ACC Baseball in NCAA Regionals: Teams Open Postseason with Eight Wins

League teams go 8-2  in NCAA Regional openers, including a pair of wins by #3 seeds Boston College and Wake Forest


RALEIGH, N.C. - No. 17 NC State baseball won 13-8 against Navy on Friday night in the Raleigh Regional at Doak Field at Dail Park in the Wolfpack's NCAA Tournament opener. 

The Pack (36-20) broke a scoreless tie in the bottom fourth following a leadoff double from Brock Deatherage. Andrew Knizner scored him on the next pitch with a single up the middle. NC State added four more in the fifth thanks in part to homers from Knizner and Preston Palmeiro. With two outs, lightning delayed the game for three hours and eight minutes.

When play resumed at 11:50, Brett Kinneman made it back-to-back homers on a solo shot to right. Josh McLain parked a two-run shot to left, the inning's fourth home run, to put the Pack ahead 8-0. Navy (42-15-1) responded with five runs in the seventh, matched by NC State in the bottom half. Three more Midshipmen scored in the eighth to set the final 13-8.

NC State tied a season-high set in the second game of the season against Coastal Carolina with five home runs on the night. Entering the contest, Navy pitching had only allowed 15. Chance Shepard's grand slam in the seventh marked his 14th bomb of the year and second with the bases loaded. 


Junior right-handed starter Justin Dunn struck out a career-high 11 batters en route to his fourth win of the year. Over his seven inning start, he allowed just five hits, two runs and only one walk.

The Eagles struck in the third inning, scoring two to take an early lead. Casey started things off with the double off the wall in left. Senior Logan Hoggarth drew a walk to put two on and sophomore Mitch Bigras moved them into scoring position with a chopper to first. Palomaki plated a run with a grounder to second. Hoggarth hustled home on a wild pitch to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead.

BC extended its lead in the sixth with two more runs. With one down, Palomaki lined one into right and right fielder Lex Kaplan dropped the ball, allowing the Eagle to reach second. Junior Michael Strem singled and then stole second to move into scoring position. Junior Nick Sciortino knocked one into left to plate both runners.


CLEMSON, S.C. - No. 9 Clemson stormed back from a 6-0 deficit with 10 runs in the third inning, set a Tiger NCAA Tournament record with seven home runs and tied the school record for runs in an NCAA Tourney game in its 24-10 victory over Western Carolina in the Clemson Regional at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday night. The Tigers, who won their 10th game in a row, improved to 43-18, while the Catamounts dropped to 30-30. It marked the first time since March 14, 1998 that Clemson scored 18+ runs in back-to-back games.

Western Carolina scored two runs in the second inning and four unearned runs in the top of the third inning to build a 6-0 lead. But Clemson answered back with its most runs in an inning since May 15, 2010 (Wake Forest) in the bottom of the third. Chris Williams hit a two-run single, Seth Beer belted a grand slam, his 17th long ball of the year, and Chris Okey followed with a solo home run to highlight the uprising. Clemson tacked on five runs in the fifth inning, keyed by Williams’ three-run homer, then Okey belted his second homer of the game and 14th of the year, a three-run shot, in the sixth inning. Triller and Eli White added long balls in the seventh inning, then Triller hit another home run in the eighth inning.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Dylan Busby was one of four Florida State hitters with at least two hits in the Seminoles’ (38-20) 18-6 victory over Alabama State (38-20) in their first game of the Tallahassee Regional on Friday evening on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. The victory advances FSU to the winner’s bracket where they will face fellow opening round winner Southern Miss on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Busby finished 3-for-6 from the plate, including a double and a triple, and was responsible for a career-high five RBI. FSU also had three-hit performances from Quincy Nieporte (3-5, 2 RBI), who finished the night with two doubles, and Taylor Walls (3-5, 2 RBI, double). Freshman Cal Raleigh contributed two hits and an RBI for FSU, including one double.

Starting hurler Drew Carlton (7-3) earned the win after scattering eight hits and five earned runs over 6.2 innings. Carlton faced 29 batters, threw 115 pitches and finished with five strikeouts in his 16th start of the season.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Senior righthander Kyle Funkhouser twirled eight strong innings and sophomore Blake Tiberi homered as the No. 2 national seed Louisville baseball team cruised to a 6-1 win against Western Michigan on Friday during the opening day of action at the 2016 NCAA Regional at Jim Patterson Stadium.

The Cardinals (48-12) advance to a winner's bracket game against Ohio State (44-18-1) on Saturday at 4 p.m., ET, while the Broncos (22-23) will face Wright State (44-16) in an elimination game at noon.

Making his third straight start in an NCAA Regional opener at home, Funkhouser allowed just one run on four hits with six strikeouts and three walks while working eight innings for the second time this season. Friday's outing, played in front of a standing room only crowd of 4,770, marked the sixth consecutive winning start for Funkhouser, who moved to 9-3 on the season and 35-12 in his collegiate career. A native of Oak Forest, Illinois, Funkhouser also improved to 4-1 in NCAA Championship games.


CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Junior Zack Collins simply referred to it as further proof of “Mark Light Magic.”

With the score tied late, top-seeded Miami rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 4-2 win over No. 4 seed Stetson in Game 2 of the NCAA Coral Gables Regional at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field Friday night.

With the victory, Miami advanced to a winner’s bracket showdown with No. 3 seed Long Beach State to be played Saturday at 7 p.m. The Hatters will play No. 2 seed FAU in an elimination game at 1 p.m. Saturday.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia baseball team opened the NCAA Charlottesville Regional with a 17-4 victory over William & Mary at Davenport Field. The regional's top seed, UVA (38-20) set a school NCAA tournament record with 20 hits in the dominant win.

Virginia advances to the winners' bracket and plays the winner of the Bryant-East Carolina game Saturday at 6 p.m. William & Mary (29-30) plays the Bryant-ECU loser at 1 p.m. in an elimination game.

Eight of UVA's nine starters recorded at least two hits each. The lone starter to not post a pair of hits was Charlie Cody (So., Chesapeake, Va.), and he hit a two-run double to open the game up in the third inning. Adam Haseley (So., Windermere, Fla.) went 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI as he fell a homer shy of the cycle, while Justin Novak (So., Tokyo, Japan) and Cameron Simmons (Fr., Royersford, Pa.) also had three hits. Ernie Clement (So., Rochester, N.Y.) homered and drove in a career-high four runs.


COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Wake Forest pounded three home runs and Parker Dunshee struck out 11 as Wake Forest opened NCAA Regional play with a 5-3 win over No. 2 seed Minnesota on Friday afternoon at Blue Bell Park.

The win sets up the Demon Deacons to face the winner of Friday night's game between top seed Texas A&M and No. 4 seed Binghamton. The Deacons will play at 9 p.m. EDT on Saturday night.

Dunshee allowed the Gophers just a single baserunner in each of the first four innings before retiring the side in order in the fifth and sixth. Dunshee fanned four hitters in the seventh after Terrin Vavra struck out but reached first on a wild pitch. During the seventh, Dunshee recorded his 100th strikeout of the season, becoming just the eighth player in school history to hit the century mark.


COLUMBIA, S.C. – UNCW jumped out to a commanding early lead, defeating Duke 11-1 in the first game of the NCAA Columbia Regional Friday afternoon at Founders Park.

Duke (33-23) had not allowed more than five runs in a game since May 1, but UNCW (40-17) scored six in the second and five in the third to stake a double-digit lead three frames in.

All nine in the Seahawk starting lineup reached base at least once. UNCW went 7-for-12 with runners in scoring position, compared to a 0-for-1 Blue Devil showing. Second baseman Brian Mims led the way with two hits and five RBI, while center fielder Robbie Thorburn and left fielder Steven Linkous knocked in two RBI each.


GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Facing a seven-run deficit, Georgia Tech scored six runs in the final four frames, but its comeback fell shot in a 7-6 loss Friday to UConn in the first game of the NCAA Gainesville Regional. 

Georgia Tech (36-24) fell behind 7-0 after two innings. Junior starter Zac Ryan (3-4) was dealt the loss, allowing six runs on five hits in 1.2 innings. 

Relievers Jake Lee and Matthew Gorst combined to allow one UConn hit in 5.0 scoreless innings to close the game.