ACC Baseball in NCAA Super Regionals: Miami is Omaha Bound, FSU Moves to Monday Game Three

For the second straight season, the Miami Hurricanes will be returning to the College World Series.

Thanks largely to a two-home run, seven-RBI performance from redshirt junior Edgar Michelangeli, the Hurricanes punched their ticket to Omaha, Neb., with a 9-4 win over Boston College in Game 3 of the NCAA Coral Gables Super Regional at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. [Read More]

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida State lineup was limited to two hits by Florida’s Logan Shore as the intra-state rival Gators (51-14) knotted the Gainesville Super Regional at 1-1 with a 5-0 victory on Sunday evening at McKethan Stadium. The decisive game in the series will take place Monday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

Monday’s showdown, which marks the 240th installment in the all-time series between the two programs, will feature Florida State freshman right-hander Cole Sands (6-6, 4.21 ERA) and Florida lefty A.J. Puk (2-3, 3.21).

Florida State received a solid outing from freshman hurler Tyler Holton (3-4), who tossed six innings, allowed two runs—one earned—one walk and finished with six strikeouts. His counterpart on the mound, Logan Shore (12-0), threw eight innings, faced 28 Seminoles hitters and posted nine strikeouts.

John Sansone (1-3) and Quincy Nieporte (1-2) were responsible for the two Florida State hits on the evening. They were two of five Seminole hitters to reach base, along with Taylor Walls and Ben DeLuzio, who reached via walks. Teammate Jackson Lueck also reached on a fielder’s choice in the ninth.

35 program wins most since 2005
In a two-run game in the seventh, Edgar Michelangeli hit a grand slam to give the Canes a six-run lead.

Sophomore Donovan Casey led the Eagles with three RBIs  on the day, turning in a 2-for-5 performance.

Sophomore Jake Palomaki went 1-for-4 with a run. He finished the season reaching base in 49 of the Eagles' 57 games.

Sophomore Scott Braren went 2-for-4 with a double, the Eagles’ only extra-base hit of the day.

Junior Chris Balogh came up with a pinch-hit RBI single in the eight, notching his first career RBI in a BC uniform.

Cardinals finish at 50-14 overall after heartbreaking defeat on ninth inning grand slam

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A ninth inning, walk-off grand slam by pinch hitter Sam Cohen clinched UC Santa Barbara’s first College World Series berth as the 13th-ranked Gauchos knocked off the No. 2 national seed Louisville baseball team with a 4-3 victory Sunday in game two of the NCAA Super Regional at Jim Patterson Stadium.  

After UCSB (42-18-1) had loaded the bases with one out on a single from JJ Muno and back-to-back walks to Dempsey Grover and Billy Fredrick, Cohen connected on a 1-2 change-up from junior righthander Zack Burdi sending it over the right field wall for his second home run of the season. The heartbreaking result ended another terrific season for the Cardinals (50-14), who won their second straight ACC Atlantic Division championship, advanced to their fourth straight NCAA Super Regional and reached the 50-win plateau for the fourth time in school history.

Sunday’s loss, which followed a 4-2 defeat in game one of the NCAA Super Regional on Saturday, marked the first time Louisville has lost back-to-back home games since the 2012 season. The Cardinals, who dropped just one regular season home game and swept through last week’s NCAA Regional, finished with a 36-3 mark at Jim Patterson Stadium in 2016. Sunday’s result also marked the first time Louisville lost a game when entering the ninth inning with a lead since May 2012 ending a stretch of 186 consecutive games.

The final outcome overshadowed another dominant performance on the mound from junior lefthander Drew Harrington, who finished with a career-high and postseason school record 12 strikeouts while scattering six hits and one walk in 7.0+ shutout innings. Sunday’s outing marked the 14th time in 17 starts this season the Elizabethtown, Kentucky native has limited an opponent to two or fewer earned runs. The 2016 ACC Pitcher of the Year and a third round selection by the Atlanta Braves in this year’s Major League Baseball Draft, Harrington closed the season with a 12-2 record, 1.95 ERA and 92 strikeouts in a team-high 110.2 innings pitched. 

At the plate, sophomore Brendan McKay paced the Cardinals going 2-for-4 with a home run, while sophomore Blake Tiberi was 3-of-4 with a RBI double and a run scored. Senior Danny Rosenbaum added two hits and drove in a run as Louisville lost despite finishing with an 11-8 advantage in hits.