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June 3, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Cody Stubbs singled with the bases loaded in the 13th inning to help No. 1 overall seed North Carolina avoid a huge upset by edging Florida Atlantic 12-11 on Monday night in a wild regional championship game.
Stubbs' hit down the left-field line scored Landon Lassiter from third base to cap a game filled with momentum swings, sending the Tar Heels (55-9) spilling onto the field in a mad dash to celebrate.
UNC took a 6-2 lead into the ninth inning, but gave up six runs -- including a grand slam by Tyler Rocklein -- to trail 8-6. But the Tar Heels tied it to send it to extras, only to fall behind again in the 12th after the second-seeded Owls (42-22) got a three-run homer by Levi Meyer in the top of the inning.
The Tar Heels came back yet again, and then won it to advance to the best-of-three super regionals against South Carolina, starting Friday at Chapel Hill.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Georgia Tech clawed its way from the loser's bracket and took the tournament's overall No. 2-seed Vanderbilt to a winner-take-all game on Monday in Nashville, but the Commodores advanced to the Super Regional with a 7-1 victory over the Yellow Jackets at Hawkins Field.
The Jackets (37-27) won twice Sunday, including a 5-0 win over Vandy to force Monday's decisive game, and sent senior ace Buck Farmer to the mound for the second time in the Regional. Vandy (54-10), though, kept the clamps on Tech's offense and moved on to host Louisville next week.
Farmer gave Tech a gutsy effort over four innings, but Vandy scored once in the first and once in the second to build a lead it would not relinquish. Farmer, who threw just 58 pitches in a rain-shortened six-inning masterpiece in Saturday's 5-1 win over East Tennessee State, allowed five hits and those two runs to the Commodores in what will be his last-ever start as a Jacket.
The Jackets put four players on the Nashville Regional All-Tournament: juniors Zane Evans, Mott Hyde and Kyle Wren and sophomore Josh Heddinger. Vandy's Mike Yastrzemski was named the regional's Most Outstanding Player.
Along with Farmer, seniors Dove and Brandon Thomas completed standout careers for the Yellow Jackets. The trio helped guide Tech to an ACC regular season title in 2011, to the ACC tournament crown in 2012 and continued Tech's impressive NCAA postseason tradition.
Tech has won, or played for the regional title in each of its last nine NCAA postseason appearances. Tech has played in the NCAA postseason in six straight years, in 27 of the past 29 years and in 29 times in program history.