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Seminoles stay alive in College World Series; Gators to face Louisville on Tuesday

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Florida State will fight on. Facing elimination at the College World Series against Cal State Fullerton on Monday, the Seminoles survived the Titans 6-4 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

After a solo home run by first baseman Drew Mendoza put FSU ahead 3-1 in the top of the 6th, the Seminoles gave up the lead in the bottom half. Titan shortstop Timmy Richards’ two-run homer capped a three-run inning to give CSF a 4-3 lead.

The play of the game occurred in the top of 7th. With Taylor Walls on first, Dylan Busby launched a drive to left-center field that Scott Hurst caught, but dropped when he slammed into the wall.

With the inning now changed dramatically with runners on second and third, an intentional walk preceded two run-producing walks to Quincy Nieporte and Cal Raleigh, giving FSU the lead at 5-4. An infield single by Matt Henderson completed the scoring.

Drew Parrish started for the Seminoles and held the Titans to one hit through five innings. He left after giving up the homer to Richards, giving way to Chase Haney, who got out of the inning.

The FSU bullpen of Haney, Alec Byrd and Drew Carlton held CSF to one hit over the final 3.1 innings. Haney earned the win.

With the victory, Florida State’s fifth straight while facing elimination in this postseason, the Seminoles move on to a rematch with LSU on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The Tigers beat FSU on Saturday.

The winner of  FSU vs. LSU goes on to face Oregon State while the loser goes home. That game is scheduled for Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, the Florida Gators will try to take control of their bracket when they face the Louisville Cardinals at 7:00 p.m. The winner of that game will need only one more victory to reach the national championship game.


Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at [email protected]

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