Junior Willie Abreu hit two home runs, sophomore Michael Mediavilla delivered another strong start, and No. 4 Miami evened its series against host Georgia Tech on Sunday afternoon with a 12-2 victory in Atlanta.
Abreu connected on a towering solo shot in the third and added a two-run home run in the seventh for his second multi-homer effort of the season. Juniors Johnny Ruiz and Randy Batista also homered for the Hurricanes, who won for the fifth time in their past six games.
Mediavilla, who allowed eight hits but just two runs, picked up his team-leading ninth win of the season to set up a rubber match 7 p.m. Monday between Miami (35-9, 15-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) and Georgia Tech (31-15, 11-11).
▪ Rice 12, FIU 1: The visiting Owls (31-14, 18-6 Conference USA) scored in every inning but the seventh en route to a mercy-rule victory and series sweep over the Panthers (22-27, 9-15). The Panthers remained in ninth place in the conference. C-USA only accepts the top eight teams for the conference tournament.
▪ Nova Southeastern 4-4. Florida Tech 1-3: The Sharks (35-15, 18-6 Sunshine State Conference) swept their doubleheader against the host Panthers (27-20, 9-12). Alexander Kline earned the win in game one with Devin Raftery earning his 11th save. Reliever Devin Pellien earned the win in the series finale.
▪ St. Thomas 11, Webber International 5: No. 2 seed St. Thomas (35-19, 16-8) eliminated third-seeded Webber (32-20, 16-8) in The Sun Conference tournament at City of Palms Park.
Kendrick Gutierrez went 3-5 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored to lead the Bobcats offensively. Tyeler Checkley allowed just two hits in 2.2 innings of shutout relief to close out the game and earn the save.
▪ FIU 6, Middle Tennessee 3: Pitcher Corinne Jenkins had a two-run home run in her first career at-bat for the host Panthers (29-26, 12-12 C-USA), who swept the Blue Raiders (23-31, 6-18 ) in the regular-season finale for both teams. The conference tournament is next week.
▪ Barry men 5, Florida Southern 0: The host Buccaneers advanced to the finals of the NCAA Division II South Region 2. Second-seeded Barry (14-6) will host third-seeded Valdosta State (16-6) on Monday to decide the region championship. The winner advances to the NCAA championships in Denver.
▪ Lynn 5, Barry women 1: The season ended for the sixth-ranked Bucs (18-4) when they fell to fifth-ranked Knights (22-3) in the NCAA South Region 2 championship. Lynn advanced to the NCAA Championships. The loss snapped a run of six straight appearances at the NCAA championships for the Buccaneers. Emma Onila earned Barry’s lone point in the final match of her career. She beat 38th-ranked Grace Mpassy, who retired with Onila leading 6-1, 2-0 at No. 1 singles.
▪ Late Saturday — Strikers 3, RailHawks 1: Fort Lauderdale scored three goals in the first 45 minutes to topple first-place Carolina. Maicon Santos, Nana Attakora and Matheus Carvalho each scored., who claimed their first win of the North American Soccer League spring season It was Strikers first victory at Carolina in 11 attempts since first meeting 2011.