NCAA Baseball Super Regional ACCtion: Saturday, June 8
Saturday June 8, 2013
CHAPEL HILL (AP) --- North Carolina again waited until its final at-bat to win an NCAA tournament game. This time, it put the No. 1 overall seed within a victory of returning to the College World Series.
Freshman Skye Bolt hit an RBI single through the right side in the ninth inning to lift the Tar Heels past South Carolina, 6-5 on Saturday in the opener of the super regional best-of-3 series.
Bolt's two-out hit scored Parks Jordan from second for the Tar Heels (56-9), who are trying to reach Omaha for the sixth time in eight seasons. They had to regroup after a shaky start from top pitcher Kent Emanuel and rally from an early two-run deficit before winning their second straight in walkoff fashion.
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State rallied for a dramatic 4-3 comeback win over Rice in game one of the Raleigh Super Regional on Saturday at Doak Field at Dail Park.
The Wolfpack (48-14) moved one win closer to Omaha, and pulled to within one victory of tying the program record for wins in a season by jumping ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the first. Rice scored once in the fourth and again in the fifth to even the score, before pulling ahead 3-2 in the top of the ninth. State responded with two runs in the bottom half to walk off with the 4-3 win.
Jake Fincher sent the game-winning single to left with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, his team-leading eighth hit of the NCAA Tournament. Fincher has reached base at least once in 60 of 62 games this year, and provided a 2-for-4 outing with a run and an RBI. Logan Ratledge pushed the tying run to the plate on a safety squeeze with one out.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The road to Omaha just got a little bit bumpier for the Florida State baseball team as the Seminoles fell to Indiana, 10-9, in the first game of the Tallahassee Super Regional Saturday.
The Seminoles (47-16) now face their first must-win game of the 2013 postseason Sunday at 1 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium against the Hoosiers (47-14). A loss would end the 'Noles' season; a win would set up decisive showdown Monday at 1 p.m. with the winner sent to the College World Series.
"I tip my hat to Indiana University," FSU coach Mike Martin said. "They did a great job. They got the job done. It's one of those situations I guess when you look at the opportunity that we had, but they got it done. I'm very, very proud of the fight of our ball club to put themselves in a position, but that's the game of baseball.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Mississippi State collected 20 hits to grab an 11-6 win over Virginia and take a 1-0 lead in the 2013 NCAA Charlottesville Super Regional Saturday before a sell-out crowd of 4,956 at Davenport Field.
Mississippi State improves to 47-18 and Virginia falls to 50-11. The two teams meet again tomorrow night (June 9) at Davenport Field. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised live on ESPNU.
Joe McCarthy reached base in all five of his plate appearances for UVa, going 2-for-2 with three walks. Nick Howard (So., Olney, Md.) and Kenny Towns (So., Burke, Va.) each added two hits for the Cavaliers. Virginia had a rough day defensively, tying a season high with four errors. The errors were extremely costly as they led to six unearned Mississippi State runs.