Alabama caps NCAA baseball regional win with a rout

AP photo by Vasha Hunt / Alabama catcher Mac Guscette celebrates after hitting a home run during the Crimson Tide's 4-3 win against Nicholls on Friday night, the opening game for both in the Tuscaloosa Regional. The Tide beat Troy 11-8 on Saturday and Boston College 8-0 on Sunday to advance to a super regional at No. 1 Wake Forest next weekend.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Jacob McNairy struck out 11 batters while pitching 7 2/3 scoreless innings, Mac Guscette hit a two-RBI single to cap a four-run first inning, and Alabama beat Boston College 8-0 on Sunday night to win the Tuscaloosa Regional and advance to the Crimson Tide's first super regional since 2010.

Andrew Pinckney drew a two-out walk on four pitches, Drew Williamson was hit by the first pitch he saw, and Dominic Tamez walked on four consecutive balls to load the bases. Pinckney scored when the next pitch hit Colby Shelton, and Ed Johnson worked an eight-pitch at-bat for an RBI walk before Guscette made it 4-0 in the first.

Tamez hit an RBI double in the second, and Guscette scored on a single by Tommy Seidl in the third to make it 6-0. After three consecutive two-out walks to load the bases in the eighth, Guscette capped the scoring with a two-run single.

McNairy (7-2) allowed just three hits and three walks for Alabama (42-19), which also beat Nicholls 4-3 and Troy 11-8 while winning in the first regional it has hosted since 2006.

Hagan Banks walked the first two batters he faced before he got Joe Vetrano to fly out to end the eighth inning, and Hunter Hoopes walked Nick Wang and moved to second base on a single by Cameron Leary, but a flyout, a popout and a groundout ended the game.

Boston College finished 37-19, tying the program's single-season wins record.

The Tide, who are the NCAA tournament's No. 16 overall seed, have impressed after a slow start to the season. They've also carried on since coach Brad Bohannon was fired last month amid a gambling scandal, with Jason Jackson now leading the team on an interim basis.

As one of the 16 teams moving on from the first weekend of the 64-team tourney, Alabama has earned a place in the super regional phase. The Tide have also earned a big test, because they'll hit the road to face top-seeded Wake Forest (50-1) in a best-of-three series with a College World Series berth on the line.

The Demon Deacons breezed through their Winston-Salem Regional, outscoring three opponents a combined 48-7.