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N.C. State wins regional opener

Logan Ratledge hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning and N.C. State beat Stony Brook 3-0 on Friday in its NCAA regional opener.

N.C. State (35-21) will face the Texas Christian-Sacred Heart winner Saturday. Stony Brook (34-15-1) will play the loser.

Curt Britt (3-0) threw 51/3 innings for the victory, and Will Gilbert got a double-play grounder in relief in the sixth and finished for the save.

Elsewhere

College of Charleston 7, Auburn 6 (11): Erven Roper hit a two-out homer in the bottom of the 11th inning in Tallahassee, Fla. Roper’s rising line drive to right off Izaac Yarbrough (0-2) sends the Cougars (44-13) into Saturday’s winner’s bracket against the winner of Friday’s late game between top-seeded host Florida State and fourth-seeded Mercer (Georgia).

Auburn (35-25) will play the loser in an elimination game Saturday.

Roper also singled in two runs in the sixth that gave the Cougars a 6-4 lead. Blake Butler, Nick Pappas and Bradley Jones hit solo homers for College of Charleston. Carter Love (6-0) pitched two perfect innings for the victory.

California 9, Coastal Carolina 3: Daulton Jefferies limited second-seeded Coastal Carolina to one run over seven innings for third-seeded California in College Station, Texas. Jefferies (6-5) allowed three hits, including a solo home run by Tyler Chadwick in the second inning.

On Saturday, California (35-19) will play the Texas A&M-Texas Southern winner. Coastal Carolina (38-20) will face the loser.

Columbia 6, East Carolina 3: Columbia used a five-run sixth inning to rally past East Carolina 6-3 in the opener of the NCAA regional in Coral Gables, Fla.

Third-seeded Columbia (32-15), the Ivy League champions, advanced to play either Miami or FIU in Saturday night’s game at Mark Light Stadium.

Second-seeded East Carolina (40-21), the American Athletic Conference champions, will play the Miami-FIU loser on Saturday.

Arizona State 7, Clemson 4: Joey Bielek’s two-run homer in the seventh inning gave Arizona State the lead for good in the opening game of the Fullerton (Calif.) Regional. The Sun Devils, who moved into the winners’ bracket, improved to 35-21. The Tigers (32-28) fell into the losers’ bracket.

With two outs in the top of the fifth inning, Andrew Cox slapped a two-out, two-run single to give Clemson a 2-0 lead. Trever Allen responded with a long solo homer in the bottom of the fifth inning, then Bielek lined a two-run homer in the seventh inning. Brian Serven hit the next pitch over the fence for another long ball in the seventh inning. The Sun Devils added three insurance runs in the eighth.

Tiger starter Matthew Crownover (10-3) suffered the loss, as he yielded five hits, four runs and one walk with a career-high-tying nine strikeouts in 7 innings pitched. Crownover allowed just six Sun Devils to reach base, but four scored on the Sun Devils’ three home runs.

The Tigers play the loser of Friday night’s game between No. 1 seed Cal State Fullerton and No. 4 seed Pepperdine on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Catawba 9, Cal Poly Pomona 6: Craig Brooks put Catawba College ahead to stay with a two-out two-run single in the top of the sixth and pitched two scoreless innings to pick up his second save of the tournament as the nationally second-ranked Indians advanced to Saturday’s championship round. The Indians came from behind in the semifinal round of the NCAA Division II baseball national finals on Friday.

Catawba will face nationally top-ranked and tournament unbeaten Tampa on Saturday at 3 p.m. Tampa can claim its seventh national championship with a win. If Catawba wins, the two teams will play again Saturday evening to decide the championship.

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