Justin Smith, making his first start since being told in April he was out for the season, allowed three runs over seven innings yesterday to help Alabama advance to the College World Series with a 13-5 victory over LSU in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Alabama (51-14) extended its winning streak to 15 games, the longest in the nation. The Tigers (41-24-1), who lost 13-6 to the Crimson Tide in Friday's opener, failed to make the World Series for the first time in four years. Smith, who learned he had a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder in April, got a second opinion last month and learned he only had a strained muscle.
STANFORD 5, USC 3: In Palo Alto, Calif., Justin Wayne held the Trojans to two runs and struck out 12 batters over eight innings to lead the Cardinal into the series.
MIAMI 8, WAKE FOREST 1: Kevin Brown hit his 20th homer, a three-run shot in the third, to help host Miami earn its sixth straight series berth.
FLORIDA STATE 6, AUBURN 3: Pinch hitter John Halliday's double highlighted a four-run ninth inning that gave host Florida State a return trip to the series.
CAL STATE-FULLERTON 11, OHIO STATE 5: In Columbus, Ohio, Ryan Owens homered twice and drove in six runs and Jon Smith came back from a shoulder injury with six shutout innings for Cal State-Fullerton, which plays the Buckeyes again today.
RICE 10, SW LOUISIANA 1: Kenny Baugh threw a four-hitter as top-ranked Rice stayed alive in Houston.
CLEMSON 10, TEXAS A&M 3: Henri Stanley's two-run homer keyed a five-run sixth and visiting Clemson added four more in the seventh to force a deciding third game.
BAYLOR 17, OKLAHOMA STATE 7: In Waco, Tex., Jason Jennings had a three-run homer and Brian Loeb added a two-run shot in a six-run sixth inning as Baylor forced a deciding third game today.