Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

FSU heading back to College World Series

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.

FSU heading back to College World Series 06/08/08 [Last modified: Monday, June 9, 2008 1:54pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Associated Press.
    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays have their chances, but end up with another loss (w/video)

    The Heater

    TORONTO — The litany of games the Rays have given away this season is long enough, arguably too lengthy. So the only way to get to the postseason is make up for some of those losses by grabbing some wins when the opportunity is presented, especially at this time of year when the margin is diminished and the stakes …

    Associated Press
  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Blue Jays game

    The Heater

    You wonder if the scouting reports and/or workload are catching up to rookie RHP Jake Faria. The bottom line wasn't bad again, three runs in 51/3 innings, but he's having to work harder to get there.

  3. Rays journal: Chris Archer eager for eventful final stretch

    The Heater

    TORONTO — RHP Chris Archer takes the mound today for the Rays as they head into the final 40 games of the season with little margin for error as they battle for an American League playoff spot.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) takes a moment on the mound in the second inning of the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, August 6, 2017.
  4. Tim Tebow's slump continues, as does fan support

    Sports

    CLEARWATER — On July 29, playing against the Charlotte Stone Crabs, Tim Tebow smacked a mammoth three-run homer, helping the St. Lucie Mets cruise to a 10-3 victory at Charlotte Sports Park.

    St. Lucie’s Tim Tebow, shown Monday at Spectrum Field, struggled at the plate Wednesday against the Threshers.
  5. Rays at Blue Jays, 4:07 p.m. Thursday

    The Heater

    Today: at Blue Jays

    4:07, Rogers Centre, Toronto

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun, 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Rays info: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297

    Probable pitchers

    Rays: RH Chris Archer (8-7, 3.84)

    JAYS: RH Chris Rowley (1-0, 1.69)