LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Anthony Kidston pitched seven solid innings and Louisville used a three-run fourth to help get past Kansas 6-3 in an NCAA regional game Saturday.
The Defiance High School graduate went seven innings allowing two runs on five hits with six strikeouts and five walks for the Cardinals to improve to 8-0 on the season and 13-0 in his career.
The Cardinals (47-15) took a 2-0 lead through three innings, and Corey Ray led off the third with a double. He scored on an RBI single by Sutton Whiting, who stole second and third and scored with two outs on Kyle Gibson's single.
Kansas (35-25) loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Louisville closer Nick Burdi walked in a run, but got Tucker Tharp to fly out to end the game.
Kansas will play Kentucky in an elimination game Sunday, and the winner will play the Cardinals in the regional final.
Kentucky 4, Kent State 2
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky's Thomas Bernal hit a two-out, two-run double to highlight a four-run ninth inning as the Wildcats rallied past Kent State 4-2 in an elimination game of an NCAA regional.
A.J. Reed pitched a complete game and knocked in Kentucky's first run of the game with a one-out double in the ninth to score Max Kuhn from second. Ka'ai Tom struck out, and reliever Nick Fasola walked consecutive batters -- the first walks of the game for either team -- before Bernal's double dropped in just out of left fielder Troy Summers' reach.
Reed, who led college baseball with 23 home runs this season, gave up singles to Kent State's first four batters before retiring the next 14 batters. After the first inning, he only allowed one player past first base.
Kent State (36-23) was in good shape thanks to starter Nick Jensen-Clagg, who pitched a career-high 8 1/3 innings. But he was pulled after surrendering Reed's double in the ninth.
Kentucky (35-24) ended the game when Kent State grounded into a double play.
Xavier 6, Clemson 4
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Daniel Rizzie doubled and drove in a pair of runs to lead Xavier to their second ever NCAA baseball tournament victory in an elimination game.
The Musketeers (30-28) took control after a nearly 2-hour weather delay, scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh, highlighted by Rizzie's RBI single that slipped under left fielder Garrett Boulware's glove and rolled to the fence. Mitch Elliott added another run on the error to make it 6-2.
Nebraska 8, Binghamton 6
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Steven Reveles laid down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt, bringing home Jake Placzek from third with the winning run, as Nebraska rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth to escape with a 8-6 victory over Binghamton in an elimination game in NCAA regional play.
Nebraska (41-20) squandered leads of 4-0 and 5-3 and entered the ninth down 6-5.
North Carolina 5, Florida 2
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Adam Ramirez and Adam Pate hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the third inning after a rain delay of 3 hours, 19 minutes to spark North Carolina to a 5-2 victory that eliminated host and No. 2 national seed Florida.
The Gators (40-23) went 0-2 in a regional for the second year in a row and have lost their last six NCAA tournament games since the 2012 College World Series.
Youngstown St. 5, Indiana St. 2
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Patrick O'Brien pitched into the seventh inning and Youngstown State earned its first NCAA tournament victory, holding off Indiana State 5-2 on Saturday in a regional elimination game.
The Penguins (17-37) will play this afternoon against the loser of Saturday's Indiana-Stanford game. Indiana State (35-18) was eliminated.
Campbell 4, Old Dominion 1
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Elijah Trail and Brooks Borders had RBI singles in the 12th inning and Campbell won for the first time in NCAA tournament play, beating Old Dominion in an elimination game.
Washington 8, Ga. Tech 0
OXFORD, Miss. -- Tyler Davis struck out eight and allowed only four hits in his first career complete game and Washington beat Georgia Tech.
SE Louisiana 2, Bryant 1 (10)
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Sam Roberson's RBI sacrifice fly scored Jameson Fisher to give Southeastern Louisiana a 2-1, 10-inning victory over Bryant in an elimination game.
Bethune Cookman 6, Columbia 5
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Matt Noble was 2 for 3 with three RBIs and Bethune Cookman withstood a late Columbia rally to beat the Lions 6-5 in an elimination game at the Coral Gables regional.
La.-Lafayette 9, San Diego St 2
LAFAYETTE, La. -- Seth Harrison was 3 for 4 with two RBIs and Michael Strentz's early three-run homer helped Louisiana-Lafayette beat San Diego State 9-2 in an NCAA tournament elimination game Saturday, keeping the nation's No. 1-ranked Ragin' Cajuns alive in the Lafayette regional.
Alabama 6, Florida State 5
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Wade Wass and Mikey White homered, left-hander Justin Kamplain pitched eight scoreless innings and Alabama eliminated Florida State 6-5.
Bucknell 5, Liberty 2
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Dan Weigel threw a four-hitter and Bucknell beat Liberty 5-2 on Saturday for the second NCAA tournament victory in program history.
Weigel (8-5) allowed two runs, stSacramento St. 5, Arizona St. 4
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Nathan Lukes was 3 for 3 and drove in three runs and Sacramento State scored three times in the eighth inning to break a tie and beat Arizona State 5-4 in an elimination game Saturday.
Pinch-hitter Ryan Ybarra hit a two-run home run off in the ninth inning to bring the Sun Devils (33-24) within a run, but Palsha (6-1) froze Trever Allen with a 3-2 curveball for the final out of the game, the first NCAA Division I regional victory in program history for the Hornets (40-23).
Sienna 9, Dallas Baptist 8
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Vincent Citro's two-out RBI single in the 10th inning gave Siena a 9-8 victory over Dallas Baptist in an elimination game in the Fort Worth regional.
The Saints (26-33) earned their first NCAA tournament win in school history after trailing 7-0 in the second inning. They were one of two teams to make a regional appearance with a losing record.