Florida 3, Auburn 2
Longworthy’s winning HR goes off OF’s glove
Austin Langworthy’s home run off Steven Williams’ glove in the 11th inning gave overall top seed Florida a victory against Auburn in the deciding game of their NCAA super regional Monday night, sending the defending national champion Gators to the College World Series for the fourth consecutive year.
Langworthy lined a pitch off freshman All-American closer Cody Greenhill (6-3) to the wall. Williams had a bead on it, but it bounced off his glove and over the fence. It was Langworthy’s fourth homer of the season and second in the best-of-three series.
Williams dropped to the ground in disbelief as Florida players rushed the field and waited for Langworthy to touch home plate before mobbing him.
The Gators (47-19) advance to play Texas Tech in Omaha, Nebraska later this week. Florida is headed there for the seventh time in the last nine years.
Auburn (43-23) was trying to get to the CWS for the first time since 1997.
TEXAS 5, TENNESSEE TECH 2
Clemens, Petrinsky hit homers for Longhorns
Kody Clemens and DJ Petrinsky hit home runs, Matteo Bocchi was effective in a rare appearance as a starting pitcher, and Texas defeated Tennessee Tech won a spot in the College World Series.
Texas (42-21), under second-year coach David Pierce, returns to the CWS for the first time since 2014.
Clemens, drafted recently in the third round by the Detroit Tigers, hit his 24th home run of the season — one less than the national leader Spencer Torkelson of Arizona State. Clemens has 11 home runs in his last 15 games.
The matchup of starting pitchers seemed to favor Tennessee Tech.
But left-hander Alex Hursey (8-5), the No. 3 starter for Tech (53-12), lasted just three innings, allowing four runs.
Pierce used his No. 3 starter, Blair Henley, in relief on Sunday. So Bocchi (4-1) made only his fourth start of the season for Texas and allowed one run in a season-high five innings. Nolan Kingham, the Game 1 starter on Saturday and the sixth pitcher for Texas on Monday, came on in the ninth, walking one to load the bases but inducing Brennon Kaleiwahea to ground out and end the game.
Texas Tech 6, Duke 2
Home run binge sends Red Raiders to CWS
Gabe Holt, Michael Davis and Brian Klein all homered for Texas Tech, which is going to the College World Series for the third time in five seasons.
The Red Raiders (44-18) went ahead to stay when Davis hit a two-run homer in the fourth to break a 1-1 tie in the deciding game of the best-of-three NCAA super regional.
It was the 12th homer of the season for the senior shortstop, the only current position player who started a game during their last trip to Omaha two years ago. He was playing second base then.
Klein went deep in the seventh to make it 4-2 with his fourth homer of the season. Holt’s sixth homer was a solo shot in the third, and he added an RBI single in the eighth.
Jimmy Herron had three hits and both RBIs for Duke (45-18).
Arkansas 14, S. Carolina 4
Razorbacks roll over Gamecocks into CWS
Eric Cole had three hits, a home run and scored five runs to help No. 5 national seed Arkansas advance to the College World Series.
The trip to Omaha is the first since 2015 for the Razorbacks (44-19), and it’s their fifth in the last 16 seasons under coach Dave Van Horn.
Cole had a pair of RBIs for Arkansas, and Luke Bonfield added three hits and four RBIs.