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June 13, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State is going back! For the 20th time in school history, the Seminoles are headed to Omaha. Twelfth-ranked Florida State (47-18) secured a spot in the College World Series with a 7-6 victory over No. 17 Vanderbilt (46-20) Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 4,225 on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
The Seminoles led throughout but had to hold off a relentless Commodore squad that scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth and had the tying run at first. But Mike McGee slammed the door shut striking out Joe Loftus for the final out of the game.
Sherman Johnson provided the cushion the Seminoles needed as the sophomore third base hit a two-out bases clearing double in the top of the eighth to give FSU a four-run lead.
The Noles kept the pressure on Vanderbilt reliever Richie Goodenow following a 58 minute lightning delay and with Jayce Boyd on at second after coming through with a double to left center before play was halted. On his first offering, Goodenow hit Rafael Lopez in the back.
Vanderbilt then went to the bullpen and brought on Chase Reid. The junior right hander retired the first two batters that he faced as Devon Travis advanced the runners on a sac-bunt, while Ohmed Danesh struck out swinging. An intentional walk to Tyler Holt loaded the bases for Johnson who came through with the big two-out hit. On a 2-2 offering from Reid, Johnson connected on his first hit of the game lacing a double to the gap in right center clearing the base and giving FSU a 7-3 lead.
McGee retired the side in order in the bottom of the eighth, while the Seminoles went in order in the ninth.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Commodores got things started as pinch hitter Riley Reynolds drew a leadoff walk. Brian Harris then followed with a single up the middle before McGee registered the first out of the ninth getting Anthony Gomez to strike out swinging. Aaron Westlake stepped in and closed the gap to 7-4 as he registered an RBI double down the line in right. McGee would once again settle in and got Jason Esposito swinging on three pitches for out number two. Designated hitter Curt Casali brought the Commodores within one of the lead as he drove in Harris and Westlake on a two-out single to right. But McGee would keep the lead in tact as he got Loftus swinging on strikes to end the game.
Clemson, SC - Behind 20 hits along with a six-run first inning and a nine-run sixth inning, #13 Clemson defeated #16 Alabama 19-5 in front of 6,024 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in the Clemson Super Regional on Sunday night. The Tigers, who evened the series 1-1, improved to 42-23. The Crimson Tide dropped to 42-24.
The Tigers jumped all over the Crimson Tide with six runs in the first inning and never looked back. In all, the Tigers totaled 20 hits and were 10-for-18 with runners in scoring position. Alabama scored in five of the nine innings, but it could only muster one run in each of those five frames.
Tiger starter Scott Weismann (8-2) earned the win, becoming Clemson's first pitcher to reach the eight-win mark in one season since 2006, when Jason Berken, Josh Cribb, and Stephen Faris all totaled nine victories apiece. In 6.0 innings pitched, Weismann allowed nine hits, four runs (three earned), and no walks. The sophomore righthander also threw 23 first-pitch strikes to the 28 batters he faced.
Adam Morgan (7-5), the first of six Crimson Tide hurlers, suffered the loss, as he gave up seven hits, eight runs, and two walks in 2.1 innings pitched.
Mike Freeman flared a one-out single to left field in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Jeff Schaus followed with an infield single and Kyle Parker laced a single through the left side to score Freeman. Brad Miller walked after being down in the count 0-2 to load the bases, then John Hinson singled up the middle to score Schaus and Parker. Richie Shaffer then lofted a sacrifice fly to right field to bring home Miller. After Wilson Boyd drew a two-out walk on five pitches, Spencer Kieboom belted a double to left-center to score Hinson and Boyd, giving Clemson a 6-0 lead. Clemson's six-run first inning was its highest total in the opening frame of an NCAA Tournament game since June 5, 1959. On that day in Gastonia, NC, Clemson scored six runs in the first inning against Florida State.
Six different Tigers totaled at least two hits and seven different Tigers scored at least two runs. Miller went 4-for-5 with a grand slam, three runs, and a walk, while Schaus went 4-for-6 with three RBIs and two runs. Shaffer also went 2-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs and Kieboom tallied a career-high three RBIs. Freeman added three hits as well.
Smith and Wilson both hit solo homers for Alabama, who had 10 hits in the game. Wilson, Booth, and Bennett had two hits apiece as well.
CHARLOTTESVILLE - Oklahoma topped Virginia 10-7 in Game 2 of the Charlottesville Super Regional on Sunday at Davenport Field to force a decisive Game 3 on Monday. The Cavaliers and Sooners will meet at 7 p.m. Monday for a trip to the College World Series in Omaha. The game will be televised live on ESPN2.
Oklahoma used three home runs, two by Cody Reine, to down Virginia and keep its season alive. Reine finished the day going 2-for-3 with five RBIs to lead the Sooners.
Virginia (51-13) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Phil Gosselin led off with a single and scored on Dan Grovatt's double to the right-centerfield gap. Jarrett Parker's two-out double drove in Grovatt, before Parker was thrown out at third trying to stretch it into a triple to end the inning.
Oklahoma (48-16) answered with four runs in the bottom of the first. Chris Ellison led off with a single and Garrett Buechele was hit by a pitch. Tyler Ogle's single drove in Ellison for the Sooners' first run. Reine followed with a three-run homer to right to give Oklahoma a 4-2 lead.
Virginia was led offensively by Gosselin, who went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBIs.
Jack Mayfield, who pitched 3.1 innings of relief, allowing three runs on six hits, picked up the win for Oklahoma to improve to 5-0 on the season. Robert Morey took the loss for Virginia, allowing six runs on three hits in two-plus innings of work. He falls to 9-4 on the season. Jeremy Erben pitched the final 2.2 innings for the Sooners, allowing just one hit, to pick up his fifth save of the year.