ACC Baseball in NCAA Super Regionals: Boston College and Florida State Notch Key Wins

Junior right-handed starter Mike King went six innings, allowed three runs on nine hits and a season-high four walks while strike out six. He collected his eighth win, the most since Kevin Moran logged eight in 2010. King struck out five in a row in the first and second.

Sophomore Mitch Bigras led the Eagles with a career-high two RBIs on a 2-for-4 day.
Junior Nick Sciortino recorded his ACC-leading 20th base runner stealing in the third and picked off his fifth runner at first in the first. He was 1-for-4 in the game.
Miami scored two runs to take a lead in the fourth but the Eagles fired back in the bottom of the inning with four to go up by two. It was a lead they would not relinquish.

The Eagles scored a run in the eighth to go up by two. Braren chopped one back up the middle for a base hit and freshman pinch runner Dominic Hardaway stole second to move into scoring position. With two down, Bigras singled through the right side to score Hardaway. He was out trying to get to second to end the inning

Miami brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning after a near three-hour weather delay, but fell to Boston College, 5-3, in Game 2 of the NCAA Coral Gables Super Regional Saturday at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Facing the No. 1 team in the nation in front of 5,768 fans, Drew Carlton, a sophomore from Lakeland, threw nine innings. He allowed only two hits, surrendered no walks and only once reached so much as a three-ball count.

He retired the last 19 batters he faced while not allowing a single Gator to reach as far as second base.

The Seminoles still have work to do, as Martin insisted several times on Saturday night.

Mixing a low-90s fastball with a slider and a change-up, Carlton outdueled Florida’s Alex Faedo – a sophomore projected as a high pick in next year’s draft – to give FSU its first win to open a Super Regional since 2012.

And Carlton’s ability to pound the strike zone and coax ground balls allowed him to work ahead and keep his pitch count low.

He finished with 115 pitches thrown to 28 batters, just one over the minimum.

The Gators’ top five hitters combined to go 0 for 16 at the plate, with sluggers Peter Alonso and JJ Schwarz each finishing 0 for 3.

And Carlton’s one brief flirtation with trouble ended in emphatic fashion, too. Danny Reyes, UF’s No. 9 hitter, singled with one out in the fourth to turn over the lineup for the third time, but leadoff hitter Dalton Guthrie promptly grounded the next pitch into a 5-4-3 double-play and the inning was over.

It was the last time any Gator reached base.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sophomore Blake Tiberi homered and drove in two runs but it was not enough as the No. 2 national seed Louisville baseball team lost 4-2 to No. 13 UC Santa Barbara in Saturday’s NCAA Super Regional opener at Jim Patterson Stadium.

The loss was just the second of the season at home for the Cardinals (50-13) ending their 22-game winning streak at Patterson Stadium, where they are 36-2 overall in 2016. The only previous home loss for Louisville came in a 6-3 series-opening defeat against Virginia on March 25, which the Cardinals followed with wins of 11-4 and 15-0. 

Tiberi served as a bright spot on an otherwise tough day for the Cardinals at the plate finishing 2-for-4 overall with his 10th home run of the season. The Taylor Mill, Kentucky native produced his 28th multiple hit game and 15th multiple RBI game of the season ranking him second on the team in both categories. Sophomore shortstop Devin Hairston added two hits, including a double, and scored once, while junior catcher Will Smith chipped in with a pair of hits.