CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Brian Holberton capped a two-out rally with a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning, lifting North Carolina to a 4-3 victory over Florida State on Monday night in the regular-season finale for both teams.
The Tar Heels broke a tie at 3 against Seminoles reliever and future quarterback Jameis Winston. After two groundouts to open the inning, Cody Stubbs struck out but reached base on a wild pitch. After Michael Russell's single put runners on the corners, Holberton came through with a line drive that dropped in front of centerfielder Seth Miller.
Marcus Davis and John Sansone had RBIs for FSU (44-22), which opens the ACC tournament Wednesday against Georgia Tech as the No. 2 seed. The Tar Heels (48-8) go in as the top seed.
MORE BASEBALL: Vanderbilt and LSU are the favorites to win the SEC tournament, which instituted a single-elimination format in the opening round. Coaches say the sudden-death round was added because of scheduling and the expansion of the tournament field from 10 to 12 teams. The top four seeds receive a bye to the second round, where double-elimination play begins. Play begins today in Hoover, Ala., with Mississippi-Kentucky at 10:30 a.m. and Alabama-Auburn at 2 p.m., both on Sun Sports; Florida plays Texas A&M at 5:30.
TENNIS: No. 12 seed Stanford upset the top-seeded Florida women 4-3 in the NCAA tournament semifinals in Champaign, Ill. Florida trailed 3-2 after its top player, Lauren Embree, lost in doubles and singles, then tied it with Olivia Janowicz's singles victory. Stanford won it when Krista Hardebeck rallied past Alex Cercone, from Seminole High, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-3. Stanford faces Texas A&M, which beat UCLA 4-3. UF (26-3) defeated Stanford during the regular season, when Cercone had a key victory over Hardebeck. The Gators' last postseason loss had been in the 2010 final, 4-3 to Stanford. The Cardinal is now 18-13 all time against UF.
BASKETBALL: Guard Malik Smith signed his tender to transfer from Florida International to Minnesota. Smith is following coach Richard Pitino to the Golden Gophers. … Memphis forward Tarik Black is transferring to Kansas and will be eligible to play immediately. … Texas Tech hired Oklahoma State associate head coach Candi Whitaker to coach its women's team.
FOOTBALL: Former Arkansas quarterback Brandon Mitchell said he is transferring to North Carolina State to play his final season. … The Military Bowl is moving from RFK Stadium in Washington to Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Md.