Indiana rolls, Illinois falls in regional action
Sam Travis homered to help power Indiana past Austin Peay 15-6 on Saturday night and into the regional title game. Scott Donley and Michael Basil each drove in four runs for the Hoosiers (45-14), who will play the winner of Sunday afternoon’s elimination game between Valparaiso and Austin Peay.
The loss ended a 16-game winning streak, longest in the country, for Austin Peay (46-14).
Indiana trailed 3-0 after Reed Harper’s three-run homer in the bottom of the first. But the Hoosiers didn’t wait long to respond. They scored five times in the top of the second, getting a two-run single by Kyle Schwarber, Travis’ two-run homer and a run-scoring passed ball.
Indiana added two runs in the fourth, and four each in the fifth and sixth innings.
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Vanderbilt tops Illinois, sends Illini to elimination game
Mike Yastrzemski doubled twice, tripled and drove in three runs to lead Vanderbilt to a 10-4 victory against Illinois in an NCAA regional game on Saturday.
Tony Kemp added four hits and scored three runs as the Commodores (53-9) rallied from a two-run deficit to advance to their fifth consecutive regional final. Four players had at least three hits as Vanderbilt out-hit Illinois 17-5.
In the fifth, Yastrzemski smacked a two-run double to tie the game. He stole third and scored the go-ahead run on Conrad Gregor’s ground out. The Commodores tacked on five runs in the eighth.
Illinois (35-19) appeared to tie it in the fifth with a double steal, but the run was negated due to batter’s interference.
Vanderbilt freshman Carson Fulmer (3-0) allowed just three hits in five scoreless innings of relief.