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Florida State wins baseball region

Florida State third base coach Mike Martin Jr. congratulates Brett Knief as he heads home to complete his grand slam in the fourth inning. The Seminoles sweep their region, going 3-0.

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Florida State third base coach Mike Martin Jr. congratulates Brett Knief as he heads home to complete his grand slam in the fourth inning. The Seminoles sweep their region, going 3-0.

TALLAHASSEE — Brett Knief's grand slam capped a seven-run fourth inning that led Florida State to an 11-4 win over Troy on Sunday, putting the Seminoles in the super regions of the NCAA tournament for the sixth consecutive year — the longest active streak in the nation.

The Seminoles (47-15) have won 19 straight region games since 2008. The No. 7 national seed hosts Indiana, the winner of the Bloomington Region, in this week's best-of-three series.

"That was a huge, huge part of the ball game," FSU coach Mike Martin said of Knief's big hit. "Brett got us four runs with one swing of the bat."

A perennial power, the Seminoles are seeking their first College World Series title after 21 appearances in Omaha, Neb., including 15 in Martin's 34 seasons in Tallahassee.

Knief's shot to left, the junior college transfer's first homer at FSU, gave the Seminoles a 9-3 lead. The junior raced out of the batter's box after hitting the ball, never thinking it might clear the fence.

"I thought the leftfielder was actually going to run back and catch it," the outfielder said. "I really knew it was gone when I was about to hit second base.

"It might have a been a world record getting around the bases."

Marcus Davis' two-run double earlier in the fourth snapped a 3-3 tie.

Jose Brizuela also homered for the Seminoles. Trae Santos hit his second homer of the tournament and 18th of the season for Troy (42-20).

Left-hander Brandon Leibrandt (10-4) went the first five innings to pick up the win for the Seminoles, who outscored three tournament opponents 32-4.

Miami eliminated, FAU stuns top seed

Oklahoma State took advantage of two Miami errors to eliminate the Hurricanes from the Louisville (Ky.) Region, 7-1.

In the bottom of the fifth, Jarrett Higgins' triple drove in a run, and the throw sailed to the dugout, scoring Higgins too.

UM leftfielder Tyler Palmer misplayed a ball off the bat of Higgins with a man on second, scoring another run for OSU.

The Hurricanes (37-25) had four hits.

In the Chapel Hill (N.C.) Region, Florida Atlantic (42-21) upset top national seed North Carolina 3-2 and faces the Tar Heels again tonight at 7, with the winner advancing.

Men's golf: Alabama won its first national title, defeating Illinois 4-1 in match play at the NCAA Championships in Milton, Ga.

Florida State wins baseball region 06/02/13 [Last modified: Sunday, June 2, 2013 10:59pm]
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