Seminoles rout Stony Brook to stay alive at CWS
OMAHA, Neb. - The clock struck midnight on Stony Brook's Cinderella season Sunday afternoon, but Florida State still has a chance to be the belle of the ball. The Seminoles scored six runs – five unearned – with two out in the third inning and went on to a 12-2 victory over the Seawolves in an elimination game of the College World Series in front of 22,112 at TD Ameritrade Park. "That's certainly something that I was not expecting; it certainly was a great lift for our team," Martin said of the early outburst. "We got them all with two outs. That's something that you just credit the young men for having great at-bats and getting it done." Florida State (49-16) advances to an 8 p.m. game Tuesday against the loser of the Arizona-UCLA game played late Sunday. Tuesday's loser will be eliminated.Arizona edged the Seminoles in 12 innings on Friday, 4-3. Stony Brook (52-15) grabbed headlines with a regional victory at Miami and a super regional series win at LSU, but went 0-2 at the CWS. Sherman Johnson, Devon Travis and James Ramsey, the top three hitters in the Florida State lineup, combined for seven of the team's 11 hits against Stony Brook. The Seminoles, in their 21st trip to Omaha but still looking for their first CWS title, scored during an inning-ending double play in the first inning. Travis drew a one-out walk and went to third on a single by Ramsey. Jayce Boyd struck out as Ramsey broke for second base. As soon as Stony Brook catcher Pat Cantwell threw toward second, Travis broke for home and scored as Ramsey stopped between first and second and was tagged out to end the inning. The third inning put FSU firmly in control. Johnson lined a single over second base and went to third on Travis' single. Ramsey ripped a double to right to score Johnson and make it 2-0. Boyd hit a routine grounder to shortstop, but the Seawolves' Cole Peragine threw a one-hopper that skipped past first baseman Kevin Courtney as two runs scored. Stephen McGee drew a walk and Justin Gonzalez lofted a home run into the Stony Brook bullpen beyond left field. The blast provided Gonzalez with a measure of redemption after Friday's game, when he committed two errors, one leading to an Arizona run. "The coaches stress all the time that the game of baseball is something that one day, you're the hero; the next day, you're the villain," Gonzalez said. "We hope that in a series – regional, super regional, College World Series – no matter what happens, we're not going to get too up and we're not going to get too down."
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