NCAA BASEBALL SUPER REGIONALS | Sunday’s games


Texas 4, Tennessee Tech 2

AUSTIN, TEXAS

The most dangerous offensive team in the country was rendered harmless.

Tennessee Tech managed just three hits, a season-low, against Texas pitchers Chase Shugart and Blair Henley as the Longhorns won to even their NCAA Tournament best-of-three super regional series at one victory apiece.

Game 3 is on Monday.

All-American Kody Clemens drove in two runs, one with his 23rd home run of the season for Texas (41-21).

Tech (53-11) leads the nation in several categories, including runs (more than 10 a game) and home runs.

The Golden Eagles managed two hits and one unearned run in six innings against Shugart (6-3). The three total hits in the game were Tech’s fewest since Feb. 27, 2015, when they had one hit against Northern Illinois.

South Carolina 8, Arkansas 5

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK.

LT Tolbert hit a grand slam to help South Carolina keep its season alive with a win over national No. 5 seed Arkansas in the second game of their NCAA super regional.

Tolbert’s home run highlighted a five-run fifth inning for the Gamecocks (37-25), who will face the Razorbacks in a deciding third game on Monday — with the winner advancing to next week’s College World Series.

Justin Row and Hunter Taylor each added home runs for South Carolina, and Carlos Cortes had three hits in the win. Cody Morris (9-3) earned the win after allowing only one unearned run in five innings.

Arkansas (43-19) opened the super regional with a 9-3 win but never led on Sunday. Kacey Murphy (8-5) allowed four runs in 4 1/2 innings and took the loss, and Heston Kjerstad and Carson Shaddy had home runs for the Razorbacks.

Auburn 3, Florida 2

GAINESVILLE, FLA.

Luke Jarvis’ single in the bottom of the ninth scored pinch-runner Cade Evans from second base and gave Auburn a victory over top-seeded Florida in their best-of-three super regional.

The win set up a decisive game Monday night.

Jarvis was hitless in seven at-bats in the series before coming through in the clutch.

Brendan Venter got things started in the inning with a lead-off walk off reliever Jordan Butler (6-2). He moved to second on Jay Estes’ single and then gave way to Evans. Jarvis drove the first pitch into left center, easily scoring Evans.

Will Holland had an RBI double in the eighth, and Steven Williams homered in the fourth for Auburn (43-22).

The Gators (46-19) trailed 2-1 in the ninth before Austin Langworthy’s leadoff homer off closer Cody Greenhill (6-2).

Duke 11, Texas Tech 2

LUBBOCK, TEXAS

Max Miller drove in four runs and Duke avoided elimination again, winning at Texas Tech to force a deciding Game 3 in their super regional. Game 3 is Monday, with the winner advancing to the College World Series.

Texas Tech (43-18) is trying to get to Omaha for the third time in five seasons. Duke’s last CWS appearance was in 1961. The Blue Devils (45-17) had to win four consecutive games to take the NCAA Athens Regional after losing their opener there.

They started their first-ever super regional with a 6-4 loss on Saturday. Lefty Graeme Stinson (5-1) threw seven scoreless innings with six strikeouts.

Texas Tech sophomore right-hander Caleb Kilian (9-2) allowed five runs in four-plus innings. Miller had an RBI double in a four-run fourth, then had a bases-loaded triple when Duke added six more an inning later for a 10-0 lead.

Associated Press

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