Seminoles crush pitching depleted Ohio State, 37-6
Published 1:17 am Monday, June 1, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Stephen Cardullo set a tournament record with seven hits, including three of Florida State’s NCAA-record 15 doubles, as the Seminoles routed Ohio State 37-6 on Sunday and advanced to the super regionals.
Florida State (45-16) set NCAA postseason records with 37 runs, 38 hits and 66 total bases, while Cardullo set the school mark for hits in an offensive performance the football team would’ve been proud of.
Jason Stidham, the regional’s most outstanding player, hit a two-run double as the Seminoles scored eight times in the first and cruised past the pitching-depleted Buckeyes (42-19), who trailed 32-0 in the fifth.
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Florida State will make its ninth super regional appearance in 11 years against the Norman Regional winner.
Ohio State 13, Georgia 6
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Michael Stephens hit a pair of homers, including a three-run shot to highlight a six-run seventh inning, and Ohio State beat Georgia 13-6 on Sunday to eliminate the Bulldogs from the NCAA tournament.
Stephens also hit an inside-the-park homer in the third inning, as the third-seeded Buckeyes (42-18) built a 5-2 lead they never relinquished. Corey Kovanda also drove in a pair of runs for Ohio State.
Jake Hale struck out six in a season-high 2 2-3 innings for his 18th save in relief of Ohio State starter Drew Rucinski.
Zach Cone homered twice for the Bulldogs (38-24), who played for the 2008 College World Series championship.