College baseball roundup: Seton Hill 1 win away from World Series
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Seton Hill took advantage of an NCAA Division II-record 12 hit batsmen, including a D-II record five in one inning, and trounced top-seeded Millersville, 12-2, on Saturday night to remain unbeaten in the Atlantic Region tournament.
Third-seeded Seton Hill (42-15) will have two opportunities Sunday against fourth-seeded Shippensburg (30-21) in the double-elimination tournament to earn a trip to the D-II World Series on May 25 in Cary, N.C.
Seton Hill won for the third time in as many games despite getting just seven hits. The Griffins broke the game open with eight runs over the final two innings.
Senior catcher Mike Cima, a Penn-Trafford product, was hit four times by pitches, tying a D-II record.
“We won the game tonight a little bit differently than the first two, but we're 3-0 now, and we're just taking each game as they come,” Seton Hill coach Marc Marizzaldi said. “The difference again tonight was the consistency in our pitching.”
Bob Carbaugh (3-1) limited Millersville to one hit until Kurt Seiders doubled with two outs in the seventh inning and Mark Stuckey followed with a two-run homer that cut the Seton Hill lead to 4-2.
But Seton Hill scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh. Nick Sell, a North Allegheny product, homered during a four-run eighth for the Griffins, who are playing in their fourth consecutive regional.
Marietta 6, Washington & Jefferson 2 — Washington & Jefferson's marathon run through the NCAA Division III baseball tournament ended Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind., the second consecutive time the two-time defending national champion Pioneers have eliminated the Presidents from the Mideast regional.
Top-seeded Manchester won the regional with an 8-5 victory over Marietta in a later game to advance to the Division III World Series on Friday in Appleton, Wis.
W&J (33-12) was playing in its third game in 24 hours after surviving a pair of extra-inning victories Friday, including a wild, 11-8, 15-inning decision over Thomas More in a game that ended early Saturday morning.
Fifth-seeded W&J, which posted a 3-2 record in the regional, had beaten Wooster in 13 innings Friday after splitting its first two games on Wednesday and Thursday.
Jason Byers struck out nine W&J batters in pitching a complete game for second-seeded Marietta. He gave up two earned runs on nine hits.
RBI doubles by Alex Toth and Aaron Hopper helped Marietta to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, and the Pioneers stretched their advantage to 5-1 against W&J sophomore Jared Baird, making his first college start.
Baird pitched 81⁄3 innings, yielding six runs — three earned — and seven hits while striking out four for the Presidents.
Chris Winpigler sparked Marietta's offense, going 2 for 5 with two RBI.
W&J senior second baseman Scott Liller, a Moon High School product, led all players in the regional with 11 hits, despite getting just one against Marietta.
Louisville 7, Pitt 4 — In Louisville, Ky., Coco Johnson and Jeff Gardner drove in two runs apiece, and No. 10 Louisville won its 16th consecutive game to complete a sweep of No. 16 Pitt with a Big East victory in both school's regular-season finale.
Louisville (46-10, 20-4) had clinched a share of the Big East's regular-season title with a 12-4 win over Pitt on Friday. The Cardinals will enter the Big East tournament Wednesday in Clearwater, Fla., as the top seed.
Pitt (40-15, 18-6), which finished tied with Seton Hall for second place in the league, is the third seed and will play sixth-seeded St. John's (23-33, 10-14) in a first-round game at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
“We're disappointed that we did not win today,” Pitt coach Joe Jordano said. “However, I really liked how hard we played and how we continued to play that way to the final out.”
Pitt trailed by three runs before loading the bases in the eighth and ninth innings and failing to score both times.
Junior center fielder Stephen Vranka, a Gateway High School product, and catcher Elvin Soto paced Pitt with three hits apiece as the Panthers outhit the Cardinals, 10-9.
Right-hander Rhys Aldenhoven (8-1) suffered his first loss for Pitt, working five innings and giving up five runs, four earned.
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