December 10 2019
PORTLAND, Oregon - Mike Yastrzemski and his Vanderbilt teammates approach two-out at-bats the same way: just extend innings.
Friday night, the Commodores did just that.
Led by Yastrzemski's four RBIs, Vanderbilt scored 10 runs with two outs on the way to an 11-1 victory over Oregon State in the opener of a best-of-3 NCAA super regional series.
"With two outs, all we are trying to do is put the ball in play," Yastrzemski said. "When you see a good hit to pitch, all you got to do is be aggressive. That is what everyone did."
Yastrzemski, the grandson of former Boston Red Sox star Carl Yastrzemski, started the scoring in a four-run first inning with a two-out single. He then gave Vanderbilt (51-10) an eight-run cushion in the fourth when he hit a three-run home run over the right-field wall.
Jason Esposito added a two-run homer -- also with two outs -- in the sixth inning and knocked in three runs. The Commodores, in their third super regional, are one win away from their first College World Series.
On the other hand, the postseason road woe continued for Oregon State (41-18).
Since winning back-to-back national championships in 2006-07, the Beavers have dropped seven consecutive NCAA tournament games on the road. They swept the Corvallis Regional last weekend to reach their first super regional in four years.
In each of the first three innings, Oregon State ace Sam Gaviglio (12-3) retired the first two batters but then allowed the inning to continue with two-out walks.
"You can't give a good club extra outs," Oregon State coach Pat Casey said. "We didn't play well. Sam was not sharp. There is no question about that."
Arizona State 3, Texas 1: Arizona State's Brady Rogers pitched into the seventh inning as the Sun Devils beat Texas in the opener of the Austin super regional.
Texas (47-17) committed two third-inning errors, allowing Arizona State (43-16) to take a 2-0 lead. Longhorns ace Taylor Jungmann (13-2), who had the nation's longest winning streak at 15-0, allowed three hits and three runs.
North Carolina 5, Stanford 2: Patrick Johnson pitched into the eighth inning and Seth Baldwin hit a two-run homer in the seventh to help North Carolina (49-14) defeat Stanford (35-21) in the Chapel Hill super regional.
UNC can reach the College World Series for the fifth time in six seasons by winning today.
Florida 11, Mississippi State 1: Hudson Randall atoned for his worst outing of the season with his best to lead Florida (49-16) past Mississippi State (37-24) in the opener of the Gainesville super regional.
Randall gave up six hits and struck out a season-high eight batters over eight innings. On April 8, he had been knocked out by Mississippi State, allowing a season-high six runs in 2 1/3 innings of a 7-5 loss.