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Five ACC teams in regional finals, one win from Super Regionals; Weather delays Notre Dame's second game until Sunday.
NC State baseball dug deep for a 5-4 comeback victory over fourth-ranked TCU on Saturday night at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth.
The Wolfpack (36-21) carried a 4-3 deficit two outs into the ninth inning, when Ryne Willard walked to keep hope alive. Chance Shepard stepped to the plate next and delivered a two-run blast to straightaway center, his sixth of the year, to put State ahead for good. Travis Orwig (2-0) battled through the Horned Frogs' (44-12) furious comeback attempt in the bottom half to score the win.
NC State batters mustered just five hits on the evening, with none contributing more than one, and each monumental. Willard provided a two-RBI double to put the Pack ahead 2-1 in the fourth. Andrew Knizner and Bubby Riley each singled once and scored a run. Joe Dunand scored once. Tommy DeJuneas scored as a pinch-runner on Shepard's roundtripper. Shane Shepard added a pinch-hit single in his only plate appearance.
Freshman Brian Brown pitched masterfully in his NCAA Tournament debut, working 6 1/3 with four earned on five hits, striking out eight and walking none. Brown has fanned 25 in his last 17 2/3 innings dating back to his start against Louisville on May 15. Joe O'Donnell faced two batters in the seventh before handing the ball to Orwig, who finished the game with 2 2/3 of one-hit ball shutout ball, punching out a pair with no walks.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville's freshman southpaw Brendan McKay fired more than seven innings of one-run baseball, junior first baseman Danny Rosenbaum delivered two clutch hits that resulted in three runs and sophomore closer Zack Burdi shut the door in the ninth inning as the No. 3 national seed Cardinals downed Michigan, 4-3, to advance to the NCAA Louisville Regional Championship Saturday at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Louisville's 10th-consecutive home postseason victory puts the Cardinals (45-16) one win away from their third-straight regional title.
Rosenbaum (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) erased Louisville's 1-0 deficit in the seventh inning with a two-run homer and after Michigan tied the game at 3-3 in the eighth inning, he started the Cardinals' winning rally in the ninth inning with a leadoff single. The Cardinals replaced Rosenbaum for sophomore pinch runner Colin Lyman (Algonquin, Ill.) and he scooted all the way to third base after advancing on a groundout and stealing third. Freshman Devin Hairston (Lexington, Ky.) capitalized in the sacrifice situation as he sent a fly ball out deep down the right-field line to plate Lyman as the go-ahead run.
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. - The Virginia baseball team advanced to the regional championship game at the NCAA Lake Elsinore Regional with a 3-1 victory over San Diego State Saturday night at Lake Elsinore Diamond in Lake Elsinore, Calif. The No. 3 seed in the region, Virginia (36-22) needs one win to advance to the NCAA Super Regional and plays for the regional championship at 10 ET/7 PT on Sunday evening. Second-seeded USC (38-20) and fourth-seeded SDSU (41-22) play at 6 ET/3 PT, with the winner moving on to the championship game and needing to beat the Cavaliers twice in order to advance.
The Cavaliers' nine-hole hitter, Ernie Clement (Fr., Rochester, N.Y.) hit the go-ahead RBI single with one out in the eighth to give the Cavaliers their first lead of the evening while quieting the decidedly pro-San Diego State crowd in attendance. Virginia advances to its seventh regional championship game in the last nine years and is seeking its sixth regional title in program history.
For the second straight night, Virginia's pitching was brilliant as starting pitcher Brandon Waddell (Jr., Houston, Texas) and reliever Josh Sborz (Jr., McLean, Va.) combined to limit SDSU to four hits - all singles. Waddell turned in his best start of the season, working a season-best 7 1/3 innings and giving up an unearned run, four singles and two walks while striking out five. Waddell made his 49th career start and seventh career NCAA tournament start - both rank second in Virginia history. Waddell lowered his career NCAA tournament ERA to 1.76 over 46 innings.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Quincy Nieporte’s solo home run in the bottom of the eighth broke a 2-2 tie as top-seeded Florida State (43-19) held on to defeat second-seeded College of Charleston (44-14) 3-2 to advance to Sunday’s championship final of the 2015 NCAA Tallahassee Regional.
It was an eighth inning to remember on Saturday night as the two teams exchanged game-changing home runs first by the Cougars’ Carl Wise and then by Nieporte.
FSU starter Boomer Biegalski found himself in control throughout the game holding the College of Charleston to just three hits over 7.2 scoreless innings. But the Cougars staged a two-out rally in the eighth beginning with Alex Pastorius’ two-out double to the gap in left center. On the very next pitch from Biegalski, Wise tied the game at two connecting on a two-run shot off the scoreboard in left.
The tie was short lived as Nieporte once again game through when the Seminoles needed him the most, this time taking a 2-1 pitch from Charleston starter Brandon Glazer (10-2) just over the fence in left as Florida State retook the lead at 3-2. The home run, a line drive bullet, was his sixth of the season.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The top-seeded Hurricanes moved one step closer to their first super regional berth since 2010, toppling No. 3 seed Columbia 8-3 Saturday night to advance to the Coral Gables Regional championship game.
“I thought it was a hard-fought game,” Morris said. “Columbia played hard until the end, and that was part of their scouting report – those guys never quit. They have a good club.”
Miami (46-14) will have a second opportunity to capture the regional title Monday night if it fails to do so Sunday (7 p.m.).
“It’s a big win for us. It puts us in the driver’s seat – we just have to get it done now to finish it off,” Morris said.
The Hurricanes’ hot-swinging bats tagged Columbia starter for Kevin Roy for six runs in just 3.2 innings, including four in the second, to jump out to an early lead for the second straight night.
Due to inclement weather in the Champaign, Illinois area, Saturday night's winner's bracket game at the NCAA Champaign Regional between No. 1 seed Illinois and the No. 2 seeded University of Notre Dame baseball team has been postponed until 4 p.m. (ET) Sunday.
In an elimination game that started at 1 p.m. (ET) Saturday, Wright State leads Ohio, 5-2, in the top of the third inning. That game will be restarted at 12 p.m. (ET) Sunday before the Irish and Illini can play.
FULLERTON, CALIF. - Pepperdine broke an 8-8 tie with two runs in the ninth inning to defeat Clemson 10-8 in the Fullerton Regional at Goodwin Field on Saturday afternoon. The Waves, who stayed alive in the losers’ bracket, improved to 31-28. The Tigers’ season came to an end with a 32-29 record.
In the first-ever meeting between the two teams, the Waves jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Waves scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to build a 7-0 lead. Clemson responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and sixth runs in the seventh inning, highlighted by two-run singles by Tyler Krieger andChris Okey and a two-run triple by Tyler Slaton to give Clemson an 8-7 lead. But Pepperdine tied the score with a run in the eighth inning and took the lead in the ninth inning.
Max Gamboa (6-2) earned the win, while Pat Krall (2-4) suffered the loss.