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June 1, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Pitching, defense and a little timely hitting was the perfect combination for Florida State (44-15) Friday night as the Seminoles opened the 2012 NCAA Tallahassee Regional with a 2-1 victory over UAB (32-29) on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
"It was obviously a well-played game by both clubs," said head coach Mike Martin. "It was a game in which I was very pleased with our guys, the way we showed tremendous poise...the play Sherman (Johnson) made. Our program is about pitching and defense and the play Sherman made was right up there with the ones that you remember."
James Ramsey drove in both runs in the victory, while Sherman Johnson, who walked twice, scored both runs as the Seminoles' extended their regional win streak to 14 straight. It marked the third time that Ramsey was responsible for driving in all the runs in a game this year.
Jacob Stallings and Adam Griffin each drove in two runs for the top-seeded Tar Heels (45-14), the No. 6 national seed. Moran's big day came a week after going just 2 for 14 in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
The Wolfpack (40-17) fell behind the Pioneers (25-31) 2-0 in the top of the first, but rallied behind the 15th homer of the year by Ryan Mathews, a three-run blast, to take a 4-2 lead into the second. The blitz continued in the third and fourth as State padded the lead to 9-2. SHU scored once in the sixth before the Pack shut the door with seven runs in the bottom half, eventually prevailing 16-5.
Mathews went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs scored, his third four-RBI game of the year. Andrew Ciencin scored twice in a 3-for-4 game with a stolen base. Jake Fincher stole a pair of bases in the game, helping the Wolfpack to four swipes on the evening.
Trea Turner went 2-for-5 with two runs, scoring in the first inning for the 10th time in the Pack's last 16 games. Brett Austin pushed three runs across with two sac flies and an RBI single.
Phil Pohl hit a grand slam and totaled five RBIs to lead Clemson to an 11-3 win over Coastal Carolina in the Columbia Regional in front of 6,791 fans at Carolina Stadium on Friday afternoon. The Tigers, who moved into the winners' bracket, improved to 34-26 on the season. The Chanticleers, who fell into the losers' bracket, dropped to 41-18 in 2012.
The Tigers jumped out to a 6-0 lead, capped by Pohl's grand slam with two outs in the second inning. In fact, each of Clemson's first eight runs were scored on two-out hits. The Tigers escaped several jams in the latter innings and cruised to an eight-run victory. It was Clemson's 2,600th win in program history. Clemson, who won its eighth regional-opener in a row, became the ninth Division I program to reach the 2,600-win mark.
Kevin Pohle (7-4) earned his team-high seventh win by tossing 5.0 effective innings in a starting role. He allowed four hits and two runs with one strikeout. David Haselden gave up three hits and one run in the final 4.0 innings pitched to record his first save of the season. Pohle and Haselden combined to strand 12 Chanticleers on base and only allowed three of their 16 baserunners to score.
Austin Wallace (5-1), the first of four Coastal Carolina pitchers, suffered the loss. He yielded six hits and six runs in 2.0 innings pitched.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Jake Davies and Brandon Thomas combined to drive in seven runs, and Dusty Isaacs backed that up with 5 1/3 innings of three-hit relief as Georgia Tech defeated the College of Charleston, 8-4, Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Gainesville Regional at McKethan Stadium-Perry Field.
The Atlantic Coast Conference champion Yellow Jackets, the second seed in the regional, improved to 37-24 overall and advanced to a winners' bracket game at 7 p.m. Saturday against either host Florida or Bethune-Cookman. The Gators, the national No. 1 seed, and the Wildcats played their first-round game Friday night.
Tech gave up a first-inning run to the Cougars but didn't waste time taking the lead. Davies followed a one-out single by Sam Dove and a walk to Thomas with his 14th home run of the season - and fifth since the ACC Tournament started last Wednesday. The ACC Tournament MVP continued his hot hitting, belting the first pitch he saw from Charleston starter Christian Powell (9-4) over the right field fence.
The Cougars tied the game on a two-run homer from Marty Gantt in the top half of the second inning, but Tech quickly re-captured the lead by scoring four times in the bottom half.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The No. 21 University of Miami Hurricanes began their NCAA Tournament campaign at Alex Rodriguez Park in disappointing fashion on Friday night, dropping their opening postseason contest with No. 25 Stony Brook by a final score of 10-2.
Miami, which played impressive defense throughout their run to the championship game at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in Greensboro, N.C., struggled behind veteran southpaw Eric Erickson early. The Hurricanes (36-22) fell behind 2-0 in only the second inning, as fourth-seeded Stony Brook plated two unearned runs thanks to two Miami errors in the frame.
After Maxx Tissenbaum opened up the inning with a double, rightfielder Tanner Nivins laid down a clean sacrifice bunt that looked like it would advance the junior to third base. Erickson, who had no chance to catch Tissenbaum, fired to first base for the sure out. But the ball would sail past the glove of Peter O'Brien, as Tissenbaum rounded third and opened the game's scoring in Stony Brook's favor.
Seawolves' designated hitter Kevin Krause laid down another bunt on the very next pitch, but Erickson's throw once again made its way past O'Brien, this time into rightfield. Nivins would plate from his perch at second, increasing the Stony Brook lead to 2-0.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The first day of competition for the 2012 NCAA Charlottesville Regional at Davenport Field was postponed Friday because of inclement weather.
Virginia will resume its game against Army at 1 p.m. Saturday; the game will pick up in the bottom of the first inning with no score. Oklahoma will play Appalachian State in the second game at 6 p.m.