Here is your recap of Saturday’s games at the Coral Gables Regional.
Miami 14, Texas A&M 1
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Senior first baseman Scott Lawson hit three home runs and finished with a career-high six RBI as the top-seeded and 11th-ranked University of Miami baseball team eased to a 14-1 win over No. 2 seed Texas A&M Saturday at the Coral Gables Regional at Alex Rodriguez Park.
Here is your Coral Gables Regional Recap for Day 1 of the NCAA Tournament.
Texas A&M 17, Florida International 3
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Texas A&M bats exploded for season highs in hits, runs and home runs and Barret Loux tossed eight strong innings to lead the Aggies to a 17-3 win over FIU in the NCAA Coral Gables Regional opener Friday afternoon at Alex Rodriguez Park.
The Miami Hurricanes will be hosting a regional again this season as they will be joined by number 2 seeded Texas A&M, number 3 seeded Florida International, and Dartmouth rounds out the field as the four seed.
FROM IVY LEAGUE RELEASE
PRINCETON, N.J. — In what could very well be unprecedented, the 2010 Ivy season saw its champion win the title without a single representative on the All-Ivy first-team selections.
The Dartmouth Big Green (Rolfe Division) emerged in a three-game series against host Columbia (Gehrig Division) and will travel to the NCAA as the Ivy League representative. However, unlike a year ago when Bob Whalen’s club won its first championship in 22 years, the boys from Hanover won without any household names. It was a classic case that the sum of the Dartmouth team was stronger than its individual parts. If Dartmouth needed offense, timely hitting and intelligent base running emerged to manufacture runs. If they needed to keep the score low, the pitching staff responded. The combination of opportunistic offense and stout defense was effective, as the Big Green finished the regular season 26-17.
Here is your ACC Recap for May 16th.
#2 Virginia 5 #21 North Carolina 3
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – John Hicks (So., Sandy Hook, Va.) hit a three-run walk-off home run in the ninth inning as the top-ranked Virginia baseball team rallied to defeat No. 21 North Carolina, 5-3, Sunday afternoon at Davenport Field. Virginia won its 14th straight game and, in sweeping its first-ever three-game series from North Carolina, swept its third-consecutive ACC series.
Virginia drew a sellout crowd of 4,825 for the game – UVa’s sixth sellout of the season. For the weekend, a UVa record 13,294 fans attended the three-game series. With the win, UVa matched a program record with its 21st ACC victory of the year.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
NEW YORK, N.Y. — While Dartmouth baseball head coach Bob Whalen earned his 400th career victory yesterday, number 401 turned out to be much sweeter as the Big Green (25-16) defeated Columbia (26-21) in the third and decisive game of the Ivy League Championship Series on Sunday afternoon, 11-5. Every Dartmouth hitter had at least one hit and scored at least one run to help the team win the conference title for the second straight year.
Freshman Kyle Hunter (2-0), who had six no-decisions this year (five of which Dartmouth won), earned the victory by hurling 5.2 innings while yielding four earned runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out six as well. Sophomore Cole Sulser shut the door on the Lions in relief of Hunter, tossing the final 3.1 innings and allowing just a solitary run in the ninth on a total of three hits while fanning five for his fourth save.
We are now down to 23 days until Selection Monday. Here are some of my thoughts from the action on Saturday.
We will see on Sunday the first bid to the NCAA Tournament punched as Dartmouth and Columbia will face off in the third game of the three game Ivy League Championship series in New York. Columbia won Game 1 on Saturday by a score of 13-2 before Dartmouth won Game 2 15-12. I predict that Dartmouth will take it since they won the conference last year.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
NEW YORK, N.Y. — Howling winds, with gusts reaching over 40 mph blowing out to right field, wreaked havoc on the Ivy League Baseball Championship held at Columbia’s Robertson Field on Saturday afternoon as Dartmouth and the host Lions split the doubleheader to force a decisive game three on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Columbia (26-20) cruised to a 13-2 triumph in the first game behind the pitching of Pat Lowery and five RBIs from Dario Pizzano, while the Big Green (24-16) won a 15-10 slugfest as both senior Jim Wren and freshman Chris O’Dowd homered and drove in five runs.
We are now 24 days away from Selection Monday on May 31st. Here are some of the most interesting stories from Friday, May 7th.
The Ivy League championship series starts on Saturday at noon down at Columbia between the host Lions and the Dartmouth Big Green. TCBB contributor Katherine Cornetta did an excellent preview of the series which you can check out by clicking here.
The biggest series on the West Coast taking place this weekend is between San Diego and the University of Portland. San Diego took Game 1 of the series 2-0 behind an outstanding performance from Kyle Blair. He pitched a complete game shutout while allowing only one hit and three walks while striking out 15 batters. He brought a no-hitter into the ninth inning when he gave up a two-out single to Kris Kauppila before finishing out the one hitter. Kyle Kraus was solid on the mound for the Pilots also as he went 8.1 innings while giving up seven hits and two runs while striking out 10 batters but ended up getting the loss. The teams will be back in action on Saturday when San Diego sends Sammy Solis (7-1, 2.69 ERA) to the hill to face off against Portland’s Zach Varce (5-1, 3.08 ERA).
When Dartmouth faces Columbia in the Ivy League Championships this weekend, pitching may be important, but Lions Coach Brett Boretti knows what the difference maker will be.
“I think offense, in the post season, is the difference maker,” claimed Boretti in a chat this week. “It is tough for both teams to get started offensively.”
The Big Green (23-15, 13-7) and Lions (25-19, 14-6) both are chock-filled of new players on offense, and when they faced each other in April, they played two very similar games, according to Boretti. “We both evenly played a day of baseball,” he said of the split. “We had one big inning one day, they had one big inning the next. Otherwise, it was even.”