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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Top-seeded Miami cruised to its first Super Regional berth since 2010 Monday night at Mark Light Field, toppling No. 3 seed Columbia 21-3 in the Coral Gables Regional championship game.
A night after its potent lineup was held to just two hits and no runs, Miami (47-15) scored at least one run in each of the championship game’s first six innings, including an eight-run fourth, to capture the 28th regional title in program history.
The 20 runs were the most in a postseason game since the Hurricanes scored 21 in a College World Series game vs. Tennessee in 2001, and marked the fourth time Miami scored at least 20 runs this season.
Sophomore Willie Abreu was among Miami’s top offensive contributors, finishing a double shy of the cycle in a 3-for-4, five-RBI performance. Abreu’s towering three-run home run in the sixth earned him a curtain call from the 3,115 in attendance, who serenaded him with chants of “Wil-lie!”
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Top-seeded Florida State (44-19) received a super start from freshman right hander Drew Carlton and Quincy Nieporte drove in a game-high four runs as the Seminoles defeated second-seeded College of Charleston (45-15) 8-1 in the regional championship on Monday evening to advance to their 14th Super Regional in school history.
The Seminoles will now head to Gainesville to face intra-state rival Florida in a best-of-three, Super Regional series. Dates and times for the Super Regional have yet to be announced. The match-up marks just the second time these two schools will meet in Super Regional play with the first and only time coming down in Gainesville in 2005.
Carlton (5-5) was the story on Monday night scattering six hits and one walk over 6.2 scoreless innings. For the second straight start, the Lakeland, Fla., native held the opposition without a run and against the College of Charleston the freshman right hander tied a career-high with nine strikeouts.
Chasing its third Super Regional appearance in the last four years, NC State baseball allowed fourth-ranked TCU to escape with a 9-8, 10th inning victory on Monday night in the championship game of the Fort Worth Regional.
The Wolfpack (36-23) built an 8-1 lead through the top eighth behind a sterling effort from Johnny Piedmonte, who worked the first 3 2/3, holding the Frogs (47-12) to one earned on four hits with five strikeouts. Will Gilbert mowed down seven of the next eight batters, four on strikeouts in 2 1/3. The Pack pitching staff fanned 13 on the night, surrendering just two earned runs of the nine scored. A rash of miscues and some poor luck sent the scoreboard spiraling in the home team’s favor.
Eight different Wolfpack batters contributed hits, with Logan Ratledge, Andrew Knizner, and Bubby Riley supplying two each. Six players scored at least once in the game. Riley blasted his third homer of the year. Josh McLain picked the perfect time to unleash his first collegiate extra-base hit, a leadoff double to spark State’s three-run third.
Despite the adversity that knotted the score 8-8 in the bottom ninth, State forced extras against a team with just three losses on its home turf, one to the Wolfpack. In the bottom of the 10th, a walk-off single through the right side extinguished the most memorable NC State baseball season in recent memory.
Ratledge captured Regional MVP honors. Gilbert and Chance Shepard joined him on the All-Regional team. Jake Fincher went 1-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs in his 236th and final game in Wolfpack red, seven shy of fifth in school history, with 233 starts.