By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
June 19, 2019
OMAHA, Neb. (WCTV) -- The season is on the line for both the Florida State Seminoles and the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Wednesday night's elimination game in the College World Series.
Florida State was blanked, 2-0, by the Michigan Wolverines on Monday for their first loss of postseason play in 2019.
Texas Tech dropped their opening-round contest to the aforementioned Wolverines, 5-3, but won their elimination game 5-4 over Arkansas.
A win for the Noles propels them to a rematch with Michigan, to be played on Friday, and if FSU wins that contest, a winner-take-all game will be played for the right to play in the Best of 3 College World Series final next week.
A loss for FSU and their 2019 season comes to a close, as does the managerial tenure of Mike Martin.
First pitch is set for 7:50 p.m. and the game can be seen on ESPN.
FINAL: Texas Tech 4 - Florida State 1
And that's all she wrote. For the FSU season, for Mike Martin's tenure...everything.
It was a rough night for FSU offensively, who left 10 runners on base (six of which were in scoring position) and mustered just three hits.
Our full recap can be found here.
Middle of the 9th, 4-1 Texas Tech
Nander De Sedas, Tim Becker and Mike Salvatore are due for the Noles in what very well could be the final half inning of Mike Martin's career.
De Sedas and Becker enter this frame having gone a combined 0-for-6 tonight, with six strikeouts.
End of the 8th, 4-1 Texas Tech
Florida State can't muster more than a one-out walk in the bottom of the eighth inning, but that isn't due to an effort. In what may be the hardest hit ball off a Seminole bat tonight, Carter Smith was robbed of potentially extra bases by Dylan Neuse in center field for the second out of the inning.
Coulda been the start of a rally, but coulda woulda shoulda at this point.
Bottom of the 8th, 4-1 Texas Tech
The damage is done as the Raiders now lead by three.
Velez struck out the side in relief, but did walk in the fourth run of the game for TTU in the process.
The Noles need to find some offense, and fast, or their stay in Omaha will come to a close.
Top of the 8th, 4-1 Texas Tech
Three-run deficit now for the Seminoles.
Antonio Velez and came in a pinch hitter, Cole Stillwell, but walked Kurt Wilson to walk in the Raiders' fourth run of the game.
Top of the 8th, 3-1 Texas Tech
And it's still danger zone, this time with a two-run deficit.
An RBI single to the right side, this one off the bat of Josh Jung, scores Neuse (his second run scored of the night) and it's 3-1.
On the next pitch, TTU slaps an infield single and the bases are loaded with no out.
JC Flowers' night is done after 15 pitches.
Top of the 8th, 2-1 Texas Tech
FSU has found themselves in a bit of a danger zone.
Mike Martin elected to go with Flowers in the eighth but a lead off single, stolen base and a strikeout/wild pitch has put runners on the corners with no out and the Noles desperately clinging to a one-run lead.
End of the 6th, 2-1 Texas Tech
FSU chased starter Bonnin after five innings of work, but Taylor Floyd did damage in his first inning of work.
Floyd wasn't sharp early, allowing a one-out hit to Smith and walked Flowers, but he struck out the side to end the frame.
FSU has left eight on base in total, five have been left in scoring position and the Noles have struck out 10 times so far today.
Top of the 6th, 2-1 Texas Tech
A lead off home run for Texas Tech ends the night for Conor Grady.
Brin Klein gives the Raiders a 2-1 lead. Chase Haney comes into the game for the Noles.
Grady's final line is nothing to scoff at:
5+ IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
End of the 5th, 1-1
A frustrating night for Florida State fans, I'm sure, as the Noles have stranded six base runners, four of which have been left in scoring position.
Two runners were added to both of those totals in the fifth, as a single and a walk put two on and a passed ball put runners at second and third but to no avail.
The good news for the Noles is they're most likely done seeing Bryce Bonnin, who is over 95 pitches. I expect to see a reliever for TTU in the sixth.
Middle of the 5th, 1-1
We are knotted at one at the halfway mark.
TTU has five hits, four of which has come on the left side - three into left field and an infield single to third base.
That's fun, right?
End of the 4th, 1-1
We are all square once again!
A pair of free passes to lead things off - a Robby Martin walk and a hit-by-pitch against Matheu Nelson - put two on and after a Carter Smith sacrifice, put runners at second and third.
TTU catcher Braxton Fulford attempted to pick Martin off at second but the throw went into center field, allowing Martin to score and tie the game.
Nander De Sedas struck out to strand Nelson at third, but the Noles have their second run of the CWS.
Top of the 4th, 1-0 Texas Tech
The Red Raiders are on the board first after an RBI single from Cameron Wilson to single home Dylan Neuse, who led the inning off with a bloop single and moved to second on a one-out walk.
For the first time tonight, Grady is laboring and is consistently struggling to find the strike zone.
End of the 3rd, 0-0
FSU gets a base runner for the third straight inning but he's left stranded at second base (Mike Salvatore, after a walk).
No score through the first third of the game.
Middle of the 3rd, 0-0
Grady is dealing; he struck out the first two of the third and has three total tonight.
End of the 2nd, 0-0
FSU gets another base runner, as Carter Smith drew a one-out walk, but back-to-back strikeouts end the inning and leave him stranded.
Red Raider starter Bryce Bonnin has three strikeouts through two innings.
Middle of the 2nd, 0-0
TTU has their first base runners of the game on a long, loud double off the base of the left field wall and a walk, but a double play on a groundout to Mendoza at third gets the Noles out of the jam.
No score as the Noles head to the plate for the second time.
End of the 1st, 0-0
The Noles get the first base runner of the game, after Drew Mendoza rolled a ball off the glove of TTU's second-baseman Brian Klein, but he's left stranded at first after a long fly to the deepest part of the park from Robby Martin.
We are scoreless after one full frame.
Middle of the 1st, 0-0
Conor Grady gets a foul pop up, groundout and swinging strikeout to open this game up.
How yall doin? Feelin good? Nervous? Both?
We have lineups! The second game of the day went a little long so the start for the Noles has been pushed back by 50 minutes.
FSU is the homestanding squad tonight.
And for the Red Raiders:
Hello one and all and welcome to the first elimination game that Florida State has faced in this year's post season. Will this magical run continue or will we see an era come to an end? We will find out shortly.
But before we do, I'd like to give a quick shoutout and thanks to Ryan Kelly for manning the ship for the first two games of the College World Series whilst I was on vacation. I'm back now and am ready to take you through this evening's affair.