Seminoles, Gators both move closer to Omaha
Florida and Florida State both moved closer to the College World Series by routing opponents Sunday to move to college baseball's version of the Sweet Sixteen. In Tallahasse, Stephen Cardullo set a tournament record with seven hits, including three of FSU's NCAA-record 15 doubles, as the Seminoles routed Ohio State 37-6 to advance to the super regionals. Florida State (45-16) set NCAA postseason records with 37 runs, 38 hits and 66 total bases, while Cardullo set the school mark for hits in an offensive performance the football team would've been proud of. Jason Stidham, the regional's most outstanding player, hit a two-run double as the Seminoles scored eight times in the first and cruised past the pitching-depleted Buckeyes (42-19), who trailed 32-0 in the fifth.Florida State will make its ninth super regional appearance in 11 years against the Norman Regional winner. Meanwhile, in Gainesville, Preston Tucker and Matt den Dekker drove in three runs apiece and Florida used two big innings to beat archrival Miami 16-5 Sunday night to also advance to the super regionals. It marked the first time in 11 tries that Florida (42-20) advanced in regional play when grouped with the four-time national champions. It was also the first time since 1990 that Miami failed to advance in a regional played in the state of Florida. "Hopefully this will help the program get over a hurdle," Gators coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "But that really wasn't the focus." Tucker and Josh Adams homered for No. 8 national seed Florida, which will host the winner of the Atlanta regional next weekend. The Hurricanes (38-22) struggled at the plate in all four games, then really came apart when their pitching broke down. Florida's first eight batters either scored or drove in a run, staking the Gators to a 5-0 lead. They tacked on seven more in the fifth, turning the game into a rout. Miami coach Jim Morris might have been glad he didn't have to watch this one up close. Morris, who guided Miami to 11 appearances in the College World Series in his first 15 seasons, was ejected from McKethan Stadium after a lengthy exchange with home plate umpire David Wiley in the first inning. Morris kicked dirt on home plate twice and shouted at Wiley after getting tossed. Two other umpires shielded Morris from Wiley. It was Morris' first ejection since June 19, 2006, against Rice in the CWS. The whole thing started when Morris argued Wiley's call that Chris Herrmann intentionally leaned into a pitch with his right elbow. Instead of being awarded first base, Wiley called it a ball. Herrmann struck out on the next pitch, setting off Morris' tirade as he walked toward the dugout. "I'll let you watch TV and decided who was right and who was wrong," Morris said. "Personally, I think and thought it's uncalled for, but that's my opinion." Morris ended up watching the rest of the game on television in one of the locker rooms. "It was a long eight innings to watch, whether you were on the field or in the locker room," Morris said.
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