Mizzou's Gibson dominates


Saturday's regionals resulted in several names doing themselves a favor while others were unable to take advantage of an opportunity to improve their draft stock.

Those Who Helped Themselves

•Though his velocity sat between 83-87 mph, Missouri right-hander Kyle Gibson went eight shutout innings over Monmouth in the Oxford Regional, striking out eight and scattering six singles and a walk amongst his 102 pitches. Arizona State's Mike Leake went the distance against Oral Roberts, striking out a career-high tying 15 and yielding just on run on five hits.

•North Carolina 1B/OF Dustin Ackley collected four more hits to improve to .414/.517/.768 with 40 extra-base hits and a 48-30 BB/K ratio on the season while Georgia 1B Rich Poythress hit his 25th home run of the year in an 8-2 loss to Florida State.

•Florida Gators closer Billy Bullock pitched a hitless ninth and needed just 14 pitches to dispose of the Miami Hurricanes in the ninth. Bullock fanned two and remains one of the top relief arms in the class.

•Oklahoma State southpaw Andrew Oliver was solid in 7 1/3 innings versus Clemson, allowing eight hits -- six singles -- and two earned runs. He walked one and struck out six.

•Clemson 1B Ben Paulsen went 2-for-3 with a walk versus Oliver with his only out coming on a line-drive double play in the fourth inning.

•Boston College closer Mike Belfiore threw 129 pitches over 9 2/3 innings of the Eagles 3-2 marathon loss to Texas Saturday. The left-hander gave up just three hits, did not walk a batter and struck out 11.
Tony Sanchez caught all 25 innings for B.C.

•Sun Devils center fielder Jason Kipnis went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and his 24th stolen base of the year Saturday. Kipnis, a fourth round pick of the San Diego Padres a year ago, has likely improved his draft stock enough to be a first-day selection this time around.

Those Who Did Not

•Indiana left-hander Matt Bashore surrendered seven earned runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings versus Vanderbilt, failing to match the outing Commodores right-hander Sonny Gray. Bashore walked just one and fanned seven, but hit two batters and served up a leadoff home run to get things started. Bashore is generally considered among the Top 100 prospects for the draft with a chance to be selected on the first day.

•North Carolina right-hander Alex White lasted just 4 2/3 innings Saturday versus Coastal Carolina, giving up five earned runs on four hits and four walks. He needed 104 pitches to get those 14 outs, only 55 of which were strikes. White's stock has taken quite the hit the last month of the season, but he's still a first-round talent who should remain a Top 15 or 20 selection.

•Right-handers Ryan Berry of Rice and Kansas State's A.J. Morris went head-to-head Saturday with neither pitcher bringing his A game to the mound. Morris went all nine for the win, but allowed five earned runs on 13 hits and two walks, striking out two and throwing 91 of 141 pitches for strikes.

Berry allowed three earned runs on 11 hits over eight frames, striking out six but picking up his first loss of the season. Both are considered late first-day or early second-day selections.