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Seminoles advance to Omaha with record-setting rout; Gators game suspended

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There was no drama in Game 2 of the Tallahassee Super Regional on Sunday. A day after Florida State ended the first game with a walk-off win over Sam Houston State, the Seminoles throttled the Bearkats 19-0 to earn a spot in the College World Series.

While Florida State never led on Saturday until the last batter of the game, on Sunday they led after the first batter. Taylor Walls hit the third pitch of the game for an opposite field home run to left to make it 1-0. It was 4-0 after the first inning.

The game was delayed more than 7 hours by rain, which is appropriate because it was raining runs for the Seminoles. A 6-run fourth made it 15-0, allowing the Florida State athletic department extra time to begin making travel arrangements to Omaha, Neb., site of the World Series.

The margin of victory broke the NCAA record for a Super Regional game. The previous record was 18 runs when Louisville blasted Oklahoma 20-2 in 2007.

Walls had two homers on the day, while Kyle Kavanaugh hit his first career homer to conclude the scoring in the 8th. A day after designated hitter Quincy Nieporte hit into a triple play, on Sunday he bombed a three-run homer in the second inning. In addition to collecting 13 hits, the Seminoles also received 12 walks and Bearkats’ pitching hit three batters.

On the mound, Drew Parrish had another outstanding effort. He allowed only two hits and struck out 9 in five innings of work after he struck out 12 in a no-decision against Tennessee Tech last weekend. Cole Sands and Andrew Karp pitched the final four innings to preserve the combined shutout.

The Seminoles will face the winner of the Baton Rouge Super Regional in Omaha, either LSU or Mississippi State. The College World Series begins Saturday.

In Gainesville, the Florida Gators must wait another day to see if they will join FSU in Omaha. They lead the best-of-three Gainesville Super Regional 1-0 against Wake Forest, but Sunday’s game was suspended for inclement weather.

When the game resumes on Monday, Wake Forest is batting and holding a 5-4 lead.

 

Florida State’s Matt Henderson douses Taylor Walls with Powerade after an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game against Sam Houston State Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Tallahassee, Fla. Walls had two home runs and four RBI. Florida State won 19-0, and advances to the College World Series. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
Florida State catcher Cal Raleigh jumps into the arms of pitcher Andrew Karp (19) as teammates celebrate after an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game against Sam Houston State Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State won 19-0, and advances to the College World Series. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
At right, Florida State head coach Mike Martin hugs his wife Carol as their granddaughter Lexi Buchanan watches after an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game against Sam Houston State Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State won 19-0, and advances to the College World Series. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)

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Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at Bob@ramos-sparks.com.

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