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COLLEGE BASEBALL: Georgia Tech, Florida State win NCAA regional openers

Georgia Tech starter Cole Pitts allowed 10 hits and four runs in 3 2/3 innings in Friday’s regional opener.

Georgia Tech starter Cole Pitts allowed 10 hits and four runs in 3 2/3 innings in Friday’s regional opener.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Jake Davies and Brandon Thomas each hit a three-run homer as Georgia Tech beat the College of Charleston 8-4 on Friday in the NCAA tournament.

The first two innings included 10 runs, 12 hits and two errors, and the Yellow Jackets (37-24) emerged with a 7-3 lead. They will move on to play No. 1 seed Florida today.

Charleston (37-21) started with five hits in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead, but the Yellow Jackets answered with Davies’ homer in the bottom half of the inning.

The Cougars tied it 3-3 in the top of the second on a two-run home run by Marty Gantt. Georgia Tech answered with four runs, including Thomas’ homer.

Georgia Tech reliever Dusty Isaacs (6-4) held the Cougars scoreless over the final 5 1/3 innings for the win. Charleston will play Saturday in an elimination game against Bethune-Cookman.

Florida State 2, UAB 1: James Ramsey drove in both of Florida State’s runs and the Seminoles snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over UAB on Friday in the NCAA tournament.

Ramsey singled in Sherman Johnson in the third inning, and then doubled Johnson home in the fifth.

Ryan Prinzing scored UAB’s lone run in the top of the fifth on John Frost’s groundout to short. The Blazers left a dozen runners on base, including the potential tying run at third when the game ended.

Gage Smith (4-0) picked up the win after replacing Seminoles starter Scott Sitz with one out in the fifth. Robert Benicasa got his 14th save with a scoreless ninth.