Georgia Tech reaches regional title game

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ATLANTA --- Deck McGuire pitched eight strong innings, Jacob Esch had three RBI and Tony Plagman drove in the go-ahead run to help Georgia Tech beat Alabama 5-2 on Saturday night and advance to the Atlanta Regional title game.

Georgia Tech's Chase Burnette (center) is congratulated after his second-inning home run during a 5-2 win over Alabama.  John Amis/AP Photo
John Amis/AP Photo
Georgia Tech's Chase Burnette (center) is congratulated after his second-inning home run during a 5-2 win over Alabama.

Georgia Tech (47-13) likely will play for a chance to host a super regional next week when it faces the Alabama-Mercer winner tonight. The Yellow Jackets have won two in a row and three of four.

Alabama (38-23) has lost two of three after playing its way into an at-large bid with an eight-game winning streak that ended in the SEC title game.

McGuire (9-4) allowed eight hits, two runs, two walks and struck out six. The right-handed ace is projected as a high pick in the upcoming baseball draft.

SOUTH CAROLINA 9, THE CITADEL 4

In Columbia, South Carolina scored five runs in the seventh inning to rally for the second consecutive game and take control of the Columbia Regional.

The top-seeded Gamecocks (45-15) advanced to the winners' bracket game tonight, and will face the winner of the elimination game between The Citadel (43-21) and Virginia Tech.

Trailing 4-2 entering the seventh, Evan Marzilli's pinch-hit, two-run single tied it. He scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch before Adrian Morales and Christian Walker added RBI doubles.

Blake Cooper (11-1) struck out a career-high 12 in 7Q innings.

CLEMSON 5, AUBURN 2

In Auburn, Ala., Casey Harmen pitched a complete game five-hitter, allowing two runs and striking out eight, and Clemson defeated Auburn to advance to the Auburn Regional title game.

Mike Freeman hit a two-run homer in the first inning.

John Hinson and Wilson Boyd each had two hits for the Tigers, who will face the Auburn-Southern Mississippi winner tonight.

MERCER 13, ELON 7

In Atlanta, Thomas Carroll and Joe Winker drove in four runs apiece and Mercer used six pitchers to beat Elon 13-7 in the losers' bracket of the Atlanta Regional.

VIRGINIA TECH 16, BUCKNELL 7

In Columbia, Buddy Sosnoski homered twice and drove in six runs, and Ronnie Shaban added four RBI as Virginia Tech eliminated Bucknell.

SOUTHERN MISS 19, JACKSONVILLE STATE 6

In Auburn, Ala., Taylor Walker, Adam Doleac and B.A. Vollmuth each hit three-run homers and drove in at least four runs to help Southern Miss stay alive in the NCAA regionals.

FLORIDA 10, OREGON STATE 2

In Gainesville, Fla., Nolan Fontana, Josh Adams and Matt den Dekker homered, lifting Florida over Oregon State in the Gainesville Regional.

VIRGINIA 13, MISSISSIPPI 7

In Charlottesville, Va., John Barr had four RBI hits to highlight a 17-hit attack and Virginia beat Mississippi in the winner's bracket of the Charlottesville Regional.

CAL STATE FULLERTON 6, STANFORD 5

In Fullerton, Calif., Christian Colon hit a pair of two-run homers as Cal State Fullerton eliminated Stanford with a victory in the Fullerton Regional.

RICE 19, RIDER 1

In Austin, Texas, After striking out in his first at-bat, Anthony Rendon hit three home runs to help Rice eliminate Rider in the first game of the loser's bracket in the Austin regional.

TEXAS 4, LOUSIANA LAFAYETTE 2

In Austin, Texas, Kevin Keyes and Kevin Lusson homered in the fourth inning as Texas took control of the Austin Regional.

Streak continues

CORAL GABLES, Fla. --- Garrett Wittels extended his hitting streak to 56 games Saturday, but Florida International was eliminated by Dartmouth with a 15-9 loss in the NCAA Coral Gables regional.

Dartmouth faces Texas A&M today with the winner going on to play Miami.

Wittels hit an RBI double in the top of the first inning, leaving him two games shy of the Division I record set by Oklahoma State's Robin Ventura in 1987. Wittels' attempt to break the mark will resume next season. He went 3 for 5 and finished the season with a .417 average and a school-record 100 hits.

Jason Brooks hit a tie-breaking grand slam in the sixth inning to put Dartmouth ahead 12-8.

-- Associated Press

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