Two hot pitchers. Two losses. Too bad for Florida State. Right-hander Marc Valdes, a freshman from Tampa Jesuit, threw a three-hitter to lead fifth-seeded Florida to a 5-0 victory over Florida State on Sunday, eliminating the top-seeded Seminoles from the College World Series.
Valdes (13-4) struck out five, walked three and hit two batters as the Gators (50-20) stayed alive in the tournament. Florida moves into Tuesday's elimination game against Fresno State.
Fresno State's Bobby Jones, named player of the year by Collegiate Baseball magazine, handed Florida State its first CWS loss Friday night, 6-3.
"We went against two outstanding pitchers," Florida State coach Mike Martin said. "Bobby Jones and Marc worked us inside. I thought our club was as loose and confident as a typical Seminole team. We just got beat by a guy who did a great job."
"Valdes was outstanding," Florida coach Joe Arnold said. "He had good location, and he mixed his pitches well all game. He's basically done that all season. I believe the Florida record for wins is 13, and the best thing about it is that he's just a freshman."
"I didn't think this was the best outing of the year," Valdes said. "I don't think I had a sinkerball at all today, which is why there were more flyouts and less groundouts."
Florida, which lost three of four regular-season meetings with Florida State this season, broke open a 1-0 game in the third.
Brent Killen and Herbert Perry singled with one out, then came home on Mario Linares' double to the right-centerfield fence. Bo Camposano followed with another double to right-center, scoring Linares. Camposano was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a triple.
Brian Purvis was hit by a pitch to chase Florida State starter Tim Davis (9-2). Reliever Ricky Kimball gave up a single to Brian Duval before striking out Ted Rich to end the inning.
Perry had singled home Kevin Polcovich with the game's first run in the first inning.
Pedro Grifol had the only two hits off Valdes through eight innings, a single in the second and a double in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Tony Liebsack singled leading off the ninth, but Valdes breezed through the inning after that.
Florida State pushed only one runner to third when a hit batsman, an error, a fielder's choice and a groundout put runners at second and third with two out in the fifth. Valdes worked out of the jam when Allen Bevis grounded out to short.
The Gators added an insurance run in the eighth when Purvis walked and scored on Rich's two-out double to right-center.
LSU 15, Fresno State 3
OMAHA, Neb. _ Mike Sirotka scattered six hits and Chris Moock and Gary Hymel each drove in three runs for fourth-seeded Louisiana State, sending No. 8 Fresno State into the losers bracket in a 15-3 setback Sunday night.
Sirotka, who gave way to reliever Rick Green in the ninth, picked up his 11th win without a loss this season as fourth-seeded LSU (53-18) advanced into Wednesday's semifinal round. Moock had a pair of extra-base hits and a single, and Hymel hit two homers.
LSU, which used two Lyle Mouton homers to beat Florida 8-1 in Friday's first round, picked up its first run Sunday on Hymel's school-record 22nd homer of the year leading off the second. Hymel topped the school record set by Joey Belle in 1986 and tied by Bell in 1987.
The Tigers added two more runs in the inning when Pat Garrity walked and Johnny Tellechea doubled ahead of Mooch's double.
Fresno State gained two back in the bottom of the second when Bryan Judice walked and Chris Falco hit his second homer of the CWS and 10th of the season.
Garrity opened LSU's four-run fourth with a sinking liner that was dropped by Vernon Spearman in left. Tellechea singled to left and Moock was safe on a bunt that Fresno third baseman Falco and starting pitcher Robbie Saitz (8-6) failed to pick up.
Andy Sheets then looped a single over first, scoring two and moving Moock to third. Tookie Johnson's sacrifice fly to left scored Moock and an out later Mouton singled Sheets in for a 7-2 lead.
Moock tripled to knock Garrity in with another run in the fifth. Garrity had singled with one out.
Mouton walked with two out in the sixth, went to third on Rich Cordani's single and scored when the throw to third skipped past Falco. Hymel then hit his 23rd homer to left.
The Tigers substituted liberally in the final innings, adding three more runs in the top of the ninth. Keyann Cook opened with a triple and scored when Tellechea's grounder to first was bobbled by Martin Togher. Luis Garcia, in for Moock, walked and Sheets tripled Tellechea and Garcia home. Mike Neal, in for Johnson, grounded out to score Sheets with run No. 15.
Eight of the Tigers' 15 hits were for extra bases.
Fresno State scored in the bottom of the ninth when Eric Greene walked, advanced on Falco's single and scored on groundout by Brant Brown.
The 35 players used by the teams broke the CWS record of 34 shared by Maine and Miami in 1984 and Mississippi State and Georgia Southern last year.
Attendance for Sunday's session was 16,329, fourth-best in CWS history. That topped the 16,244 who attended Saturday afternoon's Clemson-Creighton game.