North Carolina 12 Oral Roberts 4
NORMAN, OKLA. — Jacob Stallings matched a career-best three hits and Seth Baldwin ripped a three run home run to lead North Carolina over Oral Roberts 12-4 Sunday afternoon in game five of the Norman Regional at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Tar Heels improve to 38-21 and advance to face Oklahoma later tonight.
Chris Munnelly (3-2) earns the victory allowing just three runs on eight hits in five innings of work. Relievers Greg Holt,Zach Bernard, Cody Penny and Nate Striz combined to render just one run in four frames.
Oral Roberts 9 Cal 8
NORMAN, Okla.—Tyler Garewal smacked a one-out solo home run in the bottom of the ninth to lead Oral Roberts to a 9-8 win over California in an NCAA Regional elimination game, Saturday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The Golden Eagles (36-26) next face either Oklahoma or North Carolina in another elimination game at 1 p.m., Sunday. ORU needs three more wins to capture the Norman Regional title; a loss will end its season. Cal concludes its season with a 29-25 record.
Here is your Norman Regional Recap for Day 1 of action.
North Carolina 12 California 3
NORMAN, OKLA. — Junior Matt Harvey pitched six strong innings to lead North Carolina over California 12-2 Friday night in the second game of the Norman Regional at L. Dale Mitchell Park. UNC never trailed after a six-run first frame improving to 37-20 overall.
Harvey (8-3) notched nine strikeouts and allowed just two runs on four hits. The Mystic, Conn., native moves into ninth all-time in career strikeouts (263) and tenth all-time in career wins (22) in Tar Heel history. Freshman Michael Morin pitched 2.1 strong innings allowing just one run on four hits. Greg Holt closed out the game recording the final two outs.
For the second postseason in a row, the NCAA Regionals are in Norman, Oklahoma. Joining the Oklahoma Sooners this year are #2 seed Cal, #3 seed North Carolina, and fourth seeded Oral Roberts.
Oklahoma (44-15, 15-10 Big 12)
Oklahoma finished the regular season eight games behind Texas for second place in the Big 12. The Sooners won two of their three games in the Big 12 tournament, but failed to advance to the Championship Game. Oklahoma’s year surprised many after the Sooners were devastated by the MLB Draft last June. A strong core of young players, led by All-Big 12 sophomore 3B Garrett Buechele (.393, 15 HR, 61 RBI) and sophomore 1B Cameron Seitzer (.331, 14 HR, 51 RBI) is bolstered with the addition of freshman LF Max White (.318, 14 HR, 39 RBI). The pitching staff compares equally to the hitting. Friday’s game is in the hands of junior RHP Michael Rocha (7-1, 3.02 ERA, 45 K in 56.2 IP), followed on Saturday by junior RHP Zach Neal (8-3, 4.52 ERA, 76K in 87.2 IP). If, and a little if that is, the Sooners make it to Sunday, junior RHP Bobby Shore (8-4, 4.52 ERA) and freshman LHP Ryan Gibson (5-2, 3.76 ERA) will be available. Junior RHP Ryan Duke (1-1, 3.00 ERA, 11 saves) will be ready to work the late innings if necessary.