Virginia beats Elon 11-3; super regional next
By HANK KURZ Jr., AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Derek Fisher emerged from an NCAA tournament slump with two hits and three RBIs and Virginia advanced to the super regionals for the fourth time in five years with an 11-3 victory against Elon on Sunday night.
Fisher, a sophomore, was 0 for 23 in his career in the tournament before he hit a game-tying, two-run single in the third inning. He added an RBI single in the fourth as the Cavaliers (50-10) scored eight times over two innings.
"There was one pitch in one spot I was looking for, and I got it," Fisher said of the inside fastball.
Freshman reliever David Rosenberger (3-0) pitched five brilliant innings in relief after the Cavaliers' big inning. The left-hander allowed just two hits, struck out four and walked none before Austin Young and Josh Sborz worked the ninth.
"For a freshman to pitch in that situation, to come in in that scenario in the fourth was just tremendous," Cavaliers coach Brian O'Connor said. "I know he was waiting for the right opportunity, and tonight it was."
Elon (34-30) got a two-run homer from Ryan Kinsella in the first and an RBI double from Casey Jones in the third to take a 3-0 lead on the Cavaliers' home field, but had only two baserunners against Rosenberger, both erased by double plays.
"We hit right-handers," Phoenix coach Mike Kennedy said. "We've done it all year. When they turned that guy around and brought that lefty in, I knew we might be in trouble."
Virginia had managed just four runs in winning its first two games in the regional, but its offense came alive in the third.
"I knew it was just a matter of time before a lot of those guys broke out," O'Connor said.
Nate Irving doubled with one out and Jared King, who had just one hit in his last 20 NCAA tournament at-bats, doubled him home. After walks to Joe McCarthy and Brandon Downes, Fisher ripped a single just past Phoenix second baseman Chris Bresnahan. With two outs, Nick Howard's single brought home two more, and Kelly Towns' double made it 6-3.
An RBI double by Downes and Fisher's RBI single in the fourth made it 8-3.
Irving added a sacrifice fly in the fifth, and Towns had an RBI groundout in the seventh and was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth to force home the final run.
The Cavaliers will host a super regional against either Mississippi State or Central Arkansas next weekend.
Va Tech hangs on to beat UConn 3-1
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Sean Keselica had two hits and an RBI, and Virginia Tech held on in the ninth inning to edge Connecticut 3-1 in an elimination game in the Blacksburg regional Sunday.
The Hokies (40-21) advanced to the regional championship game Sunday night against Oklahoma. Virginia Tech got a game-ending double play to seal it after Connecticut (35-28) had two runners on and just one out.
The Hokies scored in the second when Tyler Horan drew a leadoff walk and scored on Chad Morgan's fielder's choice groundout. The Hokies made it 2-0 in the fourth on Andrew Rash's RBI double.
UConn got an unearned run in the fifth to cut the lead to 2-1, but Keselica's RBI fielder's choice in the ninth gave the Hokies a 3-1 lead.
Brad Markey (5-4) gave up one run and five hits in 5 1-3 innings for the win, while Anthony Marzi (5-7) took the loss.
Oklahoma tops Va. Tech to win Blacksburg regional
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- The Oklahoma Sooners feel right at home in Virginia.
For the third time in four seasons, the Sooners advanced in the NCAA tournament by winning in Virginia. This time, they knocked off Virginia Tech 10-4 in the NCAA Blacksburg regional championship game to advance to next weekend's super regional round.
Hector Lorenzana had two hits and three RBIs, and Max White had two hits and an RBI to carry the Sooners (43-19), who will face LSU in Baton Rouge, La., for the right to go to the College World Series.
"We've played in Virginia and we've found success in this state," said White, who was the most outstanding player in the regional after going 8-for-16 with four RBI in three games. "I don't know what it is. We even brought in the same bus driver that we had the past two times. We just find luck in Virginia, I guess."
Oklahoma, which beat Virginia in last year's regional in Charlottesville, Va., and beat the Cavaliers in the 2010 super regional in Charlottesville, scored four runs on five hits in the sixth inning and took advantage of two Virginia Tech errors. White and Lorenzana had RBI singles in the inning.
Virginia Tech (40-22) scored a run in the sixth to cut the Sooners' lead to 4-3, but had two runners thrown out at home in the inning. White ended it when he threw out Virginia Tech's Andrew Rash, who was trying to score on Chad Morgan's single.
"I thought it (the throw) was going to sail on me a little bit, but it ended up getting in there," White said. "They had two guys in scoring position and we needed to keep the momentum. I didn't want them tying it up, and that run would have tied it up. I saw the ball come up the middle, and I charged hard. Luckily it was on line.
"I normally don't get very high or very low, and we've played in extra-inning ball games and things like that," Oklahoma coach Sunny Golloway said. "But I was fired up. I thought I was going to have to run out to center field because Max wouldn't come off the field fast enough for me to get with him.
"To not let them tie the game was very important. I felt if they tied the game, then I thought the momentum swing would be huge. If we had the lead, we could play our game. Max's play was absolutely the play of the game."
In the ninth, the Sooners put things away, scoring six runs, including two on a single by Jack Mayfield, who was 3-for-5, and two on a double by Lorenzana. A throwing error by Morgan, Virginia Tech's catcher, didn't help the Hokies, who also committed four errors.
"If you don't play clean baseball on a Tuesday or in a regional final, you're not going to win a game," Virginia Tech coach Pete Hughes said. "Credit Oklahoma, they played clean. We didn't execute a hit and run, and they executed a hit and run. For the most part, they made the routine plays, and we had trouble doing that."
Jake Fisher (3-2) got the win, giving up three runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. Eddie Campbell (2-5) took the loss.