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SEC/ACC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: FSU's Cardullo hits three HRs in win vs. No. 1 UVA at ACC tourney; Ga. Tech falls

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Stephen Cardullo homered three times, Mike McGee went deep twice and Florida State beat nation No. 1-ranked Virginia, 11-4, on Thursday night at the ACC Tournament.

Cardullo hit solo homers in the second and seventh before his two-run shot capped the four-run eighth that broke it open for the Seminoles (40-17). They play Boston College today.

"We have had a tough stretch with four straight losses, and we needed to come out and make a statement to prove that we are a great team," Cardullo said. "(And) not only for ourselves, but to our fans and to the opposition that we can't be taken lightly."

McGee had solo homers in the first and eighth innings for Florida State. The Seminoles never trailed and led 6-1 after four innings.

Steven Proscia hit a solo home run for the top-seeded Cavaliers (46-11). They were held to six hits and face Miami on Saturday. All four teams in their pool are 1-1 through two games.

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GEORGIA TECH TOPPLED IN GAME 1:

Justin Wright struck out 15 to lead Virginia Tech past Georgia Tech, 6-2, late Thursday night at the ACC tourney.

Wright allowed four hits, and the only hit he surrendered through five innings was Jay Dantzler's solo homer in the third. The Hokies (37-19) will now face Clemson today, while Tech will play N.C. State.

Jeff Rowland added a solo homer in the eighth for the Yellow Jackets (44-12).

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AUBURN SURVIVES IN EXTRAS:

Trent Mummey's two-run single in the top of the 12th inning lifted Auburn to a 3-1 win vs. South Carolina in an elimination game of the SEC Tournament.

The Tigers loaded the bases off Matt Price with one out on a single, fielding error and walk. Mummey then delivered the hit up the middle to drive in the go-ahead runs.

Auburn closer Austin Hubbard (5-2), who escaped a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the 10th, retired three straight batters after giving up a leadoff walk in the 12th. He allowed two hits in 4-2/3 scoreless innings.

The Tigers will face Ole Miss, a 6-3 loser to Alabama, today in another elimination game.

Both starters, Auburn's Grant Dayton and South Carolina's Blake Cooper, pitched into the eighth and allowed one run.

Auburn's Creede Simpson had a leadoff homer in the fourth.

Simpson was subbing for Brian Fletcher, who left with a bruised hand in the second inning. Coach John Pawlowski listed him as day-to-day.

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ALABAMA 6, OLE MISS 3:

Nathan Kilcrease retired 17 consecutive batters in leading Alabama in the second round of the SEC Tournament.

Kilcrease (6-2) set down the Rebels in order in the second through sixth innings, including a three-inning span where he threw a total of 17 pitches.

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FLORIDA 5, ARKANSAS 3:

Austin Maddox went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and Florida stayed alive in the SEC Tournament.

Florida will face the Vanderbilt-LSU loser today in another elimination game.

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BOSTON COLLEGE 12, MIAMI 10, (12):

Andrew Lawrence's two-run homer in the 12th inning lifted the Eagles.

Matt Watson drew a one-out walk in the 12th and was replaced by pinch-runner Philip Miclat. He came around to score on Lawrence's game-ending drive to deep right field off Travis Miller.