A stupendous offense was on display again at the NCAA Baseball Tournament on Sunday, and another crazy game in Stillwater, Oklahoma was Example A.
Oklahoma State came back from a 12-0 deficit to beat Missouri State 29-15 in the highest-scoring game in tournament history.
It happened less than 24 hours after the Cowboys blew a 10-5 lead going into the seventh and lost 20-12 to Arkansas.
The Cowboys’ turnaround against the Bears was complete when Griffin Doersching hit a grand slam for a 17-14 lead in the sixth inning by seven runs. They retired with 12 more points in the eighth and ninth and had just over an hour to prepare for a rematch with Arkansas.
No. 16 Georgia Southern was the only national seed eliminated, losing 3-1 at home to Texas Tech.
The top eight national seeds one win away from advancement were No. 1 Tennessee (vs. Georgia Tech), No. 3 Oregon State (vs. Vanderbilt), No. 4 Virginia Tech (vs. Columbia), No. 5 Texas A&M (vs. TCU) and No. 8 East Carolina (vs. Coastal Carolina).
No. 2 Stanford (vs Texas State) and No. 7 Oklahoma State (vs Arkansas) need to win twice in their Regional Finals to move on.
The eight seeds who win the regionals play at home in the best of three super regionals from Friday.
Louisville was the second-highest scoring team behind Oklahoma State on Sunday, beating Michigan 20-1 to set up a second regional final on Monday. Of 18 games completed on Sunday, one or both teams scored double-digit points in six.
Last year at regionals there was an average of 12.84 runs per game (both teams). In Saturday’s matches, the average is 14.57 – and that number will increase after Sunday.
Of the 64 teams in the tournament, 17 have averaged at least 10 runs in their first two games and 20 teams have hit five or more homers.
THEN THERE IS TEXAS TECH
Texas Tech made a final despite producing just seven points in three games. The Red Raiders entered the tournament ranked 10th nationally with 8.7 points per game. They hadn’t scored so few points in three games since April 2019, when they scored six in a series loss to West Virginia.
The throw saved Tech, who has a 5.25 ERA, allowed no earned runs in his last two games and has a 0.69 ERA in three games.
All Georgia Southern mustered against Andrew Morris, Austin Becker and Mason Molina was an unearned run in the third set of the 3-1 win that sent Tech into the final against Notre Dame.
Florida earned a huge run in their 6-5 victory over Central Michigan when Josh Rivera stole home for a 5-0 lead in the fifth.
With Mac Guscette first, the Gators pulled off a double steal. Chippe was left-hander Ryan Palmblad was distracted when Guscette took off, and the moment he turned to see what was happening, Rivera was slipping on the plate.
It was Florida’s first home steal since 2018 and Guscette’s first steal in 55 career games.
This is the time of year when teams come up with all kinds of good luck charms. For southern Mississippi, it’s the “Rally Paddle”.
As the Golden Eagles exited the dugout to celebrate Christopher Sargent’s 10th-inning slug-loaded single to beat Kennesaw State 4-3, reserve infielder Charlie Fischer ran downfield holding a paddle of yellow boat high in the air.
A Southern Miss spokesperson said the paddle is used to stir the team’s Powerade mix in the clubhouse. Somehow the paddle found its way to the dugout, and you can be sure it will be with the team the rest of the way.
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