TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Jack Rye’s three-run homer capped a six-run first inning and Florida State reached the College World Series for the first time since 2000 with a victory over Wichita State.
The Seminoles (54-12), who have never won the national title, are headed back to college baseball’s biggest stage for the 13th time in coach Mike Martin’s 29 seasons.
Tommy Oravetz followed Rye’s homer with a three-run double to chase Wichita State starter Anthony Capra (9-1). That would be all the Seminoles would need en route to their sixth postseason victory while facing elimination.
Florida State’s Ryan Strauss (10-1) was nearly perfect in relief of starter Geoff Parker. Strauss gave up just one hit in six innings, shutting down the Shockers (48-17).
The Seminoles have scored 99 runs in six elimination games this postseason, eclipsing 10 runs in every contest. They will play Stanford in their CWS opener next weekend.