9 national seeds within win of advancing in NCAA Tournament

Fifteen teams head into their NCAA Tournament regional finals Sunday night and Monday needing one win to clinch berths in the super regionals next week.

Meanwhile, No. 15 Coastal Carolina became the second national seed knocked out when it lost 6-5 to UConn in an afternoon elimination game. The first team to go was No. 7 Florida State on Saturday.

These national seeds were one win from advancing to best-of-three super regionals: No. 1 Florida, No. 3 Oregon State, No. 5 Arkansas, No. 6 North Carolina, No. 8 Georgia, No. 9 Texas Tech, No. 11 Stetson, No. 13 Texas and No. 14 Minnesota. Also needing one more win were No. 2 regional seeds Auburn, Vanderbilt and South Carolina and No. 3 regional seeds Washington, Oklahoma and Cal State Fullerton.

Georgia’s regional in Athens is behind schedule because of rain, and the Bulldogs’ regional final was pushed back to Monday.

Any of the 13 teams that lose would play a second regional final against the same opponent.

These national seeds must win twice in their regional finals to advance: No. 2 Stanford, No. 10 Clemson and No. 16 North Carolina State.

No. 2 regional seed UConn held off Coastal Carolina to reach a final against Washington. Washington is one of the surprises of the tournament after beating UConn on Friday and Coastal Carolina on Saturday.

The Chanticleers had a chance to take the lead in the ninth when Cory Wood singled, but Seth Lancaster’ deep drive to right was caught.

“There were so many times today and yesterday we could have rolled over and died,” Coastal Carolina coach Gary Gilmore said. “We had two of our three best guys with a shot in the ninth inning to change the outcome of the game. We put a wall-scraper out there — just the wrong side of the wall.”


— Ryan Garcia carried a no-hitter through 6 1/3 innings as UCLA eliminated Gonzaga with a 10-4 win.

— Stanford’s Brendan Beck pitched a career-high 6 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs and four hits, to keep the No. 2 national seed Cardinal alive with a 4-2 win over Baylor.

— Johnny Piedmonte, Kent Klyman and Nolan Clenney combined on a three-hitter as North Carolina State eliminated Army 11-1.


— UConn freshman Christian Fedko’s first homer of the season broke a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning against Coastal Carolina.

— Michael Curry homered and hit a two-run double in the seventh as Georgia took the lead for good in an 11-7 win over Troy.

— 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.

— Joe Davis’s tiebreaking homer to lead off a four-run eighth inning helped lift No. 3 regional seed Houston over Purdue 8-4.

— Matt Brown’s two-out, RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave Missouri State a 9-8 win over Saint Louis in an elimination game.

— Garrett Wolforth and Tim Millard hit back-to-back homers in the fifth inning to break open the game for Dallas Baptist in a 9-4 win that ousted Southern Mississippi.