TALLAHASSEE — Stephen McGee hit a two-run homer to cap a five-run second inning as Florida State routed Savannah State 10-0 Friday in opening-round play of their NCAA region.
Scott Sitz (10-1) scattered seven hits and struck out eight, leaving with one out in the eighth. In his last three postseason appearances, Sitz has struck out 24 in 18 innings and allowed two runs.
FSU roughed up Savannah State ace Kyle McGowin for 10 runs in the first three innings. Marcus Davis drove in four runs for the Seminoles (45-15) with a pair of doubles and a single, while D.J. Stewart knocked in three runs with a double and two singles.
The Seminoles meet Troy in today's winners' bracket, while Savannah State (33-22) takes on Alabama in an elimination game. Troy beat the Crimson Tide 5-2.
Late hr DOWNS UF: Michael Davis hit a three-run eighth-running home run and second-seeded Austin Peay beat third-seeded Florida in the opening game of the Bloomington, Ind., Region.
The Gators (29-29) play fourth-seeded Valparaiso, which lost 5-4 when top-seeded Indiana scored four in the ninth, in an elimination game at 2 p.m. today. Indiana scored all four ninth-inning runs against closer Karch Kowalczyk, who had allowed one earned run over 25 innings (0.36 ERA).
Trailing 1-0, UF took the lead on sophomore Justin Shafer's three-run homer in the sixth inning. But the Governors (46-13) rallied to win their 16th straight.
Miami romps: Chris Diaz struck out 10 in seven innings and Garrett Kennedy homered as No. 2 seed Miami cruised past Oklahoma State 7-0 in the Louisville, Ky., Region. The Hurricanes (37-23) put away the Cowboys (39-18) with a four-run fifth. Diaz loaded the bases in the second and fifth innings, but escaped with inning-ending strikeouts.
Elsewhere: Andrew Parker hit a three-run homer in the sixth as Towson beat Florida Atlantic 7-2 in the Chapel Hill, N.C., Region. The second-seeded Owls (39-21) had an 11-game winning streak end. The third-seeded Tigers (30-28) played their first region game since 1991. … LSU leftfielder Raph Rhymes bloodied his nose and lip in a collision with shortstop Alex Bregman during an 11-7 win over Jackson State in the Baton Rouge Region. Rhymes needed three stitches on his upper lip and said he's fine. Bregman was taken to a hospital to be checked for possible fractures to bones in his face and returned to the stadium, saying he was fine to play today.. … Third-seeded William & Mary upset second-seeded Mississippi 4-2 in the Raleigh, N.C., Region for its first NCAA tournament victory.