Tar Heels eliminate Gators; Campbell wins first NCAA tourney game
Adam Ramirez and Adam Pate hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the third inning after a rain delay of 3 hours, 19 minutes to spark North Carolina to a 5-2 victory that eliminated host and No. 2 national seed Florida on Saturday.
The Gators (40-23) went 0-2 in a regional for the second year in a row and have lost their last six NCAA tournament games since the 2012 College World Series.
North Carolina (35-26) advanced to a game on Sunday against the loser of the late game between the College of Charleston and Long Beach State.
The Tar Heels broke open a scoreless tie after returning from the lengthy delay, greeting Florida reliever Kirby Snead with four consecutive hits.
Reilly Hovis (9-1) got the victory in relief.
Zack Powers and Casey Turgeon had RBI singles for the Gators.
Campbell 4, Old Dominion 1 (12 innings)
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Elijah Trail and Brooks Borders had RBI singles in the 12th inning and Campbell won for the first time in NCAA tournament play, beating Old Dominion 4-1 in an elimination game Saturday in the Columbia Regional.
Reliever Ryan Thompson (7-2) pitched five innings of one-hit ball to keep Campbell in it.
The Camels (41-20) will face Maryland or South Carolina in another elimination game Sunday. Campbell's only other NCAA appearance was when it went 0-2 in the 1990 tournament.
Old Dominion (36-26) has lost eight straight NCAA tournament games dating to 1995.
Pitching problems doomed Old Dominion for a second straight game. Closer Brad Gero twice hit batters in the ninth inning against Maryland that let in the tying and winning runs Friday. This time, reliever Victor Diaz hit a batter to load the bases and set up the run-scoring hits by Trail and Borders.