NCAA Tournament: 5/29 Updates

North Shore Navigators RHP Chris Kowalski headlined the team’s success on the first day of regional play in the D-I NCAA Tournament, picking up a win in relief for Boston College as the Eagles bested Texas State in an 8-7 thriller.  With BC trailing 5-2, Kowalski tossed a scoreless eighth with one strikeout before the Eagles stormed back.  The Eagles started the ninth with five straight hits, including John Spatola’s three-homer that gave BC a 6-5 lead. The Eagles sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning, earning an 8-5 advantage before holding in for the one-run victory.

…hopefully this will start a charge in the toughest regional in the tournament for boston college.  beating the top seed of the tournament at their own regional, as boston college will try to do to texas, is not impossible.  kind of like when a school i attend did this against vanderbilt and david price…

…funny to think that i took a linguistics class with a kid who homered against david price.  way to go alan…

Speaking of which, Matt Marquis and the Vanderbilt Commodores fell to Middle Tennessee 5-4 in an intrastate matchup.  The win snapped a seven-game NCAA Tournament losing streak for Middle Tennessee, who received a grand slam from Stuart Meinhart en route to the one-run win.

Tyler Thompson, Kevin Chapman, and the Florida Gators won a wild one in Gainesville against Bethune-Cookman, coming back from a two-run ninth inning deficit to win 8-7.  Tyler Thompson started as the DH and went 0-2 with a HBP, and Kevin Chapman entered the game in the eighth inning with a runner on and two outs and was able to retire the only batter he faced.  A two-run walk-off single by senior Teddy Foster won it for the Gators in the final frame.

Finally, Florida State is currently in action and leading Marist 11-4.  Navigators LHP and Third Team All-American Sean Gilmartin is slated to pitch tomorrow for the Seminoles.

…more updates, time permitting, to come tomorrow…

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