Sunday, June 02, 2002

Saturday's NCAA baseball roundup



The Associated Press

        South Bend Regional
       Notre Dame 25, South Alabama 1

        SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame freshman Grant Johnson threw a one-hitter and Steve Sollmann went 6-for-7 with seven RBIs and set an NCAA tournament record with six runs scored in the Irish's rout of top-seeded South Alabama on Saturday.

        Johnson (6-0) struck out eight and walked one as the Irish (46-15) beat No. 1 seed South Alabama 25-1 in the NCAA regionals. Notre Dame, which will play Ohio State in the regional championship on Sunday, also set a school record with 32 hits.

        South Alabama's lone run came after Johnson hit the first batter he faced in the bottom of the first with a pitch, then gave up an RBI double by Erik Smallwood.

        Ohio State 6, South Alabama 4

        SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Scott Lewis struck out 10 and scattered 10 hits in a complete-game victory over South Alabama in an elimination game.

        Terry Pettorini and Nick Swisher each hit solo homers for Ohio State (38-19-1).

        Ryan Mulhern hit a two-run homer in the first, and Kevin Sytko went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Jaguars.

        Ohio State 12, Kent State 8

        SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Christian Snavely had four RBIs and Brett Garrard went 4-for-4 for Ohio State.

        The Buckeyes had eight steals and 17 hits to eliminate Kent State.

        Gainesville Regional
       Florida 21, Bethune-Cookman 10

        GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Pat Osborn hit a grand slam and Florida capitalized on eight Bethune-Cookman errors to stay alive in the regionals.

        The top-seeded Gators (45-18) set a school record for most runs in the postseason. They need two victories over defending national champion Miami on Sunday to advance to the Super Regional and play for a spot in the College World Series.

        Ryan Shealy and Mario Garza homered for Florida, which lost 7-2 to Miami earlier in the day and took its frustrations out on fourth-seeded Bethune-Cookman (39-22), an overmatched team that committed four errors in the first inning to fall behind 4-0.

        Miami 7, Florida 2

        GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Danny Matienzo hit a three-run homer, and defending national champion Miami took advantage of a key error in the sixth inning to defeat Florida.

        Third-seeded Miami (32-26), which has struggled this season in defense of its title, moved on to Sunday's final and extended its NCAA postseason winning streak to 11 games.

        Bethune-Cookman 7, Fla. International 4

        GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Alberton Meran and Jose Ramos each homered for Bethune-Cookman in an elimination game against Florida International.

        Bethune-Cookman ace Helpiz Moises (11-3) allowed nine hits and four runs in his ninth complete game of the season. The Golden Panthers (41-20), seeded second in the four-team regional, did not use ace Derek DeCarlo, 11-0 with a 3.53 ERA this season, in their two losses.

        Atlanta Regional
       Georgia 9, Coastal Carolina 7

        ATLANTA — Lee Mitchell had four doubles and Georgia pounded out 18 hits to battle from a four-run deficit and beat Coastal Carolina.

        The Bulldogs (32-28), who lost to Georgia Tech 3-0 earlier Saturday, have to beat the Yellow Jackets (48-14) twice Sunday to advance to a super regional.

        David Coffey led off the eighth inning with a triple off the center-field wall and scored on Chaz Lytle's single to break a 7-7 tie.

        Georgia Tech 3, Georgia 0

        ATLANTA — Victor Menocal and Tyler Parker hit solo homers, and Chris Goodman pitched 6 1-3 shutout innings to lead Georgia Tech past Georgia.

        With their second shutout of the tournament, the top-seeded Yellow Jackets (48-14) advanced to the championship game Sunday.

        Coastal Carolina 9, Louisville 1

        ATLANTA — Seamus Donovan pitched a complete game, and every starter picked up at least one hit as Coastal Carolina eliminated Louisville.

        After being limited to three hits by Georgia Tech's Kyle Bakker in a 6-0 loss Friday night, the Chanticleers had 16 off four Louisville pitchers, scoring in each of the first six innings.

        Columbia Regional
       North Carolina 9, James Madison 7

        COLUMBIA, S.C. — Sean Farrell hit a two-run homer in the sixth and singled in the go-ahead run to lift North Carolina over James Madison.

        North Carolina (42-20) would have to beat South Carolina (50-14) twice Sunday to claim the regional title and a trip to the NCAA super-regionals.

        Daniel Moore (6-2), who faced five batters in the first game against South Carolina without an out to take the loss, picked up the win against the Dukes (44-16).

        South Carolina 9, North Carolina 6

        COLUMBIA, S.C. — Yaron Peters hit two home runs, including a two-run shot in a six-run first inning, breaking the South Carolina record for homers in a season.

        Peters, the Southeastern Conference player of the year, also hit a solo homer in the second, giving him 24 this season to break the Gamecocks record of 23 set by Joe Datin in 1985. South Carolina improved to 50-19.

        James Madison 5, Virginia Commonwealth 2

        COLUMBIA, S.C. — Eddie Kim had three hits as James Madison beat Virginia Commonwealth in an elimination game.

        James Madison broke out of a hitting slump with nine hits and reversed two straight losses to the Rams (38-27) in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship last Sunday.

        Dan Meyer (9-2) pitched a complete-game seven-hitter and had a shutout until he gave up a two-run homer to Nick Jones with two outs in the ninth.

        Clemson Regional
       East Carolina 7, Georgia Southern 3

        CLEMSON, S.C. — Darryl Lawhorn and Clayton McCullough hit back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh inning to rally East Carolina to an elimination game victory over Georgia Southern.

        The Pirates (43-19-1) must beat top-seeded Clemson twice Sunday to advance to the NCAA super regional.

        Neal Sears, who pitched the final 2 2-3 innings of East Carolina's opening NCAA win over Elon, held Georgia Southern (39-25) to two hits during the last three innings for his sixth save.

        Clemson 4, East Carolina 2

        CLEMSON, S.C. — Matt Henrie showed that Clemson has pitching as well as hitting, holding East Carolina to seven hits in eight innings.

        After hitting six homers in Friday night's 15-1 rout of Georgia Southern, Clemson (49-14) struggled to find its offense against Pirates starter Davey Penny.

        Jarrod Schmidt's two-run homer in the sixth broke a 2-2 tie.

        Georgia Southern 6, Elon 2

        CLEMSON, S.C. — Brett Lewis held Elon to five hits in 7 2-3 innings as Georgia Southern survived.

        The Eagles were tagged for six home runs in a 15-1 loss to top-seeded Clemson on Friday night. Lewis allowed back-to-back RBI doubles in the first, but settled down.

        Lincoln Regional
       SW Missouri St. 5, Marist 2

        LINCOLN, Neb. — Shaun Marcum homered and drove in two runs as Southwest Missouri State advanced to the regional championship by beating Marist.

        The Bears avenged their 11-inning loss to the Red Foxes the night before, when Marcum was the losing pitcher.

        Marcum made up for it by going 2-for-4 with a solo homer and an RBI double to give the Bears (43-20) a shot at the regional title Sunday against Nebraska.

        Nebraska 9, Marist 1

        LINCOLN, Neb. — Shane Komine struck out 12 and allowed just five hits as Nebraska remained unbeaten in the NCAA regionals.

        Matt Hopper drove in three runs and Jed Morris was 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the Cornhuskers (44-18), who advanced to Sunday's championship round.

        SW Missouri St. 6, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1

        LINCOLN, Neb. — Matt Palmer scattered six hits and a run in 7 1-3 innings as Southwest Missouri State stayed alive.

        Brooks Colvin went 3-for-4 and scored a run for the Bears. After winning 32 of 40 to close the season, Wisconsin-Milwaukee (36-20) went 0-2 in the regional.

        Winston-Salem Regional
       Wake Forest 13, Navy 1

        WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Jamie D'Antona hit a two-run homer in the first inning as the Demon Deacons beat Navy eaily in an elimination game.

        The Demon Deacons (46-12) advanced to the regional championship against Richmond.

        Navy (23-25) had beaten George Washington in an earlier game to stay alive, but couldn't overcome D'Antona's home run and the rest of the Demon Deacons.

        Richmond 3, Wake Forest 2

        WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Tim Stauffer (15-2) struck out six and scattered seven hits over seven innings to lead Richmond over top-seeded Wake Forest.

        Matt Craig hit a two-run homer in the first for Richmond (51-10) in a game that was delayed for two hours because of a thunderstorm in the bottom of the fourth with Richmond ahead 2-1.

        Navy 6, George Washington 4

        WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Matt Foster struck out seven into 7 1-3 innings, and Craig Candeto and Brad Hager homered for Navy in an elimination game.

        The Midshipmen (23-24), one of two teams entering the NCAA tournament with a losing record, knocked out Atlantic 10 champion George Washington (42-23).

        Tuscaloosa Regional
       Alabama 7, Southeast Missouri St. 4

        TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Jeffrey Norris allowed seven hits in eight-plus innings as Alabama beat Southeast Missouri State to stay alive.

        Norris (6-1) allowed eight hits, struck out eight and walked two for the Crimson Tide (50-14), who must beat Florida Atlantic (45-18) twice Sunday to advance to a super regional.

        The Indians (37-20) beat Alabama 7-4 on Friday, the Tide's first regional loss in 14 games at home, and lost to Florida Atlantic.

        Florida Atlantic 12, Southeast Missouri 6

        TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — L.J. Biernbaum and Rusty Brown hit back-to-back homers for the second straight game, and Florida Atlantic advanced to the regional championship game.

        Shaen O'Connor added a two-run shot in the seventh for the third-seeded Owls (45-18), who have 28 runs and eight homers in their first two regional games.

        Alabama 6, Auburn 3

        TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Jeremy Brown had a pair of RBI singles, and Zac Welch added a two-run double as Alabama bounced SEC rival Auburn from the NCAA regionals.

        Freshman reliever Taylor Tankersley twice pitched out of bases loaded jams in the final three innings for the Crimson Tide. The Tigers (34-26) loaded the bases with one out in the ninth on a walk and two singles. Tankersley struck out pinch-hitter Kyle Bohm and Sean Gamble to earn his sixth save.

        Houston Regional
       Washington 3, Texas Tech 1

        HOUSTON — Tyler Davidson hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and Clay Johnson (3-2) allowed one run and five hits in 7 2-3 innings to lead Washington over Texas Tech in an elimination game.

        Tila Reynolds went 2-for-3 and scored twice as the Huskies (32-26-1) advanced to the regional championship against top-seeded Rice (49-11).

        Rice 6, Texas Tech 0

        HOUSTON — Vincent Sinisi went 2-for-3 with a home run and scored three runs for Rice.

        Rice (49-11) advanced to the finals Sunday, taking advantage of five Texas Tech errors. Justin Crowder pitched 8 2-3 shutout innings for the Owls.

        Washington 4, Harvard 2

        HOUSTON — Jay Garthwaite went 3-for-4, including a double that started a four-run fourth, as Washington beat Harvard in an elimination game.

        Sean White (7-2) went the distance and allowed Harvard (20-26) two runs on seven hits and no walks.

        Austin Regional
       Baylor 10, Lamar 9

        AUSTIN, Texas — Baylor's Tim Hartshorn stole home in the top of the eighth inning to lead the Bears over Lamar in an elimination game.

        With the score tied 9-9 with two outs in the top of the eighth, Lamar pitcher Thomas Atlee appeared to have Baylor baserunner Paul Richmond caught well off first base with a pickoff throw.

        But Richmond eluded the tag of first baseman Micah Hoffpauir, diving in safe as Hartshorn sped home with what turned out to be the game-winning run.

        Baylor (36-25) faces Texas in Sunday's regional final and must beat the Longhorns twice to advance.

        Texas 10, Baylor 8

        AUSTIN, Texas — Jeff Ontiveros hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the top of the seventh inning to give Texas the win over Baylor.

        Texas (50-14) came back from a 4-0 deficit after two innings.

        J.D. Reininger hit a three-run homer and Ray Clark (5-4) pitched 3 2-3 innings of relief for the win.

        Lamar 9, Central Connecticut 4

        AUSTIN, Texas — Lamar used a seven-run fifth inning to eliminate Central Connecticut.

        Central Connecticut (34-23) led 3-2 heading to the fifth, but the Cardinals got a two-run double from Jordan Foster and a two-run triple from Jereme Havard to take control.

        Baton Rouge Regional
       LSU 4, Tulane 2

        BATON ROUGE, La. — Bo Pettit struck out 11 in his fourth complete game of the year, and third in as many starts, as Louisiana State beat Tulane in an elimination game.

        Pettit (9-7) allowed seven hits and walked two, and Rocky Scelfo hit a tiebreaking single in the third to give the Tigers (42-20) a 2-1 lead. David Raymer and Aaron Hill homered in the fourth to make it 4-1.

        LSU needs to beat Louisiana-Lafayette (39-21) twice in Sunday's regionals to advance.

        Louisiana-Lafayette 5, LSU 0

        BATON ROUGE, La. — Andy Gros pitched his second shutout of the season against Louisiana State as Louisiana-Lafayette advanced to Sunday's regional championship.

        Gros (11-4), who shut out LSU 7-0 in March, extended his mastery over the Tigers to 18 scoreless innings, limiting the Tigers to seven hits and two walks.

        Tulane 10, Southern 2

        BATON ROUGE, La. — Beau Richardson scattered seven hits while pitching his third complete game of the year to lift Tulane over Southern, eliminating the Jaguars (45-10).

        The Green Wave scored five runs in the fifth to take a 7-0 lead.

        Tallahassee Regional
       South Florida 7, Cent. Florida 2

        TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Ryan Gloger threw a four-hitter as South Florida eliminated Central Florida and reached the regional finals for the second time in school history.

        South Florida (35-28) will have to beat Florida State, the tournament top seed, twice for the regional championship.

        Gloger (6-4) struck out four and walked two, and Devin Ivany had three RBIs in the win over Central Florida (41-22).

        Florida St. 7, Cent. Florida 3

        TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Nick Rogers drove in three runs for the second straight game, and Florida State extended its winning streak to 24 games.

        Tied at 2 after five innings, the top-ranked Seminoles (58-12) took the lead for good with two runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh.

        South Florida 14, Stetson 13

        TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Myron Leslie's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth capped a rally as South Florida scored all 14 of its runs in the final five innings against Stetson.

        The Bulls overcame two six-run deficits, trailing 6-0 in the fourth and 12-6 in the seventh, before eliminating the Hatters (42-19), who also led 6-0 against Florida State on Friday before losing.

        Wichita Regional
       Oral Roberts 15, Wichita St. 8

        WICHITA, Kan. — Billy Richardson had three hits and four RBIs as Oral Roberts ousted top-seeded Wichita State in an elimination game.

        Wichita State scored three runs in the first inning, but committed three errors in the bottom of the inning — allowing Oral Roberts (48-18) to score five unearned runs. Danny Boyle and David Castillo hit back-to-back homers gave Oral Roberts a 7-3 lead in the second.

        Oral Roberts advanced to play Arkansas in Sunday's regional championship.

        Arkansas 7, Oral Roberts 6

        WICHITA, Kan. — Nick Pitts hit a home run and drove in three runs to lead Arkansas over Oral Roberts.

        The Razorbacks (33-26) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first, and Pitts' two-run homer made it 6-1 in the second.

        Oral Roberts scored twice in the sixth and scored three in the eighth after Arkansas walked the bases loaded, but the Razorbacks held on for the win.

        Wichita St. 8, Oklahoma 4

        WICHITA, Kan. — Brian Burgamy had two hits and four RBIs, helping top-seeded Wichita State eliminate Oklahoma.

        Dustin Hawkins hit the second pitch of the game over the center-field wall to put the Shockers on top. They added three more in the second inning.

        Mesa Regional
       Arizona St. 11, San Diego 1

        MESA, Ariz. — Carlos Arguello scattered seven hits in his first complete game of the season as Arizona State beat San Diego in an elimination game.

        The Sun Devils (37-20) will have to beat Houston (46-15) twice Sunday to advance to the super regionals.

        Arguello (5-1) struck out seven and walked two, and Jeremy West, Rod Allen and Andre Ethier each had two RBIs.

        San Diego 2, New Mexico St. 1

        MESA, Ariz. — Tom Caple scattered five hits in seven innings, and Gavin Ng made a game-saving sliding catch as San Diego beat New Mexico State (37-25) in an elimination game.

        With two runners on and two outs in the eighth, Ng slid in deep left field to catch a ball hit by New Mexico State's David Licini. Had the ball dropped, two runs likely would have scored.

        Houston 8, Arizona St. 4

        MESA, Ariz. (AP)— Hyung Cho homered and drove in two runs as Houston beat Arizona State.

        Danny Zell (8-1) got the win to give Houston (46-15) a berth in Sunday's championship game.

        Stanford Regional
       Long Beach St. 4, Cal State Fullerton 0

        STANFORD, Calif. — Jered Weaver allowed three hits over seven innings and Jeremy Reed hit a three-run homer as Long Beach State defeated Cal State Fullerton in an elimination game.

        Weaver (8-4) allowed three hits, struck out six and walked three as the 49ers (39-20) handed the Titans (37-22) their first shutout of the season.

        Long Beach State will face Stanford in the regional championship on Sunday.

        Stanford 5, Long Beach State 4

        STANFORD, Calif. — Tim Cunningham took a no-hitter into the sixth inning as Stanford defeated Long Beach State.

        Cunningham (9-2) allowed a leadoff double in the sixth to Chris Genung, then allowed one run in the sixth and two in the seventh before being pulled for Dan Rich with one out.

        Chris O'Riordan homered for the Cardinal (42-16).

        Cal State Fullerton 9, San Jose State 1

        STANFORD, Calif. — David Fischer homered, and Jordan DeJong pitched a six-hitter as Cal State Fullerton eliminated San Jose State.

        DeJong (11-3) shut down the Spartans (45-17) to improve to 4-0 in his last six appearances.

        Los Angeles Regional
       Brigham Young 7, Cal State Northridge 2

        LOS ANGELES — Jeff Stone scattered five hits over 6 1-3 innings to lead Brigham Young to an upset victory over Cal State Northridge in an elimination game.

        Stone, who was 1-5 with an 8.15 ERA coming in, struck out five.

        Brigham Young (31-30-1) will play Southern California on Monday in the regional championship because it is against BYU's policy to play on Sundays.

        Southern California 7, Cal State Northridge 5

        LOS ANGELES — Cory Campos, making his first start of the season, scattered 11 hits over 6 1-3 innings to lead Southern California over Cal State Northridge.

        Campos struck out seven in his longest stint of the year, and Jon Williams and Jordan Olson combined to allow only two baserunners the rest of the way as USC (36-22) advanced to the regional final.

        BYU 12, Maine 5

        LOS ANGELES — Rob Itri hit a two-run double to spark a seven-run fifth inning as BYU eliminated Maine.

        The Black Bears (40-17) took a 5-2 lead at the end of the fourth before BYU rallied.

       



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