DALLAS — Virginia Commonwealth used a five-run fourth inning to power past host Dallas Baptist 7-2 in the first round of the Dallas Regional on Friday night.
Freshman designated hitter Brett Hileman went 3-for-5, including a two-run single in the fourth to put the Rams (38-22) on the scoreboard.
VCU faces Oregon State in a winners’ bracket game Saturday, while the Patriots (43-14) play Texas in an elimination game.
Dallas Baptist, a first-time NCAA regional host, went to the creative extremes of bringing in a helicopter before the game to help dry out the field after heavy overnight rain. The crew needed only a minor hour-long delay before getting the tournament underway.
JoJo Howie (8-6) allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings for the win. Patriots starter Joseph Shaw (10-4) gave up six runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings. David Martinelli hit a solo home run for Dallas Baptist.
VIRGINIA 6, USC 1: In Lake Elsinore, California, Virginia’s Connor Jones outdueled Southern California’s Kyle Davis, and the Cavaliers scored all of their runs in the last three innings.
Jones (6-2) gave up one run and five hits in 7.2 innings, allowing only three runners to reach scoring position. He struck out four and walked two for the Cavaliers (35-22).
Davis (3-3) didn’t allow a hit until the seventh — when Virginia’s offense got going against USC (37-20).
The Cavaliers had eight hits over the final three innings, scoring two unearned runs in the seventh, one earned run in the eighth and three in the ninth.
FLORIDA 19, FLORIDA A&M 0: In Gainesville, Florida, JJ Schwarz homered and finished with four hits and five RBIs in their regional opener.
Logan Shore (8-6) pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits.
The Gators (45-16) will face South Florida on Saturday. South Florida beat Florida Atlantic 5-3.
The Rattlers’ Ricky Page (2-1) allowed six runs and five hits in two innings. Florida A&M (23-24) was shut out for the first time since March 22.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 7, AUBURN 6: In Tallahassee, Florida, Erven Roper hit a two-out homer in the bottom of the 11th inning Friday, leading second-seeded College of Charleston past Auburn.
Roper’s rising line drive to right off Izaac Yarbrough (0-2) sends the Cougars (44-13) into Saturday’s winners’ bracket.
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 while Melvin Gray’s two-run shot for Auburn in the seventh made it 6-6.
Carter Love (6-0) pitched two perfect innings for the victory.
FLORIDA STATE 5, MERCER 4: In Tallahassee, Florida, Josh Delph singled home Ben DeLuzio in the bottom of the 10th inning, and Florida State escaped with a first-round win.
DeLuzio bounced a single over the first baseman’s head to start the inning and moved to third on a pair of sacrifice bunts, scoring on Delph’s single through the right side of a pulled-in Mercer infield.
Billy Strode (3-0) picked up the win in relief, while Dimitri Kourtis (3-2) took the loss.
The Seminoles advanced to meet College of Charleston (44-13) on Saturday night in the double-elimination tournament. Mercer meets third-seeded Auburn (35-25) in a elimination game.
ARIZONA STATE 7, CLEMSON 4: In Fullerton, California, Joey Bielek and Brian Serven hit consecutive home runs for Arizona State in the seventh inning, and Ryan Kellogg limited Clemson to two runs and six hits in seven innings to help the Sun Devils win.
Kellogg (9-2) struck out six. Clemson rallied for two runs in the ninth, but Ryan Burr came on in relief and struck out Tyler Krieger with two on to end the game and earn his 14th save.
IOWA 3, OREGON 1: In Springfield, Missouri, Tyler Peyton limited Oregon to one run in 7.1 innings to help second-seeded Iowa beat the third-seeded Ducks.
Peyton (7-4) struck out five and didn’t walk a batter to help the Hawkeyes (40-16) win for the first time in NCAA tournament play since the 1972 College World Series.
COLUMBIA 6, EAST CAROLINA 3: In Coral Gables, Florida, Columbia used a five-run sixth inning to rally past East Carolina in the Coral Gables opener.
Third-seeded Columbia (32-15), the Ivy League champion, advanced to play either Miami in Saturday night’s game at Mark Light Stadium.
This was just the second tournament win in Columbia history — the first came in 2013.