Bryan Langlois hit a go-ahead bases-loaded triple in the ninth inning as Pepperdine advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals with a 10-6 victory against host Cal Poly on Sunday in the San Luis Obispo regional.
The Waves (42-16) got past the regional round for the first time since winning the College World Series title in 1992.
Reliever Eric Karch, a senior from Clovis West High, played a big part in Pepperdine's first two wins of the regional.
Karch pitched a scoreless inning Friday in the opening 3-2 win against Arizona State, then pitched another scoreless inning Saturday in a 2-1 win against Cal Poly for his 15th save of the season.
On Sunday, Cal Poly got another crack at Pepperdine but the Mustangs found themselves down 5-0. Cal Poly (47-12), though, came all the way back to tie it at 6 after scoring two runs in the bottom of the eighth.
But things fell apart in the ninth for Taylor Chris, who had handcuffed Pepperdine for most of his season-high 61/3 innings in relief of starter Danny Zandona.
Nick Torres and Jimmy Allen each homered for Cal Poly, which was hosting a Division I regional for the first time.
Oregon State eliminates UNLV, then tops UC Irvine to force decisive game
Scott Schultz threw a two-hit shutout as No. 1 national seed Oregon State defeated UC Irvine 4-0 to set up a deciding game today at the Corvallis regional.
Schultz (7-2) continued a string of dominant pitching for the Beavers' starters, who have surrendered just two runs and 10 hits with 28 strikeouts in their three tournament victories. Schultz finished with four strikeouts.
The host Beavers were able to get that far only after posting a 6-1 win in an elimination game against UNLV.
In other notable regional action:
Oklahoma State 6, Cal State Fullerton 4: Tim Arakawa lined a two-run single with the bases loaded in the seventh inning to drive in the tying and go-ahead runs as Oklahoma State came from behind to defeat Cal State Fullerton and win the Stillwater regional.
Stanford 10, Indiana 7: Wayne Taylor's pinch-hit, three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning helped Stanford stay alive with the win over Indiana in the Bloomington regional.
Stanford (33-24) and Indiana (44-14) will meet again for the regional championship tonight.
Long Beach State-North Carolina: The elimination game between Long Beach State and North Carolina at the Gainesville regional has been suspended until today due to inclement weather. The game will resume with one out in the top of the seventh with Long Beach State leading 5-4 with runners on first and second.
Alabama ousts Oregon in softball
Jackie Traina threw a four-hitter to help Alabama beat top-seeded Oregon 2-0 and advance to the best-of-three Women's College World Series championship series against Southeastern Conference rival Florida.
Alabama took two out of three from the Gators during the regular season. They will meet again tonight.
"I think it's a very respectful rivalry," Alabama coach Patrick Murphy said. "Everyone respects the heck out of them. I don't think it's a nasty rivalry."
Alabama scored twice in the bottom of the fifth, and that was all Traina needed. She struck out eight with no walks.
"For Jackie to shut out that offense is incredible," Murphy said.