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June 8, 2010
Virginia advanced to the Super Regionals of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year, downing St. John's 5-3 Monday evening in the championship game of the Charlottesville Regional at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers will meet Oklahoma next weekend in the Super Regionals.
Keith Werman went 2-for-3 with two runs scored to lead the Virginia offense. Phil Gosselin and Steven Proscia also added a pair of hits for the Cavaliers.
Branden Kline went 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits to record the win for Virginia, improving to 5-0 on the season. Kevin Arico pitched the final 3.2 innings to post his 17th save of the season. Kyle Hansen allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits in 3.1 innings to take the loss for St. John's, dropping to 8-3 on the year.
The Cavaliers (50-12) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Phil Gosselin singled to lead off the game and Dan Grovatt reached on an error to set up first and third with one out. Grovatt was thrown out stealing second, but Gosselin was able to steal home on the play to give Virginia the lead.
The #16 Clemson Tigers used timely hitting and three crucial double plays on defense to defeat #14 Auburn 13-7 and capture the Auburn Regional title in front of 4,096 fans at Plainsman Park on Monday. Clemson, who finished the regional with a 3-1 record, improved to 41-22 on the season, while Auburn, who was 3-2 in the regional, ended its season with a 43-21 record.
Clemson scored three runs in both the first and second innings and never relinquished the lead. However, Auburn rallied with three runs in the second and two runs in the third, but Clemson pulled away late thanks to three seventh-inning runs and two ninth-inning runs. Clemson stranded 12 Auburn runners on base thanks in part to two inning-ending double plays in the seventh and eighth innings and overcame Auburn putting its leadoff batter on base in six of the nine innings.
With the victory, Clemson won its fifth regional title in its last five regional appearances (2005,06,07,09,10) and advanced to the super-regional round for the ninth time in the 12 years of the format.
Alex Frederick (7-2), the third of four Clemson pitchers, earned the win. He allowed six hits, two runs, and no walks with five strikeouts in 3.0 innings pitched. Kevin Brady recorded his first career save in 3.0 innings pitched. He yielded five hits, no runs, and no walks with three strikeouts. Frederick and Brady combined to limit Auburn's high-power offense to just two runs with eight strikeouts while not allowing a walk in the final 6.0 innings pitched.
Jake Smith drove in four runs with a pair of hits and a bases-loaded walk, and Nathan Kilcrease shut out the Yellow Jackets on five hits over the final five innings, lifting Alabama to a 10-8 win over Georgia Tech and the championship of the NCAA Atlanta Baseball Regional at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The Crimson Tide (41-23), who came out of the loser's bracket and beat the Yellow Jackets (47-15) twice to win the regional, advances to face Clemson in a Super Regional next weekend in Clemson, S.C. The Tigers defeated Auburn Monday night.
After a 2-0 start that included a 5-2 win over the Crimson Tide in the winner's bracket game Saturday night, Tech couldn't hold off Alabama's bats Sunday and Monday. The Tide scored 18 runs in last two meetings.
Monday night, Alabama rallied from a 6-3 deficit with a five-run fourth inning, then turned to its earned run average leader, Nathan Kilcrease (8-2), who pitched the final six innings and earned the win. After giving up a pair of runs on four hits in his first inning of work, he allowed just four hits the rest of the way, striking out eight and leaving two Jackets stranded in both the eighth and ninth innings.
Monday's Coral Gables Regional championship game between No. 1 seed Miami and No. 2 seed Texas A&M has been suspended due to inclement weather at Alex Rodriguez Park. The game will resume Tuesday at 1 p.m. with Miami ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the second with two men out and a man on first for the Aggies.
The Hurricanes (42-18) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead over the Aggies (43-20-1) when a RBI grounder to short by Harold Martinez scored Frankie Ratcliff -- who had walked to lead off the inning -- from third.
With runners on second and third and two outs in the top of the second, Ratcliff was in the mix again as his single back up the middle scored two more `Canes to give Miami a 3-0 lead after two.