Heading into Tuesday, when the final field for the 2019 NCAA Tournament Super Regionals would be set, college baseball fans waited on the arrival of seven more winners. With a plethora of matchups on hand the night of Monday, June 3, the results were sure to bring some drama and shock.
The first matchup of the day pitted American Athletic Conference powerhouse East Carolina against the Big South Champions, Campbell University, in the Greenville (NC) regional. ECU won this game, 10-3, to stay alive for the regional final later that night, the fourth game of the day, which they won by an almost identical score of 12-3. ECU advanced to the Super Regional, and they will traveling to Louisville, Kentucky to take on the Louisville Cardinals at 12 P.M. noon on Friday, and that game can be watched on ESPN2
The second game of the day pitted ACC powerhouse Louisville against Missouri Valley Conference’s second-place team, Illinois State University, in the Louisville regional. Illinois State, who beat Louisville earlier in the Lousiville Regional, could not take care of business in the regional final, as the Cardinals beat the Redbirds by a close score of 4-3. If you watched SportsCenter on Tuesday morning, you saw that Louisville walked off in the bottom of the ninth, after coming back from down 1-3. Louisville is hosting ECU at 12 P.M noon on Friday, and that game can be watched on ESPN2.
The third matchup of the day pitted OKC Regional host Oklahoma State against another AAC team, the UConn Huskies. UConn got beat in their first tournament matchup against the Nebraska Cornhuskers but fought their way all the way back to the regional final. After beating Oklahoma State 5-2 in the first game which they faced elimination, UConn got beat by the Cowboys, 3-1, in the regional final. Oklahoma State will make the trip down south to Lubbock, Texas, where they will take on Texas Tech at 3 P.M. on Friday on ESPN2.
The fifth matchup of the day pitted Big 10 powerhouse Michigan against Big East powerhouse Creighton in the Corvallis (Oregon) Regional. Two seed Creighton took out regional host and defending College World Series champion Oregon State en route to the regional final against Michigan, who won each game in the Regional (except a 7-11 loss in an elimination game for Creighton) by at least six runs. Michigan had their best offensive performance of the season, putting up 17 runs in a 17-6 victory. Michigan will travel to the Golden Coast to take on number one overall seed UCLA in the Los Angeles Super Regional at 9 P.M. Friday, which can be watched on ESPN2.
The sixth matchup of the day pitted number one overall seed UCLA against the West Coast Conference Champions, Loyola Marymount University. LMU, after beating UCLA 3-2 on the second day of the Regional (Saturday, June 1), could not finish off UCLA, who made it back to the regional final. The Bruins beat LMU 6-1 in an elimination game, then beat them the next day (Monday, June 3), 6-3, in the regional final. UCLA will be hosting Corvallis Regional winner Michigan at 9 P.M. on Friday, and this game can be seen on ESPN2.
The final matchup of the day, which pitted Pac-12 powerhouse Stanford against Mountain West Conference Champion Fresno State, was one of the closest matchups of the day. Fresno State won their first two games of the Regional, 9-2 against UC Santa Barbara and 7-2 against Stanford, then hit a brick wall. Stanford, after beating Sacramento State 11-0 in their first game of the Regional, lost to Fresno State 7-2 in their second game, then beat Fresno State 8-6 in an elimination game, and 9-7 in the regional final. Stanford will be traveling to Starkville (MS) to take on Starkville Regional winner Mississippi State at 3 P.M. Saturday, and that game can be found on ESPN2.
All eight Super Regionals set.
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