NCAA Regionals: Maryland, Virginia Remain Perfect; North Carolina Staves Off Elimination

 

Tar Heels Eliminate No. 2 Gators, 5-2

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - North Carolina scored all five of its runs in the third inning after a lengthy rain delay and the third-seeded Tar Heels held on to eliminate No. 2 national seed Florida 5-2 Saturday at McKethan Stadium. Alex Raburn, Tyler Ramirez, Adam Pate and Korey Dunbar all had run-scoring hits in the frame for Carolina, which will face the Long Beach State-College of Charleston loser in an elimination game Sunday at 1 p.m.

Reilly Hovis worked four innings out of the bullpen to pick up his team-high ninth win of the season, while Spencer Trayner got the final six outs to shut the door on the host Gators' season.

Virginia Shuts Out Arkansas 3-0 in NCAA Regional

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Sophomore left-hander Nathan Kirby (Midlothian, Va.) allowed one hit over eight innings and junior first baseman Mike Papi (Tunkhannock, Pa.) hit a two-run home run to lead Virginia to a 3-0 win over Arkansas in second-day action on Saturday (May 31) at the 2014 NCAA Tournament's Charlottesville Regional at Davenport Field.

Virginia (46-13) improves to 2-0 in the double elimination regional and hosts the winner of the Arkansas-Bucknell contest Sunday (June 1) at 8 p.m. The Razorbacks (39-24) play the Bison (31-20-1) in an elimination game tomorrow at 1 p.m. A seventh game, if necessary, to determine the Charlottesville Regional champion is scheduled for Monday (June 2) at 7 p.m.

Terps Hold Off South Carolina, Advance to Regional Final 

COLUMBIA, S.C. – With the tying run 90 feet away, Maryland turned a 4-6-3 game-ending double play to seal a dramatic 4-3 victory over top-seeded South Carolina Saturday night at Carolina Stadium snapping the Gamecocks 28-game postseason home winning streak and sending the Terps into the Columbia Regional final.

With one out in the top of the ninth and South Carolina runners at first and third, closer Kevin Mooney induced a ground ball from Joey Pankake to Brandon Lowe. Lowe quickly gathered the ball fired it to Blake Schmit who tagged second and threw a strike to LaMonte Wade to clinch the victory sending Terrapin players streaming from the dugout in celebration.

The victory secures a spot in the region final. Maryland (38-21) will meet the winner of South Carolina and Campbell Sunday night at 7 p.m. with a spot in the Super Regionals at stake. The Gamecocks and Camels square off at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Miami Drops Matchup to Texas Tech 3-0

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Top-seeded Miami was handed its first loss at the NCAA Coral Gables Regional by second-seeded Texas Tech Saturday night, as the Red Raiders came away with a 3-0 victory in a winner's bracket matchup at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

Hurricanes lefthander and 2014 ACC-Co Pitcher of the Year Chris Diaz tossed 7.1 strong innings for the regional hosts, but Red Raiders starter Dylan Dusek was up to the challenge. The lefty kept Miami off-balance, allowing just four hits with three strikeouts through eight solid innings.

Jackets Fall To Washington In NCAA Opener

OXFORD, Miss. - Washington's Tyler Davis went the distance Saturday afternoon and pitched the Huskies past Georgia Tech, 8-0, in first game of the NCAA Oxford Regional at Ole Miss's Swayze Field.

Rookies Ryan Peurifoy and Brandon Gold each had hits for the Yellow Jackets (36-26), who will play either Ole Miss or Jacksonville State in an elimination game Sunday at 11 a.m. CT (12 p.m. ET) on ESPN3.

Davis, who was bolstered with an early 1-0 in the first inning, limited the Jackets to just four hits in the game. The righty fanned eight against no walks and improved to 11-2. He entered the regional with the Pac 12's fourth-best ERA of 1.75 ERA in 97.2 innings.

FSU's Season Ends With Loss to Alabama

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Fifth-ranked Florida State (43-17) saw its season come to an end Saturday afternoon as the Seminoles fell to Alabama (35-23) 6-5 in an elimination game of the 2014 Tallahassee Regional on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

The Seminoles refused to go down without a fight putting together a ninth inning rally but in the end came up a run short as Florida State dropped the first two games of an NCAA regional for the first time since 1984 when FSU fell to Stetson and East Carolina.

Xavier Eliminates Clemson 6-4 in Nashville Regional on Saturday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Daniel Rizzie's two-out double in the fifth inning scored Mitch Elliott for the go-ahead run and Xavier held on for a 6-4 win over Clemson in the Nashville Regional at Hawkins Field on Saturday afternoon. Xavier improved to 30-28 and stayed alive in the regional, while the Tigers' season came to an end with a 36-25 record and 27th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 28 years.

In the first-ever meeting between the two schools, Clemson scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, capped by Steven Duggar's two-out, run-scoring single in the top of the fifth inning, to take a 2-1 lead. But Xavier rallied with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take the lead for good. After a 108-minute lightning delay, Xavier scored three runs in the seventh inning to up its lead to 6-2. Steve Wilkerson belted a two-run homer, his sixth long ball of the year, in the eighth inning, but it was not enough.