Arkansas 5, Baylor 4
Baylor carried a 4-3 lead to the bottom of the ninth, but a walk, an error and two hit batters helped Arkansas rally to win 5-4 on Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark. The teams will play a winner-take-all game on Monday night with a spot in Omaha on the line.
Monday's NCAA Waco Super Regional game three has been moved to 6:05 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2HD. The game was originally scheduled for 3:05 p.m.
Baylor (49-16) was two outs from its first trip to Omaha since 2005, but a potential double play ball to Jake Miller was mishandled, allowing Arkansas (43-20) to load the bases with one out. Max Garner hit the next batter to bring in the tying run, and Crayton Bare hit John Clay Reeves with his first pitch of the game to give Arkansas the win.
Garner (3-3) took the loss after allowing one earned run in 1.1 innings of relief, and Arkansas reliever Trent Daniel (2-0) picked up the win by retiring the only batter he faced in the top of the ninth. Baylor starter Josh Turley left in line for the win after retiring the final 13 batters he faced. Turley allowed three runs on five hits in 7.0 innings for a no-decision.
The Bears had a chance to break the game open when they carried a 4-3 lead to the eighth inning and loaded the bases with no outs. Reliever Barrett Astin struck out Cal Towey for the first out, and Tim Carver turned a double play on Lawton Langford's sharp ground ball in the hole at shortstop. Baylor took a 4-3 lead after scoring three runs in the fifth. Adam Toth drew a leadoff walk, and Orf singled to put two on with no outs. Vick followed with a RBI single to right-center and stole second base to give the Bears two runners in scoring position. Ludy and Muncy followed with RBI groundouts to give Baylor the lead, which the Bears held until the ninth.
Oklahoma 0, South Carolina 0 - Postponed in the middle of the sixth
Oklahoma and South Carolina were scoreless in the middle of the sixth inning before lightning strikes and rain halted play in game two of the Columbia Super Regional.
OU's Jonathan Gray struck out nine of 23 batters and allowed just three hits as he finished his start after a one-hour, four-minute lightning delay after the fifth inning. South Carolina starter Colby Holmes was holding Sooners at bay as well, giving up just one hit with two strikeouts.
Gray reached 100 K's for the season with his fourth strikeout, coming in the third inning against Evan Marzilli. He joins Jordan John and Dillon Overton for the first trio in Oklahoma history to each hit the benchmark in a single season.
Rain washed away the standard pre-game routines, but the first pitch was on schedule at 6:05 p.m. Central. At 7:26 p.m., officials suspended play. The game resumed at 8:30, but was halted again for heavy rain 10 minutes later at the completion of three outs.
South Carolina won the first game of the best-of-three series, 5-0, Saturday and the two-time defending national champions need just one victory to advance to the College World Series. The Gamecocks have a 20-game winning streak in the NCAA postseason, which began after a loss to the Sooners in the 2010 College World Series.