COLLEGE BASEBALL Super Regionals
Nebraska 6, Miami 3
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Alex Gordon, Joe Simokaitis and Ryan Bohanan homered and freshman Johnny Dorn pitched 61/3 solid innings as Nebraska earned a trip to College World Series for the third time in five years.
The Cornhuskers (56-13), who won the best-of-three NCAA Super Regional 2-0, return to the World Series -- 50 miles away in Omaha -- after making consecutive appearances in 2001-02. The Hurricanes (41-19-1) will miss the CWS for the first time since 2002 and only the fourth time since 1993.
Dorn (12-1) allowed five hits before Brian Duensing relieved in the seventh, and Brett Jensen worked the last 12/3 innings for his 15th save.
The Huskers jumped on Miami starter Brandon Camardese (6-1) right away. Simokaitis singled with out one in the first before Gordon -- in a 3-for-13 mini slump in the NCAA tournament -- drove the ball off the light pole beyond the fence in left-center field for his 19th home run of the season.
It was the first homer in seven games for Gordon, a two-time Big 12 player of the year and the second pick overall by the Kansas City Royals in the baseball draft earlier this week.
Simokaitis hit only his fifth homer in 235 career games leading off the third for a 3-0 lead. The Huskers were up 5-0 after Ryan Bohanan's bases-loaded double.
The Huskers will open the CWS on Friday against the winner of the super regional between Cal State-Fullerton and Arizona State.
Clemson 4, Baylor 2
WACO, Texas -- Stan Widmann hit a two-run single in the seventh to lead Clemson in the opener of its NCAA Super Regional.
Jeff Hahn (4-1) pitched two innings of shutout relief to earn the win, and Robert Rohrbaugh picked up the save.
In the seventh, Clemson (43-21) loaded the bases with no outs against Baylor (42-22) starter Trey Taylor (7-6).
Kris Harvey and Travis Storrer singled, and Andy D'Alessio reached when Zach Dillon threw late to third on D'Alessio's bunt. Abe Woody relieved for the Bears, and Widmann hit his first pitch into right field for a two-run single, giving Clemson a 3-2 margin.
The Tigers added a run in the eighth.
Game 2 of the best-of three series is today at 4 p.m.
Rice 9, Tulane 5
NEW ORLEANS -- Josh Rodriguez had four hits, two RBIs and three runs scored to help Rice take the first game of its series against national top seed Tulane.
Rice (45-17), the seventh seed, jumped out to a 9-1 lead as Owls starter Josh Geer (12-4) gave up only one run on six hits through the first six innings.
Geer ran into minor trouble in the seventh, when Tulane (53-10) scored four runs and threatened for more by loading the bases with one out. But reliever Bobby Bell came on to retire the next two batters on ground balls, then shut out Tulane in the last two innings for the save.
Four days after being drafted by the Houston Astros in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft, Tulane starter Brian Bogusevic (13-2) had one of his worst appearances of the season, giving up six runs on 10 hits through the first two innings.
Game 2 of the series is scheduled for today at 1 p.m., with Rice, the 2003 national champions, needing only one more victory to advance to the College World Series.
Tennessee 13, Georgia Tech 3
ATLANTA -- Michael Rivera's three-run homer highlighted a six-run third inning and Tennessee earned its fourth trip to the College World Series.
The Volunteers (46-19) pounded out 16 hits and freshman left-hander James Adkins allowed three runs on seven hits over 72/3 innings to record the win. He also had 11 strikeouts with a walk.
After stranding four runners in the first two innings, the Volunteers solved Tech starter Lee Hyde (7-4) in the third, sending 11 batters to the plate and recording seven hits, the big blow Rivera's first home run.
Julio Borbon's two-run single keyed a three-run fourth, staking Adkins (10-4) to a 9-0 lead.
Chase Headley had four hits for the Volunteers, who lost twice to Miami in their last appearance at the College World Series in 2001.
Georgia Tech (45-19) was swept for the third time in four Super Regional appearances, all of them at home.
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