'Canes, Gamecocks, 'Noles, Dawgs advance

Updated: June 6, 2004, 11:58 PM ET
Associated Press

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Jim Burt's three-run double keyed a nine-run seventh inning and Miami (47-11) beat Florida Atlantic19-6 to advance to the Super Regionals.

The Hurricanes next face Florida.

Richard Giannotti had a grand slam and seven RBIs for Miami, which also got long balls from Burt, Ryan Braun, Gaby Sanchez and Erick San Pedro.

The Hurricanes fell behind 5-4 after Florida Atlantic (47-17) scored three runs in the fifth. Miami seized control in the seventh, scoring nine runs on seven hits off four different pitchers.

Melillo powers Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Kevin Melillo's two-run homer in the fourth inning put South Carolina ahead for good, and the Gamecocks beat North Carolina 7-6 to advance to the Super Regionals against the Kinston winner.

Melillo's blast gave South Carolina (48-15) a cushion after a series of mistakes let the tired Tar Heels (43-21) keep things close.

Gamecocks closer Chad Blackwell struggled in the ninth, allowing three hits and a run. But with runners on first and second with one out, he struck out Marshall Hubbard and Sammy Hewitt to get his 17th save.

Drew powers 'Noles to regional title
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Stephen Drew homered twice and Florida State got 22 hits, as the Seminoles beat Central Florida 19-3 to clinch a spot in the NCAA Super Regional.

Brian Schultz (7-1) picked up the victory with seven innings of six-hit work, securing Florida State's seventh consecutive regional championship. Florida State (45-21) will play Arkansas in the super regional.

Brett Bordwine (1-1) gave up seven earned runs on eight hits in the loss. The Knights (47-18) forced the deciding game with a 7-5 win earlier in the day.

Dee Brown's solo home run in the eighth inning broke a tie and propelled Central Florida to the 7-5 victory, setting up the deciding game.

Sammons homer propels Bulldogs
ATHENS, Ga. -- Clint Sammons' 10th-inning homer sent Georgia (41-21) to a 7-6 win over Clemson in 10 innings and to the Super Regionals, where the Bulldogs will play Georgia Tech.

Georgia got back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning from Bobby Felmy and Jason Jacobs off reliever Tony Sipp to tie it up at 6, inspired after coach David Perno's ejection in the bottom of the eighth.

The Tigers (39-26) led 6-4 when Perno was tossed for coming onto the field to argue balls and strikes. Before he left the field he hurled a bucket of balls onto the field.

Lou Santangelo's grand slam in the seventh inning capped a comeback from a seven-run deficit to help Clemson win 10-9 and force the decisive elimination game.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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