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COLUMBIA, S.C. – Junior Bobby Ruse pumped his fist and was met by catcher Kevin Martir as the Maryland bench cleared and joined the two in celebration just in front of the pitcher’s mound as the Terps clinched the program’s first ever regional title and advanced to the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday night with a 10-1 victory over South Carolina at Carolina Stadium in the Columbia Regional final.
Entering the weekend, Maryland (39-21) had only one win in three all-time NCAA Tournament appearances. But in Columbia, the Terps completed a three-game sweep of the regional dispatching of the top-seeded Gamecocks (44-18) on consecutive nights and eliminating Carolina from a home regional for the first time since 1976.
Clutch pitching and timely hitting highlighted Maryland’s win. The Terrapin pitching staff stranded 10 Gamecocks as South Carolina was 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and 2-for-15 with runners on base.
Tayler Stiles, who earned the win, entered in the fourth with runners at the corners and two outs and got Marcus Mooney to fly out to center. Ruse entered in the sixth in the same situation and got Mooney to fly out to right.
Shortstop Blake Schmit provided a timely two-out, run-scoring single in the fourth to give the Terps a 2-1. Anthony Papio delivered a two-out RBI in the sixth to give the Terps a 4-1 advantage. Maryland did not look back and pulled away with a four-run ninth to seal the win.
Virginia Beats Arkansas 9-2 to Advance to NCAA Super Regional
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia baseball team advanced to the Super Regional for the fifth time in the last six seasons after defeating Arkansas 9-2 on Sunday (June 1) at the 2014 NCAA Tournament’s Charlottesville Regional at Davenport Field.
Virginia (47-13) will host Maryland (39-21) in a three-game Super Regional next weekend in Charlottesville. The game dates and times for the series will be announced on Monday at approximately 11 p.m. after the completion of all regional competitions.
The Cavaliers rode the starting pitching of sophomore left-hander Brandon Waddell (Houston, Texas) and scored six runs in the third inning and added three more in the ninth to eliminate the Razorbacks (40-25).
Waddell (8-3) earned the victory, working 6.2 innings and allowing two earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts. Senior right-hander Whit Mayberry (Alexandria, Va.) worked 2.1 innings of scoreless relief, allowing one hit and striking out three.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Game five of the 2014 NCAA Gainesville Regional between North Carolina and Long Beach State was halted due to rain with the Dirtbags leading 5-4 in the top of the seventh and will be resumed Monday at noon at McKethan Stadium. The two teams sat through over six hours of delays after the 1:05 start before the field was deemed unplayable.
Both teams homered in the first, with Ivo Patron and Skye Bolt sending matching two-run shots out to right. Carolina took its first lead in the second on a Korey Dunbar safety squeeze before Patron drove in two more in the top of the third to give Long Beach State a 4-3 lead. Tyler Ramirez singled home Bolt in the bottom of the inning to make it 4-4 before a Michael Hill solo homer gave the Dirtbags the one-run lead they will carry into Monday.
Miami vs. Texas Tech Game Postponed in Eighth Inning
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The Hurricanes' NCAA Coral Gables Regional game against Texas Tech has been postponed until Monday, with a resumption time yet to be determined.
The game will resume with Miami trailing 1-0 in the top half of the eighth inning. If Miami wins, it will need to beat Texas Tech a second time in a game scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday night. If the Hurricanes lose, they will be eliminated from the postseason.
OXFORD, Miss. - Matt Gonzalez broke a 1-1 tie with a two-out, two-run double in the ninth inning as No. 25 Georgia Tech rallied to stave off elimination Sunday with a 4-2 win over Jacksonville State in the NCAA Oxford Regional.
The Yellow Jackets (37-26) will play again Sunday versus the loser of a game between Washington and Ole Miss that was set for a 4 p.m. ET first pitch. The late game at Ole Miss's Swayze Field will begin at approximately 8 p.m. ET on ESPN3.
OXFORD, Miss. – Georgia Tech sprinted out to an early 2-0 lead, but Washington scored the game’s final four runs and eliminated the Yellow Jackets from the 2014 NCAA Oxford Regional with 4-2 victory Sunday night.
Tech (37-27), which fought off elimination with a ninth-inning rally earlier Sunday in a 4-2 win over Jacksonville State, couldn’t muster the same late-game magic in the nightcap and saw its ACC Championship season come to an end. The Huskies (41-16-1) will have to beat Ole Miss twice on Monday to reach the Super Regionals.