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Seminoles headed to first CWS since 2000

The Seminoles’ Jack Rye hits a three-run homer in FSU’s 11-4 victory over Wichita State.

Associated Press

The Seminoles’ Jack Rye hits a three-run homer in FSU’s 11-4 victory over Wichita State.

TALLAHASSEE — 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 Region on Sunday.

The Seminoles 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 with a three-run double to chase previously unbeaten Wichita starter Anthony Capra.

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 was nearly perfect in relief of starter Geoff Parker.

Strauss, a Bloomingdale High standout, gave up just one hit in six innings.

The Shockers made it interesting early with a little help from a Florida State fan, who reached over the fence to steal a two-out popup away from Seminoles third baseman Stuart Tapley.

Wichita State's Andy Dirks hit Parker's next pitch over the rightfield fence for a two-run homer, cutting the Seminole'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 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.

Miami clinches berth

CORAL GABLES — Yonder Alonso homered and Enrique Garcia pitched six effective innings as the Hurricanes defeated Arizona 4-2 to advance to their 23rd CWS.

Miami's three runs in the first inning were all the Hurricanes needed to win the final two games of the Super Region. Reliever Carlos Gutierrez pitched the final 11/3 innings for his 13th save of the season.

Georgia Ousts N.C. State: Gordon Beckham homered twice and the host Bulldogs scored nine first-inning runs in a 17-8 victory over North Carolina State, giving them a CWS berth for the third time in five years.

Beckham's 26th homer marked the sixth time this season that he has hit two. The No. 8 overall draft pick by the White Sox and the Southeastern Conference player of the year, Beckham finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs.

UNC Advances: Adam Warren threw six innings of two-hit ball, Dustin Ackley drove in three runs, and the Tar Heels beat Coastal Carolina 14-4 to reach the CWS for the third straight year. Warren took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, and every starter had at least one hit for the Tar Heels, who scored six runs in the second, led 12-0 in the sixth and celebrated their berth to Omaha by dogpiling behind the mound.

Rice sweeps aggies: Adam Zornes hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to send the host Owls to their third straight CWS with a 6-5 victory over Texas A&M. Rice won its Super Region in a two-game sweep. Rick Hague singled to start the Owls' rally. One out later, Zornes hit his 12th home run of the year.

LSU 9, UC Irvine 7: The host Tigers staged a ninth-inning rally to hold off elimination. Trailing 7-4, LSU loaded the bases with no one out, and Jared Mitchell walked, forcing in a run. Game 3 is at 7 tonight.

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