Game 2 of the 2012 college world series showcased Arizona at our very own Florida State Seminoles. The first 2 innings showed some good pitching on both sides and led into an exciting 3rd inning where Arizona jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Florida State had a few defensive mishaps and extended the 3rd and 4th innings, but managed to only give up the two runs. Sherman Johnson helped cut that lead to 2-1 with a line drive home run over the right field fence in the 3rd. A nice, 1 out, line drive double into center by Delph was wasted with a nice sacrifice and a pop out by the next 2 batters and ended the scoring hope of the Noles in the 4th. FSU thus far has shown a lot of patience when batting driving up the pitch count for the Arizona starter.
The freshman pitcher Leibrandt for FSU struck out 5 in the game, but gave up too many hits for the likes of mike Martin and was placed in the 5th. More defensive errors by FSU gave away another run and could not finish a free run-down out where the ball was thrown into center field on an error by the shortstop Gonzalez. Florida state found themselves down 3-1 with only 1 out in the top of the 5th when a nice double play from Travis to Gonzalez to the first baseman ended the inning. After what was turning out to be a boring 6th inning the Seminoles started a rally with an error to board Jayce Boyd at first and a following walk to have men on 1st and second for the Seminole DH John Holland who drove in both players with a nice hit into the right center gap to tie the game at 3. You can really see the urgency in the Florida State dugout. going into the 7th The FSU players are feeling more upbeat and you could see it the way they ran out onto the field.
The 7th came and went with no real excitement and to start the 8th Hunter Scantling came in and was off to a terrible start throwing 3 straight balls before settling down and getting the batter to pop out. He continued with two more pop outs with a slight scare as the right fielder sub and Ramsey collided for the 3rd out. Both players were fine as they jogged into the dugout. The bottom of the 8th was quick with no offense by the Seminoles and the removal of the Wildcat pitcher. Heyer, who really pitched well in the first 5 innings before losing a little momentum in the 6th and 7th, was given a nice ovation by both sides and the 9th inning was ready to begin. After a quick start single by Arizona, Scantling was pulled for Benincasa. Mike Martin really knows the importance of winning the first game and staying out of the losers bracket and shows that with the use of his pitchers.
The FSU defense was spectacular in the top of the 9th with great plays by Sherman Johnson and Gonzalez. Benincasa pitched beautifully with a ton of movement on his throws and struck 1 out. FSU was given a great opportunity being the home team to steal a win. The 8 and 9 batters were quick outs which led to Sherman Johnson who already had a dinger in the game. Unfortunately, this inning there were no heroics as he popped out to left.
Now we are starting extra innings. Arizona was swinging for the fences but came up short as on only 4 pitches the side was retired 1-2-3. The Seminoles again were given the prime opportunity with the meat of the order, Travis, Ramsey, and Boyd to bat. Travis singled through the gap to start it off and Ramsey, in the longest at bat without a pitch thrown, was then struck out on a 3rd strike down in the dirt. That strikeout really deflated the Seminole fans as we were starting to get louder in this inning.
Arizona elected to change pitchers to face Boyd with 1 out. He has not had a hit this game and would really like to turn that around here in the 10th. Travis was then thrown out attempting to steal second and Boyd was given a strike. On a 2-2 count he hit the ball right back to the pitcher for an easy 3rd out.
Benincasa was brilliant in the 11th as he struck out every batter faced, but the Seminoles could not get the bats started. Gonzalez was picked off at 1st and the Seminoles ended their chances for the win in that inning. The 12th flipped on the bats for Arizona who started wi a double on 1 out and a following single that drove in a run. A intentional walk put a man on 1st and 2nd and another strikeout was delivered by Benincasa. Travis then fielded a ground all for the final out of the side.
So with the Seminoles down 4-3 the pressure was on for them to score runs. Holland was a quick out, but Adam Miller was hit by a pitch. A wild pitch was lost in the dirt and Miller took second. Sherman Johnson facing a 2-1 count with 1 out then advanced the runner to 3rd with a chopper to the second baseman for out number 2. Devin Travis hung in there with a full count and struck out to end the game.
After nearly 4:30 hours, too many early defensive mistakes took there toll and we were outplayed. The Seminoles face a tough road in the losers bracket, and will face a Stoney Brook team that has played gritty this post season for an elimination game Sunday.