GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mike Zunino and Preston Tucker homered, and top-seeded Florida beat Georgia Tech 6-2 in the Gainesville Regional on Saturday night.
Zunino’s solo shot in the fourth sparked a three-run inning that was key in a testy game. Tucker added a towering, two-run shot in the ninth.
The Yellow Jackets face College of Charleston today in an elimination game.
The game had plenty of drama. Umpires reversed a strikeout call at the end of the third inning, sending Georgia Tech (37-25) back to the dugout and Florida (44-18) back on the field. Tech’s Jake Davies eventually struck out, making the call moot, but he tipped his hat to Florida fans booing him. Zunino, who was involved in the disputed call, homered to open the fourth.
Georgia Tech coach Danny Hall was ejected in the fifth while arguing an aggressive slide at second base. In the seventh, Tech catcher Zane Evans yelled at Florida shortstop Nolan Fontana following a play at the plate. Fontana kicked Evans’ facemask after getting thrown out trying to score.
CORAL GABLES REGIONAL
MISSOURI STATE 12, MIAMI 2
In Coral Gables, Fla., Kennen Maddox drove in four runs as Missouri State (40-21) ousted Miami (36-23).
Miami failed to win a tournament game for the first since going 0-2 in the 1993 South Regional at Baton Rouge, La.
VANDERBILT 9, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 8
In Raleigh, N.C., Tony Kemp drove in the game-winning run on a single in the bottom of the ninth, leading Vanderbilt to a victory over North Carolina State.
The second-seeded Commodores (35-26) trailed 6-1 and 8-3 before scoring six runs in the final two innings to stun the top-seeded and host Wolfpack (40-18).
KENTUCKY 8, VALPARAISO 1
In Gary, Ind., Austin Cousino had three hits and drove in three runs as Kentucky survived elimination with a win over Valparaiso (35-25).
The Wildcats (44-17) scored six of their runs with two outs, including a five-run sixth inning which broke open the game.
VIRGINIA 9, ARMY 1
In Charlottesville, Va., Branden Cogswell drove in four runs, Branden Kline pitched 5⅔ strong innings and Virginia (39-17-1) beat Army (41-14).
Kline pitched an inning Friday before the game was suspended because of rain. He allowed six hits and one earned run over the two days.
FLORIDA STATE 8, SAMFORD 1
In Tallahassee, Fla., Brandon Leibrandt pitched eight scoreless innings and James Ramsey hit a grand slam as Florida State (45-15) defeated Samford (40-22) .
Leibrandt, whose father is former big league pitcher Charlie Leibrandt, fanned a career-high 10 batters before leaving after throwing 110 pitches.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 8, ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM 1
In Tallahassee, Fla., Wes Rea and Sam Frost each hit two-run doubles and Southeastern Conference champion Mississippi State eliminated Alabama-Birmingham (32-20).
Ross Mitchell (3-0) picked up the victory the Bulldogs (40-23).
COLLEGE STATION REGIONAL
MISSISSIPPI 6, TEXAS A&M 3
In College Station, Texas, Mike Mayers had nine strikeouts in 6⅓ innings to lead Mississippi (37-24) to a win over Texas A&M (43-17).
ARKANSAS 1, RICE 0
In Houston, Ryne Stanek and Barrett Astin combined on a six-hitter to lead Arkansas (41-19) to a win over Rice (41-18).
CHAPEL HILL REGIONAL
ST. JOHN’S 5, NORTH CAROLINA 4
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Danny Bethea hit a walk-off three-run homer to help St. John’s (39-21) stun North Carolina (45-15) .