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Florida State, Miami raise rivalry stakes at CWS

OMAHA, Neb. — Florida State and Miami renew their rivalry today, but this time, both of their seasons are on the line.

The state and ACC rivals meet at 2 p.m. today in an elimination game at the College World Series.

The Seminoles (54-13) lost their opener for the third time in the three levels of postseason play: the region, super region and College World Series.

"We've got our backs against the wall — again," FSU designated hitter Tommy Oravetz told the Tallahassee Democrat. "We've been in this situation before."

Miami (52-10) will try to bounce back from Saturday's stunning 7-4 loss to Georgia, in which the Hurricanes led 4-3 going into the ninth inning.

"We face them in the regular season and it's always an intense series … but there's just more on the line," Miami second baseman Jemile Weeks said.

FRESNO STATE 17, RICE 5: Danny Muno, Alan Ahmady and Jordan Ribera hit three-run homers and Fresno State's amazing postseason run continued Sunday. The Bulldogs — the ultimate underdogs as the first No. 4 region seed to reach Omaha — broke it open with a seven-run fourth inning. Fresno (43-29) plays at 7 p.m. Tuesday against North Carolina. Rice (47-14) faces LSU at 2 Tuesday.

NORTH CAROLINA 8, LSU 4: The Tar Heels (52-12) played effective small ball, scoring three in the first on a bases-loaded walk, a single and a sacrifice fly and tacking on two more in the fifth on a fielder's choice and a bases-loaded single. Seth Williams had three hits and three RBIs for UNC, which handed the Tigers (48-18-1) just their second loss in 27 games.

Softball: FSU's Graf retires after 30 years

Dr. Joanne Graf, the NCAA's all-time leader in coaching wins, announced her retirement from the FSU post after 30 seasons.

Graf, who amassed 1,437 victories, will start teaching in Florida State's School of Education.

"I've been very fortunate to have both played at Florida State and then coached 30 years as a head coach at my alma mater," said Graf, for whom FSU's softball field was named in 2005. "It is a privilege that very few people are able to experience. I will miss the players, the coaches and the staff but I feel that at some point, your coaching career ends."

>>WORLD SERIES

Today's games

No. 1 seed Miami (52-10) vs. No. 4 Florida State (54-13), 2

No. 8 Georgia (42-23-1) vs. Stanford (40-22-2), 7

TV: ESPN2

Florida State, Miami raise rivalry stakes at CWS 06/15/08 [Last modified: Monday, June 16, 2008 8:04pm]
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