GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Sean Bukovich and Anthony Mesa drove in three runs apiece and Florida Atlantic eliminated Bethune-Cookman from the NCAA tournament with a 12-6 victory.
The Owls (36-23) pounded out 18 hits, including eight for extra bases, and advanced to play Oregon State or Florida in the Gainesville regional Sunday.
The Wildcats (35-22), back on the field about 12 hours after losing in the opening round, stranded five runners in scoring position and hit into two double plays. They fell to 1-20 in regional play.
Bukovich and Mesa, batting eighth and ninth, respectively, delivered the knockout shots. Bukovich had a sacrifice fly in the second and a two-run double in the third. Mesa homered to start the seventh, then added a two-run double in the eighth.