Wake Forest 79, Furman 55
C.J. Harris led all scorers with 20 points as the Demon Deacons (5-5) coasted to a 79-55 win over Furman (3-7) at the Joel in Winston-Salem. Forward Travis McKie (16) and true freshman Tyler Cavanaugh (10) also scored in double-figures as the Demon Deacons shot almost 54 percent from the floor.
Miami 72, UCF 50
Reggie Johnson had a monster double-double recording 16 points and 13 rebounds to help the Hurricanes (7-1) rout in-state rival Central Florida (6-3) 72-50 in Orlando. Durand Scott led all scorers with 17 points in 30 minutes of play. Shane Larkin (11) and Kenny Kadji (10) also scored in double figures for the Hurricanes, who dominated the boards all night, out-rebounding the Knights 37-22.
(25) NC State 88, Stanford 79
Lorenzo Brown (24 points, 5 assists) and Scott Wood (17 points, 4 rebounds) each had their best performances of the season as the Wolfpack (8-2) raced out to a double-digit lead and never trailed against Stanford (7-4) before holding on for a 88-79 victory, despite a late rally from the Cardinal. Richard Howell had yet another huge double-double (17 points, 12 rebounds) and C.J. Leslie added 17 points and six rebounds to propel the Pack, who remain undefeated at home on the season.
FSU's lineup faces Stanford RHP ace Mark Appel on Friday, who ranks fifth nationally in strikeouts. (Pic per OrangeandWhite.com)
Tallahassee Super Regional
6/08 Stanford vs. Florida State, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
6/09 Florida State vs. Stanford, 6 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
6/10 If necessary: Florida State vs. Stanford (coin flip for home/away), 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Stanford scouting report
Season notables: The Cardinal got off to a hot start sweeping Vandy and Texas and taking series from Rice and Southern Cal, but still finished in the middle of the PAC-12, closing the season with a series loss to rival Cal. Stanford played the No. 1 schedule in the country thanks to a No. 2 ranked non-conference SOS.
Top Bats: DH/LF Stephen Piscotty (.318 BA/5 HR/55 RBI), 1B Brian Ragira (.324 BA/5 HR/50 RBI), RF Austin Wilson (.283 BA/9 HR/51 RBI).
Top Arms: RHP Mark Appel (Starter: 10-1, 2.27 ERA), LHP Brett Mooneyham (Starter: 7-5, 4.26 ERA), RHP A.J. Vanegas (Reliever: 4-0, 2.24 ERA/5 saves).
Notes/How It Goes
- Unlike their strategy down the stretch, FSU is opting to go ace v. ace in the opener throwing LHP Brandon Leibrandt (7-2, 2.65 ERA…8 IP/3 H/10 K in NCAA Tourney last week) v. Stanford RHP Mark Appel, who threw a complete game in the NCAA Tourney opener against Fresno State last week – earning the win with 11 strikeouts and 2 walks (the seventh time this season he’s hit double-digits in Ks). If Appel holds the ‘Noles down, the pressure is on freshman FSU RHP Mike Compton (11-2, 2.78) in game two against Cardinal LHP Brett Mooneyham (7-5, 4.26) and up-and-down senior FSU RHP Scott Sitz (3-3, 3.99 ERA) in the if necessary game three versus utility RHP Stephen Piscotty (6-2, 3.05 ERA). Appel was solid in Cardinal’s Super Regional at Chapel Hill last year, surrendering 2 earned runs in 6 IP, but it didn’t stop UNC from completing the 2-game sweep.
- The Cardinal lineup has some pop, led by three with over 50 RBIs, and they were balanced last week – seven different players driving in a run.
- In a Super Regional, that first game is huge and if Stanford can get the game they expect from Appel – FSU could be in trouble. But with two even teams on display, I’ll side with the one that doesn’t have to travel across the country and play in a tough environment.
Pick: FSU in three