GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Bryson Worrell homered from both sides of the plate, driving in four runs, in the third inning and top-seeded East Carolina rolled past fourth-seeded Coppin State 17-1 on Friday in the Greenville Regional.
The Pirates (43-18), the overall No. 8 seed making their 34th regional appearance, broke it open with five hits and and four walks in the third. Worrell started the scoring with a solo blast to left field leading off the inning and capped the scoring with a three-run shot to right, making it 12-1 en route to their nation-leading 19th straight win.
East Carolina faces the winner of Coastal Carolina-Virginia and the Eagles (24-29), in their first-ever regional, meet loser on Saturday.
The Pirates had 14 hits and took advantage of 11 walks from three different Coppin State pitchers.
Alec Makarewicz also homered and Joey Rezek had three RBIs, getting his first collegiate base hit and RBI in the seventh.. Danny Beal (5-1) struck out six in four innings of one-hit relief to get the win.
Virginia beats Coastal Carolina 7-2 in Greenville Regional
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Jake Gelof went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and made a nice defensive stop in the seventh to help No. 2 seed Virginia beat third-seeded Coastal Carolina 7-2 on Friday in the Greenville Regional.
Virginia (39-17) entered having lost five of its last seven games.
Alex Tappen made a diving catch to close out the top of the fifth inning and Virginia added three runs in the bottom half for a 7-2 lead. Gelof’s second RBI, and 76th of the season, plated Tappen in the fifth and Casey Saucke also collected his second RBI with a double to left field.
Gelof’s diving stop at third helped Virginia escape a bases-loaded jam in the seventh.
Nate Savino (6-6) went 6 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run. Saucke and Kyle Teel also had two RBIs and Ethan Anderson added another.
Reid VanScoter (9-3) allowed six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings for Coastal Carolina (36-19-1).