Day 2 action wraps up in NCAA baseball tourney
Clemson 13, Elon 3
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Taylor Harbin and Andy D'Alessio supplied the power with two homers apiece and Stephen Faris took care of the pitching as Clemson stayed unbeaten in its NCAA regional with a 13-3 victory over Elon on Saturday night.
Harbin had a three-run homer in the first and D'Alessio, the Tigers' leader with 20 during the season, followed right behind with a home run to put Clemson ahead 5-0.
Two innings later, the pair did it again, with back-to-back solo homers to put Clemson (49-14) up 7-1.
Faris (9-2) kept Elon (45-17) off balance throughout the game, giving up just five hits and three runs in eight innings. He had seven strikeouts and no walks to give the Tigers, the NCAA tournament's top seed, its second solid pitching performance Saturday.
Steven Hensley (6-4) took the loss. reach base.
Clemson 3, UNC Asheville 0
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Right-hander Sean Clark's first work in the NCAA tournament and Stan Widmann's first home run of the season gave Clemson a 3-0 victory over North Carolina Asheville on Saturday.
Clark shut down the Bulldogs on three hits over eight innings and Widmann had a two-run blast in the second for the Tigers.
Because the game was suspended after only a half inning on Friday night, both teams are back in action later. The Bulldogs (28-34) will try to keep their first NCAA tournament trip going against Mississippi State. The Tigers (48-14), the NCAA tournament's overall No. 1 seed, face Elon in the nightcap.
Mississippi State 5, North Carolina Asheville 4
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Brian LaNinfa drove in all five runs, including three on a towering home run in the fifth, to keep Mississippi State alive.
Reliever Justin Pigott worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the ninth to save the win for the Bulldogs (36-22) and eliminate UNC Asheville (28-35) from its first NCAA tournament.
Florida State 6, Georgia 4
ATHENS, Ga. -- Travis Anderson's three-run homer in the sixth sent Florida State (44-19) to the finals, where it awaits the winner of Sunday's Georgia-Jacksonville game.
The Bulldogs (42-20), who came from behind in three straight games in the SEC tournament last week, including once from nine runs down, left the bases loaded in a one-run sixth, but did not mount a serious threat again. Luke Tucker picked up his ninth save for the Seminoles.
Winner Tyler Chambliss (12-4) stymied the Bulldogs early until Joey Side's three-run homer in the fifth tied the game at 3.
Jacksonville 4, Sacred Heart 3
ATHENS, Ga. -- Gimpy Daniel Murphy returned to the Jacksonville lineup for the first time in seven games to spark the Dolphins.
Starting as a designated hitter instead of his normal station at third base, Murphy singled once and doubled twice to raise his average to .401, driving in one run in a two-run eighth. Murphy had not started a game since injuring his right knee against Mercer May 12.
Jacksonville (43-18) picked up its first regional win since beating Bethune-Cookman May 26, 2001. D.J. Ackley (7-4) faced just three batters over the minimum through six innings before Sacred Heart (26-30) mounted any threat.
Florida State 18, Jacksonville 0
ATHENS, Ga. -- Florida State reliever Travis Burge tacked on two scoreless innings of relief Saturday, completing a rout of Jacksonville in the opening game of the NCAA Regionals.
Burge pitched two scoreless innings before the game was suspended Friday because of lightning in the area. He retired the Dolphins on Saturday in 14 minutes. Michael Hyde (9-1) earned the win.
Friday night, the Seminoles scored six runs in the first inning off Matt Dobbins (12-1), and later scored six more in the fifth. Ryan Strauss drove in a career-high five runs, and Travis Anderson and Tony Thomas drove in four apiece.
Thomas, Shane Robinson and Josh Spivey homered to highlight an 18-hit attack that was aided by 10 walks and one hit batsman.
Georgia 11, Sacred Heart 0
Mickey Westphal pitched a three-hitter and the host Bulldogs blanked Sacred Heart 11-0 in a game postponed the previous night by stormy weather.
It was the third complete game and second shutout of the season for Westphal (7-1). The Bulldogs (42-19) moved on to an evening game against Florida State (43-19).
Jason Jacobs broke open a close game with a two-out, bases-clearing double in the fifth inning. Georgia also got homers from Matt Olson, Gordon Beckham and Josh Morris.
Georgia Tech 7, Vanderbilt 3
ATLANTA -- Lee Hyde (5-0) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and Michael Fisher followed up a grand slam in Georgia Tech's first game Saturday with three more hits in the nightcap.
Georgia Tech (47-16) won both games to take control of its home regional, needing only one more victory to advance to next weekend's Super Regionals.
Vanderbilt (37-26) will face Michigan in an elimination game Sunday.
Michigan 11, Stetson 1
ATLANTA -- Eric Rose and Nate Regnagel drove in three runs apiece, Paul Hammond (8-4) pitched a six-hitter and Michigan eliminated Stetson.
The Wolverines (43-20) were the better-rested team, and it showed. They opened the tournament Friday afternoon with a loss to Vanderbilt, while Stetson's game against host Georgia Tech was rained out.
The Hatters (38-24) returned Saturday morning to face the Yellow Jackets, who held on for a 7-5 victory. Less than an hour later, Stetson was back on the field for an elimination game against the Wolverines, who jumped ahead with four runs in the second and put it out of reach with a five-run sixth.
Stetson starter Chris Ingoglia (6-2) was roughed up for 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings, though only five of the nine runs he surrendered were earned.
Georgia Tech 7, Stetson 5
Michael Fisher hit his first homer of the season, a grand slam in the third inning, and Georgia Tech held off Stetson in the opening round of the NCAA's Atlanta Regional.
The host Yellow Jackets (46-16) jumped ahead 7-0 before Stetson rallied for five runs in the eighth. The Hatters had the bases loaded after two Georgia Tech errors, but Brad Rulon got cleanup hitter Chris Johnson on a called third strike to finally end the inning.
The game was postponed Friday night because of heavy rains, forcing both teams to play two games on Saturday.
Blake Wood (10-4) pitched seven scoreless innings, stretching to 22 his streak of innings without allowing an earned run in the NCAA tournament. The Hatters knocked him out in the eighth, sending 11 hitters to the plate.
San Francisco 5, Nebraska 1
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Aaron Poreda (8-5) repeatedly worked out of trouble in his six-plus innings and San Francisco knocked No. 6 national seed Nebraska out of the NCAA tournament.
The Dons (39-22) converted two Nebraska errors and two balks by Tony Watson (10-2) into three runs in the second inning and used a walk, passed ball and sacrifice fly for another run in the sixth. Joey Railey hit his second home run of the season in the seventh.
The Huskers (42-17) stranded runners in scoring position in five of the first seven innings. Their lone run came on Andy Gerch's home run in the fourth.
Evansville 10, Lehigh 6
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Robbie Minor's grand slam capped a seven-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning for Evansville.
The Purple Aces (41-21) used four hits, a walk and a hit batsman to set the stage for Minor's first career slam. It came against Geoff Campbell, who fell behind 3-0, threw two strikes and then saw his next pitch land in the left field bleachers.
Matt Brinkmann (6-5), who allowed only two hits over the final 2 1-3 innings, got the victory and Leland Weisband (2-1), the second of three Lehigh pitchers in the ninth, took the loss. Weisband allowed a single, a walk and hit a batter in the ninth.
South Carolina 4, Evansville 2
Freshman Mike Cisco (7-4) pitched a six-hitter for the first complete game of his career.
Justin Smoak and Trent Kline each went 2-for-3 for the Gamecocks (38-22), with Smoak driving in a pair of runs and Kline scoring a pair and driving in another.
Adam Rogers (7-5) allowed four runs -- two earned -- and eight hits in six innings. Jeff Zelenovich was 2-for-4 and drove in both runs for Evansville.
Stanford 12, Texas 8
AUSTIN -- John Hester's grand slam put Stanford ahead for good in the second inning, and the Cardinal held on to push defending champion Texas (41-20) to the brink of elimination on their home field.
The Longhorns play North Carolina State on Sunday, and the winner of that game will have to beat Stanford twice to advance to a super regional next weekend. If Stanford (32-25) loses Sunday's second game, a winner-take-all finale will be Monday.
Nolan Gallagher (5-4) won despite allowing six earned runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. Texas starter Kyle McCulloch (8-5) gave up nine hits and nine runs -- six earned -- in four innings.
N.C. State 6, Texas-Arlington 5
AUSTIN -- Matt Camp bunted home the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning to cap North Carolina State's come-from-behind victory.
The Wolfpack (39-22) trailed the elimination game 5-3 after six innings but pulled even on Camp's two-out RBI single in the eighth.
Texas-Arlington (29-36) loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but N.C. State's Joel Brookens (1-1) came out of the bullpen to get David McLeod to ground into a double play.
The Wolfpack's bullpen shut out Texas-Arlington on four hits over the final 5 2-3 innings. Brandon Endsley (1-4) took the loss for the Mavericks.
Chapel Hill Regional
North Carolina 14, Winthrop 4
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Jay Cox hit two home runs and a double, driving in four runs, to lead six Tar Heels with multiple hits.
Cox has nine RBIs in the first two games of the regional. Seth Williams added two doubles and a triple, and Mike Cavasini had four singles as part of a 21-hit outburst by the Tar Heels (47-13).
Andrew Miller (12-2), a candidate for the No. 1 overall pick in Tuesday's amateur draft, went eight-plus innings, allowing four earned runs on nine hits while striking out six and walking three.
Winthrop freshman Alex Wilson (13-3) started strong but ran into trouble in the third. Winthrop (45-17) faces N.C.-Wilmington in an elimination game at 1 p.m. Sunday.
UNC Wilmington 21, Maine 19
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina-Wilmington eliminated Maine by winning a game that featured a combined 39 hits and 40 runs.
Jason Appel, Grayson Evans and Mike Marbry each collected four hits for the Seahawks (42-21), who overcame early deficits of 6-0 and 10-5. Blake Hundley (2-0) picked up the win with 2 2-3 innings of relief.
Maine (35-22-1) was led by shortstop Curt Smith, who went 5-for-5 with five RBIs. Starter Jose Mendoza (3-2) gave up 11 runs -- seven earned -- over 5 1-3 innings.
Mississippi 9, South Alabama 7
OXFORD, Miss. -- Chris Coghlan hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning, and Mississippi rallied from a four-run deficit by scoring the final six runs.
Now, Ole Miss awaits the winner of Sunday's elimination game between the third-seeded Jaguars (39-20) and No. 2 seed Tulane _ and is one victory from reaching the super regionals for the second straight season.
Winning pitcher Cody Satterwhite (11-2) allowed one run and three hits in two innings of relief.
Chase Christianson (7-5) struck out four in 2 2-3 innings.
Tulane 12, Bethune-Cookman 7
OXFORD, Miss. -- Nathan Southard drove in four runs and Billy Mohl stayed perfect for Tulane.
Warren McFadden, Brad Emaus and Matt Riser had two RBIs apiece for the second-seeded Green Wave (42-20).
Mohl (9-0) hasn't lost since May 20, 2005, when TCU beat him 6-0.
Bethune-Cookman (30-27) went 0-2 for the third straight time in an NCAA regional, and hasn't won a tournament game since 2002. Dustin Blackwell (7-7) took the loss.
Kentucky 10, Notre Dame 4
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Shaun Lehmann homered and Greg Dombrowski (10-2) pitched a complete game as host Kentucky eliminated Notre Dame.
It was the first tournament win in 18 years for Kentucky (43-16), the regional's top seed. The Wildcats still must string together wins Sunday against Ball State and College of Charleston to advance to Monday's title game.
Big East champion Notre Dame (45-17-1), seeded third, lost to Charleston in 16 innings Friday to end up in the elimination game. Tom Thornton (7-3) took the loss.
Oklahoma 8, Houston 6
NORMAN, Okla. -- Ryan Rohlinger hit a three-run homer and had a career-high five RBIs for Oklahoma (41-20).
Steven Guerra (11-3) pitched 7 1-3 innings for the Sooners, giving up three runs and four hits. He had a no-hitter until the fifth inning, when Houston's Isa Garcia extended his 10-game hitting streak with a single.
Houston (39-22) threatened in the ninth inning after Jake Stewart hit a 3-run home run over the left-field wall to make the score 8-6. Stewart's seventh home run followed singles by Matt Farrington and Bryan Pounds.
Hawaii 5, Wright State 3
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Ian Harrington pitched a six-hitter and Robbie Wilder was 2-for-3 with a home run for Hawaii (44-16).
Aaron Garcia was 2-for-4 with a home run for Wright State (32-27), which was eliminated from the tournament. Erich Schanz (6-4) struck out seven in the loss.
Arkansas 6, Princeton 2
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- James Ewing hit a three-run double in the eighth inning, ending Christian Staehely's no-hit bid and igniting a five-run inning.
Arkansas (39-20) will now play on Sunday against the loser of a Saturday evening winner's-bracket game between Oklahoma State and Oral Roberts, while Princeton (19-26-1) goes home.
Reliever Brian McLelland (4-1) got the win after taking over in the seventh inning and giving up no hits in two innings. Staehely fell to 5-2.
Southern Mississippi 6, Jacksonville State 2
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Cliff Russum (8-6) allowed one run in seven innings and was backed by three solo homers to keep Southern Mississippi alive.
The Golden Eagles (39-22) got homers from Drew Carson, Brian Dozier and Jody Blount to eliminate the Gamecocks (35-24), who went 0-2.
Alabama 4, Troy 3
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Kody Valverde singled up the middle with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to keep Alabama (43-19) unbeaten in the NCAA regional.
Emeel Salem reached on a one-out throwing error by shortstop Tom King, moved to second on Matt Downs' groundout and stole third. Pinch-hitter Kent Matthes drew a walk from reliever Mike Felix, bringing up the Crimson Tide's cleanup hitter.
Valverde hit a hard single that Felix stabbed at but couldn't keep from going into center field to end the game.
The Trojans (46-15) had taken a 3-2 lead with single runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Baylor 3, Arizona State 2
HOUSTON -- Ryan LaMotta (7-6) threw 140 pitches over the remaining eight innings of a suspended game to lead Baylor.
LaMotta replaced Cory VanAllen, who started for Baylor (36-24) on Friday and pitched just one inning before rain postponed a scoreless game in the second. LaMotta scattered eight hits and struck out eight.
Arizona State (36-20) employed the same strategy, but without the same results. Josh Satow (4-2) replaced Friday starter Tony Barnette but allowed all three Baylor runs on five hits over 2 1-3 innings.
Missouri 5, UC Irvine 4, 14 innings
MALIBU, Calif. -- J.C. Field scored on a Ryan Lollis pinch-hit single in the top of the 14th to lift Missouri to the win.
The Tigers (32-26) rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth to force extra innings.
UC Irvine (36-24) loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth but was unable to score as Taylor Holiday grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Taylor Parker (3-4) worked the final 1 2-3 innings for the victory, getting Ben Orloff to ground into a double play with two on and one out in the bottom of the 14th.
Scott Gorgen (7-5) took the loss.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press