BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech got strong pitching from starter Devin Burke, and both Andrew Rash and Chad Pinder hit solo home runs to lift the Hokies to a 9-1 victory over Coastal Carolina in an NCAA regional game at English Field on Saturday afternoon.
Mark Zagunis and Rash each drove in three runs for Tech (39-21), which staved off elimination in the double-elimination format. Coastal Carolina (37-23) saw its season come to an end.
“I told the boys today that the only option was to win,” said Rash, who went 3-for-5. “There was no other option. There was no tomorrow. The only mindset we had was to win, and we went out there and did it.”
Oklahoma 5 UConn 3 (12 innings)
BLACKSBURG, Va. — It took 12 innings for the Oklahoma Sooners and Connecticut Huskies to finish a game decided by inches.
OU senior Max White’s line drive lipped off the top of UConn centerfielder Billy Ferriter’s glove for an RBI triple, scoring Craig Aikin for the game-winning run in a 5-3 extra-innings victory Saturday at English Field.
“I am really proud of how my guys stuck in there and came out at the end,” OU head coach Sunny Golloway said. “The last thing is that I always tell our guys to do something that will inspire each other and we left a lot of runners on like I said and you can always tell when the momentum was trying to swing both ways.”