TALLAHASSEE — Matt Fairel cruised after a shaky start to help Florida State defeat Wichita State 14-4 on Saturday and even the best-of-three Super Region. Game 3 is at 1 today, the winner going to the College World Series.
"It was a game that we needed," said FSU coach Mike Martin, whose team ended an eight-game Super Region losing streak. "But (today) is what it is all about."
Fairel allowed three runs on four hits in the first inning but one run and five hits over the next seven.
"I knew I was out there for the long haul," the sophomore said. "So I just settled down, and my defense picked me up and made some great plays out there. And the offense started rolling."
The Seminoles chased Aaron Shafer, a second-round pick by the Cubs last week, in the third, the shortest stint of his career. Dennis Guinn dealt the final blow, a two-run single that capped a five-run inning and made it 8-3.
"Well … that was a royal butt kicking, wasn't it?" Wichita State coach Gene Stephenson said. "I felt pretty good in the first inning. Their pitcher kept up, came back and really threw well."
Miami stays alive
CORAL GABLES — Miami rallied to beat Arizona 14-10 and avoid elimination. Game 3 is at 7 tonight. The Hurricanes trailed 4-0 after the first but took a 7-4 lead with a six-run fourth. Yonder Alonso, drafted seventh overall by the Reds on Thursday, capped it with a three-run homer to right.
Carlos Gutierrez, the 27th overall pick by the Twins who allowed the winning homer Friday, pitched a scoreless ninth. And Dennis Raben, picked 66th by the Mariners, tied an NCAA record by walking six times.
Stanford advances: Jason Castro drove in four, three on a bases-loaded double, as visiting Stanford beat Cal State Fullerton 8-5 for the sweep. His shot down the leftfield line in the sixth broke a 5-5 tie.
N.C. State 10, Georgia 6: The visiting Wolfpack took nine walks, five leading to runs, to even the series. Game 3 is at 4 today.
UC Irvine 11, LSU 5: Sean Madigan and Brock Bardeen homered as the visiting Anteaters ended the Tigers' 23-game winning streak in Game 1. Game 2 is at 4 today.
Rice 9, Texas A&M 7: Jordan Dodson went 3-for-3 with four RBIs for the host Owls in Game 1. Game 2 is at 7 tonight. Dodson's two-run double in the fifth put Rice up 8-6.
UNC 9, Coastal Carolina 4:
The visiting Tar Heels took advantage of six errors to score six unearned runs in Game 1. Game 2 is at 1 today.