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Florida State's Giovanny Alfonzo points skyward as he celebrates scoring in the ninth inning against Indiana in their NCAA super regional game Saturday in Tallahassee, Fla. Indiana won 10-9.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Three Hokies, two Cavaliers and a Highlander were chosen Saturday on the final day of the major league draft.
Virginia Tech junior left-hander Eddie Campbell was taken by Seattle in the 15th round. Campbell (2-5), who was used as a starter and reliever, said he hopes to turn pro and skip his senior season.
"I'm very excited," he said.
Tech starter Joe Mantiply (6-1) was picked by Detroit in the 27th round. The former Tunstall High School standout was drafted by Philadelphia in the 28th round last year but returned to Tech for his senior year.
Tech junior left-hander Colin O'Keefe (0-2) went to the Los Angeles Angels in the 33rd round. He was the sixth and final Hokie taken in the three-day draft.
UVa infielder Reed Gragnani (.305) was taken by Boston in the 21st round, while fellow UVa senior Scott Silverstein (10-1) went to Toronto in the 25th round.
Radford shortstop Jeff Kemp was picked by Baltimore in the 33rd round of the 40-round draft. The Bowie, Md., native was drafted by the Angels in the 31st round last year but returned to RU for his senior year.
UVa signee Connor Jones, a pitcher from Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, went to San Diego in the 21st round.
UNC 6, S. Carolina 5
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Freshman Skye Bolt hit a game-winning RBI single through the right side in the ninth inning to lift North Carolina past South Carolina in the opener of the NCAA super regional best-of-3 series.
Bolt's two-out hit scored Parks Jordan from second for the Tar Heels (56-9), putting them within a win of reaching the College World Series for the sixth time in eight seasons.
It was yet another close win for the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament as North Carolina shook off a shaky start from top pitcher Kent Emanuel and an early two-run deficit.
Reliever Trent Thornton (10-1) earned the win, allowing one run in three innings. Tyler Webb (3-3) took the loss for the Gamecocks (42-19).
N.C. State 4, Rice 3
RALEIGH, N.C. - Jake Fincher's two-out single in the bottom of the ninth capped a rally and lifted N.C. State to a victory over Rice in Game 1 of the Raleigh super regional.
Rice (44-19) had taken a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth, but N.C. State (48-14) tied it when Brett Williams slid under a tag after a bunt by Logan Ratledge. Williams singled to start the inning, stole second, and went to third on an error by pitcher Zech Lemond.
Two batters later, Fincher's single to left scored Jake Armstrong with the winning run.
Indiana 10, FSU 9
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Kyle Schwarber had a go-ahead two-run single in a four-run seventh inning and Indiana went on to beat Florida State in the first game of the Tallahassee super regional.
Schwarber, who also had a two-run homer in the fourth, put Indiana up 7-6 with his hit in the seventh.
Indiana (47-14) can advance to its first College World Series with a win on Sunday. If the Seminoles (47-16) win, a deciding game would be played Monday.
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