Baseball NCAA Regional ACCtion: Saturday, June 5
June 6, 2010
Virginia Tech used 16 hits and a productive effort from its bullpen to overcome two weather delays and defeat Bucknell 16-7 in an elimination game of the NCAA Columbia Regional on Saturday afternoon at Carolina Stadium.
The 16th-ranked and second-seeded Hokies (39-21) lived to play another day with their first NCAA Tournament victory since 1999, while fourth-seeded Bucknell saw its season come to an end (25-35). Tech will face the loser of Saturday night’s winner’s bracket game between South Carolina and The Citadel on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Hokies got tremendous production from their offense, especially first baseman Ronnie Shaban, shortstop Tim Smalling and left fielder Buddy Sosnoskie. All three had three hits apiece, with Shaban scoring three runs and driving in four, and Smalling scoring twice and driving in two. Sosnoskie drove in a career-high six runs thanks to a pair of home runs.
Senior first baseman Scott Lawson hit three home runs and finished with a career-high six RBI as the top-seeded and 11th-ranked University of Miami baseball team eased to a 14-1 win over No. 2 seed Texas A&M Saturday at the Coral Gables Regional at Alex Rodriguez Park. The Hurricanes recorded season-highs as a team for home runs (5) and hits (20), while two Miami pitchers held the Aggies to just four hits on the day.
Miami (42-17) scored in each of the first five innings, plating one in the first, two in the second, three in the third, four in the fourth and three in the fifth to take a 13-0 lead after five. The game was held up for a two-hour, 28 minute rain delay in the middle of the seventh and after play resumed, both teams plated a single run to close the scoring.
In addition to Lawson's big day, Stephen Perez went 3-for-5 with a homer, four RBI and two runs scored and Chris Pelaez went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI and a run. Yasmani Grandal, Harold Martinez, Michael Broad and Frankie Ratcliff all had two hits as seven of Miami's nine in its starting lineup finished with multiple hits.
Chris Hernandez (9-3) turned in one of his best outings of the season, keeping the Aggies off the board in six innings of work to earn his team-best ninth win. The junior left-hander allowed just one walk and three hits while striking out seven of the 23 batters he faced before the rain delay ended his day. After the delay, Travis Miller came on to toss the final three innings, allowing just the one run to earn his first career save.
Virginia improved to 2-0 in the Charlottesville Regional with a 13-7 win over Mississippi on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 4,801 at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers, the No. 5 national seed, tied the school record with their 49th win of the season and also matched the school record for home wins with 32.
The Sunday championship game will begin at 6 p.m. Fewer than 1,000 tickets remain for the game. The Davenport Field ticket booth will open at 11 a.m. and remain open throughout the day.
John Barr led the Virginia attack by going 4-for-4 with four RBIs. Jarrett Parker and Tyler Cannon each scored three runs as every Cavalier starter had at least one hit for the second straight day.
Cavalier ace Danny Hultzen improved to 10-1 with the win, pitching six innings, allowing six runs on seven hits. Branden Kline threw the final three innings, allowing just one run, to record the save. Ole Miss starter Aaron Barrett fell to 7-5 with the loss, allowing seven runs (three earned) on six hits in 2.2 innings pitched.
Virginia (49-11) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Phil Gosselin led off the inning with an infield single and later scored on Dan Grovatt's sacrifice fly.
Tenth-ranked Florida State (44-17) turned in a stellar defensive effort and received some timely hitting Saturday evening inside Dodd Memorial Stadium to advance to the championship game of the NCAA Norwich Regional defeating Oregon (39-23) 6-4. The Seminoles will wait to face the winner of the Connecticut/Oregon game on Sunday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Six of the nine hits registered by the Seminoles on Saturday went for extra bases including solo home runs off the bat of Sherman Johnson and Stephen Cardullo, while four of the six runs scored in the victory over the Ducks came on two outs.
Sean Gilmartin (8-7) turned in a beautiful performance on the mound and was the beneficiary of an outstanding effort turned in by the Seminole defense which turned three double plays and did not make an error.
After giving up a solo home run in the first inning to Oregon's Jack Marder, Gilmartin did not allow a runner passed second base before departing with two runners on and no outs in the eighth. The sophomore southpaw gave up three runs on 10 hits as eight of those 10 hits were singles. Gilmartin walked just one and struck out eight Duck batters.
Junior lefthander Casey Harman pitched a complete-game five-hitter to lead #16 Clemson to a 5-2 victory over #14 Auburn in the Auburn Regional in front of 4,096 fans at Plainsman Park on Saturday night. Clemson, who improved to 2-0 in the regional, upped its record to 40-21 on the season. It marked the 24th season that Clemson reached the 40-win mark. Auburn, who fell to 1-1 in the regional, dropped to 41-20 in 2010.
Clemson jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning thanks in part to a two-run homer by Mike Freeman. Clemson added two insurance runs in the fourth inning. Auburn hit two solo homers, one in the fifth inning and one in the ninth inning, but Harman made key pitches and Clemson made the big defensive plays to pull out the victory in front of a partisan Auburn crowd.
Harman (7-2) pitched his first career complete game to earn the win. In 9.0 innings pitched, he allowed just five hits, two runs, and one walk with eight strikeouts against a team that entered the regional first in the nation in homers, second in slugging percentage, seventh in batting average, and ninth in runs per game. It was also the first complete game by a Clemson hurler in 2010.
After allowing five runs in the first four innings, Auburn starter Grant Dayton (8-3) was stellar during the rest of his outing despite suffering the loss. He yielded seven hits, five runs (four earned), and one walk with nine strikeouts.
Georgia Tech starter Deck McGuire allowed just two runs in eight innings and Chase Burnette collected three hits, including a record-tying home run, leading the Yellow Jackets past Alabama 5-2 Saturday night in the winner's bracket game of the NCAA Baseball Atlanta Regional.
A capacity crowd of 4,157 packed into Russ Chandler Stadium to watch McGuire (9-4) pitch against Alabama's Jimmy Nelson (8-3) in a battle of two of the top aces in the Southeast. Tech's Andrew Robinson pitched the ninth inning to record his eighth save.
McGuire, a likely first-round pick in Monday's Major League Baseball draft, was masterful in pitching out of jams and seemingly gained strength in the later innings. McGuire struck out six, walked just two and allowed eight base hits.
Burnette, who collected three of Tech's 11 base hits, gave Georgia Tech an early 1-0 lead with a solo home run over the right-field wall in the second inning. The home run, Burnette's 16th of the season, gave the Yellow Jackets a school record-tying 119 homers in 2010.
A two out Eric Ross double gave Oklahoma a 7-6 extra inning victory over North Carolina Saturday night in game four of the Norman Regional at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Carolina rallied to score three runs in the ninth, but falls to 37-21 and will face elimination tomorrow.
Reliever Greg Holt (3-4) suffers the loss allowing the go-ahead run on two hits in two frames of work. Starter Patrick Johnson allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out five in 4.1 innings of work.
Colin Bates pitched 3.1 innings of relief, rendering one run on three hits and fanning four. Zach Bernard gave up one unearned run in a third of an inning of work.
Offensively Ryan Graepel and Brian Goodwin paced Carolina with two RBI apiece. Goodwin notched his eighth triple of the season to knot the score in the ninth and to tie the single season school record that has stood since 1949. Jacob Stallings added two hits and Ben Bunting notched a hit and RBI.
The Wolfpack, for the first time since 1999, did not win a game in the double-elimination format, falling Saturday afternoon to Stony Brook 6-2 in an elimination game at BB&T Coastal Field.
The Seawolves, clearly comfortable playing within three miles of the Atlantic Ocean, jumped on NC State starter Anthony Tzamtzis early in the top half of the first inning, getting a lead-off double from Pat Cantwell. Tzamtzis hit both Chad Marshall and Stephen Marino to load the bases and walked Robert Dyer to drive in the first run of the game.
The Seawolves did not score again after the first inning, though they threatened in the eighth. But both Drew Poulk and John Gianis threw out base runners from the outfield, Poulk preventing a double with a throw to second from right field and Gianis saving a run with his throw to the plate from left field.
But, similar to Friday night's game against Charleston, the Wolfpack could not overcome the early deficit. State's offense scored single runs in the second and fifth, but managed only six hits against Stony Brook starter Tyler Johnson in his eight innings on the mound. The sophomore right-hander threw 119 pitches before he was relieved by freshman designated hitter William Carmona in the ninth inning.