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Florida State Seminoles, Florida Gators to host baseball regions in Tallahassee, Gainesville

DURHAM, N.C. — Top-seeded Florida State lost to Virginia 6-3 in the ACC baseball championship game Sunday, but it joined Florida in being named host sites for four-team region tournaments that run Friday through June 1.

The Seminoles are hosting for a Division I-record 27th time.

The 64-team NCAA field, including the top eight national seeds, will be announced at 12:30 today (ESPN). Region winners advance to the best-of-three super regions, which begin June 5. The eight super region winners advance to the College World Series, which begins June 13 in Omaha, Neb.

FSU tournament passes, costing $30 or $45, go on sale at 3 p.m. today at Single-game tickets go on sale Thursday evening. The toll-free FSU ticket office number is 1-888-378-6653.

Florida tickets are $6 to $10. UF will accept region ticket orders from season-ticket holders at 9 a.m. today at Fans can order tickets beginning Wednesday. The toll-free UF ticket office number is 1-800-344-2867.

The other hosts: UC Irvine; Louisville; TCU; Clemson; Georgia Tech; North Carolina; LSU; Mississippi; Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, East Carolina, Oklahoma, Rice and Texas.

Tied at 3 Sunday, FSU (42-16) loaded the bases with one out in the eighth, but pinch-hitter Tommy Oravetz struck out and Jack Posey flied out. Virginia scored three in the ninth, when Sean Gilmartin retired only one of the five hitters he faced.

"We're obviously disappointed, but we're also very excited about the fact we will be hosting next week," coach Mike Martin said after FSU's first appearance in the title game since winning it 2004.

more baseball: Florida freshman first baseman Preston Tucker of Plant High and outfielder Jonathan Pigott were named to the SEC all-tournament team. LSU beat Vanderbilt 6-2 to win its second straight SEC tournament title in Hoover, Ala. … USF freshman shortstop Sam Mende, who went 11-for-17 with a team-high six RBIs in four games, was named to the Big East all-tournament team. Top-seeded Louisville repeated as Big East champs, beating sixth-seeded Connecticut 11-3 in the title game at Bright House Field in Clearwater. … Rice beat host Southern Miss 8-6 to in the C-USA tournament title game.

Softball: UF advances

GAINESVILLE — The Gators beat Cal 2-0 and 2-1, advancing to a second consecutive Women's College World Series. Stacey Nelson won both games, with 13 strikeouts in Game 1 and six in Game 2. UF (60-3) plays Arizona at 9 p.m. on Thursday in Oklahoma City (ESPN).

lacrosse: Northwestern won its fifth straight women's championship with a 21-7 victory over North Carolina in Towson, Md. The Wildcats set a record for title game goals. In today's men's final, Cornell faces Syracuse at 1 p.m. in Foxborough, Mass. (ESPN). The Orange beat Cornell 15-10 at Syracuse during the regular season.

Florida State Seminoles, Florida Gators to host baseball regions in Tallahassee, Gainesville 05/24/09 [Last modified: Sunday, May 24, 2009 10:05pm]
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