Mark Payton had a two-out RBI single to give Texas the lead in the bottom of the sixth, then scored on a throwing error to help the Longhorns beat Arizona State 4-2 on Sunday to win the Austin Super Regional and advance to their record 34th College World Series.
Riccio Torrez hit a two-run homer for Arizona State in the top of the first, but Texas pulled within one in the bottom of the inning on Erich Weiss' RBI groundout.
The Longhorns tied it in the fifth when Brandon Loy singled and scored on a balk.
Hoby Milner pitched 2 1/3 innings for the victory, and Corey Knebel worked the ninth for his 19th save of the season. Mitchell Lambson pitched five innings of relief for Arizona State.
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Arizona State won the opener 3-1, and Texas tied it Saturday with a 5-1 victory.
South Carolina 8, Connecticut 2 — Defending national champion South Carolina is heading back to the College World Series.
Christian Walker's home run in the eighth inning broke a 2-all tie and South Carolina turned three straight inning-ending double plays to defeat Connecticut and sweep the NCAA Super Regional in Columbia, S.C.
South Carolina put the game away with a five-run ninth, clinching its second consecutive trip to Omaha, Neb., and fifth since 2002. It was the Gamecocks' 11th straight NCAA tournament win, a streak that started last year at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.
The Huskies led 2-0 entering the fourth and had several chances to extend the lead but could not cash in against South Carolina, stranding eight runners and closing the fifth, sixth and seventh innings with double plays.
Gamecocks closer Matt Price got the final six outs for his 18th save and third of the NCAA tournament.
Florida 8, Mississippi State 6 — Florida hit a season-high five home runs, including a three-run shot by Preston Tucker in the seventh inning that put the Gators ahead, to beat Mississippi State in Gainesville, Fla., and advance to the College World Series.
Mississippi State's Nick Vickerson drove in four runs on a three-run home run and an RBI single, which was part of a three-run seventh inning that put the Bulldogs ahead 6-4.
After a pair of walks and a sacrifice bunt, Tucker hit a 3-1 pitch over the fence in center field to give the Gators a 7-6 lead.
Daniel Pigott hit two homers, a two-run shot in the second inning and a solo homer in the eighth. Mike Zunino and Vikash Ramjit also hit solo home runs for the Gators.
Florida St. 23, Texas A&M 9 — Stuart Tapley hit two home runs and drove in five runs, Justin Gonzalez had a three-run homer and six RBIs and Florida State routed Texas A&M to force a third game in the Tallahassee Super Regional. The winner of today's game will advance to the College World Series.
Jayce Boyd hit his third home run in three game games for Florida State. He finished 4 for 4, drove in three runs and scored five times.
Florida State is trying to reach the College World Series for the 21st time, while Texas A&M is seeking its first CWS appearance since 1999.
The Seminoles set a season high for runs and a school record for runs in a Super Regional game. FSU scored 14 times in a 2008 victory over Wichita State. Texas A&M allowed its most runs since 1996.
Florida State scored in every inning but the fifth and ninth to support Scott Sitz, who picked up the win in relief. Neither starting pitcher lasted very long. Freshman Derrick Hadley started for Texas A&M but pitched just an inning. Florida State's Mike McGee pitched two innings.
Brandon Wood had a two-run double, and Tyler Naquin, Matt Juengel and Andrew Collazo each had two hits for Texas A&M.
UC Irvine 6, Virginia 4 — Jordan Leyland's two-run double to centerfield with two out in the bottom of the eighth inning gave UC Irvine the lead and the Anteaters beat top-seeded Virginia to force a third game in the Charlottesville Super Regional.
In a game delayed at its midpoint for 4 hours, 18 minutes by a monsoon-like storm, UC Irvine overcame deficits of 3-0 and 4-3, the latter with a three-run rally in the eighth.