NCAA Baseball Regional ACCtion: Saturday, June 1

June 1, 2013

Columbia Regional

#17 Tigers Defeat Saint Louis 10-2 in Columbia Regional Saturday

Columbia, S.C. - Steve Wilkerson hit two homers with five RBIs and Daniel Gossett pitched 6.0 effective innings to lead #17 Clemson to a 10-2 win over Saint Louis in the Columbia Regional in front of 5,485 fans at Carolina Stadium on Saturday afternoon.  The Tigers, who evened their record in the regional at 1-1 and snapped their six-game losing streak, improved to 40-21 on the season.  The Billikens, who went 0-2 in the regional, ended their season with a 41-21 record.

Wilkerson and Shane Kennedy both hit homers in the third inning to give Clemson the lead for good.  It was the first time in 2013 that the Tigers hit multiple home runs in one inning.  The Tigers added three more runs in the fourth inning on Wilkerson's second long ball of the game and cruised to the eight-run win.  Wilkerson, a junior who set career highs for homers (2) and RBIs (5), entered the game with only three career long balls.  The three home runs for the Tigers were also a season-high total.

Gossett (10-4) earned the win by tossing 6.0 effective innings.  He allowed five hits, two runs, and five walks with two strikeouts.  He became the first Tiger to total double-digit victories in one season since 2002, when Matt Henrie and Steve Reba both won 13 games.  Kyle Schnell recorded his second save of the year by pitching 3.0 innings, yielding two hits, no runs, and one walk with one strikeout.

Clemson, who has played in an NCAA Regional 26 of the last 27 years, upped its streak of winning at least one game in an NCAA Regional to 26 with its win over the Billikens.

Clemson will play the loser of Saturday night's game between #13 South Carolina and Liberty on Sunday at 1:00 PM in an elimination game.  The game will be available online at ESPN3.

Tallahassee Regional

Weaver Makes Troy a Believer in FSU's 11-0 Win

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State's faithful fans boast a handful of spirited in-game chants that help make Dick Howser Stadium one of the most daunting venues in the nation for visiting baseball clubs. And during Saturday's Tallahassee Regional winner's-bracket game between FSU and Troy, none was more boisterous and persistent than the crowd's chant of choice.

In an 11-0 Seminoles (46-15) victory, sophomore pitcher Luke Weaver gave 'Noles fans plenty to cheer about as he baffled Trojans (41-19) hitters for eight compete innings. Weaver finished the night with a career-high 14 strikeouts -- the most by an FSU pitcher since Tyler Chambliss tossed 15 against Maryland in 2006 -- on a career-high 115 pitches with just four hits and no walks allowed.

John Nogowksi led the scoring onslaught with a team-high three RBIs with two hits while DJ Stewart continued his offensive excellence with two RBIs of his own. John Sansone, Giovanny Alfonzo, Josh Delph, JJ Gould, Seth Miller and Jose Brizuela were all responsible for one RBI each.

Saturday-night's outcome means the Seminoles will play at 5 p.m. Sunday night against the winner of the Troy-Alabama matchup that will start earlier in the day. A Sunday-night 'Noles victory would send them to Super Regionals and result in more postseason baseball in Tallahassee next weekend.

Saturday's win was Florida State's 18 consecutive NCAA Regional victory. A win Sunday sends them to a Super Regional for the sixth consecutive year.

Nashville Regional

Farmer's Gem Keeps Tech Alive In Nashville Regional

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Senior RHP Buck Farmer was in complete command of East Tennessee State, but it was a nearly two hour lightning delay in the seventh inning that knocked him from the game as Georgia Tech staved off elimination Saturday at Hawkins Field with a 5-1 win over the Buccaneers in the Nashville Regional.

In another elimination game Sunday at 3 p.m. ET, Tech (35-26) faces the loser of Saturday night's Vanderbilt/Illinois game. ETSU, which won the Atlantic Sun championship, finished the season 36-24.

Farmer threw just 58 pitches with 46 strikes over a dominant six innings while his offense built a 5-0 lead off ETSU All-American pitcher Kerry Doane. Tech's senior ace struck out eight against no walks and allowed just two base runners (two singles), improving to 9-4 this season, 33-12 in his career and to 2-1 in NCAA postseason action.

No batter advanced past first base against Farmer. The Conyers, Ga., native tossed four different 1-2-3 innings and he retired the final seven batters he faced before the inclement weather moved in at the seventh-inning stretch.

Brandon Thomas finished the game 2-for-4 and reached three times on a single, a double and a walk. Dove was 2-for-4 with a walk and a run and Mott Hyde had two hits and an RBI.

Louisville Regional

Rally Falls Short in 6-4 Loss to No. 15 Cards

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Second-seeded Miami dropped its winners' bracket match-up with first-seeded Louisville Saturday at Jim Patterson Stadium, falling by a final score of 6-4 in Game Four of the Louisville Regional.

Facing a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the seventh, the Cardinals (48-12) struck for six runs in the decisive frame to capture a 6-1 lead.The Hurricanes (37-24) would not go quietly, however, responding with a three-run rally of their own to cut into the deficit. Two runs was as close as they would get, however, as the Hurricanes set themselves up for a rematch with third-seeded Oklahoma State Sunday at noon.

The anticipated match-up between Miami's All-American lefthander Bryan Radziewski and Louisville's BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year Jeff Thompson was as impressive as expected, with both aces on top of their game in the early going. Radziewski registered seven strikeouts through the game's first five innings, while Thompson set down 12 in a row after allowing a second-inning double to Miami sophomore catcher Garrett Kennedy.

Radziewski (9-3), who ended the regular season with the third-lowest ERA of any pitcher in the Atlantic Coast Conference, continued his highlight campaign with a strong performance Saturday. With the help of their junior ace, who threw 6.1 scoreless frames before Louisville's offense struck, the Hurricanes set a new program record for consecutive scoreless innings in the postseason (24.2), besting the previous mark that was set from 1980-81 (21.2).

The Hurricanes will return to Jim Patterson Stadium Sunday with an elimination game against Oklahoma State at noon. If the Hurricanes are able to defeat the Cowboys for the second straight game, they will have a rematch with Louisville at 4 p.m. Both of tomorrow's games will be televised live on ESPNU.

Chapel Hill Regional

UNC Moves To Regional Final With 8-5 Win

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Kent Emanuel pitched into the eighth inning, and Michael Russell drove in three runs as No. 1 national seed North Carolina beat Towson 8-5 on Saturday night in the Chapel Hill regional.

The Tar Heels (54-8) led 5-0 in the sixth before the third-seeded Tigers (30-29) rallied with three runs in the eighth off Emanuel. Two of those came on a bases-loaded single by Kurt Wentz, helping the Tigers pull within 7-5 before UNC reliever Trent Thornton forced Brendan Butler to fly out to end the inning.

Emanuel (11-3) allowed nine hits in 7 2-3 innings, while Towson's Brandon Gonnella (4-5) allowed 11 hits and seven runs in 7 2-3 innings.

Towson meets Florida Atlantic in an elimination game Sunday with the winner facing North Carolina at 6 p.m.

Raleigh Regional

Rodon Spins Gem in NCAA Regional Win over Tribe

RALEIGH, N.C. – Starting pitcher Carlos Rodon spun a complete-game, two-hit shutout while striking out 10 as the top-seeded NC State baseball team defeated William & Mary, 1-0, Saturday evening at Doak Field at Dail Park.

NC State (46-14) set a single-season wins record under the direction of head coach Elliott Avent with victory No. 46 on Saturday. Now in his 17th season at the helm of the Wolfpack, his previous best season was 45-18 in 2003.

Rodon’s 10th strikeout of the evening tied him with Mike Caldwell for second place on NC State’s all-time strikeouts list with 296. He has struck out at least eight batters in 15 of his 16 starts this season and reached double-digit strikeouts for the third-consecutive start and the seventh time in his last 10 starts. Rodon has also allowed just three hits and struck out 33 batters in his last 23 innings pitched.

William & Mary starting pitcher John Farrell (11-3) pitched 7 1/3 innings of six-hit ball, allowing just one earned run while walking three and striking out six.

William & Mary will face Ole Miss on Sunday in an elimination game at 1 p.m. The winner will take on the Wolfpack at 6 p.m.

The Wolfpack improves to 9-1 in Regional competition at Doak Field.

Charlottesville Regional

Virginia Blanks Elon, 2-0, to Stay Unbeaten at NCAA Regional

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia’s Scott Silverstein (R-Sr., Olney, Md.) outdueled Elon’s Spencer Medick as the Cavaliers defeated the Phoenix, 2-0, on Saturday (June 1) in game four of the 2013 NCAA Charlottesville Regional before a crowd of 4,434 at Davenport Field.

Elon (33-29) plays UNC Wilmington (38-22) in an elimination game on Sunday (June 2) at 1 p.m. Virginia (49-10) improves to 2-0 in the double elimination regional and hosts the winner of Sunday’s Elon-UNCW contest tomorrow night at 6 p.m. A seventh game, if necessary, to determine the Charlottesville Regional champion is scheduled for Monday (June 3) at 6 p.m.

Silverstein allowed six hits and two walks during six shutout innings to earn his 10th win of the season. Silverstein struck out six and exited after retiring Chris Bresnahan with runners on first and second to end the sixth.

Virginia’s two-run fourth inning was highlighted by Kenny Towns’ (So., Burke, Va.) RBI double and Nate Irving’s (So., Yonkers, N.Y.) run-scoring single to center.

Nick Howard (So., Olney, Md.), Brandon Downes (So., South Plainfield, N.J.) and Mike Papi (So., Tunkhannock, Pa.) collected two hits each for Virginia. Joe McCarthy (Fr., Scranton, Pa.) went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks.

Blacksburg Regional

Burke pitches Tech to 9-1 win over Coastal

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech got strong pitching from starter Devin Burke, and both Andrew Rash and Chad Pinder hit solo home runs to lift the Hokies to a 9-1 victory over Coastal Carolina in an NCAA regional game at English Field.

Mark Zagunis and Rash each drove in three runs for Virginia Tech (39-21), which staved off elimination in the double-elimination format. Coastal Carolina (37-23) saw its season end.

Burke (11-3) played the biggest role in that. He gave up just five hits in his second complete game of the season. He struck out two and walked just two in winning his sixth straight decision. He hasn’t lost since April 14, a span of seven starts.

The Hokies will play the winner of Saturday evening’s Oklahoma-Connecticut game on Sunday at 1 p.m.