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

Virginia Santiago
May 28, 2018

Florida State basketball's leading scorer from last season got a sweet assist on Friday.

The 6-foot-8 Cofer was a key player in the Seminoles' run to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament this past season.

The Seminoles not only won their second straight ACC tourney title, but their third in four years.

Playing in the program's fourth postseason conference title game under head coach Dan McDonnell, Louisville plated its first run of the game in the second on a RBI groundout off the bat of Oriente. It's hard to imagine things going much worse than they did this week, or last June, and there's every reason to expect better.

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The victor of the Athens regional will advance to a super regional, with the victor of that advancing to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The Blue Devils play third-seeded Troy at 2 p.m. Friday, while the Camels open up at 7:30 p.m. Friday versus top seed Georgia. Drew Mendoza was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored.

Duds of the Game: FSU starting pitcher and usually dependable Andrew Karp did not have his best stuff in three innings on Sunday, allowing seven runs on six hits, including three home runs and two walks.

Sophomore Michael McAvene took the loss for the Cardinals after the righthander allowed three runs on one hit in 1.2 innings of relief.

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Butch Thompson felt good about Auburn's chances to host an NCAA Regional at Plainsman Park before the start of the SEC Tournament.

The Tigers have an 39-21 overall record and an 18-17 mark against SEC opponents (if you include the conference tournament and nonconference win over Alabama in Montgomery) against the eighth-toughest schedule in the nation this season. OSU, Stanford, Arkansas and MS are all considered locks to receive top-eight national seeds by D1Baseball.com.

Troy on Monday earned its first NCAA baseball tournament bid since 2013, and will play in the Athens, Ga., Regional as the No. 3 seed.

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