Here is your Day 2 recap of the Gainesville Regional.
Jacksonville 8 Bethune-Cookman 7
Sophomore second baseman Chuck Opachich hit the go-ahead home run in the eighth while sophomore Chris Kaminski and junior Kyle Kriech teamed up to lead the JU baseball team to an 8-7 win over Bethune-Cookman, Saturday afternoon in the second day of the NCAA Gainesville Regional at McKethan Stadium.
JU (37-21) tallied its first win in the postseason since a 4-3 victory over Sacred Heart on June 3, 2006.s
B-CU (32-28) lost its second consecutive game by a score of 8-7 in Gainesville and fell to 0-4 against the Dolphins this season.
Florida 8 Miami (FL) 2
Behind 7.1 strong innings from senior left-hander Stephen Locke (Tampa, Fla.) and a four-run third inning, top-seeded Florida (41-20) downed second-seeded Miami (Fla.) (37-21), 8-2, in a winner’s bracket game at the NCAA Gainesville Regional on Saturday night at McKethan Stadium. Locke (5-2) held the Hurricanes to six singles and two runs (zero earned), with three strikeouts and a walk. The southpaw was supported by a balanced offense that totaled 10 hits, three doubles and a solo homer by junior Jonathan Pigott (Ormond Beach, Fla.), who was 2-for-5 and scored twice.
The Hurricanes will meet third-seeded Jacksonville (37-21) in an elimination game tomorrow at 1 p.m., with the survivor needing to defeat the Gators twice to advance to next weekend’s NCAA Super Regional. Florida will face tomorrow afternoon’s winner at 6:30 p.m., live on Sun Sports.
“It all started on the mound with Stephen (Locke),” said UF head coach Kevin O’Sullivan. “He did a heck of a job, giving up just two runs in the third, and our offense responded really well. The third inning was big for us. It gave us the momentum and we added a couple more runs in the sixth, one more in the seventh and one in the eighth. That’s what you have to do to good teams. You can’t sit on them, you’ve got to keep tacking on runs and make it that much more difficult for them to come back and tie it.”