STILLWATER, Okla. Jordy Mercer atoned for his pitching woes with his third home run of the game, a shot in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Oklahoma State past TCU 9-8 on Sunday afternoon in an elimination game of the NCAA baseball tournament.
Top-seeded Oklahoma State (44-17) survived a late rally by the Horned Frogs and advanced to play second-seeded Wichita State in Sunday night's championship round. The Cowboys, who lost to Wichita State on Saturday night, would need to beat the Shockers to force an if-necessary game on Monday.
Third-seeded Texas Christian (45-18) rallied from a six-run deficit before falling. The Horned Frogs closed within 8-7 thanks to a five-run eighth inning, keyed by a three-run double by Bryan Kervin off Mercer.
Then Mercer, normally Oklahoma State's closer, gave up a solo home run to Ben Carruthers in the top of the ninth, tying the game at 8. Mercer then returned to shortstop and gave way to Robbie Weinhardt (6-0), who eventually closed the inning with a double play.
MIAMI 11, MISSISSIPPI 2: Ryan Jackson and Dennis Raben each homered and Miami advanced to the Super Regionals with a win over Mississippi.
ORAL ROBERTS 8, NEBRASKA 0: At Lincoln, Neb., Kelly Minissale allowed two hits over eight-plus innings and Michael Notaro slugged a three-run homer to help Oral Roberts eliminate the top-seeded Cornhuskers.
KENTUCKY 12, MICHIGAN 6: At Ann Arbor, Mich., Troy Frazier hit a two-run homer during a seven-run first inning, and Kentucky eliminated host Michigan.
Sawyer Carroll added his third postseason homer as the Wildcats (44-18) avenged an earlier loss to the Wolverines.
FLORIDA STATE 24, BUCKNELL 9: At Tallahassee, Fla., Buster Posey hit a pair of home runs, including a grand slam in the third inning, to lead Florida State to a rout over Bucknell in an elimination game.
SOUTH CAROLINA 7, JAMES MADISON 5: At Raleigh, N.C., Reese Havens' two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning helped South Carolina eliminate James Madison.
EAST CAROLINA 16, ALABAMA 1: At Conway, S.C., East Carolina starting pitcher Justin Bristow allowed one run over seven innings to lead the Pirates past Alabama in an elimination game.
NORTH CAROLINA 7, UNC WILMINGTON 3: At Cary, N.C., Mark Fleury's three-run homer capped a five-run fifth inning and helped North Carolina win the Cary Regional championship.
SOUTHERN MISS 8, NEW ORLEANS 2: At Baton Rouge, La., Keith Winstead hit a disputed three-run homer and a solo shot that no one questioned, helping Southern Mississippi eliminate New Orleans (43-21).
GEORGIA 14, LIPSCOMB 3: At Athens, Ga., Rich Poythress had five RBIs and Georgia stayed alive with a win over Lipscomb.
TEXAS 4, ST. JOHN'S 3: At Houston, Austin Wood pitched 8 2/3 strong innings, Kyle Russell hit his third home run of the tournament and Texas rallied for a win over St. John's.
HOUSTON 14, ILLINOIS-CHICAGO 11 (11): At College Station, Texas, Chris Wallace's two-run double with one out in the top of the 11th helped lift Houston over Illinois-Chicago.
SAN DIEGO 5, LONG BEACH STATE 1: At Long Beach, Ricardo Pecina limited No. 1 seed Long Beach State to one run over seven innings, and San Diego pounded out 13 hits to eliminate the Dirtbags.
STANFORD 8, UC DAVIS 4: At Stanford, Calif., Brent Milleville hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning, sparking a 5-run rally to help top-seeded Stanford beat UC Davis. The Cardinal (36-23) advanced to the regional championship game against Pepperdine.
OKLAHOMA 11, VANDERBILT 10: At Tempe, Ariz., Aaron Baker homered with one out in the bottom to eliminate Vanderbilt.