Four teams are halfway to Omaha after winning their first games in super regional action Friday, putting them just one win away from the 2010 College World Series.
Here is a rundown of Friday's matchups:
Florida State 9, Vanderbilt 8 – Host Florida State let a 6-0 lead get away, then had to rally in the seventh and eighth innings before Mike McGee hit a solo homer to right center with two out in the bottom of the ninth to give the Seminoles the win.
Florida State appeared to be in command early after scoring four runs in the second inning to take a 6-0 lead. Tyler Holt hit a two-run double to right center and came home on Sherman Johnson's homer to right to give the Seminoles the big lead.
Vanderbilt came back, though, thanks to homers by Curt Casall and Joe Loftus, and a two-run double by Jason Esposito to pull even at 6-6 after six innings.
The two teams traded runs in the seventh and eighth innings, setting the stage for McGee's heroics.
TCU 3, Texas 1 – TCU put second-seeded Texas one win away from elimination with an upset win Friday afternoon, as Matt Purke pitched 7 2/3 innings of three-hit ball for the Horned Frogs.
The Horned Frogs broke the ice in the second inning, then got two big runs in the sixth to take a 3-0 lead. Taylo Featherston scored on a wild pitch and Joe Welk scored on a sacrifice fly to give Purke a three-run cushion.
Purke struck out 11 Longhorns and gave up only a solo home run by Kevin Keyes with two out in the seventh to put the Horned Frogs one win away from the College World Series.
Cal State Fullerton 4, UCLA 3 — Chris Colon hit the go-ahead homer to break a 1-1 tie in the fifth, and the Titans got out of a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam in the seventh inning to put themselves a win away from Omaha.
Noe Ramirez was outstanding on the mound for Cal State Fullerton, striking out 13 batters in seven innings. He outdueled UCLA hurler Gerrit Cole, who suffered his first loss since April 30.
Florida 7, Miami (Fla.) 2 – Alex Pantelodis was outstanding for the Gators Friday, threw a three-hitter and struck out a career-best 12 to put the Gators one win away from a trip to Rosenblatt Stadium.
The Gators were solid up and down the lineup, with the bottom of the order doing some damage in a nine-hit attack. Tyler Thompson hit his fourth home run in the last two games as part of a four-run outburst in the middle innings that put the game out of reach.
UCLA vs. Cal State Fullerton – Result late.
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