It took two days, but Florida State finally finished off their game against Alabama to advance to the super regionals. Around 7:45pm on Sunday night, storms swept through Tallahassee, suspending the game in the 6th inning with FSU leading 8-1.
When the game restarted at noon on Monday, FSU received great pitching from Scott Sitz, who pitched four scoreless innings. The Seminoles also tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the 8th, capped by four straight hits to start the inning. Jayce Boyd hit a two-run homerun and Justin Gonzalez hit an RBI double two batters later.
FSU, as the number 5 national seed, will host the super regional this weekend. They will face the winner of the Texas A&M versus Arizona final from the College Station region. Later, FSU starter Sean Gilmartin was selected by the Atlanta Braves with the 28th overall pick in the MLB Draft.
UConn and Clemson faced off in a win or go home game. UConn jumped on the board first in the top of the first with five hits. George Springer singled in the first run, Ryan Fuller singled in another, and Nick Ahmed followed with an RBI single. Clemson went to the bullpen with two outs in the first. UConn tacked on five more runs in the top of the 5th on four hits and two Clemson errors. At that point, Clemson was on their fourth pitcher. UConn starter Greg Nappo allowed just one run on five hits over 5.2 innings.
It got worse for Clemson in the 8th, as the Huskies scored 6 runs, capped by Fullerâ€™s three-run homerun. UConn won 14-1 and move on to face South Carolina in the super regionals. Dan Feehan pitched 3.1 one-hit innings of relief for UConn. Fuller, Tim Martin, and Billy Ferriter each collected three hits (UConn had 17 overall hits).
The bad news is that Springer was taken out of the game in the 5th inning (hoping heâ€™s okay). Good news for UConn: both Springer and right-hander Matt Barnes were selected in the first round of the MLB Draft. Springer went to the Houston Astros with the 11th overall pick and Barnes went to the Boston Red Sox with the 19th pick.