Sooners roll on; draw Gamecocks
In Charlottesville, Va., Drew Harrison pitched six innings in his first career start and Jack Mayfield drove
in three runs to help Oklahoma beat Appalachian State 5-2 to win the Charlottesville Regional on Monday night.
The Sooners (42-23), who lost their opening game of the regional to the Mountaineers, completed a comeback that saw them eliminate Army and host Virginia on Sunday, then win two against the Appalachian State to advance to the super regional next week at South Carolina.
• In Raleigh, N.C., Tarran Senay hit a three-run homer in the eighth and a two-run single in the ninth that helped North Carolina State rally to beat Vanderbilt 9-7 for the Raleigh Regional championship.
N.C. State will face No. 1 national seed Florida in the super regionals.
• In Coral Gables, Fla., Willie Carmona had four hits including a home run and drove in three to lead fourth-seed Stony Brook to its first regional title with a 10-6 win over Central Florida.
Stony Brook will face No. 7 national seed LSU.
• In College Station, Texas, second-seeded Texas Christian defeated third-seeded Mississippi 7-4 on to advance to a super regional against UCLA.
The Horned Frogs won four consecutive games in the College Station regional, including two in a row against the Rebels, after dropping their opener against Mississippi on Friday.
• In Waco, Texas, reliever Dillon Newman allowed only an infield hit in five shutout innings and Jake Miller drove in three runs as Baylor beat Dallas Baptist 8-2 to win the Waco Regional and clinch a super regional host spot.
Baylor will play host to Arkansas this week.
Evans off to solid start at Criterium
In Saint-Vallier, France, Tour de France champion Cadel Evans won the first stage of the Criterium du Dauphine race Monday, a hilly 116-mile ride from Seyssins to Saint-Vallier in the French Alps.
The Australian attacked in the final miles, holding off a late surge by France’s Jerome Coppel and Kazhak rider Andrey Kashechkin to finish in 4 hours, 36 minutes and 21 seconds.
Defending Dauphine winner Bradley Wiggins, of Britain, took the yellow jersey of overall race leader, finishing 4 seconds behind Evans in a large group that also included two of Evans’ American teammates, veteran George Hincapie and rising star Tejay Van Garderen. Wiggins now leads Evans by 1 second in combined time from the first stage and Sunday’s prologue.
The week-long Criterium du Dauphine is seen as a key preparation for the Tour de France.
US, Guatemala will meet in K.C.
Guatemala will play the United States in the final semifinal match of qualifying for the World Cup on Oct. 14 at the home of MLS club Sporting Kansas City.
The US opens its campaign for the 2014 World Cup on June 8 against Antigua & Barbuda in Tampa, Fla. The men’s national team is already scheduled to face Guatemala on June 23 at Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City, and Jamaica on Sept. 11 in Columbus, Ohio.
The four teams in Group A play each other home and away during the round-robin qualifying.
The game in Kansas City, Kan., will be the first World Cup qualifier the team has played on the Kansas side of the state line. The US beat Costa Rica in Kansas City, Mo., in 2001.
– From staff and wire reports