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NCAA Baseball Capsules

May 25, 1997

At Coral Gables, Fla., Miami escaped elimination Saturday night as Mandy Jacomino’s RBI double in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Hurricanes a 6-5 win over Florida.

The Hurricanes (47-16) advanced to Sunday’s title game against Arizona State (39-20). In the double elimination tournament, the Sun Devils need one more win to move on to the College World Series, while the Hurricanes must beat Arizona State twice to reach Omaha, Neb.

In the 11th, Rick Saggese singled off Josh Flogg (7-3) and Damar Smith came in tp pinch run. Jacomino then doubled off the center field wall to make a winner of Eddy Reyes (7-2).

The Hurricanes scored a run in the sixth to tie it 6-all.

Miami, in its NCAA-record 25th consecutive regional appearance, has advanced to the CWS in 11 of the 13 years it previously hosted a regional.

In earlier games, it was Arizona State 10, Miami 3; and Florida 16, Richmond 2.

_ Greg Halvorsen drove in three runs as Arizona State topped Miami.

_ Brian Haught went 3-for-4 with four RBIs as Florida eliminated Richmond.

East Regional

At Tallahasse, Fla., Brooks Badeaux’s RBI single in the eighth lifted Florida State to a 6-5 win over South Florida, moving the top-seeded Seminoles into Sunday’s regional final against Auburn.

The Seminoles (49-16) need to beat the Tigers twice on Sunday to advance to the CWS, while Auburn (48-14), undefeated in the tournament, needs only one win to move on.

J.D. Drew’s 31st homer in the seventh pulled FSU into a 5-all tie before Badeaux’s game-winning hit. Randy Niles (8-5) was the winner, allowing one run in the final three innings.

In earlier games Saturday, it was: Auburn 8, Florida State 7; and South Florida 9, Western Carolina 4.

_ David Ross, who grew up in Tallahassee, hit a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to cap a five-run rally in Auburn’s win over FSU.

_ Mike Diaz had three hits and scored two runs as South Florida eliminated Western Carolina.

Mideast Regional

Washington 8, Georgia Tech 4

At Starkville, Miss., Matt Hampton (7-1) pitched seven strong innings as Washington beat top-seeded Georgia Tech 8-0.

The Huskies (46-18) got five unearned runs in the third on three hits, three stolen bases and two errors.

In a later game Saturday, Mississippi State played Tennessee Tech. The winner plays Georgia Tech on Sunday after rain delays Saturday forced officials to move the game.

Washington needs one more victory on Sunday to advance to its first CWS.

South I Regional

At Baton Rouge, La., with South Alabama leading LSU 8-4 in the top of the seventh, the game was suspended after a 5 1/2-hour rain delay and will be resumed beginning at noon Sunday.

Under NCAA rules, all games must be played entirely during the tournament.

North Carolina-Greensboro vs. Long Beach State was rescheduled for Sunday, followed by the winner meeting the loser of the LSU-South Alabama game.

The championship game will be played Monday.

South II Regional

Alabama 6, North Carolina State 3

At Tuscaloosa, Ala., Roberto Vaz scattered eight hits over 7 2-3 innings to lead Alabama to a 6-3 win over North Carolina State.

The victory puts top-seeded Alabama (51-12) one win away from its second straight trip to the CWS.

GW Keller hit his 20th homer in the second inning as the Tide became the first SEC team to have four players with 20 or more home rusn in a season.

Southern California 6, Virginia Tech 2

Eric Munson hit a two-run homer and Brad Ticehurst a solo shot as USC (41-19) beat Virginia Tech 6-2.

USC’s Stve Immel (7-4) allowed two unearned runs over 6 1-3 innings for the win as the Hokies were eliminated from the regional.

In a late game, Southern California played N.C. State (43-19), with the winner playing Alabama on Sunday.

Central Regional

SW Texas State 12, Clemson 7

At Lubbock, Texas, Matt Schnabel, Brad Eubank and Chad Spear had consecutive RBI doubles in a four-run third as Southwest Texas State (38-25) beat Clemson, 12-7, ousting the Tigers from the regional.

Clemson (41-23) reached the CWS the past three seasons.

SW Missouri State 10, Nevada 9

Southwest Missouri State nearly blew a nine-run lead, but held on for a 10-9 victory over Nevada, eliminating the Wolf Pack from the regional.

Trailing 10-1 after six innings, Nevada closed strong, getting five runs in the ninth on Andy Dominique’s two-run homer and Gary Johnson’s bases-loaded triple to make it a one-run game.

But Lyle Overbay grounded out to end the game, making a winner of Ben Walker (4-1). Jason Hart went 4-for-5 for Southwest Missouri.

In a later game, Rice played SW Texas State, with the winner playing Southwest Missouri State on Sunday.

Midwest Regional

UCLA 14, Harvard 9

At Stillwater, Okla., UCLA moved into the regional final against host Oklahoma State by eliminating Harvard 14-9 on Saturday night.

The Bruins (43-19-1) must beat the Cowboys (46-17) twice on Sunday since Oklahoma State has yet to lose in the tournament.

Peter Zamora’s two-run double highlighted a six-run first inning that featured four doubles for the Bruins.

In earlier games Saturday, it was UCLA 5, Tennessee 3; and Oklahoma State 10, Harvard 7.

_ Zamora (6-2) allowed two runs over 8 1-3 innings as UCLA eliminated the Volunteers from the regional.

_ Ryan Folmar hit a three-run homer as Oklahoma State (46-17) remained the lone unbeaten team in the Midwest.

West Regional

Stanford 9, Santa Clara 2

At Stanford, Calif., Brent Hoard and Jeff Austin combined on a four-hitter and John Gall hit a grand slam as Stanford advanced with a 9-2 victory over Santa Clara.

Edmund Muth added a two-run homer for Stanford (42-18), which moved within one win of its second CWS berth in three years and 10th overall.

Fresno State 8, Cal State Fullerton 7

Third baseman Craig da Luz turned a game-ending double play and Fresno State, after rallying from four runs down, hung on to beat Cal State Fullerton 8-7.

Derrick Levingston went 2-for-4, driving in four runs with a double and homer. His three-run double in the fifth snapped a tie and his solo shot in the eighth provided the winning margin.

Fresno State (39-27) played Santa Clara in an elimination game later Saturday. The winner must beat Stanford, the only unbeaten team in the tournament, twice Sunday to earn a CWS berth

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