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Sunday, June 2, 2013
BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech will get another crack at Connecticut.
Oklahoma beat UConn 5-3 in 12 innings Saturday night in the winners' bracket final of an NCAA regional at English Field.
Fourth-seeded UConn (35-27) will face the Hokies in an elimination game at 1 p.m. today.
UConn has already beaten Tech in this regional, having won 5-2 on Friday.
"We can play with anybody, and we're going to carry that confidence over," UConn shortstop Tom Verdi said.
The Tech-UConn winner will meet second-seeded Oklahoma (42-19) in the regional final at 5:30 p.m. today.
UConn used three pitchers Saturday, with starter Jordan Tabakman lasting nine innings.
"We haven't gone that deep into the pen [during the regional]," coach Jim Phelps said. "Those [relief[ guys, this time of year, they know they have to do something a little bit out of the ordinary for us to do something special. Now it's going to be a little bit harder."
Anthony Marzi (5-6, 3.87 ERA) will start against Tech today.
The Sooners scored two runs in the top of the 12th. Craig Aikin singled, advanced on a sacrifice bunt and a passed ball, and scored on Max White's RBI triple to center. White later scored on an error by second baseman LJ Mazzilli.
The Huskies had men on first and second in the bottom of the 12th, but Bobby Melley hit into a double play to end the game.
Oklahoma took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first but could not keep the lead.
Down 3-2, the Huskies tied the score in the eighth on Melley's RBI grounder.
Oklahoma 300 000 000 002 - 5 13 1
Connecticut 100 001 010 000 - 3 10 1
Overton, Garza (6), Hayes (10) and Hermelyn; Tabakman, Mahoney (10), Butler (11) and McDowell. W- Hayes (1-0). L- Butler (3-2).
-- Mark Berman
UNCW 9, Army 5
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Corey Dick homered and had three of UNC Wilmington's 16 hits, and the Seahawks eliminated mistake-prone Army from the NCAA tournament Saturday with a 9-5 victory that ended on a bizarre triple play.
With Army trailing by four and no outs, Jon Crucitti struck out with two runners on - and both running on the pitch. Lead runner Michael Sands was caught between second and third, and retreated to second, where Grant Van Orden was already standing. Third baseman Ryan LaGrange tagged Van Orden out, and Sands inexplicably broke for third, where LaGrange threw to catcher Drew Farber for the final out.
The Seahawks (38-22), who scored nine runs in the first four innings, got two RBIs each from Tyler Molinaro and Matt Keeler.
Army (29-23) had just seven hits. A three-run sixth pulled the Black Knights within 9-5, but they left the bases loaded in the eighth.
NC State 1, W&M 0
RALEIGH, N.C. - Carlos Rodon threw a two-hitter and North Carolina State beat William & Mary in the Raleigh regional.
The hard-throwing lefty struck out 10, walked none and hit three batters while moving the top-seeded Wolfpack (46-14) within one victory of a second straight trip to the super regionals.
The third-seeded Tribe (38-23) managed only two two-out singles - one by William Shaw in the sixth and another by Ryan Brown in the eighth.
Grant Clyde drove in the game's only run with a sixth-inning single off John Farrell.
Farrell (11-3) struck out six in 7 1⁄3 innings for William & Mary.
South Carolina 19, Liberty 3
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Jordan Montgomery had a career-high 11 strikeouts in seven innings, Kyle Martin drove in four runs and South Carolina took control of the Columbia regional with a 19-3 victory over Liberty on Saturday night.
The Gamecocks (41-18) set a school record for runs in an NCAA game and took their 26th straight tournament home win. They try for No. 27 — and the regional title — on Sunday night against Liberty or Clemson.
The Flames (35-28) face the Tigers (40-21) in an elimination game to start Sunday’s play. That winner would have to beat the Gamecocks (41-18) twice at Carolina Stadium — something no one’s done in the postseason since 2002.
South Carolina turned up its offense with home runs by Martin, Tanner English and Max Schrock. Not that they needed them all with the way Montgomery (5-1) threw as he retired 18 of the last 19 hitters he faced.
- Associated Press
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