CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Kevin Doherty hit a bases-clearing double to cap a five-run eighth inning as the Virginia baseball team rallied for a 5-3 victory over Maryland in Game 1 of the NCAA Charlottesville Super Regional Friday at Davenport Field. Game 2 of the best-of-three series is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday and will be televised by ESPNU.
If Maryland wins Game 2 of the series on Saturday, a decisive Game 3 will be played Sunday at 3 p.m. (ESPN2 or ESPNU). The winner of the Charlottesville Super Regional advances to the College World Series next week in Omaha, Neb.
Virginia starting pitcher Connor Jones improved to 7-2 on the season, allowing three earned runs on three hits over seven innings to earn the win. Josh Sborz pitched the final two innings, allowing one hit, to record his 14th save of the season, tying for the ACC lead.
Maryland starter Mike Shawaryn allowed two runs on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings. Terrapin closer Kevin Mooney (3-1) took the loss, allowing three runs on three hits in two-thirds of inning of work.
Matt Thaiss, Pavin Smith and Robbie Coman all had two hits to lead the Cavalier offense, which finished with 10 hits. Doherty led Virginia with three RBIs.
Maryland's four hits were spread over four players, with LaMonte Wade leading the Terrapins with a two-run double.
Limited to five hits by Shawaryn and trailing 3-0 through seven innings, Virginia rallied to take the lead with five runs in the top of the eighth. Back-to-back one-out hits by Daniel Pinero and Thaiss chased Shawaryn from the game. Kenny Towns singled to right on the first pitch of the game from Mooney to drive in Pinero with the Cavaliers' first run. Smith followed with a single up the middle to score Thaiss and cut the deficit to 3-2. After a two-out intentional walk to Joe McCarthy loaded the bases, Doherty gave Virginia the lead as his double off the left-centerfield wall cleared the bases and gave the Cavaliers a 5-3 lead.
The game was a pitchers' duel for much of the way and remained scoreless until Maryland (the designated home team) took the lead in the bottom of the fifth after Virginia could not take advantage of having a runner reach third in the second, fourth and fifth innings. After three walks loaded the bases, Wade's two-out double scored a pair of runs to give the Terrapins a 2-0 lead.
The Terrapins extended the lead to 3-0 with a run in the bottom of the seventh. Jose Cuas led off with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. He scored on a suicide squeeze as Kevin Biondic successfully laid down a bunt as Cuas broke for home.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Despite a lightning delay that suspended play for 90 minutes and prematurely ended ace lefthander Andy Suarez' afternoon, No. 5 national seed Miami moved within one win of the College World Series Friday with a 3-2 victory over VCU at the Coral Gables Super Regional.
The win was Miami's first in a super regional since June 9, 2008, when the Hurricanes (48-15) topped Arizona 4-2 and last punched tickets to Omaha, Nebraska.
Miami needs just one more win against the Rams to clinch one of eight CWS berths, and will have its first opportunity Saturday at noon in the Coral Gables Super Regional Championship Game at Mark Light Field.
After tossing five strong innings and surrendering just one earned run, Suarez left the mound after 83 pitches. But the length of the lightning delay – which began at 1:35 p.m. and lasted until 3:05 p.m. - forced Miami to change pitchers, as Suarez made what could prove to be his last home start with typically successful results in front of 2,853.
Suarez (9-1) said he knew his outing was complete when the lightning delay took as long as it did.
The Miami native allowed just three hits, one walk and struck out four. One week after Suarez tossed a brilliant 6.2-inning outing against FIU in the Coral Gables Regional, the redshirt junior continued his postseason excellence with another clutch – albeit brief - performance.
VCU (40-24) struck for a run in the sixth off Miami reliever Cooper Hammond, but might have done more damage if not for a runner's interference call on Matt Davis that flipped a two-on, no-out situation into just a runner on first base with one out.
Initially runner's interference was not called on a weak groundball towards Miami second baseman George Iskenderian, but head coach Jim Morris came out to dispute the non-call.
Second base umpire Mike Conlen brought the four umpires together, and the decision was overturned.
Miami's offense tagged Rams starter JoJo Howie for three runs in the second inning, more than any team totaled in any of VCU's four games at the Dallas Regional as the No. 4 seed.
The early runs proved pivotal, as Howie re-entered after the delay and tossed another 2.0+ innings.
A lengthy battle between senior Garrett Kennedy resulted in a one-out walk to open action in the second, and an errant throw from Howie on a comebacker from Brandon Lopez left both runners safe.
A two-out, two-RBI single from sophomore Jacob Heyward one batter later opened the scoring.
Junior Ricky Eusebio, who reached base for the 18th straight contest with a leadoff single in the first, followed with another RBI single to make it 3-0 in favor of the Hurricanes.
But Miami managed just one hit after the second inning off Howie.
Lefthander Michael Mediavilla, named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American earlier in the week, recorded six outs on 27 pitches across the seventh and eighth innings. He struck out three batters and did not allow a baserunner.
Sophomore closer Bryan Garcia then nailed down his 10th save, entering in the ninth and needing just 12 pitches to retire the Rams.
Miami can end the Coral Gables Super Regional with a win Saturday at noon over VCU (ESPNU) in the Coral Gables Super Regional Championship Game. If the Rams win, Game 3 will be played Sunday at noon at Mark Light Field.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - A four-run first inning proved to be too much to overcome Friday night as Florida State (44-20) dropped game one of the NCAA Gainesville Super Regional to Florida (48-16) 13-5 inside McKethan Stadium.
Florida starter Logan Shore (9-6) threw 5.2 scoreless innings finishing the night allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out five as he extended his scoreless innings streak to 13 innings.
Boomer Biegalski (7-5) suffered the loss after giving up six runs, five earned, on six hits as he walked three and struck out one. It marked the shortest outing of the season for the sophomore right hander and the first time this year that Biegalski did not work at least five innings in a start.
Despite equaling the number of hits on the night with 11, it was the defensive miscues by the Seminoles that led to five unearned runs in game one. Florida State finished the night committing four errors and has now made nine errors in two visits to Gainesville this year.
Darren Miller, Quincy Nieporte and Hank Truluck each collected two hits in the game one loss, while Josh Delph reached base on two of his three plate appearances collecting a single and a walk.
DJ Stewart accounted for Florida State's first two runs of the night as the junior outfielder turned a 10-pitch at-bat off Gator reliever Frank Rubio in the top of the eighth into a two-run home run. The blast to right was his team leading 14th of the season and second career home run against the Gators.
Game two of the best-of-three series will resume on Saturday, June 6 at 5:00 p.m. on ESPN2. RHP Mike Compton will be on the mound for the Seminoles.