Via Virginia's Athletic Dept.
The other bracket of the Super Regionals got underway on Saturday, beginning with Virginia hosting UC Irvine. The number two pick in this yearâ€™s MLB draft, Danny Hultzen, was on the mound for the Cavaliers, but he struggled with his command. He was matched up against Matt Summers of the Anteaters. There were plays at the plate in both the top of the first and bottom of the first, as both teams threatened but couldnâ€™t get the run across.
John Hicks of Virginia broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the 3rd with an infield single down the third base line. With two outs, Hultzen delivered with the bat, an RBI single to give Virginia a 2-0 lead. In the top of the 4th, the game went into a lightning delay at 2:22pm ET. They got back underway at 3:45pm ET.
With two men on base and one out in the 6th, Hultzenâ€™s day on the mound was done after giving up three hits and three walks. He was replaced by Cody Winiarski. Winiarski induced the teamâ€™s third double play of the day to end the inning. In the bottom of the 6th, Jared King crushed a three-run homerun to give the Cavaliers a 5-0 lead (he had three hits in the game).
Summersâ€™ day was done after six innings. He allowed nine hits and five runs. In the 7th, UCI used three different pitchers to get out of the inning after a dropped fly ball in centerfield. Kenny Swab delivered an RBI single with two outs to increase the Cavaliersâ€™ lead to 6-0. Winiarski pitched 3.2 shutout innings (he only allowed one hit) as Virginia took Game 1. Game 2 will start at 1pm ET on ESPNU on Sunday.
Florida State and Texas A&M opened their regional in Tallahassee. Sean Gilmartin took the mound for FSU against Ross Stripling for the Aggies. Gilmartin struck out two in the top of the first, but allowed a two-out solo homerun to Matt Juengel to give the Aggies an early 1-0 lead. FSU quickly tied it at 1-1 in the bottom of the inning on Mike McGeeâ€™s sac fly. Jayce Boyd hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the 6th to give the Seminoles a 2-1 lead.
Things fell apart for Gilmartin and FSU in the top of the 7th. The Aggies scored four runs on four hits and a walk. Gilmartin allowed five runs on six hits over seven innings (though he struck out eight). The Aggies tacked on an insurance run in the top of the 8th. Stripling battled for the Aggies and allowed two runs on seven hits over seven innings (he also struck out eight). Texas A&M took Game 1 in Tallahassee 6-2. Game 2 will begin at 4pm ET on ESPNU on Sunday.
It was expected to be a great pitcherâ€™s duel between UConnâ€™s Matt Barnes and South Carolinaâ€™s Mike Roth. It looked that way early on as Barnes looked like the first-round draft pick that he is. Roth struggled a bit in the first inning as he allowed an unearned run. UConn had runners on base in every inning but the 5th and 8th, however Roth induced double-digit ground outs. Roth lasted 8.1 innings and allowed six hits and the unearned run, though he struck out just two.
Things completely unraveled for Barnes in the 5th. He threw two wild pitches, UConn made an error, and the catcher had a passed ball. Barnes and catcher Doug Elliot didnâ€™t look comfortable together. Barnes allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks over just 4.1 innings. Dan Feehan allowed just one hit over 2.2 innings of relief for UConn.
Roth exited to a standing ovation with one out in the 9th. John Taylor recorded the final two outs for the victory. Scott Wingo went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and made some nice plays at second base for the Gamecocks. South Carolina took Game 1, 5-1 and lead the best-of-three series 1-0. Game 2 can be seen on ESPNU at 7pm ET on Sunday.
The Cinderella super regional between California and Dallas Baptist got underway at Santa Clara on Saturday night. Cal, whose baseball program was being eliminated before alumni raised over $9 million, jumped on the board in the top of the 2nd on Chad Buntingâ€™s three-run homerun. Outside of that inning, Dallas Baptist starter Brandon Williamson was good. He helped himself out by picking off two runners at first base. Then they let him continue to pitch into the late innings. He was finally relieved in the 8th inning with two outs (he allowed ten hits and seven runs). Cal starter Justin Jones was better. He allowed just one hit and a walk through six innings. He left with an arm injury (which isnâ€™t good news if Cal advances to Omaha).
Logan Scott entered for Cal in the 7th and gave up just two hits over three innings of relief (Dallas Baptist only had three hits in the game). Marcus Semien, who tripled earlier in the game, hit a three-run homerun in the top of the 8th to give Cal a 7-0 lead. Cal took Game 1, 7-0 and will play Sunday at 10pm ET on ESPNU.