NCAA Tournament: Stanford, Texas Square Off In Game 3 For A Trip to Omaha

By Matthew Tallarini
World Baseball Network

Two deciding games in the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament will be played Monday, with Texas facing Stanford and Southern Mississippi facing Tennessee to determine the final two spots in the College World Series in Omaha.

The NCAA Division I College World Series will be from June 16 to June 26 in Omaha, Nebraska at Charles Schwab Field. All remaining games will be on ESPN family networks until the final out of the NCAA Division I College World Series. 

Stanford University 8, Texas 3 – Stanford, California 

Stanford beat the University of Texas Longhorns on Sunday 8-3 to force a deciding game three to determine which team will advance to the 2023 NCAA Division I College World Series. 

The first pitch of game three is scheduled for Monday night at 8 p.m. EDT on ESPN/ESPN+. 

Stanford’s starting pitcher, Quinn Mathews, threw a 156-pitch complete game and struck out 16 during the Cardinal’s 8-3 win Sunday. 

Texas starting pitcher Lebarron Johnson Jr. went 4.1 innings, allowing seven hits, four earned runs, walking four batters, and striking out four during the loss. Longhorns reliever Travis Sthele also struggled, pitching four innings and allowing six hits, three earned runs, two walks, and striking out five. 

Cardinal second baseman Drew Bowser had two-run home run in the top of the fifth, scoring catcher Malcom Moore and extending Stanford’s lead to 5-2. Moore ended the day 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI. Stanford outfielder Eddie Park went 2-for-4 with one run scored as well and two RBI. 

Stanford University is aiming to reach the College World Series for the 19th time in program history, while a Texas win would mark the Longhorns’ 39th appearance in the College World Series. 

Wake Forest 22, Alabama 5 – Winston-Salem, North Carolina 

The No. 1 program in the nation, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, slammed No. 16 University of Alabama 22-5 on Sunday as the Demon Deacons advance to the 2023 NCAA Division I College World Series. 

Wake Forest has not appeared in the NCAA Division I College World Series since 1955. Sunday’s victory earned the program’s third College World Series appearance. 

Demon Deacons starting pitcher Josh Hartle threw six innings, allowing seven hits, four earned runs, walking one batter, and striking out 11. 

The Wake Forest offense set a NCAA tournament record yesterday with nine home runs, including three by Brock Wilken, a potential first-round pick in the 2023 Major League Baseball Draft.

Through his junior season, Wilken has 70 career home runs, a program and Atlantic Coast Conference record. The previous ACC record was set by Georgia Tech’s Anthony Maisano (1986-90) and Florida State’s J.D. Drew (1995-97), who each had 69 career home runs. 

Demon Deacons designated hitter Dylan Corona went 3-for-6 with six RBI and two home runs. 

Crimson Tide starting pitcher Jacob McNairy went 2.1 innings, allowing six hits, seven earned runs, striking out three with his pitch count at 48 during his start.

Wake Forest also has the highest run differential ever going into the College World Series at +59, and 2023 is the first 50-win season in program history, as their their record sits at 52-10.  

Wake Forest University will await the winner of No. 8 Stanford University or the University of Texas in the first bracket of the 2023 NCAA Division I College World Series which starts on Friday. 

LSU 8, Kentucky 3 – Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

The LSU Tigers beat the Kentucky Wildcats 8-3 on Sunday to advance to the 2023 NCAA Division I College World Series for the 19th time in program history. 

Golden Spikes Award finalist LSU center fielder Dylan Crews went 1-for-2 with three RBI, pushing his batting average to .434 for the season. 

The LSU bullpen combined for just three earned runs allowed, 10 hits, walking two batters, and striking out 11 in Sunday’s win over their conference rival. 

Tigers starting pitcher Ty Floyd threw 3.1 innings, allowing seven hits, three earned runs, walking one batter, and striking out five during his performance along with leaving the game at 83 pitches. 

Kentucky starting pitcher Austin Strickland went 2.2 innings, allowing five hits, five earned runs, walking four and striking out one in Sunday’s loss. 

Kentucky’s three runs came from solo home runs by Jackson Gray in the bottom of the first inning, Devin Burkes in the bottom of the third, and Nolan McCarthy in the bottom of the fourth. 

LSU will play the winner of Monday’s game between Southern Miss and University of Tennessee in the 2023 NCAA Division I College World Series, as the Tigers aim for their seventh national championship title in program history and the first since 2009.

Virginia 12, Duke University 2 – Charlottesville, Virginia 

The Virginia Cavaliers went on to beat their conference rivals, the Duke Blue Devils, 12-2 on Sunday to advance to their sixth NCAA Division I College World Series and chase their second national championship. 

Virginia starting pitcher Brian Edington threw a complete game, going nine innings and allowing nine hits, two earned runs, walking one batter, and striking out 11 through 114 pitches.  

The Cavaliers offense tallied 16 hits during Sunday’s 12-2 win. 

Blue Devils starting pitcher Ryan Higgins threw one inning, allowing two hits, two earned runs, and walking two. 

Duke University’s pitching staff combined for 11 earned runs, seven walks, and five strikeouts during game three of the Charlottesville Super Regional. 

Cavaliers’ shortstop Griff O’Ferrall went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Virginia catcher Kyle Teel iwent 2-for-5 with four RBI and scored once. Cavaliers first baseman Ethan Anderson went 1-for-2 with a home run, three walks, and two RBI. 

The Virginia Cavaliers will play in Bracket 2 of the 2023 NCAA Division I College World Series against No. 2 University of Florida in their first game in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Oral Roberts 11, Oregon 6 – Eugene, Oregon 

The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles defeated the 2023 Pac-12 Conference champion Oregon Ducks 11-6 on Sunday to earn their second NCAA Division I College World Series appearance, and the program’s first since 1978. 

Oral Roberts starter Brooks Fowler threw 4.2 innings, allowing five hits, three earned runs, walked two and struck out one through 85 pitches. 

Golden Eagles first baseman Jake McMurray went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, a walk, and two RBI in the win.  Right fielder Matt Hogan went 1-for-2 for ORU with two RBI and three walks. 

Ducks starter Jackson Pace threw three innings, allowing five hits, four earned runs, walked two batters, and struck out two through 57 pitches along with recording the loss on Sunday. 

Golden Eagles relief pitcher Dalton Patten helped in his efforts for the Oral Roberts pitching staff as he threw the final three innings of the game allowing one hit, one earned run, walking four batters, and striking out three during Sunday’s game. 

Oral Roberts will play in Bracket 2 of the 2023 NCAA Division I College World Series against the 2023 Big 12 Conference champion Texas Christian University Horned Frogs in their first game at Charles Schwab Field. 

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