#NCAACWS Baseball Regional ACCtion: Saturday, June 4

June 4, 2011

Four-Run Sixth Propels Florida State to Win

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Sparked by a four-run sixth inning, the No. 5 national seed Florida State baseball team defeated Alabama 9-5 Saturday night in the winner's bracket of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional.

The Seminoles (44-17) will now face the winner of Sunday's noon elimination game between the Crimson Tide (34-27) and UCF (39-22) at 6 p.m. The Knights sent Bethune-Cookman home earlier in the day at Dick Howser Stadium.

All-American Sean Gilmartin earned the win for FSU, throwing seven innings while allowing five earned runs and 12 hits. He also struck out six.

For Alabama, Adam Morgan lasted 5 2/3 innings and have up 11 hits, eight earned runs and struck out five.

In a game that saw both teams combine for 15 hits, FSU's James Ramsey was the offensive star. Ramsey earned four RBIs while going 4-for-5 from the dish. Rafael Lopez added two more RBIs for the Seminoles and Mike McGee, Jayce Boyd and Sherman Johnson added one each.

Josh Rosencrans lead the Crimson Tide with two RBIs. Austen Smith and Brett Booth both had one RBI as well.

Both squads exchanged runs before the Seminoles took a 3-2 lead on Boyd's RBI double in the top of the third that scored Ramsey. A batter later, Johnson's RBI single brought home Ramsey to give the 'Noles a 4-2 advantage.

Virginia Tops St. John's 10-2 to Remain Unbeaten in NCAA Regional

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia improved to 2-0 in the Charlottesville Regional with a 10-2 win over St. John's on Saturday night before a Davenport Field record crowd of 5,050. The Cavaliers, the No. 1 national seed, tied the school record with their 51st win of the season. UVa advances to the regional championship game at 6 p.m. Sunday. St. John's and East Carolina will play an elimination game at 1 p.m. Sunday to determine the Cavaliers' opponent.

Danny Hultzen picked up the win for Virginia, striking out 12 batters while allowing one run on three hits in seven innings of work. Hultzen, who improved to 11-3 this season, set a new school record with 148 strikeouts this season, breaking the record of 146 set by Tim Burcham in 1985.

Kyle Hansen (8-7) took the loss for the Red Storm, giving up six runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings.

Steven Proscia and David Coleman led Virginia offensively, each going 3-for-5 and combining to drive in seven of the 10 Cavalier runs. Jared King added two hits for Virginia. Joe Panik led St. John's with two hits.

The Cavaliers (51-9) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first. John Barr walked and scored on Proscia's two-run homer into the leftfield bleachers. It was Proscia's team-leading eighth homer of the season.

Virginia doubled its lead with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. Proscia led off the inning with a double and came around to score on a two-out RBI single by Coleman. Coleman stole second and scored on King's RBI single that made the score 4-0.

Mazzoni Pitches Pack Past Georgia Southern, 5-2

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Cory Mazzoni scattered four hits over eight innings in blistering heat Saturday to lift NC State past Georgia Southern in an elimination game in the NCAA Columbia Regional.

With the victory, NC State improved to 35-26 overall and survived to face the loser of Saturday's 7 p.m. game between South Carolina and Stetson. The Wolfpack will play at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Georgia Southern was eliminated from the season and ended its season at 36-26.

"A lot of people told me when we came down here that this was the toughest regional in the country," Wolfpack coach Elliott Avent said. "I think all regionals are tough, so I hate to use that word. I certainly see what people are talking about. [Georgia Southern] might be a four seed, but that's one of the toughest teams we've played all year. That's a tough, well-coached team with tough, hard-nosed players.

"I'm just so proud of our players, who were up against elimination. To go up against a team like that, being visitors again and not having that last at-bat, and they were able to grind it out. I'm just proud of where they've come from."

Yellow Jackets Stay Alive in NCAA Baseball, Win 6-2

ATLANTA - No. 1 seed Georgia Tech scored five runs in the second inning and cruised to a 6-2 victory over No. 2 seed Southern Miss Saturday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.

The win pairs the Jackets (41-20) with the loser of tonight's matchup between No. 4 seed Austin Peay and No. 3 seed Mississippi State at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. With the loss Southern Miss (39-18) is eliminated from the NCAA Tournament.

Tech's Jed Bradley threw seven shutout innings before the Eagles plated two runs in the top of the eighth, snapping their 32 inning scoreless streak. Bradley allowed eight hits and struck out four while improving to 7-3 on the season.

"We are a much happier group today," Tech head coach Danny Hall said. "I thought there were a couple keys to the game today, Jed started off really well and Brandon (Thomas) was able to hit the home run and give us a big inning. We got a nice lead after the second inning and pretty much stayed in control throughout the rest of the game."

In the game's big inning, Daniel Palka led off the Jackets portion of the second inning with a solo home run down the right field line off the first pitch from Southern Miss pitcher Josh Thomason to score the contests' first run.

The rally continued for Tech in the second as Jacob Esch doubled and Jake Davies singled before Sam Dove plated a run with a RBI single. After a sacrifice bunt put runner on second and third with no one out, the Eagles went to the pen for the first time in the game. Brandon Thomas greeted the new Southern Miss pitcher, Dillon Day, with a three-run home run over the left field wall putting Tech up 5-0.

Tar Heels Shut Out James Madison, 14-0

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Patrick Johnson isn't giving up many hits. North Carolina isn't allowing any runs.

Johnson scattered three hits over eight innings to lead the Tar Heels to their second straight shutout, a 14-0 rout of James Madison on Saturday night at the Chapel Hill Regional.

"He's been doing it all year," Holt said of Johnson. "It's not surprising what he's doing now."

Johnson (12-1) struck out 11 _ one shy of a career high _ and shut down the highest-scoring offense in Division I to win his sixth straight decision. Greg Holt homered and drove in four runs, and Ben Bunting finished with three RBIs for the Tar Heels (47-14), who broke the game open with seven runs in the seventh inning.

North Carolina hasn't been scored upon in the regional, improved to 14-0 in home NCAA tournament games since 2006 and moved a win away from its fifth super regional appearance in six years.

Johnny Bladel's single leading off the fourth snapped Johnson's string of 13 consecutive innings without allowing a hit. He threw six no-hit innings last time out against Wake Forest in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, but that game was suspended overnight due to rain and he didn't return when it resumed.

#12 Tigers Outlast #21 Chanticleers 12-7 in Clemson Regional Saturday

Clemson, SC - Richie Shaffer, Will Lamb, and John Hinson all hit home runs to lead #12 Clemson to a 12-7 victory over #21 Coastal Carolina in the Clemson Regional in front of 5,408 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday night. The Tigers, who moved to 2-0 in the Clemson Regional, improved to 43-18 on the season. The Chanticleers, who fell to 1-1 in the Clemson Regional, dropped to 42-19 in 2011.

After both teams scored two runs in the first inning, the Tigers scored two unearned runs in the second inning and never relinquished the lead. Clemson led by scores of 6-4 after three innings and 7-5 after five innings. Clemson then scored a run in the seventh inning and four more runs in the eighth inning to build a comfortable lead.

David Haselden (6-1), the second of three Tiger pitchers, earned the win. He allowed five hits, two runs, and no walks with two strikeouts in 4.0 innings pitched.

Keith Hessler (2-3), the first of seven Coastal Carolina hurlers, suffered the loss. He yielded two hits, four runs (two earned), and three walks in 1.2 innings pitched.

'Canes Unable to Overcome Gators Again

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The University of Miami got out to an early lead, made a highlight defensive play and received several strong individual performances, but all that was not enough as the Canes dropped a pressure-packed regional game to the University of Florida, 5-4, on Saturday evening at McKethan Stadium.

The loss puts the No. 2 seed Hurricanes (37-22) in the loser's bracket of the draw, needing three wins over the next two days to advance to the Super Regionals. Miami faces No. 3 seed Jacksonville in an elimination game on Sunday at Noon. Jim Morris has announced that freshman Bryan Radziewski (9-2) will make the start on the mound for the Hurricanes. The winner of the game will play No. 1 seed and No. 2 national seed Florida (47-16) at 4 p.m.

Heartbreak occurred once again for Miami in Gainesville on Saturday, as the Canes have now dropped seven-consecutive games to the Gators, and ten of the last eleven ballgames.

An unconventional rally aided by miscues in the bottom of the ninth led the Canes to their downfall on this night.

A Stephen Perez error on a groundball allowed Florida's Daniel Pigott to reach safely to start the rally. After Canes' pitcher Travis Miller was called for a balk and walked Vickash Ramjit, Jim Morris brought in closer Daniel Miranda. The lefty proceeded to walk third baseman Cody Dent to set up a walk-off single by shortstop Nolan Fontana, sending the crowd home happy in Gainesville.