Navigators Update from NCAA Regionals (Day Two)

Eight North Shore Navigators from five different schools advanced to the 2011 NCAA Regionals, which began earlier this weekend as part of The Road to Omaha.

Florida advanced past Miami (FL) with a 5-4 walk-off win in the ninth to remain perfect in regional play. Navs sophomore Cody Dent drew a walk in the final frame to set the stage for the Gators’ Nolan Fontana, who delivered the game-winning single with one out. Fontana will represent the Team USA Collegiate National team this summer, which is set to play against the Navigators on June 26 at Fraser Field. Florida had previously defeated Manhattan 17-3 on Friday.

Clemson too won for the second time in two days, following up a victory over Sacred Heart on Friday with a 12-7 win over Coastal Carolina on Saturday. The Tigers’ Kevin Pohle, Mike Dunster, and  Jon McGibbon will all represent the Navs this summer.

Pohle threw two scoreless innings in Friday’s win over Sacred Heart and on the season and is 5-1 with a miniscule 1.11 ERA over 16 appearances. Meanwhile, Dunster had a pinch hit single on Friday and is hitting .545 (6-for-11) in limited action this spring. McGibbon was a 29th round pick of the Seattle Mariners in last year’s draft and is hitting .350 (21-for-60) in 41 games for the Tigers.

Baylor also took their second consecutive game this weekend, taking down one-seeded Rice 3-2 on Saturday after defeating California the day prior. On the season, Bears lefty Crayton Bare has made 16 appearances this spring. Righthander Miles Landry has not yet appeared in game action for Baylor. Both will appear on the Navs roster in 2011.

However, Navs outfielder Saulyer Saxon of Oklahoma State and infielder Drew Dahlberg of Oklahoma both saw their seasons come to an end on Saturday, as the Sooners and Cowboys lost for the second straight day. Oklahoma (41-19) was shut out 7-0 by Oral Roberts after losing to Dallas Baptist on Friday, while Oklahoma State (35-25) lost 3-2 to Belmont after falling to Troy State on Day One.

On Sunday, Florida, Clemson and Baylor will all be in action once again and can advance to the NCAA Super Regionals with victories. Each of their opponents are still to be determined pending the results of early day action.

At 4PM, Florida takes on the winner of Miami (FL)/Jacksonville. 

At 7PM,  Baylor will take on the winner of Rice/California, and Clemson will host the winner of Connecticut/Coastal Carolina, also at 7PM.


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