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Roundup: UNCW survives; Wave advances

By The Associated Press

Sunday's Capsules

Kinston Regional

UNC-Wilmington 4, Tennessee 3

KINSTON — Matt Poulk had a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to help North Carolina-Wilmington eliminate Tennessee (38-24) in a game that ended around midnight.

UNC-Wilmington (40-22), which lost to East Carolina earlier in the day to slip into the losers' bracket, plays the Pirates at noon on Monday in the regional championship.

Trailing 3-2 in the ninth, Matt Sutton led off with a single to right. Jonathan Batts followed with a base hit down the first-base line, moving Sutton to third. Sutton then raced home on a passed ball to tie the game.

Three batters later, Poulk drove in Kenny Smith for the winner.

East Carolina 11, UNC-Wilmington 4

KINSTON — Ryan Jones and Mark Minicozzi homered and East Carolina had 15 hits in the victory.

ECU (50-11), which has not lost a game in the Regional, faces UNC-Wilmington in the championship Monday.

The Pirates scored twice in the fifth inning to take a 4-1 lead. The Pirates then sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six runs in the seventh inning to break it open.

Tennessee 1, Stony Brook 0

KINSTON — Luke Hochevar scattered eight hits in a complete game shutout and Alex Suarez had an RBI double to help Tennessee eliminate Stony Brook (29-27).

The Volunteers (37-23) avoided elimination and faced UNC-Wilmington later Sunday, only to lose.

Kevin Fitzgerald (7-3) allowed one run in the complete game for the Seawolves.

Oxford Regional

Tulane 12, Washington 3

OXFORD — Brian Bogusevic followed his momentum-changing circus catch with a game-tying single, then used nifty baserunning to get the winning run home, and Tulane won its second regional title.

Bogusevic had three RBI to lead Tulane (41-19), which next plays the Fullerton regional winner.

Leading 3-1 in the second, Washington (39-20-1) loaded the bases with two out when Kyle Larsen cranked a drive down the right field line. Bogusevic made a twisting, running catch to stop the Huskies' potentially game-breaking threat.

That gem seemed to spark Tulane's offense, which scored four runs in the following half-inning.

Houston Regional

Texas A&m 7, Rice 5

HOUSTON — Justin Ruggiano knocked defending national champion Rice out of the NCAA tournament with an eighth-inning grand slam that gave Texas A&M a 7-5 victory Sunday.

Rice (46-14) took a 5-3 lead in the top of the eighth when Matt Cavanaugh and Paul Janish scored on a single by Adam Rogers.

Craig Stinson, John Infante and Travis Bartek all singled for the Aggies to load the bases in the bottom of the eighth. Ruggiano then hit his first pitch from Philip Humber for the grand slam that proved to be the difference.

The Aggies (42-20) advance to a best-of-3 super regional next weekend against LSU.

Rice 3, Texas A&M 1

HOUSTON — Jeff Niemann pitched a four-hitter to help Rice force the decisive second game.

Rice took a 2-0 lead after Erik Schindewolf scored in the first inning on Paul Janish's sacrifice fly and Adam Morris scored on a single by Matt Cavanaugh in the second.

Stanford Regional

Long Beach State 8, Stanford 4

STANFORD — John Bowker homered and drove in three runs, helping Long Beach State beat top-seeded Stanford and advance to the super regionals.

The 49ers (39-19) next face Arizona, which beat Notre Dame. Troy Tulowitzki and Sean Boatright also homered for Long Beach State, going for its first berth in the College World Series since 1998.

Chris Carter homered and drove in two runs as Stanford (46-14) failed to get out of a regional for the first time in six years.

Austin Regional

Texas 7, Oral Roberts 3

AUSTIN — Taylor Teagarden homered in a five-run first inning and Texas won the Austin regional championship.

The Longhorns (53-13) are the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and will host a best-of-3 super regional next weekend against Vanderbilt.

Oral Roberts (50-11) started seldom-used Conner Tinkler on the mound. Tinkler came in with just two starts this season and 16 2/3 innings under his belt. He didn't get out of the first inning, giving up four earned runs without recording an out.

Atlanta Regional

Georgia Tech 5, Texas Tech 3

ATLANTA — Andrew Kown pitched seven solid innings and Georgia Tech hit two more homers in the NCAA Atlanta regional final.

The victory put the Yellow Jackets (44-19) in the super regional for the second time in three years, and they host a best-of-three series next weekend against rival Georgia.

Brandon Boggs and Tyler Greene had solo home runs against the Red Raiders (40-21), giving Georgia Tech eight in its three games. Kown (10-1) won his ninth straight decision by allowing one run on seven hits with seven strikeouts.

Athens Regional

Georgia 7, Clemson 6 (10)

ATHENS — Clint Sammons' 10th-inning homer sent Georgia (41-21) to the super regionals, where the Bulldogs will play Georgia Tech.

Georgia got back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning from Bobby Felmy and Jason Jacobs off reliever Tony Sipp to tie it up at 6, inspired after coach David Perno's ejection in the bottom of the eighth.

The Tigers (39-26) led 6-4 when Perno was tossed for coming onto the field to argue balls and strikes. Before he left the field he hurled a bucket of balls onto the field.

Clemson 10, Georgia 9

ATHENS — Lou Santangelo's grand slam in the seventh inning capped a comeback from a seven-run deficit to help Clemson force the decisive elimination game.

Coral Gables Regional

Miami 19, Florida Atlantic 6

CORAL GABLES — Jim Burt's three-run double keyed a nine-run seventh inning and Miami (47-11) advanced to the super regionals.

The Hurricanes next face Florida.

Richard Giannotti had a grand slam and seven RBI for Miami, which also got long balls from Burt, Ryan Braun, Gaby Sanchez and Erick San Pedro.

The Hurricanes fell behind 5-4 after Florida Atlantic (47-17) scored three runs in the fifth. Miami seized control in the seventh, scoring nine runs on seven hits off four different pitchers.

Oklahoma City Regional

Florida 11, UCLA 0

OKLAHOMA CITY — Tommy Boss pitched a four-hitter to help Florida advance to the super regionals, where the Gators (43-20) will play in-state rival Miami.

Jonathan Tucker and Ben Harrison drove in a combined six runs. The Gators put the game out of reach by taking an 8-0 lead after the second inning.

Daniel Miltenberger (3-2) took the loss for UCLA (35-29), which eliminated host school Oklahoma in getting to the regional final.

Tallahassee Regional

Florida State 19, Central Florida 3

TALLAHASSEE — Stephen Drew homered twice and Florida State got 22 hits, clinching a spot in the NCAA super regional.

Brian Schultz (7-1) picked up the victory with seven innings of six-hit work, securing Florida State's seventh consecutive regional championship. Florida State (45-21) will play the Fayetteville winner in the super regional.

Brett Bordwine (1-1) gave up seven earned runs on eight hits in the loss. The Knights (47-18) forced the deciding game with a 7-5 win earlier in the day.

Central Florida 7, Florida State 5

TALLAHASSEE — Dee Brown's solo home run in the eighth inning broke a tie and propelled Central Florida to the victory, setting up the deciding game.

Charlottesville Regional

Vanderbilt 7, Virginia 3

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Aaron Garza drove in three runs and Warner Jones added two RBI to help Vanderbilt knock off the top-seeded Cavaliers (44-15).

Jones' RBI single in the second inning gave Vanderbilt a 4-3 lead, and the Commodores cruised from there. They next play Texas in the super regionals.

Reliever Scott Morganthaler (1-1) took the loss, allowing two runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings. Matt Buschmann (8-1) went 6 2/3 innings for the Commodores (45-17).

Virginia 9, Princeton 0

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Matt Avery allowed four hits and struck out seven in a complete game, and Virginia eliminated Princeton (27-19).

South Bend Regional

Arizona 7, Notre Dame 6

SOUTH BEND — Moises Duran had two RBI singles, driving in the winning run, and Jason Donald, Richard Mercado and Nick Hundley hit homers to lead Arizona to its first NCAA regional title in 11 years.

The Wildcats (33-24-1) didn't lose a game in the double-elimination tournament and next play Long Beach State.

Notre Dame (51-12) tied the game at 6 in the seventh on a three-run homer by Cody Rizzo. But the Wildcats regained the lead in the bottom of the inning when Jeff Van Houten scored on Duran's single.

Baton Rouge Regional

LSU 11, College of Charleston 3

BATON ROUGE — LSU starter Lane Mestepey allowed just three hits, and the Tigers (44-17) won their ninth straight regional to set up a super regional against Texas A&M.

College of Charleston (47-16) was making its first appearance in a regional.

Mestepey (6-3) turned his left ankle jogging Wednesday and missed his scheduled start Saturday. When he left the mound in the eighth inning Sunday, he got a standing ovation.

Columbia Regional

South Carolina 7, North Carolina 6

COLUMBIA — Kevin Melillo's two-run homer in the fourth inning put South Carolina ahead for good, and the Gamecocks advanced to the super regionals against the Kinston winner.

Melillo's blast gave South Carolina (48-15) a cushion after a series of mistakes let the tired Tar Heels (43-21) keep things close.

Gamecocks closer Chad Blackwell struggled in the ninth, allowing three hits and a run. But with runners on first and second with one out, he struck out Marshall Hubbard and Sammy Hewitt to get his 17th save.

Fayetteville Regional

Arkansas 4, Wichita State 3

FAYETTEVILLE, AR — Charley Boyce pitched the final 7 2/3 innings just a day after throwing 99 pitches to help Arkansas advance to the super regionals.

Arkansas (43-22), which had to beat the Shockers (49-16) twice Sunday to move on, next plays Florida State.

Boyce (9-2) retired 19 of the last 23 batters he faced after giving up two doubles in the third inning. Scott Bridges scored the go-ahead run in the eighth when shortstop Nick McCoola couldn't handle Brett Hagedorn's grounder — Wichita State's sixth error of the game.

Arkansas 11, Wichita State 9

FAYETTEVILLE, AR — Brady Toops' two-out grand slam in the ninth lifted Arkansas to the win, forcing a deciding game for the regional championship.

Toops hit the first pitch he saw from reliever Kyle Banick (3-4). The ball went just over the glove of left fielder Phil Napolitan, capping a five-run ninth inning.

Fullerton Regional

Cal State Fullerton 16, Pepperdine 3

FULLERTON — Kurt Suzuki went 4-for-5 with four RBI, including his 15th home run of the season, to put Cal State Fullerton into the super regionals.

The 49ers (40-21), who had to beat Pepperdine (30-32) twice Sunday to advance, next play Tulane.

Jason Windsor struck out three, walked one and retired 14 batters before being removed after the sixth inning.

Cal State Fullerton 15, Pepperdine 1

FULLERTON — Scott Sarver pitched a complete game and P.J. Pilittere had a career-high five RBI to help Cal State Fullerton force a rematch to determine the regional champion.

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02/23/2007 10:37:09 AM

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