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June 7, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It took Florida State just 49 minutes to put a ribbon on its 27th NCAA Regional baseball championship Monday, dispatching Alabama 11-1 in the completion of the suspended game.
The Seminoles (45-17), the No. 5 national seed, are expected to host the winner of Monday night's winner between Texas A&M and Arizona, in a best-of-three Super Regional later this week. The pairings, sites and schedules will be released late tonight by the NCAA.
Scott Sitz needed just nine pitches to sit down the Crimson Tide in the top of the sixth, picking up where Sunday starter Mike McGee left off.
Sitz had the dubious task of making a pseudo-start, after McGee limited the Crimson Tide to a run on three hits through five complete innings. He learned that he would get the ball from pitching coach Jamey Shouppe with a late-Sunday phone call.
Clemson, SC - The #16 Connecticut Huskies totaled 17 hits in their 14-1 win over #12 Clemson in front of 4,838 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Monday night to capture the Clemson Regional title. The Huskies, who were 4-1 in the Clemson Regional and advanced to play in the Columbia (SC) Super Regional next weekend, improved to 45-18-1 on the season. The Tigers' season ended with a 43-20 record.
The Huskies jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never relinquished the lead. Connecticut added five runs in the fifth inning and six runs in the eighth inning for a total of 14 runs, the most allowed by Clemson in 2011.
Senior lefthander Greg Nappo (10-2), who received Clemson Regional MVP honors, earned the win by tossing 5.2 strong innings in a starting role. He allowed five hits, one run, and three walks with four strikeouts. Dan Feehan recorded his first save of the year by pitching 3.1 scoreless innings of one-hit ball.