Florida State trounces College of Charleston to advance to Super Regional

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Quincy Nieporte homered and drove in four runs Monday to lead Florida State to a 8-1 victory over College of Charleston and into a berth in this weekend’s NCAA Super Regional at archrival Florida.

Freshman Drew Carlton (5-5) fanned nine in 6 2-3 scoreless innings and allowed six hits to earn the win.

After sliding into the postseason on a five-game losing streak, Florida State (44-19) has won its last seven games to capture the Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA regional crowns.

Nieporte’s eighth-inning home run Saturday gave the Seminoles a 3-2 win over College of Charleston, forcing the Cougars (45-15) into the losers’ bracket of the double-elimination regional tournament.

Florida State jumped on Cougars starter Hayden McCutcheon (1-2) for its first three runs immediately following a 57-minute weather delay in the third inning.

DJ Stewart, who scored twice, doubled home the game’s first run, scored on a sacrifice fly, and Nieporte contributed an RBI single.

The Cougars scored their only run on a passed ball in the eighth.