CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. —
Derek Fisher emerged from an NCAA tournament slump with two hits and three RBIs and Virginia advanced to the super regionals for the fourth time in five years with a 10-3 victory against Elon on Sunday night.
Fisher, a sophomore, was 0 for 23 in his career in the tournament before he hit a game-tying, two-run single in the third inning. He added an RBI single in the fourth as the Cavaliers (50-10) scored eight times over two innings.
Freshman reliever David Rosenberger (3-0) pitched five brilliant innings in relief after the Cavaliers’ big inning. The left-hander allowed just two hits, struck out four and walked none before Austin Young and Josh Sborz worked the ninth.
Elon (34-30) got a two-run homer from Ryan Kinsella in the first and an RBI double from Casey Jones in the third to take a 3-0 lead on the Cavaliers’ home field, but had only two baserunners against Rosenberger, both erased by double plays.
Virginia had managed just four runs in winning its first two games in the regional, but its offense came alive in the third.
Nate Irving doubled with one out and Jared King, who had just one hit in his last 20 NCAA tournament at-bats, doubled him home. After walks to Joe McCarthy and Brandon Downes, Fisher ripped a single just past Phoenix second baseman Chris Bresnahan. With two outs, Nick How-ard’s single brought home two more, and Kelly Towns’ double made it 6-3.
An RBI double by Downes and Fisher’s RBI single in the fourth made it 8-3.
Irving added a sacrifice fly in the fifth, and Towns had an RBI groundout in the seventh and was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth to force home the final run.
The Cavaliers will host a super regional against either Mississippi State or Central Arkansas next weekend.
NCAA Division I Baseball Regionals
By The Associated Press
At Charlottesville, Va.
Friday, May 31
Virginia 2, Army 1
Elon 10, UNC Wilmington 7
Saturday, June 1
UNC Wilmington 9, Army 5, Army eliminated
Virginia 2, Elon 0
Sunday, June 2
Elon 6, UNC Wilmington 4, UNCW eliminated
Virginia 11, Elon 3, Virginia advances