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Pepperdine is eliminated in 8-7 loss to Stanford

The Waves finish the season at 36-23. Cal State Fullerton is eliminated with a 3-0 loss to Austin Peay in the Eugene Regional.

June 04, 2012
  • South Carolina's Joey Pankake slides safely at home for the Gamecocks' first run during their NCAA regional game against Clemson.
South Carolina's Joey Pankake slides safely at home for the Gamecocks'… (Gerry Melendez / MCT )

Alex Blandino drove in four runs and top-seeded Stanford beat No. 2 Pepperdine, 8-7, on Sunday night to win the Stanford Regional.

Austin Wilson drove in two runs for the Cardinal (41-16), which will travel to Florida State next weekend for a super regional. Brian Ragira and Stephen Piscotty also drove in runs.

Tony Cooper had two hits and drove in three runs for the Waves (36-23), who beat Fresno State, 8-5, earlier in the day.

Pepperdine starter Matt Maurer went three innings, giving up three runs on three hits. He walked five. Mat Snider (0-2) gave up the go-ahead run in the fourth and took the loss.

The Waves lost to Stanford, 5-4, on Saturday and would have had to beaten the Cardinal again on Monday had they won Sunday night.

Cal State Fullerton's season ended with a 3-0 loss to Austin Peay in the Eugene Regional. The Titans (36-21) were limited to three hits by Austin Peay, which scored all its runs in the eighth inning.

Elsewhere

Adam Matthews' run-scoring single keyed a three-run first inning, and Jordan Montgomery held Clemson to five hits in nearly seven innings as two-time defending national champion South Carolina won its 19th straight NCAA tournament game, wrapping up the Columbia Regional with a 4-3 victory.

Mike Zunino and Daniel Pigott drove in four runs apiece, and Florida beat Georgia Tech, 15-3, to win the Gainesville Regional. The Gators (45-18) advanced to the NCAA tournament's super regionals for the fourth consecutive year. They will host Vanderbilt or North Carolina State.

Stephen McGee and Josh Delph hit two-run singles as Florida State beat Samford, 5-2, to win the Tallahassee Regional.

Dillon Overton took a five-hitter into the ninth and Jack Mayfield tripled with the bases loaded, leading Oklahoma to a 5-4 victory against Virginia and knocking the top-seeded hosts out of the Charlottesville Regional. Oklahoma (40-23) will play Appalachian State on Monday in the championship. The Sooners will need to win two straight to reach the super regional.

Jake Reed pitched seven scoreless innings as host Oregon beat Austin Peay, 8-1, and advanced out of the NCAA regionals for the first time since 1954. Brett Thomas had three RBIs for Oregon (45-17), which reinstated baseball in 2009 after the university eliminated the sport in 1981. The Ducks will play Kent State at home next weekend in the super regionals.

Evan Campbell hit a three-run home run and Kent State held off a Kentucky rally to defeat the Wildcats, 3-2, in Gary, Ind., The victory gave the Golden Flashes (44-17) their first NCAA regional crown in school history.

Alex Edward hit a score-tying double in the ninth, Austin Nola scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the 10th, and Louisiana State outlasted Oregon State, 6-5, to win the Baton Rouge Regional.

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