TALLAHASSEE — Florida State, the No. 7 national seed and top seed as region host, trounced Troy 11-0 to reach the Tallahassee Region final on Saturday.
The Seminoles (46-15) need to win one of two in the final, starting today, to advance to the 16-team super region round for the sixth consecutive season.
Luke Weaver struck out 14 in eight scoreless innings for FSU, which has outscored its two region opponents 21-0.
Weaver (7-2) allowed four hits and no walks while posting the most strikeouts by a Seminole in seven years.
John Nogowski was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a home run, his first of the season, for FSU. DJ Stewart, Jose Brizuela and Seth Miller also had two hits each.
Troy faces Alabama, a 3-2 winner over Savannah State in an elimination game, today at noon. The winner must defeat FSU at 5 p.m. today and again on Monday to advance.
Florida eliminated by Valpo
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Florida's season ended fittingly: pockmarked with inconsistency, beset by frustration and, ultimately, in disappointment.
The No. 3 seed Gators (29-30) left 11 runners on and surrendered a three-run lead in the bottom of the seventh during a 5-4 loss to No. 4 seed Valparaiso (32-27), coached by former major-league infielder Tracy Woodson. Finishing below .500 for the first time since 2007 added another insult for the Gators, who had reached three straight College World Series.
The win was Valpo's first in the NCAA Tournament since 1966.
Florida had runners on second and third with one out in the ninth, but Kyle Wormington (6-7) struck out Taylor Gushue and got Harrison Bader to ground out to end it.
"This season is not the standard that we want at Florida. There's no rebuilding at Florida," coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "To be honest with you, I think the thing that's most disappointing is that we haven't seen the improvement that we thought we'd see in some players to this point."
Miami loses to host Cards
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville used a six-run seventh to top Miami 6-4 and advance to the region final.
Miami (37-24), the No. 2 seed in the region, faces Oklahoma State today at noon in an elimination game. The winner faces the Big East's Cardinals (48-12) at 5 p.m. today and must win that one and again Monday to reach the super regions.
Only one player for each team reached third base against Miami's Bryan Radziewski and Louisville's Jeff Thompson through six innings. Louisville got its first three runs in the seventh on two bases-loaded walks and, sandwiched in between, a suicide squeeze.
Oklahoma State defeated Bowling Green 7-3 in an elimination game.
Elsewhere: Florida Atlantic, the No. 2 seed in the Chapel Hill, N.C., Region, stayed alive with a 14-6 victory over Canisius. The Owls (40-21) face Towson today at 1; the winner must beat host and national top seed North Carolina twice to advance. … Big East tournament champion Connecticut allowed two runs in the top of the 12th in a 5-3 loss to Oklahoma in the Blacksburg, Va., Region, and faces host Virginia Tech in an elimination game today.