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Seminoles' walk-off win caps a 6-1 day for ACC Baseball teams in Friday's opening round of NCAA Regionals.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Josh Delph’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th lifted top-seeded Florida State (42-19) to a 5-4 victory over fourth-seeded Mercer (35-22) on Friday to cap a wild first day of the 2015 NCAA Tallahassee Regional on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.
After second-seeded College of Charleston registered a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th to defeat Auburn to start the day, the Seminoles followed with their third walk-off victory of the season in the night cap to advance to Saturday’s winner’s bracket game against the Cougars.
The hot hitting Ben DeLuzio got things going in the bottom of the 10th with a one-hop single over the head of Mercer first baseman Howard Joe. After Taylor Walls reached on an errant throw by Bears’ catcher Charlie Madden following a sacrifice bunt attempt, Danny De La Calle successfully moved both runners 90 feet with a sac-bunt leading to Delph’s game-winning heroics. With the infield playing in, Delph laced a single through the right side off Dimitri Kourtis (3-2) to score DeLuzio from third.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Freshman Devin Hairston was 4-for-4 with two doubles and junior righty Kyle Funkhouser pitched seven strong innings to lead No. 3 national seed Louisville team to a 7-2 win over Morehead State in the Cardinals' NCAA Regional opener Friday evening at Jim Patterson Stadium.
The Cardinals (44-16) will face Michigan (38-23) on Saturday at 4 p.m., in a winner's bracket matchup in the Louisville Regional. The Wolverines opened the weekend with a 10-5 win over Bradley on Friday afternoon.
Hairston (Lexington, Ky.) doubled his previous career-high in hits and matching career highs with the pair of doubles and two runs scored. Friday marked the first multi-hit game for Hairston since his two-hit performance at Virginia on April 4, which was also his most recent multiple RBI game.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Top-seeded Miami and ace lefthander Andrew Suarez cruised in the team’s NCAA Regional opener Friday night, toppling No. 4 seed FIU 6-2 in front of a sold-out crowd of 4,816 at Mark Light Field.
The Hurricanes (45-14) scored four runs in the first, added a pair in the second, and dominated in their first game against the Panthers since 2008 to set up a winners’ bracket matchup with No. 3 seed Columbia.
Suarez, who tossed a complete-game shutout in last season’s Coral Gables Regional opener against Bethune-Cookman, duplicated his magic Friday. The southpaw scattered seven hits – all singles – and allowed just two runners to reach as far as second base in his 7.0+ innings of work.
NC State baseball enjoyed a combined shutout from Curt Britt and Will Gilbert to cruise 3-0 over Stony Brook, and into the winners' bracket at TCU's Lupton Stadium in the Fort Worth Regional on Friday.
Britt (3-0) drew the game one start and captured a win on 5 1/3 innings of work, scattering four hits and two walks, shutting out the Seawolves (34-15-1) with two punchouts. Gilbert relieved him and took it the rest of the way for his third save of the season, holding Stony Brook to two hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 3 2/3.
Logan Ratledge provided the scoring punch, sending a two-run shot over the left field wall in the bottom fifth to push the Wolfpack (35-21) ahead 2-0, his ninth bomb of the year. Ratledge finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run. Jake Fincher scored on the play in a 1-for-2 day. Fincher took three trips on the basepaths by getting hit by pitch twice in the afternoon. Pack hitters were plunked five times over the course of the game.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- After waiting nine years to play in another NCAA Regional, the University of Notre Dame bats certainly weren't rusty, as the Irish recorded 16 hits - including four home runs - to beat Wright State, 13-7, in the opening game of the NCAA Champaign Regional Friday afternoon at Illinois Field on the campus of the University of Illinois.
With the win, the Irish (37-21) secured their first NCAA Regional victory since a 3-0 triumph over North Carolina at the 2005 Gainesville Regional.
Notre Dame advances into the winner's bracket and will play either Illinois or Ohio at 8 p.m. (ET) Saturday.
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. - The Virginia baseball team opened the NCAA Lake Elsinore Regional with a 3-1 win over USC Friday afternoon at Lake Elsinore Diamond in Lake Elsinore, Calif. The region's No. 3 seed, Virginia (35-22) advances to play at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday and face the winner of the UC Santa Barbara-San Diego State game, which will be played Friday night. The No. 2 seed, USC (37-20) will play the loser of the UCSB-SDSU game at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday in an elimination contest.
Virginia won its opening game in the NCAA tournament for the seventh straight season.
Virginia starting pitcher Connor Jones (So., Chesapeake, Va.) worked 7 2/3 innings, giving up an earned run, five hits and two walks while striking out four as he earned the win and improved to 6-2 on the year. It marked his sixth straight start of at least 7 2/3 innings. Josh Sborz (Jr., McLean, Va.) worked the final 1 1/3 innings to earn his 13th save.
FULLERTON, CALIF. - Joey Bielek’s two-run homer in the seventh inning gave No. 18 Arizona State the lead for good in its 7-4 win over Clemson in the opening game of the Fullerton Regional at Goodwin Field on Friday afternoon. The Sun Devils, who moved into the winners’ bracket, improved to 35-21 on the season. The Tigers, who fell into the losers’ bracket, dropped to 32-28 in 2015.
With two outs in the top of the fifth inning, Andrew Cox slapped a two-out, two-run single to give Clemson a 2-0 lead. Trever Allen responded with a long solo homer in the bottom of the fifth inning, then Bielek lined a two-run homer in the seventh inning. Brian Serven hit the next pitch over the fence for another long ball in the seventh inning. The Sun Devils added three insurance runs in the eighth inning.
Ryan Kellogg (9-2) earned the win, as he allowed six hits, two runs and four walks with six strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched. Ryan Burr recorded the final out to register his 14th save of the year. Tiger starter Matthew Crownover (10-3) suffered the loss, as he yielded five hits, four runs and one walk with a career-high-tying nine strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched. Crownover allowed just six Sun Devils to reach base, but four scored on the Sun Devils’ three home runs.