Baseball NCAA Regional ACCtion: Sunday, June 6

June 6, 2010

FSU Super Regional Bound, defeat the Ducks on Sunday to claim the NCAA Norwich Regional

Tenth-ranked Florida State (45-17) defeated Oregon (40-24) 5-3 on Sunday evening inside Dodd Memorial Stadium to claim the NCAA Norwich Regional and advance to its third consecutive Super Regional and 10th in school history.

For the second day in a row, the Seminoles claimed a two-run victory over the Ducks to finish the Norwich Regional with a perfect 3-0 record. FSU also kept its undefeated record on Sunday's in tact moving to 16-0 on the year including 7-0 on the road.

Norwich Regional MVP Sherman Johnson went 2-for-3 in the championship game driving in two of the five Seminole runs on Sunday. The sophomore third baseman reached base on his first three plate appearances registering a single in the first, a two-run home run in the third and a walk in the fourth. Johnson finished the regional hitting .417 with two home runs, a double, four RBI and five runs scored. He also came through with several key defensive plays all weekend long including two on Sunday night.

Tyler Holt, Mike McGee, Stephen Cardullo, Stuart Tapley and Jayce Boyd all registered a hit in the win over the Ducks.

Holt went yard in the fourth for his 12th home run of the season. He finished the game with two runs scored, a pair of walks and an RBI.

Daniel Bennett turned in his finest relief appearance of the season as the junior right hander blanked the Ducks over 4.1 innings, his longest outing of the season, allowing just one hit and one walk. He also registered a career-high striking out five Oregon batters. Bennett entered the game with one out in the fourth in relief of starter John Gast to pick up the win and run his record to 4-1 on the year.

#14 Auburn Rallies in Ninth to Edge #16 Clemson 11-10 Sunday in Auburn Regional

Creede Simpson's three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning gave #14 Auburn a two-run lead and the SEC Tigers held on to edge #16 Clemson 11-10 in front of 3,326 fans at Plainsman Park in the Auburn Regional on Sunday. Auburn, who improved to 3-1 in the regional and staved off elimination with the come-from-behind win, upped its record to 43-20 on the season. Clemson, who dropped to 2-1 in the regional, fell to 40-22 in 2010.

With Clemson trailing 5-1, it scored seven runs in the fifth inning to take an 8-5 lead. Auburn scored one run in the sixth and two in the top of the seventh to tie the score, but Clemson scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to take a 9-8 lead. After a scoreless eighth inning and the first two Auburn batters were retired in the top of the ninth, Justin Bryant walked and Justin Fradejas reached on a bloop single off the glove of second-baseman Mike Freeman. Simpson, who was making his first plate appearance of the game, belted a 1-2 pitch over the fence in left-center for a dramatic three-run homer to give Auburn an 11-9 lead.

But Clemson refused to go down quietly. Singles by Richie Shaffer and Wilson Boyd along with a sacrifice bunt put the two at second and third with one out. Shaffer scored and Boyd moved to third on a wild pitch with one out, but two of the next three Clemson batters were retired without Boyd touching home plate as Auburn ended Clemson's 60-game winning streak (dating to 2009) when leading entering the ninth inning.

Alabama Wins, 8-1, Survives to Meet Georgia Tech Again Monday Night

Taylor Dugas, Jake Smith and Jon Kelton all belted home runs in a five-run first inning, and Adam Morgan pitched a five-hitter Sunday night for Alabama, and the Crimson Tide remained alive in the NCAA Atlanta Baseball Regional with an 8-1 victory over top-seeded Georgia Tech at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Dugas led off the game with his second home run of the year. After walks to Josh Rutledge and Ross Wilson, Jake Smith and Jon Kelton hit back-to-back blasts off Tech starter Brandon Cumpton (9-3) for a 5-0 lead. It was the first time Alabama had hit three homers in one inning this season.

Matt Skole belted his 20th homer of the year to lead off the Tech second, but Ross Wilson answered with his eighth of the year with a man aboard in the second off Tech reliever Buck Farmer for a 7-1 lead. The Tide added an unearned run in the seventh on Skole's throwing error and a RBI single by Wilson, his third hit of the game.

Late Homer Lifts St. John’s Over Virginia 6-5

St. John's defeated Virginia 6-5 Sunday night in game six of the Charlottesville Regional and forced a decisive game on Monday. The teams will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday for a berth in the NCAA Super Regionals.

Jeremy Baltz hit two home runs, including a go-ahead blast with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, to lift the Red Storm to the win. Baltz went 2-for-4 in the game and drove in four runs.

St. John's (43-19) broke open the scoring in the bottom of the second. Jimmy Parque singled and Greg Hopkins followed with a tow-run homer to right to give the Red Storm a 2-0 lead.

Virginia (49-12) took the lead, 5-2, in the top of the fourth. Jarrett Parker tied the game with his two-run homer to right. John Hicks followed with a double and scored as Tyler Cannon's grounder was booted by the second baseman. Walks to John Barr and Phil Gosselin loaded the bases for Keith Werman, who singled in a pair of runs.

Miami Suffers First Loss of Coral Gables Regional, 11-7

The top-seeded University of Miami baseball team suffered its first loss of the Coral Gables Regional, falling 11-7 to No. 2 seed Texas A&M Sunday afternoon at Alex Rodriguez Park. The Hurricanes and Aggies will decide the regional championship Monday night at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.

The Hurricanes (42-18) continued their power surge with four home runs, but Texas A&M (43-20-1) rallied in the middle innings and eventually held on for the comfortable four-run win.

Nathan Melendres, Michael Broad, and Harold Martinez all went deep for the `Canes, who have now hit 13 home runs in three regional games. Melendres was the star in a losing effort, recording his first career two-homer game that included Miami's first inside the park home run since Paco Figueroa accomplished the feat against Jacksonville on May 8, 2005. He finished the night 3-for-5 with two RBI.

Broad went 3-for-5 on the day as he and Melendres scored two runs apiece. Martinez's homer - a three-run blast in the first - was his 21st of the season, which is tied for the sixth most all-time in a single-season in school history.

Tar Heels Topple Oral Roberts 12-4

Jacob Stallings matched a career-best three hits and Seth Baldwin ripped a three run home run to lead North Carolina over Oral Roberts 12-4 Sunday afternoon in game five of the Norman Regional at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Tar Heels improve to 38-21 and advance to face Oklahoma later tonight.

Chris Munnelly (3-2) earns the victory allowing just three runs on eight hits in five innings of work. Relievers Greg Holt, Zach Bernard, Cody Penny and Nate Striz combined to render just one run in four frames.

Carolina mashed 17 hits as eight different Tar Heels recorded at least one hit. Stallings set a new career-high with three runs and reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances. Levi Michael added a solo home run, his team-leading ninth of the season. Jesse Wierzbicki and Ryan Graepel added three hits apiece to round out the UNC attack.

Munnelly retired the first seven batters he faced, disrupting the Golden Eagle hitters' timing. The Tar Heels stranded four base runners in the first three frames, but broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fourth.

Tar Heels Fall Short Versus Sooners 3-2

Bobby Shore pitched 7.1 strong innings to lead Oklahoma past North Carolina 3-2 Sunday night in game six of the Norman Regional at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

Shore (9-4) allowed just two runs on four hits to advance the Sooners to the next round of the NCAA Tournament. Jeremey Erben registered his fourth save of the season as Oklahoma improves to 47-16 overall.

The Tar Heels finish the season 38-22. Starter Jimmy Messer allowed one run in four innings. Michael Morin (5-4) suffers the loss, rendering the go-ahead run in the in 1.2 innings. Colin Bates was brilliant in two innings of shutout relief, notching five strikeouts.

Seniors Mike Cavasinni and Ryan Graepel paced Carolina offensively. Cavasinni notched a base hit and Graepel added two hits including a solo home run. Sophomore Seth Baldwin also notched a single and one RBI.

Virginia Tech staves off elimination with 4-3 win over The Citadel

Virginia Tech held off The Citadel 4-3 in an elimination game of the NCAA Columbia Regional on Sunday afternoon at Carolina Stadium, and will now face undefeated host South Carolina at 7 p.m.

The Hokies claimed a 1-0 lead in their first trip to the plate when right fielder Austin Wates’ triple to right-center scored Michael Seaborn, who had drawn a one-out walk. It was Wates’ 14th triple of his career, which moved him into a tie for second on Tech’s all-time list with David Dallas (1989-92). Kevin Barker (1994-96) is the school leader with 17 career triples.

Left fielder Buddy Sosnoskie provided the Hokies’ second run with a solo home run to right-center field in the top of the second inning. It was Sosnoskie’s third homer in as many at-bats, as he homered in each of his last two trips to the plate on Saturday. He became the first Hokie to homer in three consecutive at-bats since Sean O’Brien did it on April 4, 2008 against Maryland. It was also the 13th home run of the season for Sosnoskie, who took sole possession of the 2010 team lead.

Hokies' season comes to an end with 10-2 loss to South Carolina

After defeating The Citadel earlier in the day to register its first 40-win season since 1999, the Virginia Tech baseball team saw its resurgent campaign come to an end on Sunday night with a 10-2 loss to top-seeded South Carolina in the regional final at Carolina Stadium.

Tasked with winning two games on Sunday to stay alive and force undefeated South Carolina into a deciding game on Monday, the second-seeded and 16th-ranked Hokies came up one win short and saw their season record closed at 40-22. The eighth-ranked Gamecocks improved to 46-15 and will face either Coastal Carolina or the College of Charleston in Super Regional play next weekend.

Sophomore right-hander Mathew Price made the start on the mound just one day after he started against Bucknell, when he was pulled from the game after just 17 pitches and a nearly two-hour rain delay. He looked good early on, allowing two runs on six hits over the first five innings. But the Gamecocks figured him out in the sixth, putting up six runs on six hits in the inning to take an 8-2 lead. Price finished with a line of seven runs on 11 hits and no walks, with three strikeouts over 5.2 innings. He took the loss to fall to 7-4.