HOUSTON (AP) — Matt Langwell allowed just one earned run and struck out seven as Rice beat Texas A&M, 5-2, on Saturday to advance to the College World Series for the second straight year.
The Owls (54-12) led 2-0 after three innings with Joe Savery leading the way offensively. Savery singled home Brian Friday in the first inning. In the third, he connected on Kyle Thebeau’s 2-1 offering for an opposite-field home run to left for a 2-0 lead.
Danny Lehmann made it 3-0 an inning later when he scored on Tyler Henley’s double-play grounder to second base.
The Aggies responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning when Josh Stinson and Darby Brown hit back-to-back doubles with two outs.
Langwell (8-1) pitched into the seventh inning to get the win. Cole St. Claire allowed just a single run to earn his eighth save of the year.
Thebeau (3-6) was lifted after three innings and took the loss for the Aggies, giving up three earned runs, walking two and striking out six.
Oklahoma St. 3, Louisville 2
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Keanon Simon’s RBI single in the top of the 12th inning gave Oklahoma State a win over host Louisville in the super regional.
The Cowboys’ victory forced a third game in the best-of-three series. The final game will be 3 p.m. today at Jim Patterson Stadium, where 4,138 fans turned out Saturday.
Oklahoma State (42-20), which has been to 19 College World Series, scored first on Corey Brown’s solo home run in the fourth inning. It was a team-leading 22nd of the year for Brown, who was selected 59th overall by the Oakland Athletics in last week’s Major League Baseball amateur draft.
Louisville (45-22), which has never been to a College World Series, took the lead with a pair of two-out runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Jordy Mercer (3-1), who played shortstop until taking the mound in the ninth, got the win while Tyler Magnuson (3-2), the 56th overall selection of the Toronto Blue Jays, took the loss.
Mississippi State 8, Clemson 5
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A day after his home run lifted Mississippi State to one victory, Mitch Moreland’s save in an 8-5 win Saturday over Clemson sent the Bulldogs to the College World Series for the first time since 1998.
Moreland combined with closer Aaron Weatherford on four strikeouts and 2 1-3 innings of scoreless relief to ensure the win.
The team piled on Moreland near the pitcher’s mound and hundreds of the super regional record-13,715 fans swarmed the infield.
It was an improbable run to Omaha, Neb., for Mississippi State (38-20), which had lost eight of 10 games heading into NCAA postseason play. But the Bulldogs are 5-0 since after twice beating national seed Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla., before coming from behind in both games against Clemson (41-23).
Jet Butler spurred a game-turning four-run second inning with a two-RBI double. The bottom four batters in Mississippi State's lineup scored in the inning, which turned a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 lead the Bulldogs would not relinquish. Russ Sneed added another run-scoring double.
Justin Pigott (7-6) earned the win after allowing nine hits over six innings. He gave up five runs, four earned and struck out three.
UC Irvine 1, Wichita St. 0
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — California-Irvine right-hander Scott Gorgen shut out Wichita State in the opening game of the NCAA super regional.
The Anteaters (44-15-1) need one more win to advance to the College World Series for the first time in the program’s history.