DURHAM, N.C. — Mark Zagunis homered with one out in the ninth as Florida State lost yet another game at the ACC baseball tournament, 3-2 to Virginia Tech on Thursday.
FSU have lost six straight games at the tournament: the title game in 2011, all three pool-play games in 2012 and both pool-play games in 2013 to be eliminated from title contention.
FSU, the tournament's No. 2 seed, allowed two ninth-inning homers Wednesday to lose 4-3 to No. 7 Georgia Tech. On Thursday, the Seminoles scored two in the top of the ninth, including a run-scoring double by Casey Smith, a former Tampa Alonso High star. But Zagunis sent a 2-and-0 pitch over the fence in left to push the No. 6 Hokies to 2-0.
"They are all fun baseball games. I don't give a flip if they are 13-1 games as long as I'm not on the 1 side," FSU coach Mike Martin said about the losses. "What can you be mad about? What can you be fussing about? Guys were down two. We stayed poised. … Baseball happens.
FSU finishes the tournament Saturday against Virginia (1-1).
UM falls: No. 8 Miami had four hits (all singles) in falling 10-0 to No. 1 North Carolina 10-0. Miami (0-1) faces No. 4 N.C. State today.
Football: The ACC announced game times for early-season games, including Florida at Miami on Sept 7 (noon, ESPN) and FSU at home against Nevada on Sept. 14 (3:30, ESPN or ESPN2). … Charles Sims, Houston's leading rusher last season, said he is leaving the school. Sims ran for 851 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior in 2012 for the Cougars, who join USF in the American Athletic Conference in the fall. He said he will transfer or apply for June's NFL supplemental draft.
Tennis: Two of Florida's three doubles teams won first-round matches at the NCAA tournament to advance to today's Round of 16 in Urbana, Ill. For the women, Lauren Embree and Sofie Oyen beat Stanford's Stacey Tan and Ellen Tsay 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 and meet Alabama's Alecz Guarachi and Mary Anne Macfarlane. On the men's side, UF's Stephane Piro and Bob van Overbeek beat Pepperdine's Francis Alcantara and Finn Tearney 7-6 (7-1), 4-6, 6-4 and face Alabama's Jarryd Botha and David Vieyra. Billy Federhofer and Gordon Watson lost 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Texas' Chris Camillone and David Holiner.
Track: Five Seminoles qualified for the NCAA national meet at regions in Greensboro, N.C: Stefan Brits (long jump), Michael Fout (10,000 meters), Andrew LaHaye (pole vault), Breandan O'Neill (10,000) and Kayleigh Tyerman (10,000 meters). Two Gators moved on, Lorraine Graham (long jump) and Florence Ngetich (10,000). And one Bull qualified, Kevin Bell (long jump). The meet continues today.
Women's golf: Florida shot 17-over 305 in Round 3 and sat 23rd at the NCAA championships in Athens, Ga. USC leads second-place Duke by 17 shots entering today's final round.