The Road to Cary began yesterday as 52 of the 56 teams in the 2016 D2 Baseball tournament play. Here is a recap from Thursday's action in each of the eight Regionals.
The Heartland Conference made their presence felt in the first day of action in the South Central Regionals in Grand Junction, Colo.
Colorado Mesa will face Kingsville in an elimination game to open Friday’s action at 12:00 p.m. Mountain. Lubbock Christian will take on West Texas in a possible elimination game at 3:30 p.m. Mountain, while Angelo State and St. Edward’s close out the day at 7:00 p.m. Mountain.
BB: Perry DellaValle Complete Game one hitter, strikes out 5 in the game. pic.twitter.com/7MgHkr7xig
— SHUGriffin Athletics (@GriffinsSports) May 19, 2016
A gem of a pitching performance as part of PSAC domination marked the start of Thursday’s Atlantic Regionals in West Lawn, Pa.
Perry Dellevalle threw a complete game one-hitter, striking out five and facing just one batter over the minimum as BR-50 Seton Hill blanked BR-87 Shepherd 3-0.
Chowan faces East Stroudsburg in an elimination game at 11:00 a.m. Eastern; host BR-4 Millersville opens tourney play against Seton Hill at 3:00 p.m. Eastern while West Chester vs. Mercyhurst closes out Friday’s slate at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.
A pair of blowout marked opening round action at the West Regionals in Riverside, Calif.
Dixie State faces East Bay in an elimination game at 11:00 a.m. Pacific, followed by Cal Baptist vs. Chico at 3:00 p.m. Pacific with Monterey Bay and Pomona squaring off in the nightcap at 7:00 p.m. Pacific.
Brandyn Sittinger ties a career-high with 14 K's in the victory over Indy!
Sittinger (11-0) 8 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 14 K pic.twitter.com/6hTz2XmIrq
— Ashland Athletics (@goashlandeagles) May 20, 2016
If you like offense, the Midwest Regional in Quincy, Ill. may have fit the bill.
After allowing a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game, BR-99 Grand Valley reliever Matt Williams hit a game winning home run in the bottom of the frame to give the Lakers a 9-8 win over BR-145 Hillsdale.
Alderson Broaddus and Missouri S&T open Friday’s action with an elimination game at 10:00 a.m. Central, with the second elimination game, Hillsdale vs. Indianapolis, set for 1:30 p.m. Central. In the winner’s bracket, Quincy takes on Southern Indiana at 5:00 p.m. Central while Grand Valley and Ashland are set for an 8:30 p.m. Central first pitch.
The first day of the South Regionals in Tampa were defined by a pair of blowouts and strong pitching across the board.
West Georgia faces Claflin in an elimination game at 11:00 a.m. Eastern while Nova Southeastern takes on West Florida at 3:00 p.m. Eastern. The defending national champions, BR-1 Tampa, opens tournament play when they face Delta State at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.
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Mother Nature disrupted the East Regionals in Rindge, N.H., forcing Thursday’s third game to be suspended due to rain, but not before pitchers dominated the day.
Matt Blandino scattered two hits over eight innings while striking out five as BR-95 Felician blanked BR-159 Bridgeport 3-0.
The loser of that game will turn around and face Southern New Hampshire in an elimination game at around 1:30 p.m. Eastern, while the winner will face Dowling at 8:30 p.m. Eastern. BR-12 Franklin Pierce will open their tourney run at 5:00 p.m. Eastern when they face Felician.
“Rain, rain, go away” was the rallying cry in Columbus, Ga. as an extra inning affair extended the first day of the Southeast Regionals until roughly 2:45 a.m. Eastern Friday morning.
In a game that began at 11:00 p.m. Eastern due to earlier lightning delays, BR-53 Belmont Abbey clawed out a 6-5 extra inning win over BR-23 Catawba on Lorenzo White’s RBI single in the bottom of the 12th.
An elimination game between Mount Olive and Catawba is slated for 7:00 p.m. Eastern; the remainder of Friday's scheduled games were rescheduled to Saturday due to the rain.
The four winners in Thursday’s opening round of the Central Regionals in St. Cloud, Minn. combined to hold their opponents to one run.
Chase Lonetti’s RBI groundout in the top of 11th was all the support Dalton Roach needed as he fanned 12 while pitching all 11 innings of BR-72 Minnesota State-Mankato’s 1-0 win over BR-25 St. Cloud State.
Friday’s action begins with a pair of elimination games as St. Cloud State takes on Missouri Western (10:00 a.m. Central) while SWOSU battles Minnesota-Duluth (1:30 p.m. Central). In the winner’s bracket, Mankato takes on Arkansas-Monticello (5:00 p.m. Central) and Central Missouri faces Emporia State (8:30 p.m. Central).