Raleigh regional preview

May 31, 2012 

NCAA Baseball Championship, Raleigh Regional Preview

N.C. State Wolfpack

Regional seed: No. 1

Record: 39-17

Top hitters: SS Chris Diaz (.364, 50 RBI), RF Ryan Mathews (.330, 14 HRs, 54 RBI)

Top pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (9-0, 1.46 ERA), RP Chris Overman (6 saves, 2.81 ERA)

Number to know: .226. Opponents are hitting only .226 against the Wolfpack pitchers this season, the second-best mark in the NCAA.

Vanderbilt Commodores

Regional seed: No. 2

Record: 33-26

Top hitters: SS Anthony Gomez (.354, 51 RBI), 1B Conrad Gregor (.321, 32 RBI)

Top pitchers: LHP Sam Selman (9-3, 3.33 ERA), RHP Drew VerHagen (6-2, 3.36 ERA)

Number to know: 6. Number of steals in an inning by the Commodores in an SEC tournament win over Florida, including a triple steal in the five-run ninth inning.

UNC Wilmington Seahawks

Regional seed: No. 3

Record: 38-21

Top hitters: OF Thomas Pope (.381, 42 RBI), CF Andrew Cain (.313, 10 HRs, 41 RBI)

Top pitchers: LHP Mat Batts (6-4, 2.59 ERA), RHP Tyler McSwain (9-3, 3.12 ERA)

Number to know: 3. The Seahawks rank in the top 25 nationally in three offensive categories – batting (.302, 24th), home runs (48, 19th) and stolen bases (102, 12th).

Sacred Heart Pioneers

Regional seed: No. 4

Record: 25-30

Top hitters: SS John Murphy (.347, 34 RBI), DH Dan Perez (.320, 36 RBI)

Top pitchers: RHP Troy Scribner (7-5, 4.04 ERA), LHP Nick Leiningen (6-5, 4.12 ERA)

Number to know: 0. Relief pitchers the Pioneers used in the Northeast Conference tournament. Scribner, Leiningen and Kody Kersky each threw complete games in three straight wins.

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