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FSU holds on in ninth to oust Gators from College World Series

FSU’s Mike McGee, left, celebrates with Stephen Cardullo after McGee’s three-run homer in the third. In the ninth, McGee got the save.

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FSU’s Mike McGee, left, celebrates with Stephen Cardullo after McGee’s three-run homer in the third. In the ninth, McGee got the save.

OMAHA, Neb. — Mike McGee hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the third inning and picked up the save after Florida made things interesting in the ninth, leading Florida State to an 8-5 victory in a College World Series elimination game Monday.

The Seminoles (48-19) play an elimination game Wednesday night against TCU, which lost to UCLA 6-3 Monday.

Florida State was 4-1 against the Gators (47-17) this season.

Trailing 8-2 in the ninth, Florida loaded the bases against Daniel Bennett. Former Plant High standout Preston Tucker doubled to right to drive in three runs.

McGee, who was playing leftfield, came on and gave up a single to Austin Maddox and hit Matt den Dekker, loading the bases with one out. Shortstop Stephen Cardullo caught Mike Zunino's line drive and flipped to second baseman Devon Travis for a game-ending double play.

"Pitching, it's great to end the game and get the save. I like to be in control," McGee said. "But hitting the home run is the best feeling there is."

McGee, who earned his 13th save and hit his team-leading 16th homer, said he lucked out. The pitch Zunino hit was a mistake.

"It was supposed to be a slider down in the dirt, something completely unhittable," McGee said. "It slipped out of my hand. As soon as I let go of it, I felt it come up, and I was, 'Oh, oh.' He hit it well. I heard a glove pop. That was a good way to get out of a game."

"We've got the man in the game that we want in the game," FSU coach Mike Martin said. "But, yeah, I was a little anxious. I was glad when it was over."

UF coach Kevin O'Sullivan, whose team left 10 on base, said of Zunino's line drive: "I was hoping it would go a little left or a little right. We hit a lot of balls right at them. If we played them tomorrow, maybe we would hit balls that would find their way through."

The Gators seem to have a promising outlook next season. Seven freshmen or sophomores were among UF's everyday players. Maddox and Zunino, who combined for 26 home runs, are freshmen. Tucker is a sophomore, as is season wins leader Alex Panteliodis (11-3), a former Alonso standout.

"If we get back here next year, everyone's going to be a little more experienced and be a little more confident, maybe," Tucker said.

Clemson 6, Arizona State 3: The Tigers (44-23) became the first team to beat Sun Devils ace Seth Blair, advancing to a winner's bracket game against Oklahoma today. Arizona State (53-8) plays South Carolina in an elimination game today.

Ohio State football player was also shot in April

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Ohio State football recruit Jamel Turner, in critical condition after he was shot early Saturday in Youngstown, also was wounded in an apparently unrelated drive-by shooting April 16. In the first shooting, he was riding in a vehicle with two others in Youngstown when a dark car pulled alongside and Turner sustained a wound to the lower left ankle and another to the right hip.

Police Capt. Rod Foley declined to discuss a motive for the latest shooting.

In other news, receiver Duron Carter, the son of former Ohio State and NFL star Cris Carter, has left the Buckeyes and enrolled at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. He has had academic problems.

Basketball: Redshirt sophomore forward Taylor King has voluntarily withdrawn from the Villanova program, citing personal reasons, but will remain to complete his degree requirements. King transferred in 2008 after one year at Duke. … Former NBA player Michael Adams resigned six weeks after being hired as an assistant men's coach at St. Bonaventure. He wants to focus on his son's senior year in high school. … Forward LaRon Dendy is transferring from Iowa State to Middle Tennessee.


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