By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
June 19, 2017
OMAHA, Neb. (WCTV) -- Florida State scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to eliminate Cal State Fullerton from the College World Series in a 6-4 Seminole victory.
Trailing 4-3 entering the frame, Taylor Walls and Dylan Busby singled and doubled against reliever Jack Pabich before a pitching change was made, and CSF’s Blake Workman walked three straight Seminole hitters, including back-to-back bases loaded walks to Quincy Nieporte and Cal Raleigh, to give the ‘Noles a 5-4 lead.
Matt Henderson added to the lead with an RBI infield single, scoring Jackson Lueck, and making for a 6-4 game.
Chase Haney, Alec Byrd and Drew Carlton combined to throw 4.1 scoreless innings in relief.
FSU head coach Mike Martin praised his team's ability to move on from Saturday's late-innings loss to LSU.
"What excited me more then anything is for these young men to throw away a tough loss, be ready to go a day and a half later and go out there and play good baseball and get a win over a very good Cal State Fullerton team," said Martin.
FSU scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the second on a Steven Wells RBI single into left field to plate, Drew Mendoza, who set the table with a one-out walk.
Cal State Fullerton answered in the third, when the Titans loaded the bases against ‘Noles started Drew Parrish with no out and tied the game when Hunter Cullen scored on a Scott Hurst sacrifice fly to center field.
Wells gave the lead to FSU again in the top of the fourth, hitting a sac fly to center field to plate Cal Raleigh, who doubled to open the frame.
Titans’ starter John Gavin struggled in his outing, lasting just 3.1 innings and walking four hitters, allowing three hits and striking out one. Gavin surrendered both Seminole runs, but only one was earned.
Drew Mendoza opened the top of the sixth inning with a solo home run into the right-field bullpen to extend the FSU advantage to 3-1.
"Looking at the fastball, he threw me a changeup. I knew that wasn't his go-to pitch. He was a fastball/curveball. I was looking for fastball still, just seeing if something would pop. I saw the pop on the curveball, and he left it out just enough. I got just enough of it," said Mendoza.
Parrish retired nine consecutive batters from the third to sixth frames, but ran into trouble in the sixth, allowing a Hurst single, and RBI double by Dillon Persinger and then a two-run home run off the bat of Timmy Richards to give the Titans a 4-3 lead.
Parrish finished his day by throwing 5.2 innings, allowing four runs on four hits, walking three and striking out four.
The Noles will now play LSU in a rematch in yet another elimination game on Wendesday at 7 p.m. ET.