A couple No. 4 regional seeds from lightly regarded leagues upset opponents from the mighty Atlantic Coast Conference, shaking up what had been a mostly ho-hum first day of the NCAA Tournament.
Samford of the Southern Conference held on to beat No. 7 national seed Florida State 7-6 on Friday night in the Seminoles' home stadium in Tallahassee. Army of the Patriot League upset No. 16 national seed North Carolina State 5-1 on the Wolfpack's field in Raleigh.
Last year, Florida State rebounded from an opening loss to 4-seed Tennessee Tech to win its regional and eventually reach the College World Series.
Samford led 6-1 before FSU pulled within a run in the...