2nd loss eliminates Cal in first round of NCAA baseball tournament

Dave Matthews hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in the fifth inning and Central Connecticut State won an NCAA Tournament game for the first time, beating Cal 7-4 in a regional elimination game Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.

The Blue Devils (31-22) were 0-11 all-time in the tournament after losing their regional opener to host Arkansas.

Cal’s Andrew Vaughn, who has a chance to be the first back-to-back winner of the Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur player in the country, was 0-for-6 in two games as the Golden Bears (32-20) were swept in their first regional appearance since 2015.

“We’re disappointed in the weekend obviously,” Cal head coach Mike Neu said. “It’s tough to lose when you go in with some expectations to put on a little better weekend. But our guys did a great job all year. I’m just happy with the way we competed all year.”

• Trevor Doyle had two hits, including a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning, and Sacramento State (40-24) avoided elimination from the Stanford Regional with a 6-4 victory over UC Santa Barbara (45-11). Sacramento State will play at noon Sunday against Stanford or Fresno State, who met later Saturday.

• Casa Grande-Petaluma alum Spencer Torkelson had two hits and two RBIs to help Arizona State (38-18) win 13-5 over Stony Brook (31-23) to stay alive in the Baton Rouge (La.) Regional.

• Defending national champion Oregon State was among the first teams eliminated from the NCAA Tournament, marking the first time the Beavers have gone 0-2 in regionals in 14 appearances since 1985. The Beavers’ 4-1 loss to Big East champion Creighton knocked them out in the regional round for the first time since 2015. … Baylor’s Shea Langeliers hit three homers and drove in a tournament-record 11 runs in a 24-6 win over Omaha in Los Angeles. … Down to his last strike with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Steven Williams hit a three-run homer to give Auburn a 6-5 win over Georgia Tech. Williams, the Tigers’ No. 8-hole hitter, homered and drove in five runs Friday against Coastal Carolina. … Florida State’s Tim Becker, a graduate student who walked on after playing three seasons on the school’s club team, homered for the third time in two games in a 12-3 win over Georgia. Florida State is a win away from super regionals in Mike Martin’s 40th and final season. … Illinois State sprung a surprise by beating No. 7 national seed Louisville 4-2 on the Cardinals’ home field to move within one win of making its first super regional.

Softball

Alvelo, Washington reach WCWS semis

Taran Alvelo struck out 16 as Washington defeated Oklahoma State 1-0 in a Women’s College World Series elimination game in Oklahoma City.

The Huskies (52-8), who finished second in last year’s tournament, will face UCLA on Sunday. The Bruins earned their spot with a 6-2 victory over Arizona. The Huskies will need to win twice to advance to the best-of-three championship series, while UCLA will only need to win once to move on.

Earlier in the day, Gabbie Plain struck out 10 as Washington beat Minnesota 5-3 in an elimination game delayed three hours because of lightning and rain.

Top-seeded Oklahoma, which advanced with a 6-1 victory over Oklahoma State, awaits the winner between Alabama and Arizona in the other semifinal.

Kaylee Tow hit a three-run homer in Alabama’s six-run first inning and the Crimson Tide routed Florida 15-3 in an elimination game. Tow finished with four RBIs to help Alabama advance to play Arizona in an elimination game later in the evening.

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