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June 10, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State is going back to Omaha!!! The Seminoles (48-15) ran out to an early 6-0 lead and never looked back in en route to an 18-7 victory over Stanford (41-18) Sunday night on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
The Seminoles completed the sweep of the Cardinal in the best-of-three game format of 2012 Tallahassee Super Regional to advance to the College World Series for the 21st time in school history. FSU outscored Stanford 35-8 in the series sweeping the first two games of a Super Regional for just the second time in school history and the first since 1999.
"I'm excited. I'm elated...I'm a happy camper because this group deserves what they got," said head coach Mike Martin on the Seminoles returning to the College World Series. "They worked hard all year long. That was a great win and I am just so proud to be a part of it. "It's a year that we're not through but at the same time we are going to enjoy this for 24 hours." Florida State connected on three home runs in the game two victory including a two-run shot by Jayce Boyd in the top of the first to begin the scoring spree and capped off by a Seth Miller grand slam in FSU's eight-run eighth inning. Sherman Johnson was responsible for the other home run Sunday night as he left the yard with a three-run shot in the second.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - NC State traded blows with the top-seeded Gators for 10 innings, but the Pack's sensational 2012 campaign drew to a close with a 9-8 loss at McKethan Stadium, Sunday.
The Wolfpack (43-20) took a 1-0 lead immediately after a two hour, 23 minute rain delay in the middle of the third that shelved NC State starter Carlos Rodon. Florida (47-18) feasted with Rodon out of the game, scoring four in the fourth. The Pack rallied over the next four innings, scoring two in the fourth, one in the fifth to tie, and another in the seventh to take a 5-4 lead. State's second lead of the game triggered a wild finish that saw momentum change hands every half inning. Florida took a 6-5 lead in the top eighth before the Wolfpack tied the game in the bottom half. State fell behind 7-6 in the top ninth, then sent the game to extras by tying it 7-7 in the bottom. Florida scored twice in the 10th, but the Pack could only muster one more to fall 9-8.
Danny Canela cemented his role as one of the Pack's most reliable bats, going 2-for-5 with RBIs in the seventh and the ninth. Jake Fincher hit his first career home run in a 2-for-5 game with two runs scored. Brett Austin claimed responsibility for the Wolfpack's early runs, scoring in the third and hitting a two-out, two-RBI double in the fourth, part of a 2-for-4, two double game.