Roberts (11-1) retired the last 17 batters—nine by strikeout—for Virginia (50-9). The junior right-hander, who pitched the eighth nine-inning perfect game in NCAA Division I history on March 29 against George Washington, walked none and improved to 18-1 in his career.
The Cavaliers got a two-run triple from Hultzen—the possible No. 1 draft pick as a pitcher—in the first, RBI singles from Hultzen and Kenny Swab in the third and cruised.
Columbia Regional – Stetson 8, N.C. STATE 7 —Nick Rickles’ RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning helped Stetson, which earlier trailed by five runs, defeat North Carolina State.
North Carolina State took a 5-0 lead in the third, helped by Harold Riggins’ two-run homer. But Stetson (42-18) came back on Mark Jones’ three-run shot the next inning and then a four-run fifth made it 7-5.
Danny Canela tied it for the Wolfpack (34-26) in the seventh with a two-run homer.
Stetson reliever Jake Boyd (9-1) took over after that. Boyd had six strikeouts in three innings, striking out the side in the ninth to set up Rickles’ walk-off hit.
Wolfpack closer Jeff Overman (6-3) took the loss.
Gainesville Regional – MIAMI 7, Jacksonville 2 —Rony Rodriguez drove in two runs, Corey Janson homered for the first time this season and Miami beat Jacksonville.
Jacksonville (36-23) cut the deficit in half on Daniel Gulbransen’s RBI single in the seventh, but Miami (37-12) answered with four runs—two on bases-loaded walks—to seal the victory.
Steven Ewing (8-2) gave up one hit and one run in six innings for Miami. Matthew Tomshaw (8-4) allowed four hits and two earned runs in seven innings for Jacksonville.
NORTH CAROLINA 4, Maine 0 —Kent Emanuel threw eight shutout innings in his NCAA tournament debut, leading North Carolina past Maine.
Jacob Stallings hit a three-run homer as part of a four-run first inning for the Tar Heels (46-14), who managed just three hits after that but advanced to play James Madison on Saturday.
Emanuel (7-1), the first freshman to start North Carolina’s NCAA opener since 2008, struck out five and gave up seven hits before Michael Morin relieved him in the ninth. Emanuel allowed only three Maine baserunners to reach second, and only one made it to third.
Keith Bilodeau (10-3) struck out six and allowed five hits in eight innings, but gave up all four runs for Maine (32-23), which will play Florida International in an elimination game.
Clemson Regional – CLEMSON 11, Sacred Heart 1 —John Hinson hit a three-run homer and Scott Firth (5-1) allowed one run on six hits in six innings for Clemson.
Chris Epps drove in three runs for Clemson (42-18), and Phil Pohl had three hits.
The Pioneers’ Troy Scribner (9-3) was pulled in the Tigers’ six-run third. Sacred Heart (34-22) takes on in-state rival Connecticut in an elimination game, while Clemson will play Coastal Carolina in Saturday’s winner bracket.
The Pioneers scored in the sixth on Dan Perez’s groundout. They squandered a bases-loaded, no-outs opportunity in the fifth when Firth retired two hitters on shallow fly balls and got the final out on a grounder.
GEORGIA TECH 1 – Jack Snodgrass pitched seven strong innings, Jordan Hankins hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh and Austin Peay stunned Georgia Tech.
Zach Toney got four outs to earn his second save for the Governors (34-22).
Matthew Grimes (7-4) replaced Georgia Tech starter Mark Pope, who left with a back injury in the second inning. Grimes gave up three hits, two runs, one walk and struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings for the Yellow Jackets (40-20).
Tallahassee Regional – FLORIDA STATE 6, Bethune-Cookman 5 —Mike McGee hit a tiebreaking single in the bottom of the eighth and Florida State beat Bethune-Cookman.
Parker Brunnelle and Sherman Johnson each drove in two runs for Florida State. Daniel Bennett pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save.
Ryan Durrence hit two homers, while Peter O’Brien and DJ Leonard also homered for Bethune-Cookman (36-24).
Roman Lancana (1-1) gave up two singles around an out in the eighth before McGee’s hit against Jordan Dailey put the Seminoles (43-17) on top. Brian Busch (6-2) pitched 2 1-3 innings of relief for Florida State.