TALLAHASSEE — Florida State stormed to a 5-0 lead after a half-inning in Sunday afternoon's NCAA super region game and barely looked back in routing Texas A&M 23-9.
The Seminoles (46-18) forced a deciding game in the best-of-three series at 7 tonight (ESPN2) with the winner advancing to the College World Series.
"We know that there's nothing settled," coach Mike Martin said. " … We're excited to be in this position."
FSU's Stuart Tapley had a banner day at the plate and in the field. In the top of the sixth, his solo home run came one pitch after Justin Gonzalez's three-run homer off Dick Howser Stadium's leftfield scoreboard. It was Tapley's sixth homer of the season and second of the day. The back-to-back shots were the first for the Seminoles since March 27 against Wake Forest.
Third baseman Sherman Johnson, a former Tampa Alonso High standout, scored three runs and had an RBI for the Seminoles.
The Aggies (46-20) scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to get within 16-9.
One night after going 1-for-20, FSU's No. 5-9 hitters combined to go 11-for-18 with 14 runs and 17 RBIs and hit all four FSU homers.
In the third, Tapley's two-run homer gave the Seminoles an 8-0 lead. Earlier his diving catch in leftfield ended an inning.
THREE PUNCH TICKETS: Three host teams — defending national champion South Carolina, Texas and Vanderbilt — advanced to the CWS. South Carolina (50-14) defeated Connecticut 8-2, and Vanderbilt (52-10) also completed a sweep, reaching the CWS for the first time by beating Oregon State 9-3 late Saturday. Texas (49-17) topped Arizona State 4-2 to win in three games.
Plancher trial to start
ORLANDO — A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of a former UCF football player who died after an offseason workout more than three years ago is set to begin with jury selection today in Orlando.
Ereck Plancher collapsed in March 2008 at the end of a preseason workout conducted by coach George O'Leary and his staff. An autopsy found that Plancher, 19, died from complications of sickle cell trait, a condition that causes blood cells to become misshapen and disrupt the body's vascular system when it's put under extreme stress. Plancher, whose cousin Moise played at USF, went into cardiac arrest and died at a hospital.
EX-CANE TO VISIT UCF: Running back Storm Johnson, who left the Miami program in the spring, plans to visit UCF on Wednesday, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
FORMER UTE'S SUIT: Former Utah star Jason Kaufusi is suing a medical technology company, saying a postsurgical device implanted into his shoulder to relieve pain caused permanent damage to the joint. Kaufusi, who played defensive end for the Utes from 2000-03, is suing the Stryker Corp., the Deseret News of Salt Lake City reported.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.