By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
ELLISON Hanna’s Indiana State Sycamores continue to advance while BJ Murray’s FAU Owls saw their run come to an end in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Regionals.
The Sycamores advanced to the regional final with a 10-5 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes yesterday in Nashville Tennessee while the Owls were eliminated with a 13-0 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens, Georgia.
This regional stage of the NCAA Tournament included 16 different regional sites throughout the country.
The Sycamores faced the Vanderbilt Commodores last night, but results were unavailable up to press time. The regional final takes place today with a trip to the NCAA Super Regionals on the line.
The Sycamores were selected as the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Nashville Region. They opened with a 6-5 win over McNeese State before an 8-5 loss to Vanderbilt in game two.
Indiana State won the 2019 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament after they defeated the Dallas Baptist Patriots in consecutive games. They finished the season at 41-16 and it marked their 10th NCAA postseason appearance in Sycamores history.
Hanna, a junior transfer from Kirkwood Community College, played in 13 games of his first season with the Sycamores. In seven starts, he hit two home runs, totalled five RBI and scored three runs.
Murray and the Owls finished as runners-up in the Conference USA Tournament Championship, but still gained an at-large bid to regionals as the No.29 ranked team in the country.
FAU was selected as the No.2 seed in the Athens Region. They opened with a 13-7 loss to Florida State before a 10-6 win over Mercer to advance to yesterday’s matchup against Georgia.
FAU finished the season 40-19 FAU and won the Conference USA regular season championship but loss in the Conference Tournament championship game to Southern Mississippi.
The Owls reached the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five years.
Murray is in his freshman season with the programme, appeared in 19 games with six starts. In the first appearance of his collegiate career, Murray hit a home run and scored two runs in a win over Cincinnati on February 15.