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Stetson, Washington, Minnesota going to 1st super regionals

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17   //    04 Jun 2018, 11:01 IST
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The Stetson Hatters use the hashtag "OmaHats" on their baseball Twitter account, a nod to the city that's home to the College World Series.

The team from the 3,000-student private school in DeLand, Florida, is a step closer to Omaha, Nebraska, after sweeping through its regional in the NCAA Tournament and extending its win streak to 18 games.

Jack Perkins threw a three-hitter and struck out 13 as the Hatters beat Oklahoma State 11-1 on Sunday night to win a regional title for the first time in 18 tournament appearances.

"The bigger the scene for Jack, the better he performs," coach Steve Trimper said. "And certainly tonight was a big stage, and we have bigger ones coming up, too, but tonight, that was phenomenal."

Also making first appearances in super regionals will be Minnesota and Washington. The No. 14 national seed Golden Gophers beat UCLA 13-8 for their first regional title in 10 appearances since the tournament went to its current format in 1999. Washington, a No. 3 regional seed, won three straight in Conway, South Carolina, including 9-6 over UConn in the final.

In addition to Stetson and Minnesota, other national seeds winning regionals Sunday were: No. 3 Oregon State, No. 5 Arkansas, No. 6 North Carolina, No. 9 Texas Tech and No. 13 Texas.

No. 2 regional seeds Vanderbilt and Auburn and No. 3 regional seed Cal State Fullerton also advanced.

Monday finals: Duke vs. Georgia in Athens, Georgia; Florida Atlantic vs. Florida in Gainesville, Florida; UNC-Wilmington vs. South Carolina in Greenville, South Carolina; Mississippi State vs. Oklahoma in Tallahassee, Florida; and Tennessee Tech vs. Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi.

SEE YA, SEEDS

No. 2 Stanford was the highest of the five national seeds to get eliminated Sunday. A night after Jace "Jumbo" Chamberlin's pinch home run gave the Titans a 2-1 walk-off win, Ruben Cardenas hit a three-run homer in the fifth to help lift the Titans to a 5-2 win in the final.

Also getting knocked out were No. 10 Clemson, No. 12 East Carolina, No. 15 Coastal Carolina and No. 16 North Carolina State.

SUPER REGIONAL LINEUP

Stetson vs. North Carolina

Minnesota vs. Oregon State

Cal State Fullerton vs. Washington

Vanderbilt vs. Oklahoma-Mississippi State winner

Auburn vs. Florida-Florida Atlantic winner

Texas Tech vs. Georgia-Duke winner

Arkansas vs. UNCW-South Carolina winner

Texas vs. Mississippi-Tennessee Tech winner

KAISER'S KABOOMS

Vanderbilt beat Clemson on the Tigers' home field for the second straight year, hitting nine home runs in a 19-6 win in the final. Connor Kaiser went deep three times and tied the tournament record with 10 RBIs.

Kaiser came into the regional final with four home runs in 163 career games. His three homers against Clemson came in a span of four at-bats.

Kaiser's homers were for three runs, a grand slam and two runs, and he singled for his 10th RBI. He was voted regional MVP.

WASHINGTON'S JOURNEY

The Huskies were 18-18 after losing to UT Rio Grande Valley on April 23. They're 15-5 since. They had to travel farther than any team for a regional — 2,987 miles from Seattle to Conway — and beat UConn twice and Coastal Carolina, with Joe Wainhouse homering three times.

"With our guys, we've been in absolute overdrive in terms of playoff mode, for the last six weeks," coach Lindsay Meggs said. "I'm really proud of our guys and really happy for them because they really, in my opinion, overachieved."

SURPRISING SEAHAWKS

No. 4 regional seed UNC-Wilmington knocked out No. 12 national seed East Carolina with a 9-7 win in an elimination game. The Seahawks scored nine runs in the fifth inning after a 5 ½-hour rain delay.

BULLDOGS BLAST AWAY

No. 4 national seed Georgia has 29 runs and eight homers in its first two regional games. Nos. 3 and 4 batters Keegan McGovern and Michael Curry in each went deep twice in an 11-7 win over Troy, going back-to-back in the sixth inning.

"You better believe that once he hits a home run I'm absolutely trying to do the same thing," Curry said. "We talk about it all the time. That's been our approach the whole season — to support our offense, continue doing what we do and pick the team up."

MARVELOUS ON MOUND

— Oregon State's Kevin Abel and Jake Mulholland combined on a three-hit shutout in a 12-0 win over LSU a night after the Beavers beat the Tigers 14-1.

— Arkansas' Jake Reindl limited Dallas Baptist to one run and five hits in seven innings of relief in a 4-3 win.

— Alex Hursey pitched a three-hitter as Tennessee Tech eliminated Missouri State 2-1.

— Mississippi's Houston Roth came on with runners on first and third with two outs after high-scoring Tennessee Tech pulled to 9-8 in the bottom of the ninth. Roth struck out Alex Junior to end the game and send Ole Miss to its regional final.

BIG BATS

— Texas Tech's Zach Rheams homered twice, doubled and drove in five runs in a 11-6 win over Louisville.

— Texas' Kody Clemens, son of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, continued his postseason tear, going 2 for 4 and doubling in the go-ahead run in a 3-2 win over Indiana.

— Chris Crabtree homered twice and drove in five runs to lead Duke to a 15-6 win over Troy and the regional final against Georgia on Monday.

— Elijah MacNamee, whose walk-off three-run homer in the ninth inning eliminated No. 7 national seed Florida State on Saturday, went deep for the third time in three games to give Mississippi State the early lead in a 9-8 elimination-game win over Samford.

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