Silverstein (9-1) allowed two runs in 8⅔ innings for the third-seeded Cavaliers (46-10), who rebounded from Wednesday’s loss to Virginia Tech.
Howard and Towns hit consecutive home runs in the fourth for a 4-1 lead, then Brandon Downes added a homer in a three-run sixth for Virginia.
Zane Evans had three hits for the seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets (34-24), who beat Florida State on Wednesday.
Georgia Tech starter Dusty Isaacs (4-7) took the loss, allowing six runs – five earned – and six hits in five innings.
The Yellow Jackets face the sixth-seeded Hokies in Pool B today, while the Cavaliers play the second-seeded Seminoles on Saturday.
NORTH CAROLINA 10, MIAMI 0
Kent Emanuel threw eight scoreless innings, while Cody Stubbs and Brian Holberton each drove in three runs to help North Carolina beat Miami
Emanuel (10-3) allowed four hits for the top-seeded Tar Heels (49-8) in a game called in the eighth inning due to a 10-run mercy rule. UNC got a fast start with Colin Moran getting an RBI single and Holberton adding a two-run single in the third inning. Stubbs finished with four hits.
Andrew Suarez (3-5) took the loss for the eighth-seeded Hurricanes (35-22), allowing 11 hits and seven runs in 5⅓ innings.
Miami managed only four singles.
Both teams play again today. North Carolina plays fifth-seeded Clemson in Pool A, while Miami faces No. 4 seed North Carolina State.
VIRGINIA TECH 3,
FLORIDA STATE 2
Mark Zagunis homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Virginia Tech a victory over Florida State.
Zagunis’ shot over the left field wall against reliever Gage Smith improved the sixth-seeded Hokies (37-19) to 2-0 in Pool B while dropping the second-seeded Seminoles (44-15) to 0-2 in Durham.
ALABAMA 7, MISSISSIPPI 5
In Hoover, Ala., Mikey White hit a two-run single in the 10th inning to give Alabama a victory against Mississippi at the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday.
Alabama (34-25) trailed 3-0 early in the elimination game, but rallied for two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and two more in the sixth to take a 5-3 lead. The Rebels’ Stuart Turner hit a two-run single in the seventh inning to tie the game at 5-5 and eventually send it to extra innings.
LOUISIANA STATE 1
Arkansas scored the go-ahead run on a squeeze bunt by Tyler Spoon in the eighth inning and tacked on two more insurance runs in the ninth to beat LSU.
Arkansas right-hander Ryne Stanek (9-2) earned the win, giving up just one unearned run on six hits over eight innings. LSU’s Aaron Nola was nearly as good, giving up one run in seven innings.
Colby Suggs threw a scoreless ninth inning for his 12th save of the season.
Arkansas (37-19) outhit LSU (49-9) 12-6. The Razorbacks were led by Matt Vinson and Spoon, who each had three hits.