Oklahoma State earned a trip to the College World Series yesterday by scoring six times in the last two innings for a 6-2 victory over Baylor in Game 3 of their NCAA Super Regional in Waco, Tex.
The win sent the Cowboys (46-19) to Omaha for the first time since 1996. They did it with three-run rallies in the eighth and ninth innings. Senior shortstop Billy Gasparino belted a pair of two-run singles and scored the go-ahead run to eliminate Baylor.
Trailing 2-0 after seven innings, Oklahoma State began its comeback against Josh Scott, who had limited the Cowboys to just three hits. Carlos Gautreaux singled and Kevin Lucas doubled with one out to chase Scott from the game.
RICE 8, SW LOUISIANA 3: In Houston, Jeff Nichols pitched six strong innings as the Owls (58-13) advanced for the second time in three years. Nichols (15-3) held Southwest Louisiana to eight hits and three runs, and left after giving up a double to Will Hawkins with one out in the seventh inning.
The Owls will meet Miami (Fla.) in the first round of the series, which begins Friday.
CS FULLERTON 13, OHIO STATE 2: In Columbus, Ohio, Craig Patterson hit a grand slam and George Carralejo shut down the Buckeyes in a rare start as the Titans advanced.
Shawn Norris added a two-run homer for the Titans, who scored 31 runs in the three-game series and advanced to the series for the 10th time and the first under Coach George Horton.
TEXAS A&M 5, CLEMSON 4: In College Station, Tex., Steve Scarborough and Steven Truitt hit ninth-inning solo home runs to power the Aggies (52-16) to the series.