ACC Baseball in NCAA Regionals: Four Teams Advance to Regional Championships

Boston College, Florida State, Louisville and Miami advance to regional championships, while NC State must finish its second game on Sunday. Four more teams looking to battle out of loser's brackets.

NC State's Saturday night game against Coastal Carolina has been suspended in the top ninth due to lightning in the area. The game will resume Sunday at 12:30 PM. The next game will begin 55 minutes after the conclusion of NC State's resumption.

Down 3-1 in the seventh, the Eagles scored three runs off two hits, two hit batters, a walk and a fielder's choice to take the lead.

King, freshman John Witkowski and Adams shut out the Utes from the fifth inning on to help the Eagles to the victory.

Junior Mike King went 6.2 innings in his 15th start of the season, allowed seven hits, three runs, two walks and struck out two. His starts tied the season record at BC and he set a new single-season record for the Eagles with 98.0 innings pitched in a season.

Senior Joe Cronin broke Boston College’s all-time walks record by logging the 113 of his career. He also scored a run for the Eagles in the fifth.

Sophomore Jake Palomaki walked in the fifth inning. He has reached base in 46 of the Eagles' 53 games, including the last 13. The walk was the 41st of the season, good for second on BC’s single-season list. He holds the record with 46, set last year. His 87 career walks is 10th in BC record books.

Junior Nick Sciortino threw out two base runners stealing to bring his season total to 19, which leads the ACC.

Junior Johnny Adams led the way for the Eagles with a 2-for-4 day, scoring a run and hitting his team-leading 14th double.

Senior Jesse Adams recorded a four-out save for the sixth of the season, which is tied for sixth in BC record books and his nine career saves is sixth.

CORAL GABLES, Fla.  – Sophomore Carl Chester capped a three-hit day with the go-ahead single in the top of the 11th inning, as the No. 1 seed Hurricanes topped No. 3 seed Long Beach State 4-3 in a winners’ bracket game at the NCAA Coral Gables Regional.

Miami (47-11) was one strike away from securing a place in the Coral Gables Regional Championship Game two innings earlier, but an unlikely, pinch-hit home run by Dirtbags infielder Jeff Nellis with two outs in the bottom of the ninth forced extra innings.

Chester’s single to left off LBSU reliever Austin McGeorge was just the second two-out hit of the night for the Hurricanes, and scored junior Jacob Heyward to put Miami ahead. Heyward walked to open the 11th, took second on a sacrifice bunt, and then beat the throw from left fielder Garrett Nelson, sliding in safe at home and sending 2,530 fans into an early celebration.

Freshman Andrew Cabezas (3-1) tossed the game’s final 1.2 innings, needing just 23 pitches to finish off the win.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State freshman pitcher Tyler Holton won his first career postseason starting assignment and sophomore Steven Wells, Jr., hit his first home run of the season to lead the top-seeded Seminoles to a 7-2 victory over second-seeded Southern Miss on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium in winner’s bracket game in the NCAA Tallahassee Baseball Regional. 

The win advanced the Seminoles to the championship round of the Tallahassee Regional. Florida State will face the winner of Sunday’s matinee between South Alabama and Southern Miss at 6 p.m. Sunday.  Should the Seminoles win Sunday night’s game they will capture the regional championship and advance to next weekend’s Super Regional. 

Holton (3-3) allowed two runs, two walks and struck out six Golden Eagle hitters in 5.2 innings on the mound. Both of the hits and walks came in the first inning before the Tallahassee, Fla., native found his rhythm and retired 14 of the next 16 USM batters he faced.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Danny Rosenbaum connected for a pair of two-run homers and Brendan McKay had 10 strikeouts to lead the No. 2 national seed Louisville baseball team in a 15-3 win over Ohio State in Saturday's NCAA Regional winners bracket game at Jim Patterson Stadium.

With their 21st consecutive win at home, the Cardinals (49-12) advance to the championship round of an NCAA Regional for the fifth straight season and the seventh time in the last eight years. Ohio State (44-19-1) will face Wright State (45-16) in an elimination game on Sunday at noon ET and the winner will meet Louisville at 4 p.m.

A senior from Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, Rosenbaum finished 2-for-4 with four RBI and his first career two-homer game, while McKay helped his own cause going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. Sophomore Devin Hairston had two doubles and scored two runs on a 3-for-5 day at the plate and junior Logan Taylor was 3-for-5 with a double and scored twice for the Cardinals, who registered their highest scoring performance in an NCAA postseason game since a 20-2 NCAA Super Regional win over Oklahoma State on June 10, 2007.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After falling to UConn by a score of 7-6 on Friday, the Jackets bounced back on Saturday with a 12-3 win over Bethune-Cookman to stay alive in the NCAA Gainesville Regional.

Georgia Tech (37-24) put the game away in the top of the ninth with a six-run frame, which included a three-run shot from Tristin English. Starter Brandon Gold (9-3) earned the win, pitching 7.0 innings and allowing three runs on seven hits.

English went 3-for-5 with a home run and 5 RBI, and he now has five home runs and 42 RBI on the season. Wade Bailey went 4-5 with two doubles, bringing his total up to 12 for the season.

CLEMSON, S.C. - No. 18 Oklahoma State scored eight runs in the first three innings and every Cowboy starter had at least one hit and one RBI in its 12-2 victory over No. 9 Clemson in the Clemson Regional at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday night. The Cowboys, who improved to 2-0 in the regional, upped their record to 38-20. The Tigers, who saw their 10-game winning streak come to an end, fell to 43-19.

The Cowboys scored two runs in the first inning and one run in the second inning before plating five runs in the top of the third inning after a critical error allowed leadoff batter Garrett Benge to reach base. Collin Theroux’s two-run double highlighted the uprising. Chase Pinder’s RBI groundout in the bottom of the third inning put the Tigers on the scoreboard. The Cowboys added three runs in seventh inning and one run in the eighth inning to pull away, as they totaled 17 hits in the contest.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Travis Watkins hit a three-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to cap a five-run inning and lift East Carolina to an 8-6 win over the Virginia baseball team Saturday in the NCAA Charlottesville Regional at Davenport Field. With the defeat, Virginia (38-21) has to win three straight games to advance out of the regional. UVA plays William & Mary (30-30) at 11 a.m. Sunday in an elimination game. The winner plays East Carolina (36-21-1) at 3 p.m. in the regional championship game and needs to defeat the Pirates twice in order to advance.

If necessary, a second championship game will be played at 6 p.m. Monday. Please note the game times have changed for both games Sunday from the original schedule because of the threat of inclement weather.

Virginia reliever Tommy Doyle (So., Vienna, Va.) took the loss and dropped to 2-6 after allowing five runs in the ninth inning. ECU reliever Joe Ingle (6-3) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings to earn the win.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Tied in the ninth, No. 8 South Carolina took the lead on a Hunter Davis RBI double to defeat Duke, 4-2, in the NCAA Columbia Regional Saturday afternoon at Founders Park.

The loss ends the Blue Devils’ season while the Gamecocks go on to play the loser of tonight’s matchup between UNC Wilmington and Rhode Island. Duke finished the season with a 33-24 overall record after securing the program’s first NCAA Tournament bid since 1961.

Graduate student Trent Swart (4-3) suffered the loss despite pitching an outstanding game. Swart tossed a season-high eight complete before exiting with a runner on in the ninth. He allowed three runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and just one walk. After South Carolina (43-16) scored two runs early, Swart kept the Gamecocks off the board for six straight frames and retired 11 consecutive batters at one point.