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3 Up, 3 Down: Florida State’s College World Series run comes to an end

The ’Noles offense never made the trip to Omaha.

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The Florida State Seminoles (42-23) lost to the Texas Tech Red Raiders (46-19) by a score of 4-1. The season is over and the pursuit of a College World Series title that has eluded the program and Mike Martin for the past four decades has officially come to an end. It was a fantastic season that far exceeded expectations, gave “11” one more shot, and allowed the college baseball universe to celebrate his well-deserved accomplishments over his illustrious career.

Three Up

  • Conor Grady gave the Seminoles everything they could have possibly asked for out of their no. three starting pitching in an elimination game of the College World Series. The sophomore worked his way out of a jam in the fourth after Texas Tech singled to open the inning and Grady walked another enemy. With only one out, the Red Raiders brought in a single run one batter later to take an early lead over Florida State, 1-0. The right-hander limited the damage however and forced back-to-back groundouts with runners in scoring position. Through five innings, the Tampa native allowed five hits to just one run and struck out four while walking one. In the top of the sixth, the Red Raiders hit a solo home run and Grady’s day was done:
  • After Chase Haney replaced Grady in relief, the redshirt junior struck out the first two batters he faced: Josh Jung (.339) and Cameron Warren (.353). The duo leads the Red Raiders in almost every single category. Haney ended the inning by forcing a groundout. Through two innings, he allowed no runs, no hits, striking out two, and walking one.
  • In case you missed it, the NCAA College world series put together a beautiful tribute to reflect on “11”s career:

Three Down

  • The anemic offense that fans saw from Florida State in the first two games of the College World Series continued tonight. The Seminoles scored just one run tonight (on a throwing error by the catcher) recorded just three singles, wasted seven base on balls and stuck out thirteen times. During the three game stretch in Omaha the offense was just 11 for 86 (.***), scored only two runs, struck out 37 times and earned nine free passes.
  • The frustration in Florida State’s approach at the plate after their last game was well vocalized and one would hope that the coaching staff would make the necessary adjustments heading into tonight’s win or go home situation. It was very apparent from the start the pull happy, swing for the fences mindset by the FSU offense had not changed the Seminoles consistently wasted opportunities to plate runs due to at-bats by players who were indecisive and over matched. On the night, Florida State was 0-8 with RISP and finished a paltry 0-15 in the series.
  • In the top of the eighth, the Seminoles needed to keep Texas Tech off the board if Florida State had any hope of pulling off the miracle. J.C. Flowers entered the game and well it went downhill from there. The Red Raiders singled stealing second during a strikeout that allowed the runner to reach first and place the baserunners on opposite corners. Another single to the right side plated another run and for whatever reason, Flowers remained on the mound and a third single loaded the bases.

Box Score

Game Thread

One last magical run for the beloved “Eleven” has finally come to its inevitable end. An unexpected run by a team that defied the odds and fought through adversity to bring Martin back to Omaha one more time. While this team has brought fans many frustrating moments this season and nobody wanted to see it come to an end like this, the group of young men put together a phenomenal post-season performance finishing out a season to be proud of.