Seminoles sweep into super regionals

June, 6, 2010
NORWICH, Conn. -- When compared to many of the other baseball regionals on this opening weekend of NCAA tournament play, Florida State produced a pretty pedestrian three-game sweep at Dodd Memorial Stadium to advance to next weekend's super regional round.

FSU, the No. 1 seed in the Norwich Regional hosted by UConn, opened the weekend with an easy 11-3 win over Central Connecticut State on Friday afternoon. Then it was a pair of victories over the Oregon Ducks that kept the Noles' season alive and kicking into the second weekend of June.

Saturday night saw the Noles post a 6-4 win (FSU had a 6-1 lead going into the eighth inning) and that was followed up by Sunday's 5-3 victory. FSU, the only No. 1 who had to travel in the regional round, has now won six straight games.

By advancing, the Seminoles will make their eighth super regional appearance in the past 10 years. And it's the first time FSU advanced from a road regional since 1996 (3-5 overall in road regional play).

The Seminoles (45-17) will face either Louisville or Vanderbilt beginning Friday or Saturday after a winner is determined in Monday's regional-deciding game in Kentucky.

"This is gratifying," FSU head coach Mike Martin said. "It really means an awful lot. We've gone from the outhouse to the penthouse in the last 10 days. Our pitching is contagious. Our hitting is contagious. It's kind of like a plague running through the club.

"This is just a great win for us. We're just scrappin' right now and we don't know what the future holds but we're going to keep playing."

FSU got all the runs it would need Sunday night in the bottom of the third when it plated four against Ducks starter and loser Alex Keudell (5-6). The rally was highlighted by a two-run homer from third baseman Sherman Johnson, his eighth of the season.

Tyler Holt (15) also homered for the Seminoles. The only negative for Martin's club was the four errors that helped keep Oregon in the game. All of the Ducks' runs were unearned.

Oregon, which also struggled in leaving 11 men on base in its final game, finished its second season of play since reinstating baseball with an impressive 40-24 mark.

"The reflection for me is how proud I am of the growth and maturity of the ballclub that we could go toe-to-toe with a traditional program like Florida State and a great UConn team," Oregon coach George Horton said. "We came up short but the fact [is] that we competed at that level after winning just 14 games last year."

The Ducks advanced to the regional final by beating the host Huskies 4-3 in an elimination game Sunday afternoon that included a 58-minute lightning delay in the top of the ninth inning.

All-Regional team

The MVP of the Norwich Regional was Florida State 3B Sherman Johnson. He was joined on the all-regional team by the following players: 1B -- Jayce Boyd, FSU; 2B -- Pierre LePage, UConn; SS -- KC Serna, Oregon; C -- Rafael Lopez, FSU; OF -- Mike McGee, FSU; OF -- Steven Packard, FSU; OF -- Tyler Holt, FSU; P -- Sean Gilmartin, FSU; P -- Justin Latempa, Oregon; DH -- L.J. Mazzilli, UConn.



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