CWS: Fullerton rolls past Louisville in Game 1
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) – Daniel Renken pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout, Josh Fellhauer homered, and Jared Clark drove in four runs to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 12-0 victory over Louisville in the super regional opener Friday night.
Another win by the Titans (46-14) will put them in the College World Series for the 16th time, and third in four years. Louisville (47-17), shut out for just the second time this season, must win Saturday to force a deciding third game Sunday night.
Renken (11-2) needed just 98 pitches against the aggressive Cardinals, tying a career high with 10 strikeouts in his third complete game this season. The sophomore right-hander retired 10 straight during one stretch, including five consecutive on strikeouts.
Mississippi 4, Virginia 3, 12 innings
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – Matt Smith’s solo home run in the bottom of the 12th inning gave Mississippi a come-from-behind win over Virginia .
Logan Power singled in the tying run in the ninth after an error and a hit batter gave Ole Miss runners on base with no outs. The Rebels (43-18) had been 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position to that point.
Smith’s eighth home run of the season – a first-pitch shot to left field – came off closer Kevin Arico (2-3), who also gave up Power’s hit.
The Rebels are one win from the College World Series in the best-of-three series against Virginia (46-13-1).
Jake Morgan (4-1) picked up the win after striking out one in three innings of scoreless one-hit ball.
Arkansas 7, Florida St. 2
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Mike Bolsinger threw five scoreless innings and Arkansas scored four of its runs without a hit to defeat Florida State in the opener of a super regional tournament game that took over nine hours to complete because of rain delays.
Florida State (45-17) must win two straight games to return to the College World Series for a second straight year. Bolsinger (6-4) fanned six and scattered four hits after replacing starter Dallas Keuchel.
The Razorbacks took a 5-2 lead in the seventh, scoring three runs without a hit as Florida State reliever Geoff Parker (6-2) walked three and hit a batter before getting an out.
Arkansas (38-22) took advantage of three Seminoles errors in the eighth to boost its lead to 7-2.
LSU 12, Rice 9
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Anthony Ranaudo struck out nine and allowed one earned run in 7 2-3 innings, Ryan Schimpf hit a three-run homer, and LSU beat Rice in the opener of the Baton Rouge super regional.
Ranaudo (10-3) increased his season strikeout total to 147, while helping LSU (50-16) pull within a victory of a second straight trip to the College World Series. Rice reliever Taylor Wall (7-6) took the loss.
Three LSU errors helped Rice take a 3-0 lead, all on unearned runs. The Owls (43-17) led 4-1 after Steven Sultzbaugh’s homer in the top of the fifth. But LSU responded with six runs in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by Schimpf’s homer that made it 5-4.