Sunday, June 5, 2011

Saturday ACC NCAA Baseball

Steven Proscia (AP)
VIRGINIA 10, St. John’s 2 – The Wahoos (51-9) , the No. 1 national seed, tied the school record with their 51st win of the season in front of a record crowd of 5.050.  UVa advances to the regional championship game at 6 p.m. Sunday. St. John's and East Carolina will play an elimination game at 1 p.m. Sunday to determine the Cavaliers' opponent.

 Danny Hultzen picked up the win for Virginia, striking out 12 batters while allowing one run on three hits in seven innings of work. Hultzen, who improved to 11-3 this season, set a new school record with 148 strikeouts this season, breaking the record of 146 set by Tim Burcham in 1985.

FLORIDA STATE 9, Alabama 5 – Sparked by a four-run sixth inning, the No. 5 national seed Florida State baseball team defeated Alabama 9-5 Saturday night in the winner's bracket of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional.

The Seminoles (44-17) will now face the winner of Sunday's noon elimination game between the Crimson Tide (34-27) and UCF (39-22) at 6 p.m. The Knights sent Bethune-Cookman home earlier in the day at Dick Howser Stadium.

All-American Sean Gilmartin earned the win for FSU, throwing seven innings while allowing five earned runs and 12 hits. He also struck out six.

N.C. STATE 5, Georgia Southern 2 – With the victory, NC State improved to 35-26 overall and survived to face the loser of Saturday's 7 p.m. game between South Carolina and Stetson. The Wolfpack will play at 1 p.m. Sunday.

"A lot of people told me when we came down here that this was the toughest regional in the country," Wolfpack coach Elliott Avent said. "I think all regionals are tough, so I hate to use that word. I certainly see what people are talking about. [Georgia Southern] might be a four seed, but that's one of the toughest teams we've played all year. That's a tough, well-coached team with tough, hard-nosed players.”

GEORGIA TECH 6, Southern Miss 2 – The win pairs the Jackets (41-20) with the loser of tonight's matchup between No. 4 seed Austin Peay and No. 3 seed Mississippi State at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. With the loss Southern Miss (39-18) is eliminated from the NCAA Tournament.

Tech's Jed Bradley threw seven shutout innings before the Eagles plated two runs in the top of the eighth, snapping their 32 inning scoreless streak. Bradley allowed eight hits and struck out four while improving to 7-3 on the season.

NORTH CAROLINA 14, JMU 0 - Patrick Johnson scattered three hits over eight innings to lead the Tar Heels to their second straight shutout, a 14-0 rout of James Madison on Saturday night at the Chapel Hill Regional.

Johnson (12-1) struck out 11 _ one shy of a career high _ and shut down the highest-scoring offense in Division I to win his sixth straight decision. Greg Holt homered and drove in four runs, and Ben Bunting finished with three RBIs for the Tar Heels (47-14), who broke the game open with seven runs in the seventh inning.

North Carolina hasn't been scored upon in the regional, improved to 14-0 in home NCAA tournament games since 2006 and moved a win away from its fifth super regional appearance in six years.

CLEMSON 12, Coastal Carolina 7 –  Richie Shaffer, Will Lamb, and John Hinson all hit home runs to lead #12 Clemson to a 12-7 victory over #21 Coastal Carolina in the Clemson Regional in front of 5,408 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday night. The Tigers, who moved to 2-0 in the Clemson Regional, improved to 43-18 on the season. The Chanticleers, who fell to 1-1 in the Clemson Regional, dropped to 42-19 in 2011.

David Haselden (6-1), the second of three Tiger pitchers, earned the win. He allowed five hits, two runs, and no walks with two strikeouts in 4.0 innings pitched.

Florida 5, MIAMI 4 – The University of Miami got out to an early lead, made a highlight defensive play and received several strong individual performances, but all that was not enough as the Canes dropped a pressure-packed regional game to the University of Florida, 5-4, on Saturday evening at McKethan Stadium.

The loss puts the No. 2 seed Hurricanes (37-22) in the loser's bracket of the draw, needing three wins over the next two days to advance to the Super Regionals. Miami faces No. 3 seed Jacksonville in an elimination game on Sunday at Noon. Jim Morris has announced that freshman Bryan Radziewski (9-2) will make the start on the mound for the Hurricanes. The winner of the game will play No. 1 seed and No. 2 national seed Florida (47-16) at 4 p.m.

Heartbreak occurred once again for Miami in Gainesville on Saturday, as the Canes have now dropped seven-consecutive games to the Gators, and ten of the last eleven ballgames.

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