Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

June 1, 2013

Hokies, Cavaliers win in NCAA regionals


Associated Press

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Devin Burke of Virginia Tech pitched a five-hit, complete game and the Hokies beat Coastal Carolina 9-1 in an NCAA regional ame.

Mark Zagunis and Andrew Rash each drove in three runs to help the Hokies (39-21), who already have one loss in the double-elimination tournament. Coastal Carolina (37-23) was eliminated.

Burke (11-3) pitched his second complete game of the season, allowing a home run to Jacob May in the ninth inning. He struck out two and walked two in winning his sixth straight decision.

Rash and Chad Pinder each hit solo homers for Virginia Tech. The Hokies broke open the game with a five-run ninth, highlighted by Zagunis’ two-run single and Rash’s two-run double.

Coastal Carolina’s Ben Smith went 6 1/3 innings and gave up two runs.

Virginia 2, Elon 0

Scott Silverstein and two relievers scattered eight hits and Virginia beat Elon 2-0 on Saturday to move within one victory of advancing to the super regionals of the NCAA tournament.

Silverstein (10-1) allowed six hits in six innings, striking out six and walking two, before Josh Sborz worked the seventh and Kyle Crockett finished for his 12th save. Spencer Medick (7-7) went all the way for the Phoenix, allowing nine hits.

Virginia scored in the fourth when Nick Howard singled, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Kelly Towns’ double. Nate Irving’s single made it 2-0, and the Cavaliers pitchers made it stand up.

Silverstein stranded two runners three times, and Crockett allowed a one-out single in the ninth, but struck out Chris Bresnahan and pinch-hitter Tyler McVicar to end it.

Elon will play UNC Wilmington in an elimination game Sunday, with the winner facing Virginia.