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Florida State Seminoles baseball routs Stanford 18-7 to reach College World Series

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Mike Martin is heading to Omaha, Neb., one more time in search of a national championship that has eluded him.

Sherman Johnson homered and drove in five runs to lead Florida State to an 18-7 victory over Stanford on Sunday to sweep the Super Region and earn its 21st trip to the College World Series.

The 20 World Series berths without a title are the most in the NCAA.

"My four favorite words: See you in Omaha," said Martin, 68, who is making his 15th trip to the World Series in his 33rd season at FSU. "I don't think that there's any club that I've wanted to go (to the World Series) more than this one."

Saturday, the No. 3-seeded Seminoles (48-15) hit Stanford starter Mark Appel hard. The eighth overall pick by the Pirates walked five and allowed five runs over four innings in a 17-1 loss.

Sunday, Brett Mooneyham, a third-round pick by the Nationals, was chased before getting an out in the second. He allowed three hits and five earned runs.

Two runs came in the first on Jayce Boyd's homer. In the second, he left after allowing a walk and two singles (one driving in a run). A.J. Vanegas entered and got an out before allowing a three-run homer to Johnson, a graduate of Tampa's Alonso High.

In games, Johnson went 6-for-9, scored six runs and drove in six.

"Two swings of the bat … five runs," Stanford coach Mark Marquess said. "We couldn't contain them."

The Seminoles added two runs each in sixth and seventh and eight in the eighth, highlighted by Seth Miller's grand slam. It was Miller's third homer of the season — all of them grand slams.

"It's just the way baseball works out," Miller said. "It's like (Martin) said: It's a crazy game. I like situations like that where you can put a team ahead. That happened to be a grand slam for me.

"If that's the way it works, I'll take them all day long."

Stephen Piscotty had four of Stanford's 18 hits. But with the Cardinal down 10-6 in the seventh, he hit into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded.

"I would have traded all four of those hits for that at-bat," he said. "It's tough."

Stanford (41-18) was outscored 35-8 in the two games.

Cardinal pitchers had trouble with control in both games, walking 21 and hitting six batters in all.

"They did it all. They pitched. They threw strikes, and they had timely hitting," Marquess said. "When we made a mistake, whether it was walking a guy or hitting a guy, or making an error, they'd come up with a hit. They were just a much better team than us this weekend."

FSU 18

Stanford 7

Florida State Seminoles baseball routs Stanford 18-7 to reach College World Series 06/10/12 [Last modified: Monday, June 11, 2012 1:08am]
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