ACC Baseball in NCAA Regionals: Four Teams Punch Tickets to Super Regionals

Boston College, Florida State, Louisville and Miami all punched tickets to Super Regionals.
NC State downs Navy to advance to must-win game on Monday; Clemson, Virginia, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest eliminated. 

A 6-3 win over Tulane sends Boston College to first-ever Super Regional. The Eagles jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second and maintained control throughout the game, scoring in the third, fourth and fifth.

With the bases loaded in the eighth, Skogsbergh induced a double play to get the Eagles out the jam. He and Adams struck out the side in the ninth to seal the BC victory.

For the first time, Boston College advanced to a Super Regional since the expansion to 64 teams. Super Regionals were introduced in 1999.

In the previous format, the Eagles won Districts four times to move onto the College World Series, the last time in 1967.

Junior Johnny Adams led the Eagles for a 4-for-4 day, tying a career high for hits, driving in three runs and scoring twice. Three of his four hits were doubles.  He was 7-for-12 with three runs, four doubles and three RBIs in the Oxford Regional.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Dylan Busby smacked two home runs and teammates Jackson Lueck, Cal Raleigh, Tyler Holton and Hayden Kelly added one home run each as Florida State posted an 18-6 win over South Alabama in the championship game of the Tallahassee Regional on Sunday evening on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. The victory improves the Seminoles to 40-20 as they have now posted 40 wins in 39 consecutive seasons.

Busby (3-6, 3 RBI), named Most Outstanding Player of the Tallahassee Regional, recorded two home runs and a double in the victory. It marks the third time this season he has recorded multiple home runs in the same game. During the regional, Busby finished 8-of-17 (.471 batting average) at the plate with eight RBI, seven runs scored, three doubles, two home runs and a 1.118 slugging percentage.

The remaining five Seminole hitters with multi-hit performances included John Sansone (3-5, 3 RBI, double), Taylor Walls (3-4, 2 RBI, 2 doubles), Quincy Nieporte (2-4, RBI), Raleigh (2-4, 2 RBI) and Lueck (2-4, 4 RBI, HR). The offensive explosion resulted in 19 hits, 10 extra base hits and the most home runs (six) in an NCAA postseason game by Florida State since the Seminoles recorded seven against South Alabama on June 1, 2003.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Lefthander Drew Harrington delivered a dominant performance on the mound while Nick Solak homered and drove in three runs as the No. 2 national seed Louisville baseball team won its fourth straight NCAA Regional championship with Sunday’s 3-1 victory against Wright State at Jim Patterson Stadium.

With the win, their 22nd consecutive at home, the Cardinals (50-12) clinched their sixth NCAA Super Regional berth and fourth 50-win season in the last 10 years. Louisville, which owns the nation’s longest active NCAA Regional winning streak at 12 games, will host the winner of the Nashville Regional in the best-of-three NCAA Super Regional starting either Friday or Saturday at Patterson Stadium. Having already set a school record for home wins in a season, the Cardinals improved to 36-1 at Patterson Stadium this season and are 22-6 all-time in NCAA postseason games at the corner of Third and Central. 

Harrington, the 2016 ACC Pitcher of the Year, twirled 7.1 shutout innings scattering five hits and two walks while striking out five to improve to 12-2 on the season and 9-0 at home. Sunday’s outing marked the 13th time in 16 starts this season the junior from Elizabethtown, Kentucky has allowed two or fewer earned runs. Harrington lowered his season ERA to 2.08 while becoming Louisville’s third 12-game winner this season.

Solak, a junior from Woodridge, Illinois, was 3-for-4 at the plate connecting for his fifth home run of the season and accounting for all three runs for the Cardinals. The All-ACC second baseman was among eight Louisville players named to the NCAA All-Regional Team, including sophomore Brendan McKay, who was chosen by the media as the Most Outstanding Player of the Louisville Regional. Junior Will Smith was named to the All-Regional Team and had a three-hit performance on Sunday finishing 3-for-5 with a run scored as Louisville out-hit Wright State (46-17) 10-7 overall.

It was a little tougher this time around, but for the second straight season, the Miami Hurricanes will host an NCAA Super Regional at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

Miami needed a walk-off single from junior Randy Batista in the ninth inning to advance to the second weekend of the postseason, as the No. 1 regional seed Hurricanes outlasted No. 3 regional seed Long Beach State 9-8 Sunday night in a thrilling Coral Gables Regional Championship game.

Last season, Miami topped Columbia 21-3 in its final regional game. Though the Hurricanes looked poised to repeat a similarly lopsided result Sunday when they jumped out to an 8-1 lead by the fourth, a furious seven-run rally by the Dirtbags over the game’s final four innings found the hosts entering the ninth with the game tied 8-8.

Redshirt junior Christopher Barr opened the ninth with a walk, took second on a sacrifice bunt and then advanced to third on a flyout to right.

Facing an 0-1 count with the winning run 90 feet away, Batista flared a pitch from LBSU reliever Lucas Jacobsen (0-2) into shallow left-center to score Barr and send Miami to its 29th all-time regional championship.

RALEIGH, N.C. - No. 17 NC State baseball outscored Navy 17-1 on Sunday to plow its way into the Regional Final Monday night at Doak Field at Dail Park.

The Wolfpack (37-21) scored multiple runs in each of the first four innings to build a 10-0 advantage, making it 11-0 in the sixth. The Pack produced a six-run seventh to extend the margin. Navy (43-16-1) scored in the eighth to set the final 17-1.

Johnny Piedmonte (1-3) pitched a career-long 8 2/3 innings, tying a career-high with seven strikeouts. Making his first start since April 19, Piedmonte allowed one earned on six hits and a walk, and played a crucial role in preserving the Wolfpack bullpen ahead of Monday's final. Piedmonte retired 17 of 18 between the second and the seventh, working four 1-2-3 innings. Christian Demby relieved him in the ninth, recording the final out on four pitches.

CLEMSON, S.C. - Corey Hassel went 3-for-5 with a grand slam in the fifth inning to lead No. 18 Oklahoma State to a 9-2 victory over No. 9 Clemson in the Clemson Regional at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday night. The Cowboys, who won the regional with a 3-0 record, improved to 39-20. The Tigers’ season ended with a 44-20 record.

Conor Costello lined a two-out, run-scoring double in the first inning, then the Cowboys loaded the bases in the fifth inning thanks in large part to two bunts that Clemson could not record an out on. Hassel, who was named Clemson Regional MVP, then belted a grand slam to left field to put Oklahoma State up 5-0. Chris Okey laced a two-out, run-scoring single in the sixth inning, then Chris Williams hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning. But Costello responded with a long solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Cowboys added three more runs in the frame to pull away.

Oklahoma State starter Jensen Elliott (9-2) earned the win by allowing just four hits, one run and one walk with eight strikeouts in 6.0 innings pitched. Trey Cobb pitched the final 3.0 innings to record his third save of the season. Tiger starter Pat Krall (10-2) suffered the loss, as he yielded eight hits, five runs (four earned) and two walks with five strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched.

CLEMSON, S.C. - No. 9 Clemson hit five home runs in its 15-3 victory over Western Carolina in the Clemson Regional at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday. The Tigers, who upped their record to 2-1 in the regional, improved to 44-19, while the Catamounts’ season came to an end with a 31-31 record.

The Tigers scored three runs in the third inning, keyed by Seth Beer’s two-run double, to take a 4-0 lead, then Clemson added five runs in the fourth inning, started by Chase Pinder’s solo home run, his 11th of the year. Beer added a solo homer, his 18th of the season, in the sixth inning. Chris Okey and Weston Wilson belted two-run homers in the eighth inning, then White hit a solo homer in the ninth inning. Wilson had four of the Tigers’ 16 hits in the game.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Georgia Tech’s 2016 season came to an end Sunday night as the Yellow Jackets suffered a 10-1 loss to the top-seeded Florida Gators in the NCAA Gainesville Regional.

Georgia Tech (38-25) finished as the regional runner-up with a 2-2 record. Florida (50-13) advances to face Florida State in the NCAA Super Regional later this week.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Georgia Tech’s postseason is still alive as the Yellow Jackets scored two runs in the 9th inning to eliminate the UConn Huskies 7-5 on Sunday afternoon at McKethan Stadium.

Junior Matthew Gorst (2-1) earned the win for the Yellow Jackets, allowing one run on three hits in 4.0 innings of relief. It was Gorst’s first blown save opportunity of the season. 

Senior OF Matt Gonzalez became the third player in school history to amass 300 career hits as the nation’s active career hits leader went 3-for-4. 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia baseball team’s 2016 season came to a conclusion Sunday following a 5-4 defeat to William & Mary in the NCAA Charlottesville Regional at Davenport Field. Charles Ameer’s seventh-inning solo homer broke a 4-4 tie as the Tribe advanced to face East Carolina for the regional championship later Sunday afternoon. Virginia finished its season with a 38-22 record.

Daniel Pinero (Jr., Toronto, Ontario) and Jack Gerstenmaier (So., Richmond, Va.) each had three hits for Virginia, which finished with a dozen hits but also left 12 runners on base.

Despite working 4 2/3 innings of solid relief, Virginia reliever Tommy Doyle (So., Vienna, Va.) took the loss. He gave up two earned runs and three hits while fanning three. Making his first start since April 13, UVA’s Daniel Lynch (Fr., Henrico, Va.) worked 1 2/3 innings, giving up three earned runs and five hits.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Wake Forest was eliminated from the 2016 NCAA Regional in College Station on Sunday afternoon in an 8-3 loss to Minnesota at Texas A&M's Blue Bell Park.

The Demon Deacons finish the season 35-27 overall. Minnesota (36-21) advances to play the host Aggies on Sunday night.

It was the final game in Old Gold & Black for six seniors: Christian Bartholomew, Kevin Conway, Aaron Fossas, Garrett Kelly, Ryan Morse and Joey Rodriguez.