Old Dominion's NCAA tournament hopes are very much alive. William and Mary's probably are dead.
The Monarchs (36-24) are out of the Conference USA tournament, but by winning three games in five tries, they might have done enough to gain an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament. They'll find out on the selection show at noon Monday on ESPNU.
To start Saturday, they edged Rice, the nation's No. 16 team, 3-2 in walk-off fashion in Hattiesburg, Miss., forcing a 5:30 p.m. rematch that is a de-facto semifinal. ODU did so when P.J. Higgins scored on a two-out throwing error by pitcher Trevor Teykl on Tyler Urps' ground ball in the bottom of the ninth.
Later Saturday, they were eliminated in a 7-5 loss to Rice in a de-facto semifinal. The Owls (40-18) will play for the C-USA banner at 2 p.m. Sunday against Texas-San Antonio, which ousted tournament host Southern Mississippi 7-0 in the night's final game.
The NCAA tournament includes 64 teams. As of Saturday, ODU was 32nd on the Rating Percentage Index on warrennolan.com. Rice was ninth.
In ODU's victory, Mike Perez's homer to left field in the fifth and Kurt Sinnen's RBI single in the seventh erased a pair of one-run deficits.
In the ninth, Higgins and Perez got back-to-back singles with one out in the ninth, but Teykl forced an infield pop for the second out. That set up the drama on Urps' ground ball.
Starter Brett Harris, Ryan Yarbrough, Dean Ali and winner Connor Overton held the top-seeded Owls to eight hits in the day's first game.
In the rematch, Chase McDowell's three-run double off the right-center-field wall in the fifth proved decisive for Rice.
ODU took a 2-0 lead in the first inning as two Peninsula Pilots drove in the runs -- Taylor Ostrich with a single and Josh Eldridge with a sacrifice fly. But Rice answered with single runs in the second and third.
Higgins scored in the fourth, singling and coming home when Rice starter Jon Duplantier threw away a pickoff attempt.
Brad Gero pitched the final four innings, allowing one run. He set an ODU single-season record with his 37th appearance.
William and Mary lost in the finals of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament for the second straight year, scoring four runs in the ninth but dropping a 6-4 decision to the College of Charleston, a conference newcomer, in Wilmington, N.C.
Charleston (41-17), the runner-up to W&M in the regular season, went 3-0 in the tournament and gained an automatic NCAA bid. The Tribe (34-22), whose RPI is 69, likely saw its season end.
The Cougars went ahead 6-0. Ben Boykin's single in the bottom of the fourth brought in the first run, Ben Butler homered in the fifth, and Boykin doubled home two runs in the sixth.
Carl Wise's RBI single in the seventh and Morgan Philli's sacrifice fly in the eighth made it 6-0.
In the ninth, W&M's usually prolific offense came to life. Michael Katz singled, Ryan Hissey walked and Charley Gould singled to load the bases.
An error allowed the Tribe's first run, then Hissey scored on a groundout and Devin White doubled home two runs before the Cougars got the final out.
Winner Tyler Thornton pitched eight shutout innings, striking out eight and yielding four hits.
W&M starter Bryson Kauhaahaa took the loss, striking out five and giving up five hits and two runs in five innings. Reliever Joseph Gaouette yielded the other four runs and six hits in three innings.
The Tribe's all-tournament selections were Josh Smith, Hissey and Nick Brown.
George Mason captured the Atlantic 10 tournament title and NCAA bid by winning four consecutive games in St. Louis, capped by a 3-2, 10-inning victory over VCU.
Anthony Montefusco broke the tie with a sacrifice fly in the 10th, continuing to torment the Rams. The previous day, when Mason beat VCU 3-0, he pitched a shutout and scored two runs.
The Patriots' Luke Willis was named the Most Outstanding Player.
VCU, whose RPI is 90, likely is done for the season.
Virginia finished pool play at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament with just one win in three games, squandering a three-run lead and losing 6-4 to Florida State in a matchup of two of the nation's top teams.
U.Va. (44-13) will enter the NCAA tournament on a 2-4 skid. The Cavaliers led 4-1, thanks to three runs in the third and one in the sixth. Brandon Downes belted a two-run homer to start the U.Va. scoring, and Joe McCarthy and Matt Thaiss added RBI singles.
But the Seminoles, who went 2-1 at the tournament, erupted for four runs in the bottom of the seventh with three RBI singles, three walks, a wild pitch and a groundout.
Nathan Kirby held FSU to just one run in six innings, but Chesapeake freshman Connor Jones issued two walks that helped the Seminoles rally.
Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, who was famously suspended earlier in the year after leaving a store without paying for crab legs, got the final two outs of the eighth and retired the Cavaliers 1-2-3 in the ninth for a save.
Both teams will learn their NCAA fates Monday. Both are expected to host four-team, double-elimination regionals and could be in line to be Super Regional hosts if they advance. ...
In terms of the ACC tournament title, the biggest drama came in the day's first game.
Miami edged Duke 6-5 in 12 innings, keeping the Blue Devils out of Sunday's championship game and ensuring that Georgia Tech would join Maryland in it. The loss likely ended Duke's NCAA chances, too.
Pinch-hitting Duke freshman Cris Perez hit a two-run homer in the ninth to force extra innings at 4-4. But Hurricanes freshman Jacob Heyward, the younger brother of Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward, doubled and eventually scored on a wild pitch to put Miami ahead 5-4. Zack Collins' solo home run made it 6-4.
Duke (33-25, with an RPI of 84) scored a run in the 12th but stranded men on first and third as Miami's Javi Salas struck out the final batter. ...
North Carolina beat Maryland 13-7, scoring six runs in the eighth to break a 7-7 tie, though the Terrapins advanced to the final by virtue of holding the head-to-head tiebreaker on Florida State. Maryland had known since Saturday night that it would be in the final.
UNC's Skye Bolt had three hits and drove in a pair of runs, while four other Tar Heels had two hits. That win could be crucial to the NCAA chances of the Heels (34-25, 40th in RPI),
Track and field:
Thanks to Dominique Torres' runner-up finish in the triple jump Saturday and Richard Roethel's second NCAA Division III decathlon title, which he won the previous day, Christopher Newport tied for 14th in the team standings in Delaware, Ohio.
Torres, a sophomore, leaped a personal-best 14.89 meters (48 feet, 10 1/4 inches) on his third attempt after fouling on the first two tries, earning All-American honors and eight points to the Captains' total. CNU finished with 18 points, and its tie for 14th is the men's top NCAA inish since 13th in 2008.
Southern Maine's Jamie Ruginski overtook Torres on his second-to-last attempt by traveling 49 feet, 7 3/4 inches. Ruginski also won the 2014 indoor championship.
In women's competition, CNU's Jessica McClelland placed 11th in the 1,500 meters, finishing in 4 minutes, 44.12 seconds. On Thursday, the 18-time all-conference pick became just the second Captain to qualify for the finals in a distance event at the outdoor nationals.
CNU's men and women finished the outdoor season ranked first in the D-III South/Southeast Region.
Virginia sophomore Danielle Collins continued her run of victories in the NCAA singles tournament in Athens, Ga., reaching the semifinals.
Collins, ranked 32nd nationally entering the event, earned her fourth win in the draw by ousting seventh-ranked Hayley Carter of North Carolina 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. Three of the four players Collins has beaten are ranked above her.
The triumph put Collins, a transfer from Florida, into a semifinal Sunday against Duke's Ester Goldfeld (ranked 27th), who beat UCLA's Chanelle Van Nguyen (13th) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Virginia placed 14th at the NCAA championships this week in Tulsa, Okla.
The Cavaliers shot 1-under-par 279 in the final round of the 72-hole tournament for a four-day total of 45-over 1,165.
Duke took the team title at 10-over 1,130. The third-ranked Blue Devils edged top-ranked Southern California by two shots. Second-ranked UCLA was second at 1,145 and No. 7 Oklahoma placed fourth at 1,147 after leading the field at the halfway point.
U.Va.'s top finisher was freshman Lauren Diaz-Yi, who was 28th at 8-over 288. Cavaliers junior Lauren Coughlin of Chesapeake was 48th at 292.Copyright © 2015, CT Now