TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jack Rye's three-run homer capped a six-run first inning, leading Florida State back to the College World Series with an 11-4 win over Wichita State in the super regionals on Sunday.
The Seminoles (54-12) are headed back to college baseball's biggest stage for the first time since 2000, and the 13th trip in coach Mike Martin's 29 seasons.
Tommy Oravetz followed Rye's homer run with a three-run double to chase previously unbeaten Wichita State starter Anthony Capra (9-1). They would be all the runs the Seminoles would need en route to their sixth postseason victory while facing elimination.
Florida State senior Ryan Strauss (10-1) was nearly perfect in relief of starter Geoff Parker. Strauss gave up just one hit in six innings.
The Shockers (48-17) made it interesting early with a little help from a Florida State fan, who reached over the fence to steal a two-out, pop-up away from Seminoles third baseman Stuart Tapley. Wichita State's Andy Dirks hit Parker's next pitch over the right field fence for a two-run homer, cutting Florida State's lead to 6-2 in the second.
Tyler Weber's two-run single in the third pulled the Shockers within 6-4. And that was the last gasp for coach Gene Stephenson's club, which managed just a walk and an infield single by Ryan Jones the rest of the way against Strauss.
Despite stranding 16 baserunners, the Seminoles were not finished. They added an unearned run in the fourth, then all but sealed the win with Buster Posey's 26th homer of the season — a towering two-run shot in the seventh.
Single runs in the eighth and ninth padded Florida State's prolific postseason scoring offense. The Seminoles scored 99 runs in six elimination games, eclipsing 10 runs in every contest.