Virginia blanks Elon 2-0

Jun. 01, 2013 @ 09:29 PM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Scott Silverstein and two relievers scattered eight hits and Virginia beat Elon 2-0 on Saturday to move within one victory of advancing to the super regionals of the NCAA tournament.

Silverstein (10-1) allowed six hits in six innings, striking out six and walking two, before Josh Sborz worked the seventh and Kyle Crockett finished for his 12th save. Spencer Medick (7-7) went all the way for the Phoenix, allowing nine hits.

Virginia scored in the fourth when Nick Howard singled, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Kelly Towns' double. Nate Irving's single made it 2-0, and the Cavaliers pitchers made it stand up.

Silverstein stranded two runners three times, and Crockett allowed a one-out single in the ninth, but struck out Chris Bresnahan and pinch-hitter Tyler McVicar to end it.

Elon will play UNC Wilmington in an elimination game Sunday, with the winner facing Virginia.


UNC Wilmington 9, Army 5

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Corey Dick homered and had three of UNC Wilmington's 16 hits, and the Seahawks eliminated mistake-prone Army from the NCAA tournament Saturday with a 9-5 victory that ended on a bizarre triple play.

With Army trailing by four and no outs, Jon Crucitti struck out with two runners on — and both running on the pitch. Lead runner Michael Sands was caught between second and third, and retreated to second, where Grant Van Orden was already standing. Third baseman Ryan LaGrange tagged Van Orden out, and Sands inexplicably broke for third, where LaGrange threw to catcher Drew Farber for the final out.

The Seahawks (38-22), who scored nine runs in the first four innings, got two RBIs each from Tyler Molinaro and Matt Keeler.

Army (29-23) had just seven hits. A three-run sixth pulled the Black Knights within 9-5, but they left the bases loaded in the eighth.


Virginia Tech 9, Coastal Carolina 1

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Devin Burke of Virginia Tech pitched a five-hit, complete game and the Hokies beat Coastal Carolina 9-1 in an NCAA regional game.

Mark Zagunis and Andrew Rash each drove in three runs to help the Hokies (39-21), who already have one loss in the double-elimination tournament. Coastal Carolina (37-23) was eliminated.

Burke (11-3) pitched his second complete game of the season, allowing a home run to Jacob May in the ninth inning. He struck out two and walked two in winning his sixth straight decision.

Rash and Chad Pinder each hit solo homers for Virginia Tech. The Hokies broke open the game with a five-run ninth, highlighted by Zagunis' two-run single and Rash's two-run double.

Coastal Carolina's Ben Smith went 6 1/3 innings and gave up two runs.


Florida Atlantic 14, Canisius 6

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Corey Keller hit two home runs and Nathan Pittman added a three-run homer to help Florida Atlantic beat Canisius 14-6 on Saturday in a Chapel Hill Regional elimination game.

Keller hit a three-run homer in the second, then Pittman followed in the third for the second-seeded Owls (40-21). Levi Meyer and Mark Nelson each drove in two runs, while Austin Gomber (8-4) allowed five runs and seven hits in 7 2-3 innings for the Sun Belt champions.

Florida Atlantic lost to Towson on Friday in the double-elimination regional.

Brooklyn Foster had three hits to lead the fourth-seeded Golden Griffins (42-17), who were making their first NCAA appearance after winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title. Canisius lost 6-3 in its opener Friday to host and No. 1 overall seed North Carolina.

Devon Stewart (5-6) took the loss, allowing seven runs and four hits in two innings.


Mississippi 8, Binghamton 4

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Austin Anderson had four hits and an RBI, and Mississippi pulled away to beat Binghamton 8-4 on Saturday in an elimination game in the Raleigh regional.

The second-seeded Rebels (38-23) scored two runs in the seventh inning and four more in the eighth to avoid their first 0-2 tournament appearance since 2004.

Tanner Mathis broke a 2-all tie with an RBI single in the seventh off Jake Lambert (7-3). Anderson followed two batters later with his run-scoring single.

Two unearned runs scored an inning later on first baseman Brian Ruby's fielding error on Anderson's grounder to make it 8-2.

Ole Miss ace Bobby Wahl (10-0) allowed eight hits and struck out two in seven innings.

Zach Blanden had four hits — giving him seven for the tournament — for fourth-seeded Binghamton (30-25), which tied it in the sixth on Jordon Smucker's sacrifice fly.


Clemson 10, Saint Louis 2

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Steve Wilkerson hit two homers and drove in five runs to lead Clemson to a 10-2 victory over Saint Louis, eliminating the Atlantic 10 tournament champions from the Columbia regional on Saturday.

The Tigers (40-21) snapped a six-game losing streak and will face either Liberty or rival South Carolina in an elimination game Sunday. Clemson avoided its first 0-2 NCAA regional since 1981.

Wilkerson was a big reason why. He put the Tigers ahead with a two-run blast to right in the third inning and added a three-run homer in the fourth that gave Clemson a 6-1 lead.

Shane Kennedy added a solo homer for Clemson. Daniel Gossett (10-4) gave up five hits and two runs in six innings to pick up the victory.

The Billikens (41-21) have lost nine straight NCAA tournament games since reaching the College World Series in 1965.


Georgia Tech 5, East Tennessee St. 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Buck Farmer and Jonathan Roberts combined on a three-hitter, leading Georgia Tech to a 5-1 win over East Tennessee State in an NCAA regional elimination game Saturday.

The right-handed duo combined for 12 strikeouts and retired 11 straight batters during one stretch. Farmer (9-4) allowed just two singles and struck out eight in six innings. He did not return after a lightning delay lasted 1 hour, 48 minutes in the seventh inning.

Roberts finished the game to pick up his second save despite allowing an unearned run in the ninth.

Brad Thomas and Mott Hyde each had two hits and drove in a run for Georgia Tech (35-26).

ETSU starter Kerry Doane (13-2) lost for the first time since March 16. After winning seven straight and earning the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament title, the Buccaneers (36-24) mustered just two runs in two losses in their first regional since 1981.


Florida St. 11, Troy 0

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Luke Weaver struck out 14 in eight scoreless innings Saturday to lead Florida State to an 11-0 victory over Troy, moving the Seminoles within a win of reaching their sixth straight super regional.

Florida State (46-15) has outscored its two opponents 21-0. Troy (41-19) and Alabama (35-27) play in an elimination game Sunday, with the winner needing to defeat Florida State twice to advance.

Weaver (7-2) scattered four hits and did not allow a walk before leaving after throwing a career-high 114 pitches. He posted the most strikeouts by a Seminoles pitcher in seven years.

DJ Stewart's solo homer capped a three-run fifth that gave the Seminoles a 3-0 lead. John Nogowski's first homer of the season gave the Seminoles a 5-0 lead in the eighth, and they added six more in the ninth.

Troy starter Tanner Hicks (8-4) was pulled after walking the leadoff hitter to start the seventh.


Louisville 6, Miami 4

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville used a six-run seventh inning to top Miami 6-4 on Saturday and advance to the Louisville regional final in the NCAA baseball tournament.

The Cardinals (48-12) will face either Miami or Oklahoma State in Sunday's regional final.

The final score didn't indicate how much of a pitchers' duel the game was, with only one player for each team reaching third base against Miami's Bryan Radziewski and Louisville's Jeff Thompson through the first six innings.

The Hurricanes (37-24) broke the scoreless tie in the top of the sixth when David Thompson's single scored Tyler Palmer from second.

Louisville managed its first three runs in the seventh on two bases-loaded walks and, sandwiched in between, a suicide squeeze during which Radziewski misplayed the ball and had no play.

With the bases still loaded and one out, Nick Ratajczak sliced a line drive down left-field line and to the wall that scored all three baserunners.