GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida's Jonathan Crawford threw the seventh no-hitter in NCAA tournament history, shutting down Bethune-Cookman in a 4-0 victory in the opener of the Gainesville Regional.
Crawford, a sophomore who wasnt even part of the Gators three-man weekend rotation this season, was nearly perfect and faced the minimum 27 batters. The only player to reach base was Bethune-Cookmans Jake Welch on a walk in the third inning, and Florida catcher Mike Zunino threw him out trying to steal.
Crawford (6-2) struck out five and walked one for the Gators first no-hitter since 1991, by John Burke also the last one thrown in the NCAA tournament in a 2-0 win over Furman. Crawford needed just 98 pitches, including 70 strikes, for Florida (43-18).
Casey Turgeon hit a three-run homer in the fifth against Bethune-Cookman (34-26).
Georgia Tech 8, Charleston 4: Jake Davies and Brandon Thomas each hit a three-run homer for the the Yellow Jackets
South Carolina 7, Manhattan 0: Colby Holmes allowed one hit in eight innings, Adam Matthews drove in three runs and the two-time defending national champion Gamecocks won its 17th straight NCAA tournament game with a 7-0 victory over Manhattan Friday.
Clemson 11, Coastal Carolina 3: Phil Pohl had a grand slam and drove in five runs for the TigersThe No. 2 seeded Tigers (34-26) took the lead for good on Pohls run-scoring single off Chanticleers starter Austin Wallace (5-1) in the first. They put the game away an inning later, the big blow coming with Pohls ninth homer of the year to left with the bases loaded.
Samford 5, Mississippi State 0: Charles Basford pitched eight shutout innings and four Samford teammates homered to lead the Southern Conference champions to victory over the SEC champion.
Arkansas 5, Sam Houston St. 4: The Razorbacks rallied for three runs in the seventh inning to win.
Sam Houston State had been 30-0 this season when leading after six innings, but Arkansas comeback ended that perfect mark.