After absorbing beatings in their College World Series openers, Florida and Florida State meet today to decide which will be the first to leave Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.
FSU, which is making its 20th CWS appearance and 14th under coach Mike Martin, fell 8-1 to Texas Christian in the first game Saturday. Florida, making its sixth CWS appearance, was thrashed in the nightcap by UCLA 11-3.
"I don't think there's any way to say that this is just another game," Martin told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "Sure, there's a lot at stake because the loser goes home, but it's still Florida vs. Florida State. It's not your typical elimination in the College World Series."
FSU sophomore left-hander Brian Busch (5-2, 3.97 ERA) gets the start against Florida freshman right-hander Hudson Randall (8-3, 2.95).
"It's them and Miami. I can't stand either one of them, and when we come to play them, every inning is important," Busch told the Palm Beach Post.
Today's meeting will be the fifth between the teams this season, each one in a different city. Florida State won 10-5 in Tampa, 7-2 in Jacksonville and 3-2 in Tallahassee. Florida won 8-5 in Gainesville.
The Gators, however, have beaten the Seminoles in all three previous CWS meetings.
"We're going to come ready to play, come out with some intensity, get ready to go," Gators outfielder Matt den Dekker said.
Okla. 4, S. Carolina 3: Caleb Bushyhead homered in the second inning to break a 1-1 tie, then singled in the winning run in the fourth for the Sooners (50-16). Jeremy Erben and Ryan Duke worked out of a bases-loaded situation in the eighth inning against the Gamecocks (48-16). Sunday's Arizona State-Clemson game was postponed until 11 a.m. today because rain twice delayed the early game.
L'Ville gets Mich. recruit: Demar Dorsey, a highly rated safety who appeared headed to Florida but then signed with Michigan, now will join former UF defensive coordinator Charlie Strong at Louisville. The Michigan admissions office denied Dorsey's admission earlier this month. He reportedly met academic qualifications, though there was some concern about him being charged twice with felonies as a juvenile. He was acquitted of a 2008 charge of robbery with a deadly weapon, and he had a burglary charge dismissed. Now he will play for Strong, the new head coach. "It's the beginning of a new era building up a program," Dorsey told InsideTheVille.com.
Ohio State: Police say Jamel Turner, an 18-year-old defensive end recruit, remains in critical condition a day after he was shot multiple times in a house in Youngstown, Ohio. Police now have a suspect, but no arrest has been made. Tracy Banks, 17, was killed, and a 4-year-old girl was found unharmed inside the house.