Florida and Mississippi State met on Friday afternoon to begin Super Regional play. Being SEC Conference teams, they met during the season, with the Gators winning three out of four. Will Kimmey of ESPN spoke during the pregame bit that the Gators are the best team in college baseball. They showed that Friday afternoon.
The bats busted out in a big way, as they scored in every inning but the 6th and 8th innings. The Gators hit three homeruns (Nolan Fontana, Mike Zunino, and Daniel Pigott). They pounded out 11 hits, with Bryson Smith collecting three hits and Zunino and Josh Adams each collecting two hits. Everyone says that the new bats have limited teamsâ€™ offenses and the homerun numbers. The bats havenâ€™t slowed the Gators down yet.
On the mound, Hudson Randall was dominant. Mississippi State just couldnâ€™t get anything going against him. The Bulldogs scored their lone run on a Jaron Shepherd RBI ground out in the 6th. Randall allowed six hits over eight innings and stuck out a career-high eight batters. Florida took Game One 11-1. Game Two will begin at noon on ESPN on Saturday.
Via UNC's Athletic Dept.
It was a pitcherâ€™s duel early on as Stanford faced North Carolina. Mark Appel was on the mound for the Cardinals, while senior right-hander Patrick Johnson got the start for the Tarheels. It was 1-0 UNC until the bottom of the 7th when Seth Baldwin connected for a two-run homerun after failing to get the sac bunt down.
Stanford finally got on the board for two runs in the top of the 8th on a Brian Ragira two-run single. However in the bottom of the 8th, the Tarheels scored those runs back on a bases loaded walk and a sac fly. Michael Morin sent the Cardinal down in order in the top of the 9th to take Game 1 of the Super Regional 5-2. Game 2 will begin at 3pm ET on Saturday afternoon on ESPN.
Arizona State and Texas were locked in a pitcherâ€™s duel between the Sun Devils Brady Rogers and the Longhorns Taylor Jungmann. ASU scored two runs in the top of the 3rd, aided by two Texas errors. Texas came back to score a run in the bottom of the inning on a Brandon Loy RBI single. The score would stay at 2-1 until the top of the 8th when ASU tacked on an insurance run (Joey DeMichele drove in the run, his second RBI of the game).
Texas went down in order in the bottom of the 9th against Mitchell Lambson, who pitched 2.1 innings of shutout relief. Rogers picked up the win, allowing just one run on eight hits over 6.1 innings. Jungmann took the loss (his second of the NCAA Tournament), as he allowed three runs (one earned) on just three hits over 7.1 innings. ASU was the only visiting team to win on Day 1 of the Super Regionals. Game 2 will begin at 7pm ET on ESPN on Saturday night.
Via Vanderbilt's Athletic Dept.
The final game of Day 1 featured Oregon State visiting Vanderbilt. The host Commodores jumped all over OSU starter Sam Gaviglio in the first inning for four runs on three hits and three walks. In the bottom of the 4th, Vanderbilt scored four more runs, capped by a Mike Yastrzemski three-run homerun. That was more than enough run support for Commodores ace Sonny Gray. Gray allowed one run on four hits over 6.1 innings. OSU scored their lone run in the 7th inning and only collected four hits on the night. Vanderbilt took Game One of the Super Regional 11-1. Game Two will begin at 9pm ET on ESPN2 on Saturday night.