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Walk-Offs and Upsets: One Thing from Each NCAA Regional Game

 Matt Marsh - World Baseball Network  |    Jun 1st, 2024 11:00am EDT

Kenton Deverman pitches for Evansville. (via East Carolina Athletic Department)

Kentucky 10 Western Michigan 8

  • Number two seed overall, Kentucky holds off a late Broncos rally to escape with a victory. Kentucky got out to an 8-0 lead before WMU made it close in the middle innings.

Florida State 7 Stetson 2

  • FSU pitcher Carson Dorsey went 8.2 innings with seven strikeouts on 121 pitches. Stetson’s defense did them no favors, committing three errors.

Virginia 4 Penn 2

  • A three-run homer in the second by Henry Godbout would be all Virginia would need. Relief pitcher Chase Hungate went 3.1 innings of one-hit ball and shut the door for the Cavaliers.

LSU 4 Wofford 3

  • See full game recap here

Coastal Carolina 13 Vanderbilt 3

  • Coastal uses a pair of big innings to pummel Vandy. They scored five runs in the second and another five in the eighth inning.

Texas A&M 8 Grambling 0

  • Number three seed overall takes care of business. Scored seven runs in the second inning.

Georgia 8 Army 7

  • Number 7 seed Georgia needs an eighth-inning sac fly by Fernando Gonzalez to hold off Army in a back-and-forth battle.

Evansville 4 East Carolina 1

  • In the biggest upset of the day, East Carolina, ranked 16 overall and one seed in their region, fell. Evansville starting pitcher Kenton Deverman went 8 innings with only three hits, one run, and four strikeouts.

Indiana 10 Southern Miss 4

  • Hoosiers jump Southern Miss’s starter, scoring eight runs in the first five innings. Nine-hole hitter Morgan Colopy went two for five with a home run and three RBIs.

ACC and Big Ten tournament champs lose game 1 of regionals

  • UConn 4 Duke 1
    • UConn takes down ACC champion Duke. Nine-hole hitter Tyler Minick hit a home run in the top of the ninth as the exclamation point.
  • Florida 5 Nebraska 2
    • Florida used a pair of homers to upset the Big Ten champs.

South Carolina 8 JMU 7

  • Game cocks rally late and walk it off in extras. South Carolina needed a two-out, two-run ninth-inning home run by Cole Messina to tie the game late and rode that momentum into extras, winning via the sac fly in the bottom of the tenth inning.

Arkansas 17 SE Missouri 9

  • No. 5 seed Arkansas hits six homers to slug their way to victory over SE Missouri. The game was closer than the final score; Arkansas scored four runs in the seventh and three in the eighth to pull away late.

Oregon 5 San Diego 4

  • San Diego tied the game with a three-run homer at four apiece in the bottom of the eighth. Bryce Boettcher homered in the top of the eleventh for the Ducks as they won a close one.

West Virginia 4 Dallas Baptist 1

  • West Virginia starter Derek Clark throws a complete game, giving up one run on four hits and eight strikeouts. Clark shut down the top of the DBU order and held the top three in the order, hitless in 12 at-bats.

UC Irvine 13 Nicholls 12

  • UC Irvine wins a crazy barn-burner with a walk-off 2-run single after blowing an 8-1 lead. They gave up seven runs in the final three innings but rallied late to win.

UNC 11 Long Island 8

  • See full game recap here

VCU 1 Wake Forest 0

  • Wake Forest offense put to sleep by VCU starter Christian Gordon. He goes 7.2 innings of two-hit ball with 13 strikeouts.

Texas 12 Louisiana 5

  • Longhorns use small ball to blow out the Ragin’ Cajuns. Score 12 runs on 15 hits.

UCF 8 Alabama 7

  • These two teams traded runs all evening, but UCF pinch hitter Andrew Sundean came through with an RBI single in the top of the ninth to break the tie and give the Knights the victory.

Tennessee 9 Northern Kentucky 3

  • Northern Kentucky made the first Regionals appearance in program history, and third basemen Cleary Simpson led off the game with a home run. Still, the number one overall seed, Tennessee, takes care of business without a sweat.

Clemson 4 High Point 3

  • High Point starter threw 117 pitches over seven strong innings, but Clemson ended up walk-off victors thanks to a single from left fielder Tristan Bissetta.

Oklahoma 14 Oral Roberts 0

  • Oklahoma rides their top-of-the-order to a blow-out win. The top three went 9-13 with two home runs, eight RBIs, and seven runs scored.

NC State 9 Bryant 2

  • NC State took control with a three-run third and closed the door with a four-run sixth to win their first regional game.

Oklahoma State 19 Niagara 7

  • Oklahoma State scored 11 runs in the first three innings and coasted to a blowout victory. Center-fielder Zach Ehrhard went 3-3 with a home run, four RBIs, and five runs.

UNCW 9 Georgia Tech 0

  • UNCW starter RJ Sales throws 109 pitches over 7.1 shut-out innings. Eight-hole hitter Bryan Arendt hit a grand slam in the second inning, and that would be more than enough as the Tech offense never showed up.

Mississippi State 5 St. Johns 2

  • The only real pitchers’ duel of the day saw both starters go eight-plus innings. This game needed extra frames, but ultimately, Mississippi State right fielder Dakota Jordan’s three-run homer in the bottom of the tenth would be the difference.

Illinois 4 Indiana State 1

  • The Fighting Illini starter Jake Crowder went eight innings and allowed one run on three hits. He only made one mistake, which ended up in the left-field stands, but he was spectacular on Friday night.

Grand Canyon 9 Arizona 4

  • Grand Canyon scored seven runs over the last four innings to upset Arizona in Tucson.

Santa Barbara 9 Fresno State 6

  • Fresno State scored three runs in the eighth to shrink the lead, but UCSB closer Matt Ager needed only seven pitches to shut the door in the ninth.

Oregon State 10 Tulane 4

  • International superstar Travis Bazzana put the exclamation point on the Beavers’ victory with a solo blast in the eighth inning, but designated hitter Gavin Turley’s grand slam in the fifth inning woke the offense up.
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