UNCW Stays Alive In NCAA Baseball Regionals
UNCW stayed alive in the NCAA Baseball Regionals with a 9-5 victory over Army, while William & Mary and Towson lost close games in the winner's bracket. All three teams are in action on Sunday.
UNCW 9, Army 5
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia – and collected three hits apiece and UNCW ended the game with a triple play as the Seahawks eliminated Army with a 9-5 win on Saturday at the NCAA Charlottesville Regional at Davenport Field.
The Seahawks advanced to Sunday and will face Elon at 1 p.m.
In the ninth, the Black Knights landed their first two hitters on base against reliever (5-1) before closer made his way into the game. Secrest fanned Jon Crucitti for the first out with the runners in motion. Catcher threw to at third, who ran the lead runner back to second before tagging the trail runner for the second out. The lead runner then wandered off base and LaGrange turned and fired to Farber covering third. Farber then applied the tag to the lead runner for the final out of the triple play and ending the game.
MacDonald earned the win with one and 1/3 innings of shutout relief. Secrest earned his eighth save. UNCW starter allowed two runs, one earned, in four and 2/3 innings before leaving with tightness in his arm.
The Seahawks jumped on starter Alex Robinett (7-4) for five runs on six hits in just an inning and 2/3. Reliever Gunnar Carroll surrendered four runs on six hits in two innings as UNCW built a 9-1 lead.
Dick belted his ninth homer of the season while adding a double. In two games at the regional, he has six hits. Keeler added a double and drove in two runs.
Mark McCants paced Army with two hits while Alex Jensen scored twice.
Up next: The Seahawks will play Elon on Sunday at 1 p.m.
How it happened: The Seahawks opened the game torrid at the plate, scoring three in the first on four hits and two more in the second. had a pair of RBI singles and scored twice as the Seahawks broke out to a 5-1 lead.
N.C. State 1, William & Mary 0
RALEIGH, N.C. – On a night where runs were at a premium and both starting pitchers turned in impressive performances, it was seventh-ranked North Carolina State who scored the night’s lone run in the top of the sixth as it advanced to the Raleigh Regional Final with a 1-0 win over the Tribe on Saturday night at Doak Field. The setback drops William and Mary to 38-23 on the year, while N.C. State upped its mark to 46-14.
The Tribe will now play an elimination game tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. against Ole Miss. The winner will advance to play N.C. State later on in the evening in a contest scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live audio and stats. Additionally, fans can watch the live broadcast against Ole Miss on ESPN3.com.
Senior RHP John Farrell (11-3) was outstanding on Saturday night as he surrendered just one earned run, while scattering six hits to go along with three strikeouts in 7.1 innings of work. The Andover, Mass., native threw 118 pitches against the Wolfpack as 73 were accounted for with strikes. Out the bullpen, junior RHP John Sheehan held the Wolfpack hitless in 1.2 innings of relief as he fanned every batter that stepped to the plate (4). Offensively, the Green and Gold was led by senior center fielder Ryan Brown and junior third baseman Willie Shaw. The duo finished the night with a hit apiece.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Green and Gold threatened the scoreboard as it was poised to strike first in front of a sell out crowd at Doak Field. Junior second baseman Lindemuth led the frame off with a HBP, his 22nd of the season, and advanced all the way to third following a sacrifice bunt from freshman catcher Ryan Hissey and freshman left fielder Jonathan Sarty’s infield groundout. However, the Wolfpack ended the W&M threat with a foul out to third base.
After Farrell held the N.C. State bats to just two hits over the first five innings of action, the Wolfpack initiated the scoring with a run in the top half of the sixth. Sophomore Trea Turner led the inning off with a double to the right center field and later scored from third on senior Grant Clyde’s chopping single through the middle of the infield.
In the bottom of the ninth, sophomore first baseman Michael Katz sent a towering shot, which would have tied the contest, deep into left field. However, N.C. State senior Bryan Adametz was there to make the snag on the warning track.
North Carolina State sophomore LHP Carlos Rodon (9-2) went the distance on Saturday evening as he allowed just two hits to go along with 10 strikeouts.
North Carolina 8, Towson 5
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Freshman righthander Trent Thornton came out of the bullpen to record his eighth save of the season as No. 1 North Carolina (54-8) held off a comeback by the Tigers (30-29) to remain undefeated in the NCAA Regionals with an 8-5 victory over Towson at Boshamer Stadium on Saturday night.
The Tar Heels, who have won seven games in a row, are now one victory away from winning the Chapel Hill Regional and advancing to the Super Regionals next weekend. Towson, which had its five-game winning streak snapped, will play Florida Atlantic in an elimination game at Boshamer Stadium on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
The winner of the Towson-Florida Atlantic game will face the Tar Heels at 6:00 p.m. in what could be the regional championship game.
Junior lefthander Kent Emanuel was virtually unhittable through the first five innings as the Tar Heels built a 5-0 lead. Through the first five innings, Emanuel faced the minimum 15 batters. He allowed a single to sophomore centerfielder Richie Blosser in the third inning and a single to third baseman Zach Fisher in the fourth inning. But, he immediately picked both runners off base.
Senior first baseman Cody Stubbs gave the Tar Heels a 1-0 lead in the second inning when he blasted a solo home run over the rightfield fence. It was the only hit that junior righthander Brandon Gonnella allowed over the first three innings.
In the fourth inning, Gonnella ran into trouble. Freshman Landon Lassiter, the Tar Heels' designated hitter, opened the inning by drawing a walk. After he reached second base on a wild pitch, Gonnella retired senior third baseman Colin Moran on a fly ball to rightfield. When freshman rightfielder Skye Bolt also drew a walk, North Carolina had two runners on base with one out.
Lassiter and Bolt moved into scoring position when Stubbs grounded out to second base. However, sophomore shortstop Michael Russell gave the Tar Heels a 3-0 lead when he drilled a two-run single into left field. After junior catcher Brian Holberton followed with a single, senior catcher Andrew Parker came up with another big play. While Gonnella was pitching to sophomore second baseman Mike Zolk, he picked Holberton off first base to end the rally.
In the fifth inning, the Tar Heels extended their lead to 4-0. Zolk led off the inning with a double to rightfield. After junior leftfielder Jordan Parks reached base on a bunt single, the Tar Heels had runners at the corners. Senior centerfielder Chaz Frank lifted a foul ball down the left field line where sophomore leftfielder Peter Bowles made a sliding catch. Zolk alertly tagged up on the play and scored just seconds ahead of Bowles' throw to the plate. After Lassiter singled, Moran grounded into a double play to end the inning as the Tigers turned their 80th double play of the season.