NCAA Baseball Regionals ACCtion: Sunday, June 3

June 3, 2012

Noles Advance to Super Regionals

A strong pitching performance by freshman right-hander Mike Compton elevated Florida State past Samford, 5-2, to advance the Seminoles to their fifth consecutive NCAA Super Regional and 12th overall on Sunday evening at Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

Compton (11-2) achieved his team-leading 11th victory of the season after tossing six full innings and allowing one earned run on five hits with five strikeouts. Showcasing a smooth delivery and working efficiently throughout the night, Compton managed to get into little trouble with the exception of a couple small jams in the third and fifth frames, and also helped himself by inducing a couple key double plays.

FSU was aided by the hitting of freshman Josh Delph, who went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Redshirt sophomore catcher Stephen McGee also finished with two RBI for the Seminoles (46-15).

Tonight's contest was a quick 2 hour, 22 minute game that included 11 combined base hits, including six by FSU. The Seminoles extended their regional win streak to 16 games, and improve to 40-11 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament including a record of 30-4 under Head Coach Mike Martin.

Bergquist's Game-Winner Forces Monday Championship Game for NC State

Matt Bergquist's eighth-inning heroics propelled NC State to a 6-5 win over Vanderbilt Sunday night at Doak Field at Dail Park to stave off elimination and force a Monday night championship game at 7 p.m.

Ryan Mathews handed the Pack (42-18) a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with a solo shot, and State added two more on a Trea Turner home run in the third to build a 3-0 lead. Vanderbilt (35-27) broke the seal in the fourth with a run, but the Wolfpack responded with runs in the fourth and fifth to leap ahead 5-1. The Commodores chopped that lead in half with two runs in the sixth, then tied the game with two more in the seventh, but Bergquist came up with the pivotal hit in the eighth to set the final at 6-5.

Bergquist went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a run, putting a stamp on a huge day for the junior. In two games Sunday, Bergquist pieced together a 5-for-8 afternoon with a home run and seven RBIs. Danny Canela and Brett Austin had the Pack's two other multi-hit games, each going 2-for-4 with Austin driving in one and scoring the game-winning run.

Mathews hit his 17th homer of the year to put the Wolfpack on top in the first, his ninth in the last 14 games and third of the Raleigh regional. Turner's two-run shot represented his fifth of the season.

NC State starter Anthony Tzamtzis went 6 2/3 innings, the second-longest outing of his career, striking out five batters while allowing four earned for a no decision. Reliever Ryan Wilkins (4-2) scored the win with two shutout innings to seal the deal, holding the Commodores to one hit and striking out two in the ninth.

NC State Cruises 17-5 to Survive and Advance

RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State survived its first elimination game Sunday at Doak Field at Dail Park, racing past UNC Wilmington 17-5 with seven runs in the fourth inning and six RBIs from Matt Bergquist.

The Pack (41-18) put one across in the first, but UNCW (39-23) responded by tying the game 1-1 in the fourth. The track meet started in the bottom of that inning, when State hung seven on the board. After a Wolfpack run in the fifth, UNCW narrowed the gap to 9-4 with three in the sixth. The Pack put the game well out of reach from there, scoring one in the sixth, three in the seventh, and four in the eighth to leap ahead 17-4 before a Andrew Cain's solo shot in the ninth made it 17-5.

Bergquist saved his best performance of the season for when the Pack needed it most, coming up with six RBIs in a 3-for-5 game with his first homer of the year and a double, scoring three times.

Chris Diaz and Andrew Ciencin rose to the occasion as well. Diaz scored three times and drove in three with a 4-for-5, two double performance. Ciencin smashed a three-run homer, his fifth of the year in a 3-for-5, four RBI, two run outing with a double. Brett Austin had the Pack's other three-hit day, scoring twice and legging out the first triple of his career.

Tigers Stay Alive in Columbia Regional With 5-3 Win Over Coastal Carolina Sunday

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Jason Stolz hit two home runs, while Dominic Leone and Scott Firth combined to limit Coastal Carolina to three runs on seven hits in Clemson's 5-3 win over the Chanticleers in the Colulmbia Regional in front of 6,111 fans at Carolina Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers, who stayed alive and moved to 2-1 in the regional, improved to 35-27 on the season. The Chanticleers, who were 1-2 in the regional, finished their season with a 42-19 record.

Trailing 2-1, Clemson scored three runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good, capped by Stolz's second long ball of the game, a two-run shot to left field. The Tigers added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning, then Scott Firth struck out all three batters in the bottom of the ninth inning to close out the game.

Starter Dominic Leone (7-4) earned the win by tossing 7.0 strong innings. He gave up six hits, three runs (two earned), and four walks with six strikeouts. Firth pitched 2.0 scoreless innings of one-hit ball with three strikeouts to record his third save of the season.

Chanticleer starter Ben Smith (2-2) suffered the loss, as he yielded six hits, four runs, and two walks with five strikeouts in 4.1 innings pitched.

#2 Gamecocks Edge Tigers 4-3 to Win Columbia Regional Sunday

The #2 South Carolina Gamecocks scored three runs in the first inning and withstood a Clemson rally in the ninth inning to edge the Tigers 4-3 and capture the Columbia Regional title in front of 8,242 fans at Carolina Stadium on Sunday. The Gamecocks, who won the regional with a 3-0 record, improved to 43-17 on the season. The Tigers, who went 2-2 in the regional, ended the season with a 35-28 record.

The Gamecocks scored three runs in the first inning, including two after a crucial throwing error with two outs. After scoring a run in the top of the sixth inning to take a 4-0 lead, the Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, highlighted by Thomas Brittle's run-scoring double. Spencer Kieboom hit a two-out, run-scoring single in the ninth inning, but Brad Felder flied out to deep right-center to end the game.

Starter Jordan Montgomery (5-1) pitched 6.2 innings to earn the win. He gave up five hits, two runs, and one walk with six strikeouts. Tyler Webb yielded two hits, one run, and no walks with four strikeouts to record his third save of the season. Montgomery and Webb combined to retire all nine of Clemson's leadoff batters in the game.

David Haselden (4-2) allowed three runs on three hits in 0.2 innings pitched and suffered the loss. Jonathan Meyer pitched the final 8.1 innings, allowing seven hits, one run, and two walks with four strikeouts. It was Meyer's longest career outing and it was the longest outing by a Tiger in 2012.

Cruz, Evana Keep No. 24 Georgia Tech Alive With 3-0 Win Over Charleston

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore righty Alex Cruz pitched a two-hit shutout over a career-long six innings, classmate Zane Evans sealed the deal with three strong innings and No. 24 Georgia Tech staved off elimination in the Gainesville Regional with a 3-0 win over College of Charleston Sunday at McKethan Stadium.

A ball lost in sun allowed Tech to break the scoreless tie in the sixth inning, and freshman Connor Lynch added insurance with his first career home run - a two-run shot in the ninth - as Tech posted its fifth shutout of the season.

"Runs were very hard to come by and Cruz did a tremendous job," said head coach Danny Hall. "He didn't give up any runs and pitched out of trouble when he needed to. We got six innings out of him, he kept his pitch count down and we were able to go to Zane for the last three. Alex was big, and we needed him to be big because runs were hard to come by."

Tech advances to an NCAA Regional Final for the fifth consecutive season, and will need to beat top-ranked Florida twice to advance to the Super Regional. Tonight's game is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN3, with an if-necessary game slated for Monday night at 7 p.m.

No. 24 Yellow Jackets Fall to No. 1 Florida in Gainesville Regional Title Game

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Senior Evan Martin closed his college career with a home run and a triple, but No. 24 Georgia Tech was eliminated by top-ranked Florida, 15-3, Sunday night in the championship game of the Gainesville Regional at McKethan Stadium.

The loss ends Tech's season at 38-26, but not before a remarkable postseason run that saw the Yellow Jackets roll through the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament undefeated for its eighth title, and then win twice in Gainesville to reach an NCAA Regional title game for the fifth consecutive season.

Sam Dove, who also homered in the game, was named to the Gainesville Region All-Tournament Team, along with Brandon Thomas and Zane Evans. Dove finished the tournament 6-for-16 with a homer, two RBI and four runs, while Thomas was 7-for-15 with a home run, three RBI and three runs.

Evans had three hits, an RBI and pitched three scoreless innings earlier on Sunday to record a save in Tech's 3-0 win over College of Charleston in an elimination game.

North Carolina Beats East Carolina, 5-3

Benton Moss allowed one run in six innings and Mike Zolk had a two-run single to help North Carolina beat East Carolina 5-3 on Sunday in an NCAA elimination game in the Chapel Hill Regional.

The top-seeded Tar Heels (46-15), the tournament's No. 6 seed, managed five hits but took advantage of eight walks. Cody Stubbs and Jacob Stallings added RBI flyouts, and Brian Holberton had an RBI single.

Moss (7-2) took the win, allowing six hits.

Reliever Michael Morin bounced back from giving up a three-run homer in Saturday's loss to St. John's by earning a school and Atlantic Coast Conference record 19th save, setting up a rematch with the Red Storm later Sunday.

St. John's Tops UNC To Claim Regional

St. John's came up with enough timely hits and solid pitching to win their first regional title in three decades.

The Red Storm also handed No. 6 national seed North Carolina a surprising early exit from the NCAA tournament.

Frank Schwindel had five hits and pinch-hitter Robert Case had a two-run double in the seventh to help St. John's beat North Carolina 9-5 on Sunday night to win the Chapel Hill Regional and advance to the super regionals for the first time.

Schwindel and regional MVP Jeremy Baltz scored three runs for the third-seeded Red Storm (40-21), who went unbeaten in the regional. That included a pair of wins against the host and No. 6 national seed Tar Heels (46-16), who entered the weekend with 15 straight wins as a regional host.

Five-Run Second Inning Proves Too Much For UVa to Surpass in NCAA Loss

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia Cavaliers (39-18-1) couldn't overcome a five-run effort in the second inning by the Appalachian State Mountaineers (41-16) on Sunday afternoon, falling into the loser's bracket with a 6-5 setback in front of 4,142 fans at Davenport Field.

UVa returns to action tonight against Oklahoma in an elimination game. First pitch is scheduled at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Appalachian State wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, plating one run in the bottom of the first frame to take a 1-0 lead. Hector Crespo was credited with starting the inning off with a double after his towering pop up to shallow left field was lost in the sun by UVa shortstop Chris Taylor. Brandon Burris executed the sacrifice bunt to advance Crespo. Will Callaway followed ripping a double past a diving Stephen Bruno at third base to score Crespo. UVa starting pitcher Artie Lewicki was able to work out the jam by strking out cleanup hitter Daniel Kassouf and after hitting Tyler Tewell, forcing Jeremy Dowdy to fly out to right field. Virginia was on the verge of countering Appalachian State in the top of the second, but couldn't utilize two Mountaineer errors, leaving the bases loaded with one out after Keith Werman struck out and Taylor flew out to center field, ending the threat.

Virginia Rally Falls Short in 5-4 Loss to Oklahoma

The Virginia Cavaliers (39-19-1) ninth inning rally fell short and their season came to a close as the Oklahoma Sooners (40-23) escaped with a 5-4 victory on Sunday evening at Davenport Field in the Consolation Game.

Oklahoma returns to action on Monday in the Championship Round of the Charlottesville Regional. The Sooners will face undefeated Appalachian State at 4 p.m. If the Sooners win, a second game will follow at Davenport Field.

Virginia scored three runs in the top of the ninth and left the tying run on base as Derek Fisher grounded out on a bang-bang play to end the game and the season for the Cavaliers. The rally started with one out when Nate Irving doubled down the left field line. Keith Werman drove Irving in with his single into left-center field. Oklahoma then brought in Kindle Ladd to replace the starter, Dillon Overton, who almost went the distance. Chris Taylor singled through the right side to welcome Overton into the game and Werman moved to second. Colin Harrington almost beat out a muffed grounder by Oklahoma third baseman Garrett Carey, but was just late to the bag for the second out of the inning, but Werman and Taylor advanced a station. Stephen Bruno skied a ball toward shallow right field that fell in between the fielders for a double and scoring Werman and Taylor, bringing up Fisher.

The game started out well in UVa's favor as starter Shane Halley pitched a perfect first. It was Halley's third offering of the second inning that was launched by OU's cleanup hitter, Matt Oberste, a solo shot to left field. The blast was the first home run by any of the teams thus far in the Charlottesville Regional, giving the Sooners an early 1-0 advantage. Cody Reine followed with a double, but Halley worked out of the jam without any more damage.