OXFORD, Miss. – Andrew Ely’s two-run homer helped lead Washington to a 4-2 victory over Georgia Tech on Sunday in the NCAA tournament’s Oxford regional.
Washington (40-16-1) will play Mississippi today for the regional championship. The Huskies must beat the Rebels twice to reach the super regionals.
Washington starter Jared Fisher struggled with his command early, walking in two runs in the first inning. But Ely’s homer in the third tied the game at 2 and the Huskies tacked on two more runs in the sixth.
Reliever Brandon Choate (4-1) earned the win for Washington, and Trevor Dunlap worked four scoreless innings to earn his sixth save. Braden Bishop had two hits.
Matthew Grimes (5-3) took the loss, giving up all four runs. The loss eliminated Georgia Tech (37-26) from the tournament.
Earlier Sunday, Christian Trent and Aaron Greenwood combined on a six-hitter to lead Mississippi over Washington 2-1.
Also Sunday, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Pepperdine, Virginia, Maryland and TCU became the first teams to advance to the Super Regionals, college baseball’s Sweet 16.
TCU’s regional victory got a boost from a 22-inning, 3-2 victory over Sam Houston State late Saturday night. It was the second-longest game in NCAA tournament history.
The game, which lasted 6 hours and 54 minutes, is surpassed only by Texas’ 3-2 NCAA tourney victory over Boston College in 25 innings on May 30, 2009.