TALLAHASSEE — Tyler Holton pitched his second complete game of the season and Florida State defeated UCF 6-1 Saturday to remain alive in the Tallahassee Region of the NCAA baseball tournament.
The left-hander had 13 strikeouts and UCF's run was unearned. It is his sixth double-digit strikeout game of the season, the first time a Seminoles pitcher has accomplished that in 22 years.
"Tyler is the way you want every pitcher to be," coach Mike Martin said. "He wants responsibility. He craves to compete. It's fun to literally watch him pitch."
Jackson Lueck and Taylor Walls homered for FSU (40-21), which faces Tennessee Tech at 1 today in an elimination game. Tennessee Tech lost to Auburn 5-3 Saturday night. The FSU-Tennessee Tech winner will play Auburn later Sunday in the final.
Lueck put the Seminoles on the board in the third inning with a three-run homer, and Walls, who also had two hits, had a solo shot in the fifth.
UCF (40-22) was making its first NCAA appearance since 2012. Brennan Bozeman had two hits and Chris Williams (5-4) gave up three runs in four innings to take the loss.
Holton had a 1-2-3 ninth and walked off the field to chants of "Ty-ler Hol-ton!" from fans. He came out for a curtain call.
"I didn't know that they did that," Holton said. "I thought it was just home runs. But it was pretty cool."
UF, B-CU WIN: Florida survived a challenge from USF, winning 5-1 in 12 innings to take control of the region. UF took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 12th when pinch-runner Blake Reese went from first to third on an errant pickoff, then continued home on first baseman Joe Genord's throwing error. UF added three more runs in the inning.
For B-CU, Tyler Norris pitched a complete game and the Wildcats (34-24) stayed alive. Today, Bethune-Cookman faces USF in an elimination game, with the winner facing UF at 7. Norris, a junior right-hander who improved to 9-1, gave up two runs on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.
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0 Baseball scholarships offered by Holy Cross and Yale, both of which beat Big Ten regular-season champion Nebraska to oust the No. 2 seed in the Corvallis (Ore.) Region
SOFTBALL: UCLA assistant coach Lisa Fernandez, a three-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist, was ejected and suspended for two games by the NCAA after bumping an umpire during an argument in Saturday's 8-2 win over Texas A&M at the Women's College World Series. The Bruins later were eliminated with a 1-0 loss to Washington; the Huskies have to beat Florida twice today with the first game at 1 (ESPN) in Oklahoma City. The Gators, who didn't play Saturday, need one win to reach the championship round. Fernandez was angry when UCLA's Gabrielle Maurice was tagged in the face on a play at the plate and argued for an obstruction call on the catcher. UCLA coach Kelly Inouye-Perez said she supported Fernandez.
FOOTBALL: Michigan wide receiver Grant Perry is back with the team while he awaits trial on allegations that he assaulted a police officer and improperly touched a woman.