Station.
The Aggies (48-17) advanced to their first NCAA tournament super regional in three years with the victory. Texas A&M will play second-seeded Rice this weekend.
Texas A&M lost to Louisiana-Lafayette (47-17) on Saturday but rebounded to win the regional with three straight victories, including two over the Raginí Cajuns.
Craig Stinson hit a curve ball over the left field fence to start the second inning. Ben Feltner, Dane Carter and Kyle Colligan each got RBIs later in the inning to give the Aggies a 4-0 lead.
Cajuns starter Buddy Glass (7-5) left the game after giving up five hits, including the homer, a triple and two doubles, over the first two innings.
Louisiana-Lafayette got its two runs in the third on RBI singles by Nolan Gisclair and Jonathan Lucroy. The Cajuns threatened in the bottom of the eighth when Devon Bourque and Xavier Alexander led off with singles. But Gisclair grounded out to shortstop and Lucroy and Scott Hawkins struck out.
Blake Stouffer had an RBI single in the seventh to score Colligan, who tripled to reach base.
The 13 strikeouts by Thebeau (3-5) were a career high.
UC Irvine 9, Texas 6
ROUND ROCK (AP) ó UC Irvine used a three-run eighth inning to defeat Texas 9-6 on Monday and win the NCAA regional in Round Rock.
The Anteaters (3-0) advance to the Super Regionals by knocking out Texas, the nationís No. 4 seed. UC Irvine will play the Wichita State.
The game picked up from the bottom of the seventh inning after rain suspended play on Sunday with UC Irvine up 6-5.
The Anteaters expanded their lead in the eighth when pinch hitter Dillion Bell singled to right with Bryan Peterson on first. Right fielder Kyle Russell threw the ball over the third basemanís head into the dugout, allowing Peterson to score. Later in the inning, Tyler Vaughn hit a two-run double to add to UC Irvineís lead.
Anteatersí ace Scott Gorgen, who beat the Longhorns (2-2) on Saturday with a complete-game five-hitter, threw a perfect eighth.
Texas threatened in the ninth, scoring a run on a bases-loaded walk. But UC Irvine pitcher Wes Etheridge induced Chais Fuller to ground into a bases loaded fielderís choice to end the game.