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FSU wins, Gators lose in conference baseball openers

JACKSONVILLE — Buster Posey hit two home runs to lift Florida State to an 8-3 victory over Wake Forest as the ACC baseball tournament began Wednesday.

Posey, the conference's leader in batting average, RBIs and runs scored, tied Miami's Yonder Alonso for the ACC lead with 19 home runs.

His two-run homer in the sixth inning erased a 3-1 deficit, and his shot to center in the seventh gave the No. 2 seed Seminoles (47-9) a 5-3 lead.

FSU plays No. 6 Virginia at 5 p.m. Friday. There are two divisions, and each team plays three games. The top teams in each division play for the championship Sunday.

In other ACC games:

No. 1 Miami beat No. 8 Clemson 7-1 and plays Georgia Tech at 5 today. Chris Hernandez faced the minimum batters in the first 51/3 innings and allowed four hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts in eight scoreless innings. No. 5 Georgia Tech beat No. 4 N.C. State 10-9, scoring two in the ninth on three consecutive errors.

UF LOSES SEC OPENER: Vanderbilt hit 14 singles and beat Florida 7-3 in the first round of the double-elimination conference tournament in Hoover, Ala.

The Commodores had closed the regular season by losing three straight to the Gators (34-21). Florida plays South Carolina at 11 a.m. today.

Brandon McArthur of Armwood went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Gators.

Vanderbilt put at least one on base in each of the first six innings, building a 6-1 lead. The Commodores took the lead for good with three in the second.

In other SEC games:

No. 2 LSU beat No. 7 South Carolina 5-4 on Blake Dean's solo home run in the 10th.

No. 8 Mississippi beat No. 1 Georgia 4-1 behind 12 strikeouts by starter Lance Lynn.

CONFERENCE USA: No. 7 seed UCF rallied from five down to tie it in the fifth, but lost 8-5 to No. 2 Southern Miss in a conference tournament opener in New Orleans. The Golden Knights (31-26) play an elimination game against Marshall or Tulane at 1:30 today.

SUN BELT: No. 4 Florida Atlantic lost its conference tournament opener 9-0 to Western Kentucky in Lafayette, La. FAU (29-26-1) and No. 8 Middle Tennessee meet in an elimination game this morning.

St. Pete Bowl set for Dec. 20 at Trop

The inaugural St. Pete Bowl football game, to be played at Tropicana Field, will be Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2. It will match teams from the Big East and Conference USA.

BIG DAY FOR TALIAFERRO: Former Penn State cornerback Adam Taliaferro, who nearly eight years ago suffered a severe neck injury while making a tackle, graduates from law school at Rutgers today. Doctors had feared he would never walk again. Taliaferro said now some people don't "even recognize I have the injury." He will work for a law firm, hoping to eventually become a sports agent.

North Dakota: Junior running back Ryan Chappell is academically ineligible this season. He set a school record in a September game with 306 yards.

TEXAS TECH: Starting center Stephen Hamby was charged with aggravated assault, accused of punching a man.


UF'S BRICENO WINS: Florida's Nestor Briceno won and UF's Greg Ouellette lost in the opening round of NCAA singles in Tulsa, Okla. Briceno beat Dimitar Kutrovsky of Texas 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). He faces Pepperdine's Bassam Beidas today. Ouellette lost to Southern Cal's Kaes Van't Hof 6-4, 6-2, ending his singles career at 110-37. He is fourth in UF history in singles wins and fifth with 181 combined wins.

FSU wins, Gators lose in conference baseball openers 05/21/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 11:53pm]
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