NCAA baseball roundup: Crawford cruises to no-hitter

From News ServicesJune 1, 2012 

— 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 wasn’t 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-Cookman’s 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

Other Regionals

Columbia, S.C.

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 Pohl’s 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 Pohl’s ninth homer of the year to left with the bases loaded.

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Tallahassee, Fla.

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.

Houston

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.

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