3 takeaways from USC landing in ECU regional for NCAA tournament

Lawrence Cooper
May 29, 2018

The team does have a strong ace in junior left-hander Connor Curlis, who has a 7-4 record with a 3.81 ERA, though he also has a WHIP of 1.35 and a batting average against of.270.

The Tigers are paired with No. 8 national seed Florida St.

The Tigers are now one win away from advancing to the NCAA Women's College World Series for the seventh time in school history, the fifth time under head coach Beth Torina and the fourth-straight year.

UNC (38-18), the No. 6 national seed and ACC regular-season champions, opens the Chapel Hill Regional with a 7 p.m. game against No. 4 seed North Carolina A&T (MEAC Tournament champions). The Cards also are familiar with Kent State, having played the Golden Flashes in past seasons and having seen them in NCAA regionals in Louisville. Schwarz, who suffered a right hand injury in the Mississippi State series, is day-to-day and his status for the regional is uncertain. Regardless if we're a national seed or not, we get to play at home. UGA went 37-19 at home and boasted a very impressive home record (24-6), which should inspire confidence for the Athens Regional. Six Florida teams are in the tournament overall. Stetson's a little bit of a surprise, but we're happy.

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By rallying for an 11-8 victory in the 10th inning of Sunday's championship game at Durham, N.C., FSU continued its incredible run of dominance in this event. Four of his six hits went for extra bases.

The victor of each four-team, double-elimination regional pod moves on to the super regionals.

"Now the real season starts", senior third baseman Michael Gretler said.

"We're a big-inning club", Mendoza said. "I can't wait to put the Florida State uniform back on". The Patriots were one of the last four teams in the tournament field as an at-large selection out of the Missouri Valley, along with Northeastern, Oklahoma State and Troy. For the Bulls (35-20-1), this one clearly offers a more favorable view of the tournament's second weekend. We were ranked in the top 10 for a number of weeks, top 8 for a number of weeks, so I feel like we've had a great year up this point, but we all know what matters and that's this week.

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