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Mitch Moreland hit a two-run home run within minutes of being taken in the Major League Baseball draft Friday, leading Mississippi State to an 8-6 victory over Clemson in their super regional opener.
The Bulldogs (37-20) need one more win in the best-of-three series against the Tigers (41-22) to advance to the College World Series. The victory came in front of a super regional-record crowd of 12,620.
Moreland, taken 530th by the Texas Rangers, hit his sixth-inning homer off Daniel Moskos (3-6). The Clemson starter, taken fourth overall Thursday by the Pittsburgh Pirates, allowed five earned runs and nine hits in five innings.
Moreland added an RBI double in the seventh inning, and Connor Powers hit a two-run homer for the Bulldogs, who rallied from 2-0 and 4-2 deficits.
John Lalor (3-1) picked up the win with three innings of two-hit relief, and Aaron Weatherford earned his seventh save.
Louisville 9, Oklahoma St. 0
At Louisville, Ky., Zack Pitts allowed only four hits over seven innings and Louisville hit three home runs in the super regional opener.
Isaiah Howes, Chris Dominguez and Pete Rodriguez homered for the Cardinals (45-21), who can advance to the College World Series with a win Saturday.
Pitts (10-3), the Big East Pitcher of the Year, struck out six and walked two.
Oliver Odle (7-5) took the loss for Oklahoma State (41-20).
North Carolina 9, South Carolina 6
At Chapel Hill, N.C., Reid Fronk singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh to complete North Carolina's rally from a six-run deficit in the super regional opener.
The Tar Heels (52-12) claimed their third straight come-from-behind victory, scoring the runs with two outs to move within one win of their second straight College World Series.
Rice 3, Texas AM 2, 10 innings
At Houston, Jordan Dodson singled home Danny Lehmann in the bottom of the 10th to give Rice a 3-2 win in the super regional opener.
With two outs, Lehmann singled and got into scoring position when Joe Savery walked. Dodson then singled to left.
Moreland's big day helps Mississippi St. beat Clemson
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