Baseball NCAA Regional ACCtion: Friday, June 4

June 5, 2010

Noles Win NCAA Opener

Tenth-ranked Florida State (43-17) opened postseason play with an 11-3 victory Central Connecticut State (33-22) Friday afternoon at the NCAA Norwich Regional inside Dodd Memorial Stadium. The Seminoles improved to 37-11 all-time in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament with the win over the Blue Devils.

FSU held the lead for all but a half inning on Friday as CCSU remained in striking distance until late in the ball game. The Seminoles scored seven runs over the seventh and eighth innings to break open a one-run ball game.

Jayce Boyd led all players with three hits in the opening round game of the tournament to tie a career-high. Tyler Holt and James Ramsey recorded two hits a piece, while Ramsey drove in a game-high three runs. Holt finished the afternoon 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, an intentional walk, two stolen bases and three runs scored.

Mike McGee's two-run single in the fifth gave the Seminoles the lead for good as the junior left fielder answered Central Connecticut State's two runs in the top of the inning as the Blue Devils claimed their first lead of the afternoon.

Brian Busch earned his first win since moving into the starting rotation back on April 17 improving to 5-1 on the year. The sophomore southpaw gave up three runs, one earned, on five hits as he walked three and struck out six.

#16 Tigers Tame Golden Eagles 10-1 in Auburn Regional Friday

Sophomore righthander Scott Weismann tossed 7.0 strong innings and the Tigers broke up a tight game with six runs in the sixth inning in #16 Clemson's 10-1 victory over Southern Mississippi in front of 2,875 fans at Plainsman Park in the Auburn Regional on Friday afternoon. The Tigers, who moved into the winners' bracket, improved to 39-21 in 2010. The Golden Eagles, who faced Clemson for the first-ever time on the diamond, fell to 35-23.

Weismann (7-2) earned the win by pitching a season-tying-high 7.0 innings, allowing just four hits, one run, and one walk with six strikeouts. It was the second year in a row Weismann had a stellar outing in NCAA Tournament play. In two career NCAA Tourney starts, he is 2-0 and has allowed just eight hits (.160 opponents' batting average), one run (0.60 ERA), and four walks with eight strikeouts in 15.0 innings pitched. Ironically, both teams that Weismann has defeated in the NCAA Tourney (Tennessee Tech, Southern Mississippi) have the nickname "Golden Eagles."

Southern Mississippi starter Scott Copeland (11-1) suffered his first loss of the year. In 5.1 innings pitched, he yielded nine hits, seven runs (six earned), and two walks with no strikeouts.

The Tigers took the game's first lead of the game in the first inning. Will Lamb led off with a single through the right side and scored when Mike Freeman belted a double to left-center on a 1-2 pitch. After Freeman advanced to third on Jeff Schaus' groundout, he scored on Kyle Parker's sacrifice fly down the right-field line to give Clemson a 2-0 lead.

Virginia Downs VCU 15-4 in NCAA Regional Opener

In the opening game of the Charlottesville Regional, Virginia defeated VCU 15-4 on Friday at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers, the No. 5 national seed, totaled 15 runs on 16 hits as they opened regional play with a win for the fourth time in the past five years.

John Hicks led Virginia's offensive attack by going 4-for-5 with four runs scored and four RBIs. Tyler Cannon went 3-for-4 with three RBIs while Dan Grovatt also drove in three runs.

Tyler Wilson, who struck out five in three innings of relief picked up the win, while starter Seth Cutler-Voltz took the loss for the Rams. Wilson improves to 8-3 on the season, as Cutler-Voltz falls to 8-4.

The Cavaliers (48-11) opened the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the second. With one out, Hicks sent a ball to the warning track that hit off the glove of the right fielder for a two-base error. Cannon followed with an RBI double to the right-centerfield gap to drive in the opening run of the game. Franco Valdes' single to shallow centerfield scored Cannon to give Virginia a 2-0 lead. Later in the inning, Phil Gosselin's two-out double to the left-centerfield gap drove in Valdes for a 3-0 Cavalier advantage.

Miami Cruises Past Dartmouth at Coral Gables Regional

The 11th-ranked and top-seeded University of Miami baseball team hit four home runs - including three three-run blasts - to pick up a 12-8 win over No. 4 seed Dartmouth Friday afternoon at Alex Rodriguez Park.

Miami (41-17) jumped out to a big lead early on, scoring six in the first, one in the second, one in the third and three in the fourth before eventually picking up the four-run win. The Hurricanes will now play No. 2 seed Texas A&M Saturday at 4 p.m. Left-hander Chris Hernandez (8-3, 3.02 ERA) is slated to start for the `Canes while Texas A&M will counter with righty Ross Stripling (6-3, 3.80 ERA).

Harold Martinez, Michael Broad and Chris Pelaez all hit three-run homers for the Hurricanes, while Scott Lawson added a solo shot to tie Miami's highest single game home run total of the season. Pelaez finished the day 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored, Martinez went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs, while Broad went 2-for-2 with a career-high tying four RBI. Lawson (2-for-4, three runs), Nathan Melendres (2-for-5, two runs) and Stephen Perez (2-for-4) also finished with multiple hits for the `Canes.

After Miami jumped out to an 11-0 lead after four, a weather delay in the sixth halted play for just over an hour. When the two teams came back out to finish the game, Dartmouth rallied, scoring two in the sixth, four in the eighth and two in the ninth - but closer Daniel Miranda preserved the win in the end.

Pope, Plagman Power Tech Past Mercer, 10-0

Sophomore Mark Pope pitched Georgia Tech's first complete game shutout since 2007 and senior Tony Plagman went 5-for-5 at the plate, including a pair of home runs, as Georgia Tech blanked Mercer 10-0 in the opening round of the NCAA Baseball Atlanta Regional Friday night.

The top-seeded Yellow Jackets (46-13) will play No. 2 seed Alabama Saturday at 7 p.m. Mercer (37-23) will face Elon Saturday at 3 p.m. in an elimination game.

A Russ Chandler Stadium crowd of 2,776 watched Pope throw his first career complete game, allowing only five hits and two walks, while striking out 10. He improved his record to 8-1 on the season with the school's first nine-inning shutout in a regional since 2002.

After facing the minimum number of batters over the first three frames, Pope pitched out of trouble in the fourth and fifth innings. The Marietta (Ga.) sophomore coaxed a 4-6-3 double play out of Mercer clean-up hitter Thomas Carroll following a pair of hits in the fourth.

In the fifth, the Georgia Tech starter issued one-out walks to Joe Winker and Nick DiMauro before John Moreland, one of two Bears with 20-plus home runs on the season, grounded out to second. Evan Boyd then struck out.

Carolina Cruises Past Cal 12-3

Junior Matt Harvey pitched six strong innings to lead North Carolina over California 12-2 Friday night in the second game of the Norman Regional at L. Dale Mitchell Park. UNC never trailed after a six-run first frame improving to 37-20 overall.

Harvey (8-3) notched nine strikeouts and allowed just two runs on four hits. The Mystic, Conn., native moves into ninth all-time in career strikeouts (263) and tenth all-time in career wins (22) in Tar Heel history. Freshman Michael Morin pitched 2.1 strong innings allowing just one run on four hits. Greg Holt closed out the game recording the final two outs.

Ben Bunting and Jacob Stallings paced Carolina offensively with two hits and two RBI apiece. Dillon Hazlett notched a three-run home run, his first long ball since March 16, to plate UNC's first runs. Mike Cavasinni, Ryan Graepel and Brian Goodwin all added two hits apiece as the Tar Heels notched 12 total hits.

Starter Justin Jones (10-6) suffers the loss failing to record an out, allowing four runs on two hits and one walk. The Golden Bears fall to 29-24 overall and will face elimination tomorrow.

College of Charleston Holds On For 9-6 Win over State

Drew Poulk's eighth-inning grand slam couldn't make up for the College of Charleston's 14 singles in the first five innings of Friday night's NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional first-round game, a 9-6 victory at BB&T Coastal Field.

The Cougars slapped out 13 of those one-base hits against Wolfpack starter Jake Buchanan and another against Nick Rice before Jose Rodriquez smacked his team's first extra-base hit, a towering solo homer to left field, and Greg Blake added another solo shot in the bottom of the eighth.

The Wolfpack, trailing 7-0 through five innings, scored a pair of unearned runs in the sixth then added four more on Poulk's third grand slam and his team-leading 14th home run of the season. John Gianis singled to start the eighth for the Wolfpack and both Kyle Wilson and Dallas Poulk drew walks against starter Kevin Decker, who was strong throughout his 7 1/3 innings on the mound.

Charleston brought in reliever Tom Schiller to face Drew Poulk, but on Schiller's second pitch Poulk drove an 0-1 slider over the left field bleachers, cutting the Cougars' lead to 8-6. It was Poulk's third grand slam of the season and the team's ninth, extending the single-season school record.

Hokies fall in opening game of NCAA Regional

The Citadel starting pitcher Matt Talley threw seven strong innings to lift the third-seeded Bulldogs over second-seeded Virginia Tech, 7-2, in the first game of the NCAA Regional on Friday afternoon at Carolina Stadium.

Talley scattered eight hits, while walking none, to hold Tech to two runs in his time on the mound. He struck out three batters in improving to 8-3 on the season. All nine hitters in The Citadel’s order recorded at least one hit, with second baseman Bryan Altman leading the way with three base knocks. Third baseman David Greene and catcher Grant Richards each drove in two runs.

Tech starter Justin Wright (8-5) was charged with the loss after giving up six runs on 10 hits and a walk over 5.1 innings. He struck out five batters, but a four-run second inning ultimately did too much damage to overcome. Right fielder Austin Wates and third baseman Tony Balisteri each had three hits for the Hokies.