NCAA Tournament: 5/30 Updates

Update (10:46 A.M.):

I fell asleep.  Kowalski threw 3.1 scoreless innings, but BC fell 3-2 as Mike Dennhardt allowed a Travis Tucker RBI single in the 25th inning.  What a game.

Update (1:10 A.M.):

Kowalski survived a home run scare on a long foul ball and stranded a runner in scoring position after a lead-off bloop single.  We’re still tied heading to the bottom of the 22nd and Kowalski is still in line for the win if BC can pull it out right here.

Update (1:01 A.M.):

No dice.  A long fly ball off the bat of Tony Sanchez settled into the glove of David Hernandez.  Does the 22nd inning count as “bonus baseball” or is there a point of diminshing returns?  Kowalski is still in the game facing the 4-5-6 batters in the Texas lineup.

Update (12:51 A.M.):

I guess these updates should really be under the post, “NCAA Tournament: 5/31 Updates.”  Kowalski walked Bell, who promptly stole second base.  Kowalski then got 3B Michael Torres to ground out to first base to retire the side.  Torres is now 1-10 in the ballgame, and if BC can push across a run in the bottom of the inning, Kowalski would win two NCAA Tournament games in as many days.

Update (12:47 A.M.):

Navigators/BC RHP Chris Kowalski has entered the game with two outs and nobody on in the top of the 21st to face DH Brandon Bell.

Update (12:41 A.M.):

Wood exits the game after recording one out in the 20th inning and allowing a hit and a hit batter to put two runners on base.  Texas escaped the jam when Austin Dicherry got Anthony Melchionda to fly out to CF Connor Rowe at the warning track with the potential winning run only 90 feet away.  We go to the 21st… with no end in sight.

Update (12:22 A.M.):

Well, this BC-Texas game is too good to give in to the need for sleep.  They have now gone to the 20th inning in Texas with the score tied at two.  But that doesn’t come close to telling the story.  BC closer Mike Belfiore threw 9.2 innings of three-hit, scoreless baseball with 11 strikeouts… and he wasn’t the best reliever in the game.  Texas closer Austin Wood (who is still pitching) has thrown 12.2 innings, striking out 14 while yielding four walks and only one hit, which came in the 19th inning after Wood had thrown 12.1 innings of scoreless, hitless baseball.  Unbelievable.

Update (9:54 P.M.):

First of all, did you know that CBS College Sports streams all available games online?  That is coming in handy currently, as BC and #1 Texas are tied at two (click link for the stream) in the top of the eleventh with the Eagles playing the role of the home team in Texas.  Chris Kowalski has not yet appeared in the ballgame.

In other news, the Gators dispensed of Miami (FL) with relative ease, winning 8-2 in Gainesville.  Tyler Thompson pinch hit and scored a run in the Florida victory, which secured the Gators a spot in the finals of the winners bracket and will force the winner of the losers bracket to beat the Gators twice in order to steal the Gainesville regional. 

Update (6:46 P.M.):

And the ballgame is over!  Sean Gilmartin throws a complete game five-hitter and the Seminoles improve to 2-0 in regional action with an 8-2 win over the Georgia Bulldogs.  Updates on Florida and BC to come.  

…wow.  he’s good.  gilmartin projects as an outfielder with the navs so he can protect his prized left arm, but the kid is also six for 10 at the plate and must have a cannon for an arm in the outfield.  wow…

Update (6:43 P.M.):

A bases-clearing triple off the bat of Jason Stidham plated three more for the Seminoles in the eighth, and they have sent Sean Gilmartin back out to the mound for the ninth with an 8-2 lead.

Update (6:35 P.M.):

Gilmartin allowed two hits but escaped the eighth unscathed.  Stephen Cardullo drove in a run with an RBI single for the Seminoles in the bottom of the frame, and Florida State now leads 5-2 behind Gilmartin’s eight innings of two-run ball.

Original Post:

Vanderbilt stayed alive this afternoon with a 10-0 win over Indiana, eliminating the Hoosiers.  Matt Marquis was actually at Fraser Field today gearing up for the NECBL season, so the Commodores will have to do without their freshman outfielder.

Sean Gilmartin started for Florida State this afternoon and, through six and a half innings, the Seminoles lead Georgia 4-2.  Gilmartin has hurled seven innings, allowing a two-run homer but striking out six while surrendering three hits without a walk.  He has kept his pitch count to an extremely efficient 82 pitches through seven frames, and has held the Bulldogs in check while the Florida State bats have been held silent after scoring four runs through the first two innings.

Tyler Thompson, Kevin Chapman, and the Florida Gators take on Miami (FL) at 6:30 P.M. in Gainesville, FL.

Chris Kowalski and the BC Eagles will take on #1 Texas at 7:00 P.M. at the home of the Longhorns.

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