Davidson ousts UNC, wins regional in 1st NCAA Tournament
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 14:43
A number of No. 1 seeds faced just that scenario Sunday, including Florida State, Kentucky and No. 2 overall seed North Carolina.
Coach Dick Cooke's team stunned top-seeded and second-ranked North Carolina twice in three days, punctuated by a dramatic 2-1 victory Sunday, to win the first NCAA regional in school history. But, yeah, they're a great team every year.
Davidson's run through the Chapel Hill Regional didn't come without drama in the ninth inning.
UNC Athletics North Carolina's Brandon Riley argues a call at the plate on Sunday night against Davidson. And then first baseman Brian Fortier was pulled far to his right to field Michael Busch's groundball, and his flip to pitcher Durin O'Linger was a bit high. The bang-bang play resulted in the final out of the game, sending the Wildcats into a celebratory frenzy while the Tar Heels shook their heads in disappointment. The Wildcats were seeded sixth in that tournament.
"I told them before the game that I liked where we're at", 10th-year Holy Cross coach Greg Dicenzo said. "I feel bad for whatever No. 1 seed has to play us". And in the midst of the team's self-proclaimed Cinderella run, nobody - not even Texas A&M, which hosts Davidson in the super regionals - wants any problem with the Wildcats.
Davidson joined Missouri in 2006, Fresno State in 2008, Stony Brook in 2012, College of Charleston in 2014 and VCU in 2015 as No. 4 regional seeds to advance. Fresno State went on to win the national title, and Stony Brook reached the College World Series.
The victor will meet Davidson, the regional's only unbeaten team after the Wildcats defeated Florida Gulf Coast 2-1, at 6 p.m. Sunday. No. 6 TCU was rained out.
- Braden Zarbnisky had two hits, including the go-ahead single in the eighth inning, to lead West Virginia to an 8-5 come-from-behind win over Maryland in an elimination game.
He's felt that way since early May, when the Wildcats won their final two regular-season games against UMass to earn their way into the A10 tournament in St. Louis.
Winner Trent Astle (5-1) allowed seven hits in eight innings and struck out four. The Wildcats required just three arms to get the job done, though starter Alexis Herrera lasted only five innings before getting the ax. The Terrapins set school NCAA tournament records for runs in a game and an inning (six in the fourth).
- Chad Spanberger's 20th home run of the season with two outs in the seventh broke a 3-3 tie and helped Arkansas eliminate Oral Roberts 4-3.
Davidson added a second run in the eighth on an RBI single from Eric Jones to go up 2-0 as Dye neared 120 pitches on the night.
The UNC baseball season ended with a whimper, not with a bang.
North Carolina's Tyler Baum pitches against Davidson in an NCAA regional game on June 4.
No. 1 regional seed Wake Forest beat West Virginia 12-8, with Stuart Fairchild hitting a grand slam for the first of his two homers.
No. 3 national seed Florida won 10-6 over Marist and No. 4 LSU erased an early 3-0 deficit to beat Texas Southern 15-7 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Nick Dunn hit a solo homer to lead off the ninth and the Terrapins brought the tying run to the plate, but Gum struck out looking to end it.
Jackson Sigman (6-4) earned the win, allowing one run on four hits in 4 2/3 innings in relief of Kade Strowd. The Seminoles (42-21) will try to reach a Super Regional for the 16th time Monday. Josh Stowers homered and in the seventh inning doubled in the tying run and scored the victor on Logan Taylor's base hit. The redshirt freshman right-hander walked Cam Johnson to load the bases before Will Robertson's two-run single put the A-10 champs in front 2-0.
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