NCAA Regionals: Miami, North Carolina Seasons End
Monday June 2, 2014
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- In a game married by weather delays, top-seeded Miami stayed alive to force a winner-take-all game seven with a 2-1 victory over second-seeded Texas Tech in extra innings Monday afternoon.
Down to their last five outs in a game that was postponed a day due to inclement weather, Miami scraped together its first run in over 16 innings against Texas Tech when play resumed in the eighth inning Monday. One-out singles from senior Tyler Palmer and freshman Zack Collins off Tech reliever Jonny Drozd put runners on the corners, and a groundball from sophomore David Thompson towards third base set up a play at the plate.
Red Raiders third baseman Ryan Long fielded Thompson's grounder and fired towards catcher Hunter Redman, but Palmer slid in safe under the tag to tie the game 1-1.
Thompson's RBI double in the top half of the tenth off Red Raiders lefthander Chris Sadberry put Miami ahead 2-1. Freshman Bryan Garcia, named second-team All-ACC in late May, entered when play resumed in the eighth and pitched three clean innings to earn the win
Miami's season came to an end Monday night, as second-seeded Texas Tech captured a 4-0 victory over the Hurricanes in the Coral Gables Regional Championship Game at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
Facing elimination earlier in the day, Miami forced a seventh game by capturing a thrilling 2-1 extra-innings win in a contest that was suspended Sunday night due to inclement weather. But the Hurricanes could not continue their season any further, falling after the Red Raiders plated two runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth.
Miami ended the regular season with a 44-19 record, while Texas Tech advances to Super Regionals with a 43-18 mark.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- North Carolina saw its season come to an end with a 12-5 loss to Long Beach State Monday afternoon at McKethan Stadium. Long Beach scored twice in the seventh after having two on with one out when the game was halted late Sunday due to torrential rain and unplayable field conditions. Tom Zengel had three hits, while Skye Bolt and Tyler Ramirez had two RBIs apiece for the Tar Heels, who finished 2014 with a 35-27 record and a 13th straight NCAA regional appearance.
Long Beach State (34-25) had a 5-4 lead in the seventh when a second rain delay stopped play Sunday evening. After lenghty wait, the game was suspended and rescheduled for a 12:05 resumption Monday afternoon.
The Dirtbags wasted no time against Carolina reliever Spencer Trayner, executing a double steal on the first pitch Monday and loading the bases with an intentional walk to Richard Prigatano. Michael Hill, whose solo home run gave LBSU a 5-4 lead, singled through the right side to push the Long Beach lead to 7-4.