Baseball NCAA Super Regional ACCtion: Saturday, June 12

June 12, 2010

Long Ball Lifts Cavaliers Over Oklahoma 3-2

The Virginia took Game 1 of its NCAA Super Regional series with Oklahoma, winning 3-2 on Saturday in front of a capacity crowd of 4,801 at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers, the tournament's No. 5 national seed, used a pair of home runs and a strong outing from ace Danny Hultzen to take the lead in the series.

All of Virginia's runs came from the long ball, with Phil Gosselin hitting a solo homer and Dan Grovatt adding a two-run homer. Gosselin, who was 2-for-4 on the day, led the Cavalier offense.

Hultzen improved to 11-1 on the season with the win. He pitched eight innings, allowing two runs on six hits. Kevin Arico pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his 18th save of the season. He now has tied the ACC single-season record of 18 saves, set twice previously.

Virginia (51-12) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The Cavaliers' first batter of the game, Gosselin, hit a leadoff homer to left-centerfield for his 10th homer of the year.

Oklahoma (47-16) drew even with a run in the top of the fifth. Max White has hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and scored on Chris Ellison's two-out RBI single.

The Sooners took a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth. Tyler Ogle reached with a one-out single. After moving to second on a groundout, he scored on White's two-out single.

The Cavaliers retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Keith Werman led off the inning with a double, which was followed by Grovatt's two-run homer to right, giving UVa a 3-2 lead. The home run was Grovatt's ninth of the season.

#16 Alabama Tops #13 Tigers 5-4 in Game-One of Clemson Super Regional Saturday

Clemson, SC - The #16 Alabama Crimson Tide took advantage of two Tiger errors to score four unearned runs in the third inning and Alabama made several key defensive plays in its 5-4 win over #13 Clemson in front of 6,346 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in the Clemson Super Regional on Saturday night. The Crimson Tide, who took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series, improved to 42-23 on the season. The Tigers, who saw their seven-game home winning streak snapped, fell to 41-23. It was the first meeting between the two teams since 1996, when the Tigers edged Alabama 14-13 in the College World Series.

Alabama scored a run in the second innong on Jake Smith's solo homer, then the Crimson Tide used three singles and two Tiger errors to score four unearned runs in the third inning. The Tigers clawed back with three runs in the third inning and another run in the sixth inning. However, Alabama turned inning-ending double plays in the fifth inning (when the bases were loaded) and the eighth inning (with runners on first and second) to come up with the one-run victory.

Jimmy Nelson (9-3), the first of three Alabama pitchers, earned the win. In 6.2 innings pitched, he allowed nine hits, four runs, and five walks with four strikeouts. Smith recorded his sixth save of the year by pitching 2.0 scoreless innings with two strikeouts. He yielded just one hit as well.

Tiger starter Casey Harman (7-3) suffered the loss despite allowing just one earned run and no walks with nine strikeouts in 8.1 innings pitched. The junior lefthander surrendered 10 hits and five runs, but the only earned run came on Smith's long ball. He also retired each of the last nine batters he faced.

Vanderbilt Forces A Game Three

And then there was one...the Tallahassee Super Regional will come down to one final game on Sunday, June 13 as No. 12 Florida State (46-18) fell to Vanderbilt (46-19) 6-2 Saturday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The loss snapped FSU's seven game winning streak, while the winner on Sunday will advance to the College World Series.

The Seminoles fell victim to three fielding miscues in game two as the three errors combined led to three runs. Two of those three errors occurred in the first inning as the first two Vanderbilt hitters reached on back-to-back errors.

The Commodores ran out to an early 3-0 lead and used a quality start from Sonny Gray (10-5) to keep the Seminoles hitters at bay. The sophomore right hander went 6.0 innings allowing two runs on seven hits as he walked two and struck out a pair.

Gray twice avoided trouble in the fourth and sixth innings inducing a pair of double plays including one that ended the inning in the fourth. He was also the recipient of a put out at the plate in the sixth in which right fielder Joe Loftus threw a one bouncer to catcher Andrew Giobbi to gun down Jayce Boyd and keep the Vanderbilt lead at 3-2.

The loss spoiled a great outing by FSU starter Brian Busch who worked a season-high 7.0 innings in falling to 5-2 on the year. The sophomore southpaw gave up three runs, one earned, on five hits as he walked two and struck out two. After giving up two unearned runs in the first inning, Busch allowed just one more run that coming on a solo home by Jason Esposito in the third. From the fourth to seventh innings, Busch did not allow runner to advance to third while getting two inning ending line-out double plays along the way.

Miami's Season Comes to an End with 4-3 Loss to Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The 10th-ranked University of Miami baseball team's 2010 season came to end Saturday night with a 4-3 loss to No. 3 national seed Florida in 10 innings at the Gainesville Super Regional at McKethan Stadium.

Miami closed out the season with an overall record of 43-20, while Florida (47-15) will advance to the College World Series after winning the first two games of the Super Regional.

The Hurricanes committed seven errors on the night, tying for the most errors in a postseason game in program history. Pitchers Chris Hernandez and Daniel Miranda combined to allow just one earned run in 10 innings, but for the second straight night errors were the difference in the end.

Down 2-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth, Nathan Melendres put the `Canes ahead for the first time in the super regional, smacking a three-run blast down the line in right. Miami maintained that one-run lead until the ninth, when back-to-back `Cane errors tied it up and sent the ballgame into extra innings. There, another UM error put a man on second for UF's Austin Maddox, whose RBI double to right in the 10th won it for the Gators.

Miami starter Hernandez turned in yet another solid outing, allowing just one unearned run in 8 1/3 innings. Reliever Daniel Miranda (5-3) was tagged with the loss despite allowing just one unearned run in 1 2/3 innings.

Scott Lawson and Chris Pelaez both finished 2-for-4, while Melendres was 1-for-3 with the big home run. Brian Johnson had two RBI for UF, while Matt den Dekker plated two of UF's four runs.