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.