Nebraska puts lopsided end to NJIT’s first NCAA tourney trip


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Cam Chick hit a three-run home run to cap an eight-run fourth after being hit by a pitch to open the inning and Joe Acker had four hits – finishing a double shy of the cycle – as Nebraska sent NCAA Tournament newcomer NJIT home with an 18-4 victory in an elimination game of the Fayetteville Regional on Sunday.

Acker hit a solo home run in the third inning to put the Cornhuskers (33-12) up 2-0, but Matt Cocciadiferr answered with a solo shot in the top of the fourth to pull the Highlanders (27-24) within a run. The Cornhuskers plated 14 runs over the next two innings to put NJIT away.

Acker scored four runs, driving in two, while Chick went 2-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Jaxon Hallmark and Brice Matthews also homered for the Cornhuskers, who finished with 19 hits. Shay Schanaman (5-2) got the win, yielding two runs – one earned – on four hits and three walks in seven innings.

Paul Franzoni hit a two-run homer in the eighth for the Highlanders, who finished 1-2 in the school’s first trip to the tournament.

Nebraska moves on to play No. 1 overall seed Arkansas and must beat the Razorbacks twice to advance to the Super Regionals.

 UC Irvine 18, North Dakota State 3

STANFORD, Calif. – Dillon Tatum hit a three-run home run to cap a five-run first inning, Nathan Church led off the second with a homer to spark a four-run outburst and hit a three-run shot in the ninth as UC Irvine breezed to a 18-3 victory over North Dakota State in an elimination game of the Stanford Regional on Sunday.

Trenton Denholm started for the Anteaters (42-17), pitching 7 1/3 innings and allowing one run on on six hits and two walks. Luke Spillane went 4-for-6 with a double, driving in a run and scoring. Thomas McCaffrey went 3-for-3, driving in two and scoring twice. UC Irvine finished with 22 hits and five walks off six different pitchers.

Bennett Hostetler had three hits, driving in the first run for the Bison (42-19) with a single in the bottom of the eighth.

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