Levi Jordan and AJ Graffanino each had three hits and two RBIs as Washington registered an 8-5 victory over host Cal State Fullerton on Friday in the opening game of the NCAA Tournament best-of-three Super Regional.
Nick Kahle had three hits and scored three runs and Kaiser Weiss had two RBIs for the Huskies (34-23), who defeated the Titans for the first time in nine meetings. Left-hander Lucas Knowles (6-5) gave up two runs (one earned) and five hits in five innings.
Sahid Valenzuela had three hits and Daniel Cope drove in two runs for the Titans (35-24), who committed five errors. Right-hander Colton Eastman (10-4) allowed six runs (four earned) and 12 hits over seven innings.
North Carolina 7, Stetson 4
In one of only two Super Regionals featuring a pair of national seeds, the host Tar Heels held off the 11th-seeded Hatters in the first contest of the best-of-three series at Chapel Hill, N.C.
Stetson, located in DeLand, Fla., hosted a regional for the first time in school history last week and is playing in the Super Regional for the first time. The Hatters entered the ninth inning trailing 7-3 but rallied to score a run and then loaded the bases with two outs.
But Tar Heels pitcher Austin Bergner — who has 12 starts this season but came on with two on and two out in the ninth Friday — got cleanup hitter Brooks Wilson to fly out a step short of the left field wall to end the game.
—Field Level Media