NCAA Baseball Capsules
At Coral Gables, Fla., Jason Michaels’ grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Miami to a 7-6 victory over Arizona State on Sunday, forcing another game between the teams for the Atlantic Regional title.
Trailing 6-2 entering the ninth, the Hurricanes loaded the bases on a hit batsman, a single and a walk. Bobby Hill singled home one run and Michaels hit his 14th homer off Ryan Bradley.
The final game began later Sunday.
Florida State 9, Auburn 7
At Tallahassee, Fla., Florida State (50-16) held on to beat Auburn 9-7 and set up an East Regional title showdown later Sunday night.
Trailing 9-6 in the ninth, Auburn (48-15) loaded the bases but scored only once as FSU reliever Randy Niles got the final out by striking out Josh Etheredge.
The winner of Sunday’s late game earns a berth in the College World Series.
Mississippi State 10, Georgia Tech 2
At Starkville, Miss., Rusty Thoms had three hits and Keith Dilgard pitched a complete game as Mississippi State beat top-seeded Georgia Tech 10-2.
In a later game Sunday, the Bulldogs (44-19) played Washington, needing a win to extend the tournament another day. The Huskies can move into their first College World Series with a victory.
South I Regional
South Alabama 11, LSU 5
At Baton Rouge, La., Joey Choron’s three-run homer started South Alabama on its way to an 11-5 victory over LSU, putting the Jaguars in Monday’s regional title game.
The game began Saturday, and South Alabama (43-17) led 8-4 in the bottom of the seventh before rain forced NCAA officials to postpone it and finish up on Sunday.
Long Beach State 14, North Carolina-Greensboro 4
Tony Sanchez went 5-for-5 with two homers and four RBIs and Casey Martin added a three-run shot as Long Beach State eliminated North Carolina-Greensboro 14-4.
Rocky Biddle (9-5) pitched six strong innings for Long Beach State
In a later game Sunday, LSU played Long Beach State, with the winner going against South Alabama on Monday.
South II Regional
Alabama 9, USC 8
At Tuscaloosa, Ala., Matt Frick hit a two-out homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift Alabama to a 9-8 win over Southern California in the South II Regional title game.
With the victory, the Crimson Tide (52-12) advance to the College World Series for the second year in a row. The homer was the fifth of the day for Alabama, which has hit 27 in nine postseason games.
USC (42-20) was playing less than 11 hours after beating N.C. State 13-4 in a game that ended about 2 a.m. CDT.
Nate Duncan’s three-run homer put Alabama ahead 8-6, but the Trojans scored single runs in the seventh and eighth to tie it.
At Lubbock, Texas, Rice (47-14) advanced to its first College World Series with an overpowering 25-6 victory over Southwest Missouri State (35-25) in the Central Regional title game.
Lance Berkman led a 25-hit attack, going 4-for-5 with two homers and four RBIs as Rice took a 7-0 lead in the first inning.
The Owls swept through four games in regional without a loss.
``It really hasn’t sunk in yet,″ Berkman said. ``When we realize we’re going to Omaha, it will be great, Hopefully, we can go there and make some noise.″
UCLA 14, Oklahoma St. 2
At Stillwater, Okla., UCLA (44-19-1) forced a final game in the Midwest Regional by routing Oklahoma State 14-2 _ the Cowboys’ worst loss of the season.
The two teams were scheduled to meet again Sunday night for the championship, with the winner moving on to the College World Series.
Jim Parque (13-2) allowed four hits over eight innings and the Bruins were led by Peter Zamora, who went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs.
Stanford 5, Fresno State 2
At Stanford, Calif., Kyle Peterson pitched a seven-hitter as Stanford defeated Fresno State 5-2 and advanced to the College World Series as West Regional champs.
Peterson (11-2) faced the minimum 23 batters over the final 7 2-3 innings and tournament MVP Josh Hochgesang hit a two-run homer for Stanford (43-18).
The Cardinal advance to the CWS for the second time in three years and 10th time overall. The Cardinal won the national title in 1987 and ’88.