NCAA Baseball Regional ACCtion: Sunday, June 2

June 2, 2013

Tallahassee Regional

'Noles Super in Regional-Clinching 11-4 Win

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - No. 7-seeded FSU clobbered Troy, 11-4, Sunday night to cap off an impressive Tallahassee Regional performance. In three games against Savannah State and Troy over the past three nights, the Seminoles (47-15) outscored their opponents 22-4.

In winning their 19th consecutive NCAA Regional game, the 'Noles earned a Super Regional berth for the sixth consecutive season and the 13th time in the program's storied history. Florida State will host either Indiana or Austin Peay next weekend with a trip to the College World Series on the line.

Sophomore Brandon Leibrandt (10-1) got the win against the Trojans (42-20), who used a bottom-of-the-ninth rally earlier in the day to beat Alabama and set up the showdown, with five innings of four-run ball pitched.

But it was Brett Knief that broke the game open during a game-changing, come-from-behind seven-run fourth inning for the Seminoles. Knief, a former UNC and Florida State College player in his first season with FSU, blasted a grand slam that extended his team's 5-3 lead to to 9-4 and the 'Noles never looked back.

After the game, Stewart, Davis, Brizuela, Luke Weaver and Scott Sitz were all named to the Tallahasee All-Regional Team. Weaver was named the regional's most outstanding player following his incredible Saturday-night performance against the Trojans when he tossed a career-best 14 strikeouts.

Raleigh Regional

NC State Advances to Super Regional

RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State advanced to its second consecutive Super Regional and fourth since 2003 with a 9-2 win over William & Mary on Sunday at Doak Field at Dail Park. 

The Wolfpack (47-14) wasted no time in cranking up the offense, as the regional's Most Outstanding Player Tarran Senay smashed a three-run homer over the right field fence in the bottom of the first. State extended its lead to 6-0 with three more runs in the sixth. The Tribe (39-24) chopped that lead to 6-2 with runs in the seventh and eighth, but the Pack pulled away with three in the bottom of the eighth to set the final margin at 9-2. 

For the second year in a row, Senay had a homer and five RBIs in the title game, finishing 2-for-5 with a run scored. All-Region performer Jake Fincher went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI to improve to 59-for-61 on reaching base at least once in games this season. Logan Ratledge went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI for his second three-hit outing against the Tribe to make the All-Region team at second base. Trea Turner, Grant Clyde, and Carlos Rodonjoined Senay, Fincher, and Ratledge on the All-Region team.

Wolfpack starter Brad Stone (3-2) secured the win with 5 1/3 shutout innings, holding the Tribe to four hits while striking out three. Ryan Wilkins worked the next two innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits. Grant Sasserclaimed his eighth save of the year with a perfect 1 2/3 innings to slam the door. 

Charlottesville Regional

Cavaliers Advance to NCAA Super Regionals, Secure 50th Win

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia advanced to the next weekend's NCAA Super Regionals with an 11-3 win over Elon on Sunday (June 2) in the 2013 NCAA Charlottesville Regional championship game before a crowd of 3,792 at Davenport Field.

Virginia improves to 50-10 and will the host the NCAA Super Regionals in a best-of-3 series beginning Friday (June 7) or Saturday (June 8). The Cavaliers' opponent and dates and times of the NCAA Super Regional will be announced Monday (June 3) at approximately 11 p.m. Elon made its sixth NCAA Baseball Championship appearance and finished the season with a 34-30 record.

Nick Howard led Virginia's 14-hit attack by going 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI and Derek Fisher drove in three runs with a pair of hits. Kenny Towns had three RBI while Jared King and Brandon Downes added two hits apiece.

Virginia pitcher Kyle Crockett (Jr., Poquoson, Va.) was named Most Outstanding Player of the Charlottesville Regional. Crockett saved two of Virginia's three wins in the regional. UVa's Irving (C), Howard (SS), Towns (3B), McCarthy (OF) and pitcher Scott Silverstein (R-Sr., Olney, Md.) and Elon's Kinsella (1B), Chris Bresnahan (2B) and Jones (OF) and UNCW's Corey Dick (DH) and Tyler Molinaro (OF) joined Crockett on the all-regional team.

Nashville Regional

Heddinger Tosses Complete-Game Shutout Of Vandy, 5-0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Sophomore Josh Heddinger pitched the game of his career, going the distance for a two-hit shutout of nation's No. 2 overall seed Vanderbilt, 5-0, Sunday night in front of a capacity crowd at Hawkins Field in the Nashville Regional. Tech's win sets up a winner-take-all game Monday night at 7 p.m. ET with a spot in the Super Regional on the line.

The Yellow Jackets (37-26) staved off elimination twice Sunday, after rallying with four runs in the ninth inning to beat Illinois, 6-3, earlier in the day, and then handing Vandy (53-10) its first home shutout since last season in the nightcap. With the Commodores ranked No. 1 in the Baseball America Top 25, Tech improved to 3-1 this season against top-ranked clubs (2-1 versus North Carolina).

Heddinger was in command of the hot-hitting Commodores, who scored 19 runs in wins over ETSU and Illinois and were averaging nearly seven runs per game this season. He did not allowing a hit after the third inning and retired 12 of the final 13 he faced over the final five innings.

The sophomore righty from Buford, Ga., struck out three and worked himself around six walks to improve to 3-0 this season. He threw 127 pitches in his longest career outing, surpassing a 6.2-inning effort versus Georgia Southern last year.

Evans Leads Tech Past Illinois, 6-3, With Ninth-Inning Rally

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Georgia Tech rallied from a run down in the ninth, scoring four times as the Yellow Jackets stayed alive in the Nashville Regional with a 6-3 win over Illinois Sunday afternoon. Junior first-team All-ACC catcher and Golden Spikes Award semifinalist Zane Evans had three hits, two RBI and got the win with three innings of relief.

Daniel Palka had three hits and scored. Kyle Wren and Thomas Smith each had two of Tech's 14 hits.Matt Gonzalez, who came off the bench to replace injured third-baseman Sam Dove (hamstring) in the sixth inning, was 1-for-2 and scored twice.

Freshman lefty Jonathan King gave the Jackets a solid start facing elimination, and turned a 2-2 game over to Evans after the sixth. Tech took the southpaw off the hook after scoring twice in the sixth to tie the game at 2-2 thanks to Evans' RBI double and the game-tying RBI double off the Green Monster from A.J. Murray.

King worked six innings, scattering seven hits and two runs with one walk and four strikeouts.

Chapel Hill Regional

Heels Fall To FAU, 3-2, Rematch Monday

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end Sunday night as Florida Atlantic claimed a 3-2 come-from-behind win to force a decisive seventh game Monday.

Junior left-hander Hobbs Johnson carried a no hitter into the seventh inning for the Tar Heels but did not factor into the decision as FAU's Ricky Santiago hit a go-ahead three run home run against reliever Trevor Kelley to give the Owls a 3-2 lead they would not relinquish.

Chaz Frank paced the Tar Heels at the plate with a 4-for-5 effort, while Cody Stubbs and Brian Holberton chipped in two hits apiece.

Senior right-hander Chris Munnelly will take the bump for the Tar Heels Monday night and will likely face FAU right-hander Jeremy Strawn.

Blacksburg Regional

Hokies' season comes to an end with a 10-4 loss to Oklahoma in NCAA regional

BLACKSBURG – A home run from Andrew Rash and a solid pitching performance from Eddie Campbell weren’t enough for Virginia Tech, as the Hokies’ season came to an end with a 10-4 loss to Oklahoma in the NCAA Blacksburg regional on Sunday night at English Field.

The Sooners (43-19) advanced to next week’s super regional to face LSU in Baton Rouge, La. Tech (40-22) saw its season come to an end.

Max White, who was 2-for-5 with an RBI, was named the most outstanding player of the regional after going 8-for-16 with four RBIs. Jack Mayfield finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs for the Sooners, while Lorenzana was 2-for-3. Garrett Carey was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Tyler Morgan went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Chad Horan went 2-for-5 for Tech.

Hokies down UConn to stay alive in NCAA regional

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Sean Keselica had two hits and an RBI to lift Virginia Tech past Connecticut 3-1 in an elimination game at the NCAA Blacksburg regional held at English Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Hokies (40-21) advanced to play for the regional championship later Sunday evening against Oklahoma. UConn (35-28) saw its season come to an end.

Brad Markey (5-4) went 5.1 innings to get the win for the Hokies, giving up one run on five hits. He struck out one and walked one. Clark Labitan was great for the Hokies in relief, going 3.2 innings to get his 11th save. He allowed just two hits and struck out four.

Tyler Horan paced the Hokies’ offensive attack, going 2-for-3 and scoring two runs.

Columbia Regional

Flames Eliminate #17 Tigers With 3-1 Win in Columbia Regional Sunday

Columbia, S.C. - Righthanders Trey Lambert and Ashton Perritt combined to allow only one of 13 baserunners to score in Liberty's 3-1 win over #17 Clemson in the Columbia Regional in front of 5,464 fans at Carolina Stadium on Sunday afternoon.  The Flames, who upped their regional record to 2-1, improved to 36-28 on the season.  The Tigers, who were 1-2 in the regional, ended their season with a 40-22 record.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning, but squandered an opportunity to add to their lead later in the frame.  The Flames responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take the lead for good and held on for the two-run victory.

Tiger starter Matthew Crownover (7-3) suffered the loss, as he gave up five hits, two runs, and one walk with three strikeouts in 4.0 innings pitched.  Patrick Andrews pitched 3.0 scoreless innings in relief of one-hit ball with four strikeouts.

Garrett Boulware went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead the Tigers, who had eight hits in the game. Steven Duggar added two hits and a run as well.

Louisville Regional

Baseball Knocked Out of Postseason by Cowboys

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Miami's season came to an end Sunday when third-seeded Oklahoma State knocked the second-seeded Hurricanes out of the Louisville Regional with a 7-1 decision at Jim Patterson Stadium.

Miami, who opened its postseason run with a 7-0 win over the Cowboys on Friday, fell behind in the middle innings and was unable to muster enough offense late in the elimination game. Sophomore Andrew Suarez (3-6) surrendered just six hits on the afternoon, but Oklahoma State starter Mark Robinette successfully kept Miami off-balance and mostly off the basepaths.

The Hurricanes successfully opened the scoring for the fourth consecutive game this postseason, tagging Robinette for their only run in the first inning. With runners on the corners, a failed pick-off attempt from the righthander made its way past first base to plate junior Tyler Palmer, who doubled to open the game.

Alex Hernandez, who took second on the error, was tagged out on a grounder from David Thompson, and Brad Fieger was retired on a groundout to end any chance of early fireworks. Unfortunately for the Hurricanes (37-25), the offense was unable to generate any results after the first.