Draftees strut their stuff in Super Regionals
Players selected take key roles in reaching College World Series
The game's newest prospects are showing exactly why they were drafted by big league clubs.
Powered by some of the best talent in the nation, six teams -- Florida, South Carolina, Florida State, TCU, UCLA and Arizona State -- have qualified for the College World Series. The final two spots will be filled Monday by the winners of the remaining series, one between Clemson and Alabama and the other between Virginia and Oklahoma.
Simply put, players selected in last week's First-Year Player Draft have not disappointed in Super Regional play.
In Austin, Tex., Tyler Lockwood, Boston's 25th-round selection, earned the save in TCU's historic 4-1 victory against the Texas Longhorns. The win gave TCU its first-ever berth in the College World Series.
TCU first baseman Matthew Curry, selected in the 16th round by Pittsburgh, went 1-for-4, while catcher John Holaday, selected in the sixth round by Detroit, went 2-for-4. TCU will play Florida State in the first round of the College World Series.
The contest was probably one that Texas closer Chance Ruffin would like to forget. Ruffin, selected by Detroit with the 48th overall pick, gave up three runs on two home runs after coming in with Texas trailing, 1-0. That was after starter Brandon Workman, taken in the second round by Boston, gave up one run on four hits in five innings.
Florida State advanced to the College World Series for the 20th time in school history by topping Vanderbilt, 7-6. Seminoles starter Geoffrey Parker, a ninth-round pick by Colorado, gave up one run on two hits in 3 1/3 innings. Michael McGee, a 41st-round selection by the D-backs, earned the save despite allowing three runs on three hits in 2 1/3 innings. Outfielder Tyler Holt, a 10th-round pick by Cleveland, went 2-for-2 with one run scored, while shortstop Stephen Cardullo, a 24th-round pick by the D-backs, went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Andrew Hayes, the Reds' 11th-round pick, gave up four hits in 4 1/3 scoreless innings for Vanderbilt.
South Carolina edged Coastal Carolina, 10-9, to send the Gamecocks to the College World Series for the first time since 2004. Robert Haney, a 22nd-round pick by the Giants, went 3-for-3 with one run scored for the Gamecocks. Sam Dyson, who went to the Rays in the fourth round, gave up four runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings.
Coastal Carolina's Cody Wheeler, a fifth-round pick by the D-backs, was charged with five runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.
In Tempe, Ariz., Arizona State infielder Andrew Maggi, a 15th-rounder by the Pirates, hit a two-run home run in the top of the 12th inning to propel the Sun Devils to a 7-5 victory against Arkansas and a spot in the College World Series for the 22nd time. Arizona State's Kole Calhoun, an eighth-round pick by the Angels, had two hits, and Jordan Swagerty, a second-round pick by the Cardinals, earned the win. ASU pitcher Kenneth Kelly, a eighth-round selection by the Rays, gave up three runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings, while James Patterson, taken by the Rays in the 18th round, relieved him and retired two hitters. Drew Smyly, a second-round pick of the Tigers, gave up four runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings for Arkansas. Razorbacks' designated hitter Zack Cox, taken 25th overall by the Cardinals, went 3-for-6, and Brett Eibner, a second-round pick by the Royals, had two hits and one RBI. Andrew Wilkins, who went to the White Sox in the fifth round, also had two hits for Arkansas.
In Los Angeles, UCLA's Rob Rasmussen, a second-round pick by the Marlins, struck out nine hitters in nine innings as the Bruins beat Cal State Fullerton, 8-1, to advance. UCLA's Nicholas Gallego, a 27th-round pick by the D-backs, had two hits in the victory. Christian Colon, taken by the Royals with the fourth overall pick, had one hit in three at-bats and scored a run for Fullerton.
Oklahoma topped Virginia, 10-7, to force a decisive third game on Monday in the Charlottesville Super Regional. Oklahoma's Daniel Black, taken in the 14th round by Florida, went 1-for-3 with one RBI, while teammate Steven Buechele, selected in the 18th round by Texas, went 0-for-3 but scored two runs. Sooners pitcher Zachary Neal, a 17th-round selection by the Marlins, gave up four runs on five hits in three innings.
For Virginia, Jarrett Parker, a second-round pick by San Francisco, went 2-for-4 and Phillip Gosselin, a fifth-round pick by Atlanta, had three hits and scored three times. Robert Morey, a fifth-round pick by the Marlins, gave up six runs on three hits in two innings for the loss.
As for Clemson, the Tigers had 20 hits and cruised to a 19-5 victory against Alabama to force a deciding third game on Monday. Clemson's Kyle Parker, a first-round pick by Colorado, went 2-for-4 with three runs scored, and John Hinson, a 13th-round selection by the Phillies, hit a home run -- one of three homers by the Tigers in the game.
Ross Wilson, a 10th-round by pick by the White Sox, had two hits, an RBI and a run scored for Alabama.
Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.