TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Mike Martin said Stanford's Mark Appel was the best pitcher he has seen this season. Luckily for the Seminoles, Appel stunk on Friday.
Devon Travis homered twice and drove in six as FSU won Game 1 of the best-of-three Super Region 17-1.
"The only thing you can predict about baseball is the unpredictably," Martin said. "We happened to have some things go our way."
Senior and former Alonso High standout Sherman Johnson went 2-for-3, reaching base five times and scoring a career-high four runs.
The Seminoles can reach the World Series by winning tonight (6, ESPN2). Game 3, if necessary, is Sunday (7, ESPN2)
Appel, taken eighth overall by the Pirates in Monday's draft, allowed five runs over four innings. He threw 48 of his 95 pitches in the fourth, when FSU scored seven, walking three, hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch.
"You're always going to have a few bad outings every year," Appel said. "But you wish they aren't in the Super Regions."
Travis, a 13th-round pick by the Tigers, singled in a run in the fourth, hit a two-run homer in the sixth and hit a three-run homer in the seventh.
"I don't think I ever remember hitting two home runs in my life in a game; not even in Little League days," Travis said. "I don't know what happened."
Freshman Brandon Leibrandt (8-2) went six, getting help from three double plays, for FSU.
Rain suspends wild game until today
BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU hit tying homers in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings, prolonging Game 1 against Stony Brook long enough for rain to cause the game to be suspended until 11 a.m. today tied at 4. (Game 2 will start after its completion.)
"We have a group of guys that in any situation, no one gives up," said Mason Katz, who hit the third homer. "We always think we're coming back, no matter what."
Jacoby Jones came first, tying it at 2 with a shot off James Campbell. Leftfielder Steve Goldstein put Stony Brook ahead in the 10th with a homer, but he overran Tyler Moore's two-out foul pop in the bottom half. Moore then tied it off Campbell, who had allowed only one homer over 52⅓ innings this season.
In the 11th, Travis Jankowski beat Katz's throw on a sac fly for the Seawolves. But Katz tied it again. Raph Rhymes followed with a shot down the line off Jasvir Rakkar that barely went foul. Stony Brook escaped without further damage. Then the rain came.
Arizona 7, St. John's 6 (10): Trent Gilbert's single in the 10th gave the host Wildcats a Game 1 win. Arizona trailed 5-0 in the fourth and 6-5 in the 10th.