Will Toffey had two homers and five RBIs to lead Vanderbilt into the NCAA Tournament's super regional with an 8-0 victory over No. 1 seed Clemson in the Clemson Regional on Monday night.
The Commodores (36-23-1) advanced to the super regional round for the fourth time in five years and will play the best-of-three series at Oregon State, the NCAA's No. 1 overall seed.
Vanderbilt hopes to bring some of the punch it showed in Clemson to that series. The Commodores, seeded second, had 30 runs and 49 hits in four tournament games. Toffey hit .473 (9-of-19) with 10 RBIs and was named the regional MVP.
Clemson (42-21) lost a home regional for a second straight season. The Tigers fell behind on Toffey's two-run homer in the third inning. He added a three-run homer in the fifth.
Matt Ruppenthal (3-3) pitched six scoreless innings for Vanderbilt.
A look around the country:
Sam Houston State had made it to the NCAA baseball regional finals three times and lost each time. On Monday, the Bearkats broke through.
Seeded third in the Lubbock Regional, Sam Houston State beat No. 5 national seed Texas Tech 4-3 for its second win in two days over the Red Raiders.
"We played this whole week like we were not afraid to lose," catcher Robie Rojas said. "We knew no matter what we loved each other and we've had a great run. So when you play (without) the fear of ... crashing and burning, you're going to do things like this."
Sam Houston State is the second surprise team to move on in the NCAA Tournament, joining No. 4 regional seed Davidson, which knocked out No. 2 national seed North Carolina on Sunday.
Sam Houston State is in the national tournament for the 11th time, getting an automatic bid as Southland Conference Tournament champion.
The Bearkats from Huntsville, Texas, had to beat 2016 national runner-up Arizona twice and Texas Tech twice to advance to super regionals.
Sites for the best-of-three super regionals starting Friday or Saturday will be announced Tuesday. National seeds are assured of playing at home.
Vanderbilt (36-23-1) at No. 1 Oregon State (52-4); Wake Forest (42-18) at No. 3 Florida (45-17); Southern Mississippi or Mississippi State at No. 4 LSU (46-17); Missouri State (43-18) at No. 6 TCU (45-16); North Carolina State or Kentucky at No. 7 Louisville (50-10); Long Beach State or Texas vs. Cal State Fullerton (37-21); Sam Houston State (43-21) vs. Florida State (43-21); Davidson (35-24) vs. Texas A&M (39-21).
HIS TIME TO SHINE
Freshman two-way player Austin Langworthy starred with his arm and bat as host Florida beat Bethune-Cookman 6-1. He allowed one run and two singles in four innings of relief in his first pitching appearance since April 11. He started the game in left field, went 2 for 4 and hit a three-run homer to open the scoring in the sixth inning. It was his third homer of the season and first since March 3.
MARVELOUS ON MOUND
— Will Zirzow led Florida State past Auburn 6-0 with the best outing of his career. The junior allowed two singles, hit a batter, walked none and struck out 11 in his first complete game. Used mostly as a reliever, Zirzow had never pitched more than five innings.
— Vanderbilt, which beat Clemson 8-0, called on Matt Ruppenthal to start. The junior gave up three hits in six shutout innings in his first appearance since May 6.
— Missouri State's Jeremy Eierman, whose two-out homer in the ninth gave the Bears a walk-off win over Oklahoma State on Friday, hit a two-run shot in the sixth inning to give his team the lead in a 3-2 win over host Arkansas. It was his third of the regional.
— Vanderbilt's Will Toffey, who homered twice and drove in five runs against Clemson, continues to be one of the hottest hitters in the country. In four regional games he was 9 for 19 (.473) with 10 RBIs, eight runs and three homers. In his last 10 games he's 24 for 48 (.500) with 22 RBIs, 17 runs and six homers.
— Dallas Baptist led regionals with 13 home runs. Austin Listi connected four times to give him 24 for the season, tying Josh Causey (2002) for the school record.