Elon tops Seahawks for NCAA tourney win
Elon 10, UNC Wilmington 7
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Antonio Alvarez drove in four runs and Andrew MacDonald pitched 3 1-3 scoreless innings, leading Elon to a 10-7 victory against N.C. Wilmington on Friday on the first day of the Charlottesville regional.
MacDonald (5-1) allowed a single that tied the game at 7 in the sixth, then shut down the Seahawks on one hit the rest of the way.Elon will face Virginia on Saturday, while Wilmington faces Army in an elimination game.
Alvarez hit an RBI double in the second and a three-run double in the sixth, when Elon scored five times to erase a 5-2 deficit.Pinch-hitter Wil Leathers followed with a home run, and Chris Bresnahan added a two-run single in the eighth to pad the lead for the Phoenix (33-28).
Wilmington (37-22) got two RBIs each from Terence Connelly and Andy Austin.Seahawks starter Mat Batts (9-4) allowed eight hits and eight runs, seven earned, in six innings.
Virginia 2, Army 1
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Brandon Waddell and Kyle Crockett combined on a five-hitter and Virginia opened the NCAA tournament with a 2-1 victory against Army.
Waddell (6-2) allowed three hits and a run in seven innings while striking out eight. Crockett finished for his 11th save, striking out the side in the ninth.
The Cavaliers trailed 1-0 entering the bottom of the fifth when Kelly Towns doubled and Nate Irving singled. Mike Papi tied it with a single to right-center, and Joe McCarthy followed a walk with one of his three hits to put the Cavaliers ahead against Black Knights' ace Chris Rowley (9-4).
Rowley has lost just five games over the last two seasons, two against Virginia in the NCAA tournament.
The Black Knights' run came in the fifth when Jacob Page singled, took third on a sacrifice and single by Michael Sands and scored on Grant Van Orden's squeeze bunt.
Liberty 8, Clemson 3
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Catcher Trey Wimmer drove in six runs, starter Josh Richardson scattered six hits and Liberty won its first NCAA tournament game in 13 years with an 8-3 victory over Clemson to start the Columbia Regional.
Wimmer is a South Carolina native who grew up a Tiger fan. Yet he battered his old favorites with a three-run homer and a two-run double for the Flames (35-27), who've won six straight this postseason, taking the Big South tournament title.
The Tigers (39-21) went cold in the middle innings as Richardson retired 17 straight batters, a string that ended with Steven Duggar's leadoff double in the ninth. Clemson has lost six straight games and needs to win an elimination game Saturday to keep going.
Liberty's last NCAA victory came at South Carolina's defunct Sarge Frye Field in 2000 when Flames coach Jim Toman was an assistant coach for the Gamecocks.
William and Mary 4, Mississippi 2
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jason Inghram threw eight solid innings to lead William & Mary to its first NCAA tournament victory, as the Tribe held on to upset Mississippi 4-2 on Friday in the Raleigh Regional.
Inghram (9-6) allowed two runs and eight hits, and struck out three to help the third-seeded Tribe (38-22) top second-seeded Ole Miss (37-23). The Rebels brought the tying run to the plate with two outs in the ninth before closer Matt Wainman got Stuart Turner to fly out to left field to end it.
The Tribe scored all four runs in the fifth when two runs scored when Jonathan Sarty's bases-loaded grounder rolled under third baseman Andrew Mistone's glove — the Rebels' second error of the inning. That followed bases-loaded walks to Ryan Lindemuth and Ryan Hissey.
Mike Mayers (5-6) allowed four unearned runs with six walks in 4 2/3 innings for Mississippi.
Illinois 6, Georgia Tech 4
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jordan Parr hit two home runs to lead Illinois to a 6-4 win over Georgia Tech in an NCAA regional Friday.
Illinois (35-18) jumped out to a four-run lead thanks to Parr's second multihomer game. After his twin brother Justin Parr led off the fourth with a single, Jordan hit a two-run homer that bounced off the top of the left-field wall. Jordan Parr then smacked the first pitch of the sixth for his eighth homer.
Kevin Duchene (9-1), the Big Ten freshman of the year, scattered eight hits over seven innings and allowed three runs.
The Yellow Jackets (34-26) closed the gap to 4-3 with consecutive triples by Daniel Palka and Sam Dove and a solo homer by Thomas Smith.
Illinois tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the eighth to stave off Georgia Tech, which has lost six of seven.
Miami 7, Oklahoma St. 0
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Chris Diaz struck out 10 in seven shutout innings and Garrett Kennedy homered as No. 2 seed Miami cruised past Oklahoma State 7-0 in the first game of the Louisville regional Friday.
The Hurricanes (37-23) were without coach Jim Morris, who did not make the trip to Louisville due to pneumonia. He has been hospitalized in Durham, N.C., since Saturday. Assistant coach Gino DiMare led the team Friday.
Diaz made things pretty easy for DiMare as he pitched out of trouble a few times. The left-handed sophomore loaded the bases in the second and fifth innings, but escaped with inning-ending strikeouts.
Miami took an early lead on Kennedy's solo homer in the bottom of the second, and a four-run fifth was too much for the Cowboys (39-18) to overcome.
Oklahoma State starter Jason Hursh gave up five runs — three earned — and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Towson 7, Florida Atlantic 2
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Andrew Parker hit a three-run homer in the sixth while starter Mike Volpe allowed one unearned run in seven innings to help Towson beat Florida Atlantic 7-2 on Friday, the Tigers' first NCAA tournament appearance in 22 years, in the Chapel Hill Regional.
Parker's blast capped a five-run inning for the third-seeded Tigers (30-28), who hadn't played in the regionals since 1991. Volpe (10-3) allowed four hits and threw 120 pitches before leaving with a 7-0 lead after walking the leadoff batter in the eighth.
Peter Bowles and Dominic Fratantuono also drove in runs in the sixth for Towson, while Brendan Butler added a solo homer in the eighth.
The win for Towson added to what is arguably the best feel-good story in the tournament. The program was supposed to be cut because of financial problems in the athletic department and gender-equity imbalance, but the team was saved last month when the state of Maryland approved $300,000 to fund the team for two years.
"I'm thrilled our kids have a future," coach Mike Gottlieb said. "I'm thrilled I'm not looking for a job. I'm thrilled after 22 years personally, we're able to be back here in this environment. It was a long time without getting here. Just to be able to do that again after such a drought and at my age, that's very rewarding."
Despite the possibility that the team faced an uncertain future, Gottlieb said his players continued to play hard through it all.
"Maybe they discussed the future or a lack of one, I never heard of it," he said. "I never heard it. And they never played like they didn't care. They played hard. To their credit, we're here and we were able to get a victory today."
Jeremy Strawn (5-3) allowed seven hits and five runs in five innings for the second-seeded Owls (39-21), who had won 11 straight — including a run to the Sun Belt Conference tournament title. Tyler Rocklein and Brendon Sanger drove in the Owls' two eighth-inning runs after Volpe's exit.
Connecticut 5, Virginia Tech 2
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — First baseman Bobby Melley had four hits and an RBI to lift the Connecticut Huskies to a 5-2 victory over Virginia Tech in an NCAA Blacksburg Regional game on Friday.
The Huskies (35-26) had 16 hits — all singles. UConn scored three runs in the fifth inning to take a 4-0 lead, and starting pitcher Carson Cross and the UConn bullpen made it stand.
UConn will play Oklahoma on Saturday. The Sooners beat Coastal Carolina 7-3.
Cross (9-4) went 6 1-3 innings, giving up six hits and one run. He walked three and struck out three.
Leading 1-0, the Huskies got an RBI single by LJ Mazzilli and then scored two runs with two outs in the fifth. Melley's single to right scored Billy Ferriter, and Mazzilli scored on a throwing error by Virginia Tech catcher Chad Morgan.
The Hokies (38-21) had runners at second and third with two outs in the ninth inning. But Mark Zagunis struck out to end the game.
Florida St. 10, Savannah St. 0
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Stephen McGee hit a two-run homer to cap a five-run second inning as Florida State routed Savannah State 10-0 Friday in opening-round play of the NCAA regionals.
Scott Sitz (10-1) scattered seven hits and struck out eight before leaving with one out in the eighth. In his last three postseason appearances, Sitz has fanned 24 in 18 innings and allowed just two runs.
Florida State roughed up Savannah State ace Kyle McGowin (12-2) for 10 runs in the first three innings. Marcus Davis drove in four runs for the Seminoles (45-15) with a pair of doubles and a single, while D.J. Stewart knocked in three runs with a double and two singles.
Florida State, the No. 7 seed, extended its regional tournament winning streak to 17, dating to 2008.
The Seminoles will meet Troy in Saturday's winners' bracket, while Savannah State (33-22) will take on Alabama in an elimination game.