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Terps Rally in the Ninth to Defeat Old Dominion
COLUMBIA, S.C. – In its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 43 years, Maryland waited until its final at-bat to win its first tournament game since 1970. The Terps completed a come-from-behind victory with three runs in the ninth to walk-off against Old Dominion by the score of 4-3 in the opening game of the Columbia Regional Friday afternoon at Carolina Stadium.
Trailing by two runs in the ninth, Maryland (37-21) cut the deficit to one on a run-scoring single by Charlie White and proceeded to load the bases on a LaMonte Wade walk. Old Dominion’s Brad Gero hit Brandon Lowe and Jose Cuas on consecutive pitches to force in the tying and winning runs.
With the win, Maryland advances to the winner’s bracket of the Columbia Regional and will face either South Carolina or Campbell Saturday at 7 p.m. It is the Terps’ first NCAA Tournament victory since knocking off Mississippi State, 3-2, on May 28, 1970.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia baseball team opened the 2014 NCAA Tournament with a 10-1 victory over Bucknell in the Charlottesville Regional Friday (May 30) at Davenport Field.
The Cavaliers (45-13) play the winner of tonight's Arkansas (38-23) and Liberty (41-16) contest on Saturday (May 31) at 8 p.m. Bucknell (30-20-1) plays the loser of Arkansas/Liberty tomorrow in an elimination game at 2 p.m.
The Cavaliers scored one run in each of the first three innings, bursting open the 3-0 contest with a seven-run sixth inning. Bucknell committed four errors in the game, leading to nine unearned runs for Virginia.
Miami Walks Off in NCAA Regional Opener
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Top-seeded Miami opened its run at the 2014 NCAA Coral Gables Region in thrilling fashion Friday night, toppling No. 4 Bethune-Cookman 1-0 on a walk-off wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning.
With David Thompson on third base and Brandon Lopez at first, a pitch from Wildcats reliever Scott Garner to freshman Johnny Ruiz made its way past catcher Zach Olszewski and towards the Mark Light Field backstop. Thompson raced home and slid in safe, beating Olszewski's throw to Garner and sending his teammates and the crowd of 1,843 into a frenzied celebration.
The win advanced Miami (42-17) into the winner's bracket of the Regional, and set up a matchup with second-seeded Texas Tech to be played Saturday night at 7 p.m.
Day One Of NCAA Oxford Regional Washed Out
OXFORD, Miss. - Due to inclement weather and field conditions, Day One action at the NCAA Baseball Oxford Regional was cancelled Friday. The opening game between Georgia Tech and Washington will be played Saturday at 2 p.m. ET.
With all of Friday's action being washed out, Ole Miss will battle Jacksonville State at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday following the Yellow Jackets and the Huskies.
Tar Heels Fall To LBSU, 6-1
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Long Beach State had all five of its hits in a six-run fourth and Andrew Rohrbach worked into the ninth for the second-seeded Dirtbags, who defeated No. 3 seed North Carolina 6-1 Friday afternoon at the University of Florida's McKethan Stadium. Tom Zengel and Landon Lassiter had two hits each for the Tar Heels, who will face the loser of the Florida-College of Charleston game in an elimination contest Saturday at 1 p.m.
Rohrbach and Carolina starter Trent Thornton traded zeroes until the bottom of the fourth, when LBSU (33-24) scored all six of its runs. Garrett Hampson reached on an infield single to lead off the inning before moving to third on a wild pitch and a groundout to first. The next six Dirtbag hitters would reach against Thornton (7-4) and Trevor Kelley, and when the dust settled Long Beach led 6-0.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The No. 18 Oregon Ducks totaled 20 hits in their 18-1 win over Clemson in the first game of the Nashville Regional at Hawkins Field on Friday afternoon. The Ducks, who moved into the winners' bracket, improved to 43-18, while the Tigers, who fell into the losers' bracket, dropped to 36-24 in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
The Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Steve Wilkerson's two-out single to score Tyler Slaton. But the Ducks responded with three runs in the second inning to take the lead for good. Oregon added five runs in the fourth inning, three runs in the fifth inning and seven runs in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.
FSU Falls to Georgia Southern in NCAA Opener
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Fifth-ranked Florida State (43-16) dropped its opening game of the 2014 Tallahassee Regional falling to Georgia Southern (40-21) 7-0 Friday evening on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
Eagle starting pitcher Sam Howard (7-6) got some early run support and kept the Seminole bats at-bay for nine innings in throwing a complete game, two-hit shutout.
The loss snapped FSU's 19-game winning streak in regional play as it marked the Seminoles first set back in the NCAA regionals since falling to Bucknell, 7-0, in the opening game of the 2008 Tallahassee Regional.