NCAA Baseball Tourney Notes

North Carolina, a potential Super Regional opponent for Alabama, dispatched of Maine 15-7 Friday, and in the same Regional Winthrop beat UNC-Wilmington. Those two teams play in the winner's bracket game Saturday.

There were a few notable upsets around the NCAA baseball tourney Friday night, however, the biggest of which came in Lincoln, Nebraska, as Manhattan defeated region number one seed and national number six seed Nebraska 4-1 in the opening game.

Kentucky and Oklahoma, who were both region number one seeds, lost their opening round games, too. And another SEC team was upset, as Oral Roberts defeated Arkansas 4-3 in 11 innings in Fayetteville.

Troy defeated Southern Miss 10-8 in a marathon game which included to separate rain delays, each of exactly one hour and 13 minutes. The first delay was in the fourth inning and the second delay of equal length came in the seventh.

Troy and Alabama, who played in on March 22 in Tuscaloosa, who will play in the winner's bracket game Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. Troy used four pitchers in the first game and Southern Miss used five pitchers.

Alabama's Ryan Rhoden earned the starting assignment Friday night after Kent Matthes earned the start in two games in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, and made two tough running catches – one in the first inning and one in the second - for outs. Several misplayed balls in the field in the last part of the season was the reason Rhoden was replaced in the SEC tourney.

Rhoden had an outstanding game with five putouts in the field and a 2 for 4 night at the plate with one walk.

Friday night's game was Alabama's biggest offensive outburst of the post-season, and produced the most Crimson Tide runs in over a month. Alabama's 13 runs was the most since April 26, when the Tide scored 14 against UAB.

Georgia Tech and Georgia were both hosting regionals at their respective campuses, and both their one-seed games were rained out on Friday.


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