Saturday's ACC action in the NCAA Baseball regionals went a lot like Friday's action. Seven teams in competition, one rain out, five wins, and it was the same team (Clemson) that lost. Florida State, Louisville, Miami, and N.C. State all join Virginia in their respective regional finals. Notre Dame has a chance to do so today. Let's see how they got there:
Pepperdine 10, Clemson 8
Clemson became the first team eliminated from the Fullerton Regional and the first ACC squad to have to pack their bags and head home. Pepperdine had a 7-0 lead in the middle of the 6th inning, but the Tigers scored two runs in the bottom frame and another six runs in the bottom of the seventh to take an 8-7 lead. Unfortunately that wasn't enough as Pepperdine would score one in the eighth and two more in the ninth to retake the lead for good.
College of Charleston 2, Florida State 3
The Seminoles have managed to keep things interesting in their regional, needing 10 innings Friday night to beat Mercer and then barely edging College of Charleston last night. The Cougars tied the game at two runs apiece in the top of the eighth inning, but the Seminoles responded with what would be the winning run in the bottom of the eighth on a solo homer by Quincy Nieporte.
Florida State will play at 6pm against the winner of the CofC/Auburn elimination game, which starts at noon.
Louisville 4, Michigan 3
Louisville scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 9th inning to break open a 3-3 tie with Michigan.Unlike Florida State's solo homer, the Cardinals had to work for it. That one run took a single, a steal and two sacrifices to find the plate.
Louisville will play at 4pm against the winner of the Michigan/Bradley game, which starts at noon.
Miami 8, Columbia 3
Coral Gables Regional
Miami needed none of the late game theatrics that Florida State and Louisville required. Their four run top of the second was enough to give them the win as their pitching staff held Columbia to three runs on nine hits. But just to be sure, the Hurricanes tacked on two in the fourth, one in the sixth and another in the eighth.
Miami will play at 7pm against the winner of the Columbia/Florida International game, which starts at 1pm.
N.C. State 5, TCU 4
Forth Worth Regional
This one was a doozy. North Carolina State led 3-2 after four innings, but the Horned Frogs clawed back with a run in the sixth and another in the seventh. That set up a make or break top of the 9th inning for the Wolfpack and, down to their final out, they delivered. Ryne Willard walked and then Chance Shepard homered to center field to take the lead and send the hosts to the losers bracket.
N.C. State will play at 8pm against the winner of the TCU/Stony Brook game,which starts at 3:30pm.
Illinois, Notre Dame
The matchup between the Fighting Illini and the Fighting Irish will have to wait until later today. Both Saturday games were postponed. Ohio and Wright State will take to the diamond at noon, while Illinois and Notre Dame is scheduled to begin at 4pm. The schedule change means there will be a triple header with the losers bracket game taking place at 8pm. The championship game (or games, if necessary) will happen on Monday. So we already know at least one regional that will have to wait until Monday to crown a champion.