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NCAA Baseball Capsules

May 25, 1997

At Coral Gables, Fla., Greg Halvorsen drove in three runs as Arizona State beat Miami 10-3 on Saturday to move within a victory of reaching the College World Series.

The Sun Devils (39-20) need a win on Sunday _ they get two chances under the double elimination format _ to earn a trip to Omaha, Neb.

Dan McKinley and Chip Gosewisch had RBI doubles in a three-run first for Arizona State. Jeff Cermak (7-3) was the winner, while Darin Spassoff (8-5) was the loser.

Miami (46-16), making its NCAA-record 25th consecutive regional appearance, has advanced to the College World Series in 11 of the 13 years it has hosted a regional.

Florida 16, Richmond 2

Brian Haught went 3-for-4 with four RBIs as Florida eliminated Richmond with a 16-2 victory.

The Gators (40-23) had 18 hits and set a school postseason record with their 16 runs. Every starter had at least one hit and eight of nine had an RBI.

Tommy Bond (3-3) pitched his first nine-inning complete game for the victory.

Later Saturday, Florida played Miami, with the winner going against Arizona State on Sunday.

East Regional

Auburn 8, Florida State 7

At Tallahassee, Fla., David Ross hit a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to cap a five-run rally as Auburn stunned Florida State 8-7 and moved a win away from the College World Series.

Ross, who grew up in Tallahassee, capped the win before his hometown fans.

Florida State led 7-1 after six innings, but Auburn scored a run in the seventh and another in the eighth before winning it in the ninth.

South Florida 9, Western Carolina 4

Mike Diaz had three hits and scored two runs as South Florida (39-23) beat Western Carolina 9-4, eliminating the Catamounts.

Eric Busch (3-1) earned the victory.

In a late game, South Florida played Florida State, with the winner meeting Auburn (48-14) on Sunday.

South II Regional

Alabama 6, North Carolina State 3

At Tuscaloosa, Ala., Roberto Vaz scattered eight hits over 7 2-3 innings to lead Alabama to a 6-3 win over North Carolina State.

The victory puts top-seeded Alabama (51-12) one win away from its second straight trip to the CWS.

GW Keller hit his 20th homer in the second inning as the Tide became the first SEC team to have four players with 20 or more home rusn in a season.

Southern California 6, Virginia Tech 2

Eric Munson hit a two-run homer and Brad Ticehurst a solo shot as USC (41-19) beat Virginia Tech 6-2.

USC’s Stve Immel (7-4) allowed two unearned runs over 6 1-3 innings for the win as the Hokies were eliminated from the regional.

In a late game, Southern California played N.C. State (43-19), with the winner playing Alabama on Sunday.

Central Regional

SW Texas State 12, Clemson 7

At Lubbock, Texas, Matt Schnabel, Brad Eubank and Chad Spear had consecutive RBI doubles in a four-run third as Southwest Texas State (38-25) beat Clemson, 12-7, ousting the Tigers from the regional.

Clemson (41-23) reached the CWS the past three seasons.

SW Missouri State 10, Nevada 9

Southwest Missouri State nearly blew a nine-run lead, but held on for a 10-9 victory over Nevada, eliminating the Wolf Pack from the regional.

Trailing 10-1 after six innings, Nevada closed strong, getting five runs in the ninth on Andy Dominique’s two-run homer and Gary Johnson’s bases-loaded triple to make it a one-run game.

But Lyle Overbay grounded out to end the game, making a winner of Ben Walker (4-1). Jason Hart went 4-for-5 for Southwest Missouri.

In a later game, Rice played SW Texas State, with the winner playing Southwest Missouri State on Sunday.

West Regional

Stanford 9, Santa Clara 2

At Stanford, Calif., Brent Hoard and Jeff Austin combined on a four-hitter and John Gall hit a grand slam as Stanford advanced to the finals of the West Regional with a 9-2 victory over Santa Clara.

Edmund Muth added a two-run homer for Stanford (42-18), which moved within one win of its second CWS berth in three years and 10th overall.

Santa Clara (41-19) played Saturday night against the winner of an elimination game between Cal State Fullerton and Fresno State. The survivor must beat Stanford, the only unbeaten team in the tournament, twice Sunday to earn a CWS berth.

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