After an ACC tournament best forgotten, Triangle baseball redemption close at hand


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The Tigers were not selected as one of 16 teams to host a Regional next weekend in the 2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament. The Tigers had previously defeated the Howlin' Huskies in two out of three games in March, which included a no-hit performance by ace Casey Mize.

Zach Britton hit a three-run homer, Devin Mann added a two-run shot and Josh Stowers also went deep, giving him 10 RBIs in four tournament games for the fourth-seeded Cardinals (43-17), who had their six-game winning streak snapped.

Texas A&M football lost 55-52 to Wake Forest in the Belk Bowl last December.

Each of the 16 regionals features four teams, playing a double-elimination format. The Patriots were one of the last four teams in the tournament field as an at-large selection out of the Missouri Valley, along with Northeastern, Oklahoma State and Troy.

The rough finish dropped OSU from potential host to one of the final teams in the field.

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Oklahoma earned the 38th NCAA postseason appearance in program history and the first under head coach Skip Johnson. No. 1 Stanford and No. 4 Wright State face off in the other side of the bracket.

The Gators will begin regional play Friday at McKethan Stadium against 4-seed Columbia (1 p.m.).

Phil Cofer and Florida State received the news Friday they had been waiting for since the season ended two months ago.

If they advance through this regional they'd travel to Fayetteville for a super regional hosted by Arkansas.

East Carolina, meanwhile, is a team with whom Kingston is very familiar - his former team South Florida played ECU in the American Athletic Conference.

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Purdue has made NCAA Tournaments only twice before, in 2012 and 1987, with its only victory against Valparaiso in '12. A ground out from Amber Serrett to the pitcher plated Sanchez to make it a 3-1 game.

"Throughout the season, we've been down and we've come back", Stowers said.

"I think it's just nice knowing it's familiar opponents we're lined up with".

Georgia went 18-12 in conference play, which was tied for second best overall behind Florida (20-10). The Cards also are familiar with Kent State, having played the Golden Flashes in past seasons and having seen them in NCAA regionals in Louisville.

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