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June 5, 2011
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Things seem back to normal at North Carolina. After claiming another top-eight national seed, the Tar Heels swept through their regional.
They hope another trip to Omaha is in their future.
Chaz Frank drove in three runs, and North Carolina pulled away late to beat James Madison 9-3 on Sunday night and win the Chapel Hill Regional.
Tommy Coyle and Brian Holberton added two RBIs apiece for the Tar Heels (48-14). They won three games by a combined 27-3 and will host the Fullerton Regional winner next weekend in the super regionals.
"It was tough for us to end the streak," Frank said of North Carolina's run of four straight College World Series appearances that was stopped last year. "We're super-excited this year about going to the super regional."
Jake Lowery's two-run homer in the fifth tied it at 3 for James Madison (42-19).
The Tar Heels got things rolling an inning later. Levi Michael, hitless in 11 at-bats this weekend, doubled off the wall in left-center and came around three batters later when Coyle singled.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia won the Charlottesville Regional with a 13-1 victory over East Carolina in the championship game Sunday night before 5,050 fans at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers, the tournament's No. 1 overall seed, advance to the NCAA Super Regional round for the third consecutive season as they also recorded their school-record 52nd victory of the season.
Virginia will play the winner of the Los Angeles Regional, either UCLA or UC Irvine, in the NCAA Super Regionals next weekend. Dates and times will be announced following the conclusion of regional play on Monday night.
The Cavaliers scored their 13 runs on 17 hits as six starters had at least two hits, led by Chris Taylor and Steven Proscia with three each. Taylor had a game-high four RBI and Keith Werman scored three runs after reaching base five times. John Wooten led the Pirates by going 3-for-4 and driving in their only run of the game.
Tyler Wilson (8-0) got the victory for Virginia, allowing one run on seven hits in 6.1 innings, striking out seven. Zach Woods (2-3) took the loss for East Carolina, allowing five runs in 1.2 innings.
Virginia (52-9) took the lead in the top of the second with five runs, all scored with two outs. Proscia led off the inning with a single and David Coleman drew a two-out walk. Proscia came around to score on Jared King's RBI single. After Werman was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Taylor drove in Coleman and King with a single up the middle. After a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third, John Barr's single through the right side brought in Werman and Taylor for a 5-0 Cavalier lead.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State starter Mike McGee turned in a grade-A performance in Sunday's Tallahassee Regional championship game, but was saddled with an `Incomplete' mark when play was suspended for the night due to a severe thunderstorm.
The top-seeded Seminoles are leading Alabama 8-1 with the Crimson Tide batting in the top of the sixth inning, following Taylor Dugas' solo homer. That's where the action will resume Monday at 12 p.m. after a storm that brought lightning, heavy rain and hail settled over Dick Howser Stadium. Play was suspended at 7:45 p.m. and tournament officials called it a night around 9 p.m.
Florida State came out swinging against Alabama's depleted pitching corps and built an 8-0 lead after five innings. The `Noles got on the board with three runs in the second, added three more in the fourth and two in the home fifth.
Meanwhile, McGee was mowing through Alabama's red-hot batting order. The Crimson Tide came into the game hitting a tournament-best .376, but managed just three hits off FSU's senior right-hander, who had three strikeouts and did not issue a walk. Dugas' leadoff homer to start the sixth spoiled the shutout bid and McGee was ahead in the count - 1 ball, 2 strikes - to Brock Bennett when play was stopped.
McGee, who will not return to the mound when action resumes, had helped his own cause by driving in three runs on two of FSU's 10 hits. Taiwan Easterling has already matched his career-high with a 3-for-3 performance at the plate against the Tide, who have already used three pitchers.
Clemson, SC - Ryan Fuller's walkoff single with two outs in the ninth inning scored L.J. Mazzilli to give #16 Connecticut a 7-6 victory over #12 Clemson in the Clemson Regional in front of 4,877 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday night. The Huskies, who stayed alive and moved to 3-1 in the Clemson Regional, improved to 44-18-1 on the season. The Tigers, who fell to 2-1 in the Clemson Regional, dropped to 43-19 in 2011. It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
The Tigers held a 4-1 lead before Doug Elliot's two-out, two-run homer in the sixth inning cut Clemson's lead to one run. The Huskies rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to take a 6-4 lead, but Spencer Kieboom's two-out, two-run single in the top of the ninth inning tied the score. However, Connecticut put its leadoff batter on base in the bottom of the ninth inning and Fuller's two-out single through the left side plated Mazzilli from second base for the winning run.
Kevin Vance (1-0) earned the win despite allowing two runs on three hits in the ninth inning.
Scott Weismann (3-5) gave up one run on three hits in 1.0 innings pitched and suffered the loss.
ATLANTA - The Georgia Tech baseball team's (42-21) season came to a close on Sunday evening with a 7-3 loss to Mississippi State (37-23) at Russ Chandler Stadium in the NCAA Atlanta Regional.
After defeating Austin Peay 12-2 in the afternoon to advance to Sunday's regional final, the Yellow Jackets ran out of pitching, and combined with miscues in the field, led to an early Mississippi State lead. The Bulldogs, playing as the home team by virtue of having been the home team the fewest times in the regional, scored runs in the bottom of the first, second and third innings, building a 6-0 lead after three innings.
Mississippi State now advances to face the No. 2 national seed Florida Gators in a Super Regional June 10-13.
"This was definitely a disappointing loss. I want to congratulate Mississippi State, I think they are playing very well and I thought they played good here tonight," head coach Danny Hall said. "I don't think we played particularly well, I just looked here and saw that we gave up one earned run.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - NC State got six stellar innings from its bullpen Sunday, but could not overcome five early walks and three errors as Stetson eliminated the Wolfpack from the NCAA Columbia Regional 5-3 at Carolina Stadium.
The loss ended the Wolfpack's season at 35-27. Stetson improved to 43-19 and will play South Carolina on Sunday at 7 p.m., with the regional championship on the line for the Gamecocks. Stetson must defeat South Carolina on Sunday night to force a true championship game on Monday evening.
"I'm really disappointed that we're not going to be playing South Carolina tonight," Wolfpack coach Elliott Avent said. "It took this team about 50 games to come together and find itself, but they've played so well the last few weeks. I'm really disappointed for them that they won't get to experience the atmosphere that they'll have in this ballpark tonight. I know they'd enjoy that."
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Top ranked and No. 2 overall seed Florida plated 11 in the first three innings to cruise to a 11-4 victory over No. 16 and second-seed Miami in an elimination game at the Gainesville [Fla.] Regional on Sunday, June 5, at McKethan Stadium. The Gators claimed the Gainesville Regional title in the process.
Preston Tucker's three-run homer in the top of the first started what would be a long first three innings for the Hurricanes. And it was the start of the end of the season as well for the Hurricanes of Miami (38-23).
The Gators (48-16) got to UMiami starter E.J. Encinosa early as Tucker posted his school-record tying ninth NCAA Tournament home run, shooting an Encinosa breaking pitch over the right field wall for the 3-0 advantage in the first inning.
With Miami needing a strong and long start from Encinosa to try and relieve the bullpen from any extended action - should the Hurricanes win Sunday and force a Regional championship game on Monday - the Miami sophomore was unable to give head coach Jim Morris the quality start. Encinosa was chased in the third as the Gators hung an eight-spot on the Canes - the second-most allowed by UM in an inning this season, and matching the most runs scored by the Gators in a frame on the year.