GAINESVILLE — Former Plant High standout Peter Alonso drove in three runs and Alonso High's Alex Faedo pitched eight scoreless innings as overall No. 1 seed Florida advanced in the NCAA baseball tournament by beating Georgia Tech 10-1 Sunday night to close out the Gainesville Region.
The Gators (50-13) host rival Florida State in a best-of-three Super Region series starting this week. Dates and times will be announced when all of the regions have ended. Florida swept all three games against FSU this season and has won 10 of the past 12 in the series.
Florida had 12 hits and nine walks and was even better on the mound against the Yellow Jackets (38-25) while improving to 32-4 at home this season.
Alonso, named the region's most outstanding player, returned this weekend after missing nearly a month with a broken bone in his left hand, had an RBI double in the fifth and a two-run single in the sixth. Right-hander Faedo (13-1) allowed four hits and struck out 10.
The Yellow Jackets earlier defeated Connecticut 7-5 to eliminate the Huskies, who won the American Athletic Conference tournament in Clearwater.
In Tallahassee, Florida State slugged six home runs, two by Dylan Busby, to win its region by routing South Alabama 18-6.
Jackson Lueck, Cal Raleigh, Tyler Holton and Hayden Kelly also homered for the Seminoles (40-20), who won their 36th region title and are in the 16-team Super Region round for an NCAA-leading 15th time.
Busby, named the region's most outstanding player, was 3-for-6 with three RBIs. The sophomore first baseman was 8-for-17 in three games with two home runs and eight RBIs.
The Jaguars beat Southern Mississippi 7-5 earlier in the day.
Boston College, TCU, East Carolina and Louisville also won their regions.
Coral Gables Region: Host and top seed Miami advanced by beating Long Beach State 9-8. Randy Batista singled in Christopher Barr to score the winner in the bottom of the ninth. The Hurricanes (48-11) outlasted LBSU 4-3 in 11 innings late Saturday. LBSU eliminated Florida Atlantic (39-19) earlier Sunday, 501. Miami next faces ACC rival Boston College.
Football: Former Texas Tech linebacker Dakota Allen was charged with burglary, a second-degree felony, the Associated Press reported. The program dismissed Allen and offensive linemen Robert Castaneda and Trace Ellison last month; all three have since been charged in connection with a January home burglary.