#NCAACWS Baseball Regional ACCtion: Friday, June 3

June 3, 2011

Tigers Strike Early and Defeat Pioneers 11-1 in Clemson Regional Friday

CLEMSON, S.C. - The #12 Clemson Tigers scored all 11 of their runs in the first three innings and cruised to an 11-1 victory over Sacred Heart in the Clemson Regional in front of 5,194 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday night. The Tigers, who moved into the winners' bracket, improved to 42-18 on the season. The Pioneers, who fell into the losers' bracket, dropped to 34-22 in 2011. It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

Clemson scored four runs in the first inning, one run in the second inning, and six runs in the third inning to break the game open. Sacred Heart's lone run in the sixth inning was the only scoring during the final six innings.

Florida State Downs Bethune-Cookman Friday Night

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Mike McGee registered the game-winning hit in the eighth inning and the first-seeded Florida State baseball team defeated fourth-seeded Bethune-Cookman Friday night in the second game of the 2011 NCAA Tallahassee Regional.

FSU (43-17) has now won 11 consecutive NCAA Regional games and moves to the winner's bracket where it will face third-seeded Alabama (34-26) Saturday at 6 p.m. The Wildcats (36-24) take on UCF (38-22) Saturday noon in an elimination contest.

Canes Baseball Moves On in Gainesville Regional

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore Steven Ewing tossed six strong innings and freshman Corey Janson belted his first career home run on Friday, helping the 16th-ranked and No. 2 seed University of Miami Hurricanes defeat No. 3 seed Jacksonville University, 7-2, in the opening game of the Gainesville [Fla.] Regional at McKethan Stadium. The game was the first of several taking place on the opening day of the NCAA Baseball Tournament happening around the nation.

The pitching was the key and the hits came when needed on Friday, as the story of the day came from the pitcher and catcher - helping UMiami (37-21) to the old cliché "Survive and Advance".

North Carolina Takes 4-0 Victory Over Maine

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The coach who led North Carolina to four College World Series missed the opening game of his team's chase for No. 5. A freshman made sure the Tar Heels didn't miss a beat.

Kent Emanuel threw eight shutout innings in his NCAA tournament debut, leading North Carolina to a 4-0 victory over Maine on Friday night in the Chapel Hill Regional.

Virginia Downs Navy 6-0 in NCAA Regional Opener

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - In the opening game of the Charlottesville Regional, Virginia defeated Navy 6-0 on Friday afternoon at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers, the No. 1 national seed, opened regional play with a win for the fifth time in the past six years.

Will Roberts picked up the win for Virginia, striking out a career-high 14 batters in a complete game four-hit shutout. He improved to 11-1 this season. Ben Nelson, who allowed six runs on nine hits in 6.1 innings, took the loss to fall to 6-6 this season.

Yellow Jackets Drop NCAA Opener 2-1 to Austin Peay

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Georgia Tech baseball team (40-20) dropped its NCAA Tournament opener 2-1 to Austin Peay (34-22) Friday night at Russ Chandler Stadium in both teams' first game of the Atlanta Regional.

The difference in the game came on one swing by Austin Peay's Jordan Hankins in the top of the seventh, a home run to right center off of Tech reliever Matthew Grimes.

Grimes entered the game after Tech starter Mark Pope left the game after an inning and two-thirds with a back injury. Grimes went six and two-thirds, allowing just three hits, but a pair of earned runs and striking out eight. The freshman fell to 7-4 on the season despite the stellar performance.

NC State Falls in Regional Opener, 8-7

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Pinch-runner Sean Emory scored from second base with the game-winning run on Nick Rickles' single in the bottom of the ninth inning, allowing Stetson to overcome an early NC State lead and defeat the Wolfpack 8-7 in the first game of the NCAA Columbia Regional.

Stetson, which improved to 42-18 with the win, will advance to the 7 p.m. game Saturday against the winner of Friday evening's game between top-seeded South Carolina and Georgia Southern. The Wolfpack, which dropped to 34-26, will play at 1 p.m. Saturday against the loser of the South Carolina-Georgia Southern game.