GAINESVILLE, Fla. — 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.
Crawford (6-2) struck out five and walked one for the Gators’ first no-hitter since 1991. He needed just 98 pitches.
KENT STATE 7, KENTUCKY 6 (21 INN.)
In Gary, Ind., Kent State and Kentucky struggled in one of the longest NCAA playoff games in history, before Kent State finally won in a game that featured 38 hits between the teams.
BATON ROUGE REGIONAL
LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY 4, LOUISIANA-MONROE 1
In Baton Rouge, La., Aaron Nola allowed one run in eight innings, and Tyler Hanover’s two-run single in the seventh propelled Louisiana State University to a victory over Louisiana-Monroe.
FLORIDA STATE 2, ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM 1
In Tallahassee, Fla., James Ramsey drove in both of Florida State’s runs as the Seminoles snapped a three-game losing streak.
SAMFORD 5, MISSISSIPPI STATE 0
Charles Basford pitched eight shutout innings to lead the Southern Conference champs past Southeastern Conference champion Mississippi State.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE 8, SACRED HEART 2
Anthony Gomez drove in three runs to lead North Carolina State to a victory over Sacred Heart.
VANDERBILT 8, UNC WILMINGTON 2
T.J. Pecoraro allowed two runs in seven-plus innings, and Anthony Gomez had three RBI to help Vanderbilt beat North Carolina-Wilmington.
ARKANSAS 5, SAM HOUSTON STATE 4
In Houston, Arkansas rallied for three runs in the seventh inning to beat Sam Houston State in the opener of the Houston Regional.
COLLEGE STATION REGIONAL
MISSISSIPPI 6, TEXAS CHRISTIAN 2
In College Station, Texas, Bobby Wahl pitched seven solid innings, and Sikes Orvis had a two-run single during Mississippi’s four-run eighth inning that lifted the Rebels.
CHAPEL HILL REGIONAL
NORTH CAROLINA 7, CORNELL 4
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Colin Moran had four hits to help North Carolina beat Cornell.