TALLAHASSEE — Wichita State got a two-run homer from Tyler Weber and a three-run homer from Conor Gillaspie to beat Florida State 10-7 in Game 1 of their Super Region on Friday.
The best-of-three series, from which the winner advances to the College World Series, continues at noon today with Game 3, if necessary, at 1 Sunday.
The Seminoles faced a similar situation when they lost the opener of last weekend's double-elimination region tournament.
"We just know … with our backs against the wall, we are still going to come out and fight you," FSU first baseman Dennis Guinn said. "I'd rather be on this club than any other club in the country going into an elimination game and needing two wins."
Five of the Shockers' runs came courtesy of walks or hit batters. And the Seminoles stranded 10 baserunners, five in scoring position.
"It is only one game, one victory," Shockers coach Gene Stephenson said. "We know we have to come out and fight just as hard or harder (today)."
Arizona 6, Miami 3 (11): Jon Gaston hit a three-run home run to propel the visiting Wildcats. Game 2 is at 7:30 tonight. Carlos Gutierrez, who allowed four runs in two innings of a 2006 Series game, hit Colt Sedbrook on an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the 11th. Brad Glenn singled before Gaston sent one over the rightfield fence.
Georgia 11, N.C. State 4: The host Bulldogs have outscored opponents by 39 runs over five games since losing their region opener. Game 2 is at noon today.
Football: USF adds games
TAMPA — USF will play a home-and-home series with I-A newcomer Western Kentucky. They will meet n Sept. 12, 2009 in Bowling Green, and Sept. 25, 2010 in Tampa, giving the Bulls a seventh home game. USF will be the first BCS-conference program to play at Western Kentucky, which won a I-AA title in 2002 and will be a bowl-eligible I-A program in 2009.
Men's basketball: North Carolina guard Ty Lawson was charged with driving after consuming alcohol after police in Chapel Hill stopped him because of the loud music coming from his car. A field sobriety test led to the charges, police said. Neither Lawson, who has declared for the draft but not hired an agent, nor coach Roy Williams commented. A hearing is set for July 8.
Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.