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Tampa swept out of South Region

Going into Friday's NCAA Division II South Region game at Baseball City Stadium, Tampa had not lost two in a row all season. The Spartans (45-12) picked a bad time to start.

After falling to Gardner-Webb earlier in the day, the uninspired Spartans lost to Florida Southern 7-1 and were eliminated. The Moccasins (47-12) got to Tampa ace Charlie Manning for seven runs on 11 hits.

In the Moccasins' first game Friday, they took advantage of two big innings to eliminate Saint Leo 7-5.

Florida Southern faces Gardner-Webb at 1 p.m. today. If the Mocs win, they play again at 7 p.m. for the region title.

In the loss to Southern, the top-seeded Spartans scored a run in the third off starter Brent Franklin, but were held in check for 6 innings by reliever J.J. Smith.

In the regular season, Tampa swept Florida Southern for the first time in 38 years.

ACC tournament

FORT MILL, S.C. _ Blair Varnes held North Carolina to eight hits and Marshall McDougall had a two-run triple as Florida State began to work its way back through the losers' bracket with a 4-1 victory.

The Seminoles (45-14) lost to Clemson _ for the fourth time this season _ on Thursday night, meaning their next loss will be their last. Varnes and McDougall made sure that didn't happen.

The sophomore right-hander allowed a North Carolina runner to third each inning from the second through the fifth, but got ground-ball outs each time to end the threats. Varnes let two runners on in the sixth and the seventh innings and again the Tar Heels (44-15) couldn't cash in.

Pinch-hitter Ryan Matthews flied out to left in the sixth and Dan Moylan grounded to short an inning later for North Carolina.

Varnes was taken out after Matthews singled home Russ Adams in the eighth inning.

Daniel Hodges got the final four outs for the save, his third of the year.

Florida State, which faces Georgia Tech in today's semifinal, has reached the tournament semifinal all nine times since it joined the league in 1992.

McDougall helped the Seminoles scratch out just enough offense to stay alive. They had three hits in four innings before McDougall's two-run triple put them ahead 2-0 in the fifth.

First baseman Ryan Barthelemy hit a two-run homer, his 10th of the season, in the seventh to give Florida State a 4-0 lead.

North Carolina starter Eric Henderson (6-6) lost control in the fifth, with a single to Blair McCaleb and a double by John-Ford Griffin followed by McDougall's triple, and the Tar Heels could not recover.

LATE THURSDAY: Brian Haught went 2-for-2 and drove in three runs to lead Florida to an 8-7 win against Kentucky. The Gators (40-20-1) earned Friday off with the victory, and play today against South Carolina. If the Gators beat the Gamecocks, they advance to the title game. South Carolina must beat Florida twice today to advance.

Elsewhere

MIAMI 6, N.Y. TECH 1: Kevin Mannix had a two-run homer and Manny Crespo added a home run for the host Hurricanes.

Brian Walker (10-2) allowed one run in six innings for the win. Loser Ben Peterson (3-7) gave up three runs in five innings.

_ Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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