FSU advances to College World Series; Florida beats Clemson

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — James Tibbs III hit his third home run of the game, a two-run shot in the top of the 12th inning, and Florida State defeated UConn 10-8 on Saturday, sweeping the Tallahassee Regional and securing a spot in the College World Series.

After Max Williams opened the 12th with a single and Cam Smith hit a flyout, Tibbs hit a 1-0 pitch deep over the right-field fence to score the decisive runs. In the bottom half of the inning, Conner Whittaker allowed a two-out single but struck out Paul Tammaro to end the game and send the eighth-seeded Seminoles to Omaha, Nebraska, for the 24th time. They have never won the national championship.

Tibbs' dramatic home run was his third two-run shot of the game. It was his 31st home run of the season and his 100 RBIs are a national best. He hit 5 for 6 with six RBIs on Saturday. Williams had three hits and scored twice.

In the ninth inning, Florida State (47-15) loaded the bases with a walk, a single and an error. Then Drew Faurot hit a fly to left field and Jordan Williams scored from third base. The next two batters hit flyouts to end the inning.

UConn's Matt Malcolm tied the game with a home run in the ninth inning.

Connecticut (35-26) had the bases loaded with two outs in the sixth inning. Luke Broadhurst hit a double to center field, scoring three runs and putting the Huskies ahead 7-6. He had previously hit an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run home run in the fifth. He finished the game 4-for-5 with six RBIs.

At the beginning of the eighth inning, Jaxson West tied the game with a home run to right field.

There were eight home runs in the game, six of them by Florida State.

In Game 1 of Friday's matchup, FSU set NCAA Super Regional records for most runs scored in a game and largest margin of victory with a 24-4 victory. Jaime Ferrer hit two of Florida State's five home runs, and Tibbs III and Marco Dinges each had four RBIs. The Seminoles walked 15 and struck out just once. Five of their 18 hits were home runs, including two-out hits by Dinges and Williams. Smith and Tibbs each walked two with the bases loaded in the third inning to take an 8-0 lead.

Caglianone's 32nd home run helps Florida to a 10-7 win over host Clemson in Game 1

CLEMSON, S.C. — Jac Caglianone hit his 32nd home run of the season to spark Florida's seven-run fifth inning. The Gators beat Clemson 10-7 on Saturday to win Game 1 of the best-of-three Clemson Super Regional series.

Florida (33-28) can secure a spot in the College World Series with a win in Game 2 on Sunday.

Caglianone, a former star player at Plant High in Tampa, hit an 0-1 pitch over the left-field wall for a three-run home run, giving the Gators the lead for good before Michael Robertson's RBI single capped the blast and made it 9-4 in the fifth inning.

Tristan Bissetta hit a solo hit in the second half of the inning for Clemson (44-15), and Jarren Purify scored on a sacrifice fly before a groundout by Blake Wright in the bottom half of the sixth inning caught Alden Mathes and the Tigers got to 9-7.

Caglianone, who is expected to be a top-10 pick in the upcoming MLB Draft, finished 2-for-4 with a walk. Dale Thomas went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Tyler Shelnut hit a solo home run for Florida.

Jimmy Obertop worked a two-out walk to load the bases before advancing to second base while Mathes scored on a wild pitch. Bissetta worked a walk to load the bases again and Jack Crighton got four balls in a row to bring Wright home and give Clemson a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Purify opened the second inning with a triple and scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0. After Ashton Wilson's sacrifice fly brought Cade Kurland home and put Florida on the scoreboard in the third inning, Obertop opened the second half of the inning with a home run to make it 4-1.

Mathes finished the game for the Tigers with 3 for 5 and two runs.

Brandon Neely came on in the sixth inning and pitched four scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk and recording seven strikeouts for Florida, earning his fourth save of the season.

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