CORVALLIS, Ore. — Travis Bazzana and Jacob Melton homered, and Cooper Hjerpe struck out six batters in 5 2/3 innings as Oregon State beat Auburn 4-3 to avoid elimination Sunday night in the NCAA baseball tournament's best-of-three Corvallis Super Regional.
The teams play again Monday, with the winner advancing to the College World Series, which starts Friday in Omaha, Nebraska. The 7:30 p.m. matchup of No. 14 overall seed Auburn (41-20) and No. 3 Oregon State will be televised by ESPN2.
Auburn, which won 7-5 in Saturday's series opener, had scored 58 runs in its previous four games. The Tigers' five hits Sunday were their fewest since they also had five in a 6-3 loss to Kentucky on May 21.
Matthew Gretler led off the fifth inning with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kyle Dernedde and scored on a throwing error when Justin Boyd dropped a bunt down the third-base line for a base hit, giving Oregon State a 3-2 lead. In the sixth, Bazzana drew a two-out walk, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch before he scored on a single by Jake Dukart to make it 4-2.
Hjerpe (11-2), who was originally scheduled to start Saturday but was scratched due to an unspecified illness, gave up three runs on three hits with two walks. Ben Ferrer gave up two hits with no walks and three strikeouts in 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to earn his third save of the season.
In the top of the fourth, Melton hit the ninth pitch of his at-bat over the wall in left-center field, and Bazzana added a solo shot in the inning to give the Beavers a 2-0 lead. In the bottom half, Cole Foster, Brooks Carlson and Brody Moore all doubled as Auburn tied it 2-2.
The final three innings were scoreless after Auburn pulled within 4-3 in the sixth on a wild pitch.
Stanford 8, Connecticut 2
STANFORD, Calif. — Drew Bowser and Braden Montgomery each hit a home run in Stanford's six-run second inning as the second-seeded Cardinal (46-16) beat the Huskies (50-15) to avoid elimination and force a decisive third game with a CWS berth at stake.
Monday's 4 p.m. showdown will be televised by ESPN2.
Stanford starter Ty Uber gave up a single, a double and two walks, threw a wild pitch and allowed a run before being pulled with two outs — both strikeouts — in the bottom of the first. Brandt Pancer struck out Korey Morton swinging to end the inning before Montgomery hit a three-run homer and Bowser added a solo shot to cap a six-run top of the second that made it 8-1.
T.C. Simmons walked to lead off the bottom of the second and scored on a two-out double by David Smith to trim the Huskies' deficit to 8-2, but they had just six baserunners after that, and none of them advanced beyond second base.
Pancer (3-0) gave up one hit with two walks and struck out three batters in 3 1/3 innings for the win. Ryan Bruno threw two scoreless innings, and Quinn Mathews walked three batters and had four strikeouts in three hitless innings for his eighth save of the season.
In the top of the first, Kody Huff hit the 10th pitch of his at-bat up the middle for a two-out single that drove in the game' first two runs, and Stanford never trailed.
The Huskies finished with just four hits after racking up 17 — including 10 for extra bases — in Saturday's series opener. They jumped to a 9-0 lead in the top of the second inning of that game but have since been outscored 20-6.
Bowser has hit at least one home run in each of the past four games, and 10 of his 18 homers this season have come in Stanford's 11 postseason games (including the Pac-12 tournament).
Ole Miss 5, Southern Miss 0
HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Hunter Elliott struck out 10 batters in 7 1/3 innings, Jacob Gonzalez drove in the first run with an infield hit, and Ole Miss continued its improbable postseason run by winning a super regional against No. 11 Southern Miss to advance to the CWS for the first time since 2014.
Ole Miss (37-22) — the last team to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA's 64-team field and only a No. 3 seed for the regional round a week earlier — didn't allow a run while sweeping Southern Miss (47-19), beating the Golden Eagles 10-0 on Saturday. The Rebels will try to add to their postseason success at the eight-team CWS, which starts Friday in Omaha, Nebraska.
Elliott (4-2) allowed just three hits, all singles, while throwing 97 pitches, 69 for strikes. Josh Mallitz allowed only a walk in retiring the final five batters to complete the shutout.
The Rebels scored all the runs they would need in the bottom of the fifth. Harris singled off Southern Miss starter Tanner Hall (9-3) to open the inning. Justin Bench's one-out double put runners on second and third. Gonzalez beat out a grounder to first to drive in Harris. Bench scored and Gonzalez took second on a wild pitch for the second run. Kendall Graham singled home Gonzalez to make it 3-0.
Hayden Dunhurst singled to lead off the sixth and scored on Bench's two-out single for a 4-0 lead. No. 9 batter TJ McCants hit a two-out solo home run in the eighth to cap the scoring.
Hall allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings, striking out six. The Golden Eagles' only CWS appearance came in 2009.
Arkansas 4, North Carolina 3
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Brady Slavens hit a walkoff single as Arkansas (43-19) completed a super regional sweep of the Tar Heels (42-22), clinching the 11th CWS berth in program history.
North Carolina took its first lead of the game when Tomas Frick led off the top of the ninth with a double and then scored on a two-out single to right by Patrick Alvarez to make it 3-2.
In the bottom half, Jalen Battles and Peyton Stovall hit back-to-back singles for the Razorbacks, and Kendall Diggs, pinch-hitting for Zack Gregory, drew a walk to load the bases. Battles scored when Braydon Webb reached on a fielder's choice, and after Caden O'Brien replaced Davis Palermo, Slavens hit a ground ball through the right side that brought home Stovall for the win.
Battles went 2-for-3 with an RBI double, Stovall was 3-for-4 and Webb hit a solo homer in the fifth that made it 2-0.
Arkansas starter Will McEntire allowed three hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Zack Morris (6-0) earned the victory when he came on with two outs and a runner on first and got Angel Zarate fly out to left to end the game.
Alberto Osuna went 2-for-4 and Frick went 1-for-3 with a double and two runs scored for North Carolina.
The game went into the first of two weather delays at 1:44 p.m. local time with no score in the top of the third and resumed play nearly two hours later. The second delay, which lasted about an hour, began at 5:22 with the score 2-2 in the top of the eighth.
Oklahoma 11, Virginia Tech 2
BLACKSBURG, Va. — Tanner Tredaway hit two solo homers and two doubles, and Cade Horton pitched six strong innings as Oklahoma rolled over No. 4 Virginia Tech to win the deciding third game of a super regional.
The Sooners (41-22) will open against No. 5 Texas A&M in the double-elimination portion of the CWS. The Sooners will be making their 11th appearance, having won the event in 1951 and 1994.
Virginia Tech (45-14) was aiming for its first trip to the CWS. The Hokies, who start five sophomores and a freshman, were hosts of a super regional for the first time after winning a regional for the first time.
Peyton Graham homered with one out in the top of the first and Tredaway cleared the fence with two outs to give the Sooners a 2-0 lead. Virginia Tech freshman Carson DeMartini hit a two-run shot to in the third to draw even.
Tredaway hit a go-ahead homer leading off against Hokies starter Jordan Geber (1-2) in a three-run fourth. Brett Squires added an RBI single and Kendall Pettis drove in the final run with a sacrifice fly for a 5-2 lead.
The Sooners tacked on two more in the fifth as John Spikerman singled and scored on a double by Blake Robertson before Tredaway doubled in Robertson. A solo shot by Pettis in the sixth made it 8-2.
Jimmy Crooks singled in a run in the seventh, and Jackson Nicklaus had a solo homer in the eighth. The final run came on a groundout in the ninth by Wallace Clark as the Sooners scored at least one run in six straight innings.
Horton (4-2) pitched six innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out eight batters.
Texas 11, East Carolina 1
GREENVILLE, N.C. — Ivan Melendez hit a three-run homer, Skyler Messinger went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and No. 9 Texas (47-20) won the deciding game of a super regional to clinch the program's 38th trip to Omaha, where the Longhorns will be seeking their seventh national title but first since 2005.
Tristan Stevens (7-6) scattered five hits and three walks with five strikeouts while allowing one run in six innings. Travis Sthele and Jared Southard combined to allow just two baserunners — on a pair of walks by Sthele — and struck out two in a combined three innings of hitless relief.
The game's 4 p.m. starting time was delayed by nearly an hour due to lightning in the area, and a second weather delay in the middle of the first stalled the action for almost five hours.
Douglas Hodo III led off the game with a single and then stole second. Eric Kennedy drew an eight-pitch walk before Melendez hit his 32nd home run of the season to give Texas a 3-0 lead.
Murphy Stehly hit a two-run double in the Longhorns' five-run second to make it 9-1.
The Pirates' 13-7 victory in the opener Friday gave them 22 win in their previous 23 games, but back-to-back losses to Texas ended their season and dashed any hope of the first CWS appearance in program history.
The Pirates had a five-run lead after 6 1/2 innings Saturday before the Longhorns scored seven runs in the final three innings to stave off elimination and force Sunday's decisive matchup.