LUBBOCK — Brock Jones hit three home runs, Alex Williams pitched a shutout, and No. 9 seed Stanford advanced to the College World Series with a 9-0 win over No. 8 seed Texas Tech on Saturday to finish a sweep of their super regional series.
Jones went 3-for-5 and scored four runs. His solo home run in the first, grand slam in the sixth and solo shot in the eighth accounted for all six of his RBIs.
Williams (4-2) allowed two hits, walked one, hit one batter and tied a career high with 10 strikeouts while going the distance. It was his second complete game in a postseason start. He went the distance in Stanford’s 12-3 win over Sacramento State to avoid elimination in the 2019 regional round.
The Cardinal (38-15) — who were 15-3 winners in Game 1 on Friday — outscored the Red Raiders 24-3 in the two-game series and will make their 17th trip to the CWS. It’s their first since 2008 after losses in the super regional round in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2019.
Starter Patrick Monteverde (7-4) lasted just 3 2/3 innings and struck out seven for the Red Raiders (39-17).
Games involving No. 2 seed Texas and Dallas Baptist did not end before press time Saturday.
Vanderbilt 4, East Carolina 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jack Leiter struck out 10 in seven innings , and No. 4 seed Vanderbilt advanced to the College World Series with a win over No. 13 seed East Carolina to finish a sweep of their super regional.
Leiter (10-3) allowed two hits, one of them a solo home run to Josh Moylan in the seventh. It was the only run the Commodores (45-15) allowed during the series. Vanderbilt beat East Carolina 2-0 in Friday’s opener.
Vanderbilt will make its fifth trip to the CWS, all coming since 2011, and will defend the title it won in 2019.
East Carolina starter Carson Whisenhunt (6-2) left the game while it was scoreless in the fifth, but he walked Javier Vaz and Jayson Gonzalez, who scored on Carter Young’s single off reliever Matt Bridges.
Enrique Bradfield Jr. added a one-run double for Vandy in the ninth, and Dominic Keegan’s bases-loaded walk made it 4-1.
The Pirates (44-17) dropped to 1-12 all-time in super regional games.
Mississippi State 9, Notre Dame 8
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Logan Tanner hit a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning as No. 7 seed Mississippi State rallied from a four-run deficit to beat No. 10 seed Notre Dame in the opener of their super regional.
Tanner gave the Bulldogs (44-15) a 9-8 lead, and Landon Sims struck out three in two perfect innings for his 10th save of the season. Preston Johnson (3-0) got the win after a giving up one run in 2 2/3 innings.
Mississippi State is a win away from its 12th trip to the College World Series and can clinch the best-of-three series today.
Tanner Kohlhepp (7-2) took the loss, giving up four runs — three earned — in four innings for the Fighting Irish (33-12)
Rowdey Jordan went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and two RBIs for the Bulldogs. Tanner Allen hit a solo home run in the first.
Zack Prajzner had a three-run home run in the fifth inning that gave Notre Dame a 7-3 lead.
NC State 6, Arkansas 5
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Jose Torres hit the first of three North Carolina State home runs in the fourth inning, and the Wolfpack beat No. 1 seed Arkansas to extend their super regional series.
North Carolina State (34-18), which allowed 17 hits and 21 runs in a Game 1 loss Friday, gave up just four hits Saturday to force Game 3 today.
The Wolfpack have won seven of the last eight games away from home and handed Arkansas (50-12) its seventh loss in 37 games at Baum-Walker Stadium this season.
North Carolina State starter Sam Highfill (8-2) pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs with five strikeouts. He gave up just two hits — a two-run homer by Charlie Welch that opened the scoring in the second and a solo shot by Brady Slavens. Evan Justice struck out four over the final 2 2/3, giving up one unearned run on two hits and no walks.
Terrell Tatum singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth before Torres and Luca Tresh hit back-to-back home runs and, two batters later, Vojtech Mensik hit a solo shot before Tresh scored on a groundout by J.T. Jarrett to make it 6-2.
Slavens homered to center field for the Razorbacks, and Welch and Cullen Smith each scored following a throwing error in the seventh.
Arkansas’ Kevin Kopps came on in the bottom of the seventh and pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts. The senior, who is 12-0 with 11 saves and a 0.65 ERA this season, hasn’t allowed a run in 15 1/3 innings over four appearances in the month of June.