Although the ACC came in as one of the top conferences in the country, it suffered a few setbacks on Friday with two of its five hosts, including one of its two national seeds, falling to the 4 seeds of their regionals.
No. 2 UNC 4 - Davidson 8
Probably the biggest shocker of the NCAA tournament so far is the highly touted Tar Heels falling to 33-24 Davidson, a team they beat less than a month ago. The Wildcats jumped all over Carolina scoring all 8 runs before the 6th inning and before UNC could put a single run on the board.
Next game: vs. Michigan, 1 PM ET
Florida State 1 - Tennessee Tech 3
The Noles came into the week as one of the hottest teams in the country having run through the ACC Tournament just last week. The Noles actually took the lead in the 6th, but their bullpen let them down allowing 2 runs on 5 hits over the final 1.2 innings. With a decent Auburn and UCF team also in the regional, it could be tough for the Noles to come out of this one.
Next game: vs. UCF, 12 PM ET
No. 7 Louisville 11 - Radford 6
Even though the Cardinals jumped all over Radford in the 3rd inning hanging 6 runs on the Highlanders, Louisville allowed Radford back in the game over the following three innings scoring 4 in the 4th and 2 more in the 6th to tie it up 6-6. Louisville asserted itself after that scoring 3 more in the 6th and 2 in the 7th to take the final, commanding lead 11-6. Louisville should be set up well having not used their ace in yesterday’s game.
Next game: vs. Oklahoma, 7 PM ET
Wake Forest 11 - UMBC 3
This one got out of hand in a hurry with Wake scoring 6 runs in the 2nd inning and 4 more in the 6th. UMBC clawed back with two of their own in the 3rd, but was not able to scrape together much more after that. All 9 of Wake’s hitters in their lineup registered at least one hit with four having multi-hit games. If the Deacons’ hitters can keep that up they could advance to next week.
Next game: vs. West Virginia, 7 PM ET
NC State 7 - Indiana 6 (F/12)
The Wolfpack scored a run in the 8th to tie up this back and forth affair. Two more in the 12th inning and holding Indiana to just a run in the bottom half was enough to advance in the winner’s bracket of the Kentucky regional. State used 7 pitchers in the game with their starter, Johnny Piedmonte, lasting only 0.1 innings and giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk.
Next game: vs. Kentucky, 7 PM ET
Clemson 5 - UNC Greensboro 4
Clemson did all they could to let Greensboro win the game in another 4 over 1 upset. After Clemson starter Alex Eubanks left the game with 2 outs in the 8th, a runner on first, and a 5-2 Clemson lead, Clemson’s bullpen would allow that run from first to score and a lead off solo home run in the 9th. Fortunately for the Tigers, Pat Krall came on in relief to get the final 3 outs.
Next game: vs. Vanderbilt, 7 PM ET