Well, it wouldn’t be the Greenville Regional without multiple weather delays, right? Right, because that’s exactly what happened. ECU and Quinnipiac never got an opportunity to take the field and now has its game pushed to tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.
NC State and Campbell will try to finish its game tonight if possible and hopefully not get pushed over into tomorrow morning as well. The loser’s bracket teams will play an elimination game at 4 p.m. and then 55 minutes after that game there will be a matchup between the winner’s bracket teams.
NC State and Campbell got through most of the early game which began at noon on Friday. Campbell was leading the Wolfpack 5-4 going into the bottom of the ninth inning when the long-lasting delay kicked in. The two teams had already been delayed earlier for about an hour and 20 minutes.
At least it didn’t happen during the Pirates’ game this year. Last year ECU got off to a good start at its own regional with a 16-7 win over UNCW. But then a loss to South Carolina forced an elimination game with the Seahawks – one that took forever due to a several-hour-long weather delay. That delay contributed to ECU losing its rhythm and getting knocked out of its own regional.
It was a rough day for Will Wilson, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Wilson made three errors in the field and was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.
Campbell jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. 2-run home run by K Collins to the jungle in left field.
Campbell starter Michael Horrell – 7.0 innings, one earned run (Butler solo home run right before first weather delay) five hits and 11 strikeouts.
They gave up four runs in total, however, as the Campbell defense allowed three unearned runs in the third inning to allow State back into the game at 4-3.
AROUND THE STATE:
North Carolina got the second most teams in by state for this NCAA tournament, so let’s see what some of the other NC teams did on Friday.
The Tar Heels are hosting the Chapel Hill Regional at Boshamer Stadium after their impressive ACC tournament win. The Heels took on No. 4 UNCW. UNCW went into the bottom of the ninth inning with a 6-5 lead but UNC promptly tied it with a solo home run. A weather delay hit that game as well, and it is still unfinished as of this writing. The Tar Heels had the winning run on first base.
The Blue Devils are playing in the Morgantown regional and took on Texas A&M on Friday. They won 8-5 to move into the winner’s bracket.