=== Seminoles bounce Bruins from CWS ===
Omaha, NE (Sports Network) - Scott Sitz pitched into the seventh inning
and allowed just one run as Florida State ended UCLA's season with a 4-1
victory in Tuesday's elimination game at TD Ameritrade Park.
Sitz, the Seminoles No. 3 starter, scattered five hits and walked just one
while striking out eight to keep Florida State's season alive.
Sherman Johnson registered two hits and scored twice, while Jayce Boyd,
Stephen McGee and Justin Gonzalez each plated a run for the Seminoles, who
will play the Arizona Wildcats on Thursday.
Arizona defeated Florida State 4-3 in 12 innings to start the CWS, and the
'Noles will have to defeat the Wildcats twice to advance to the championship.
UCLA starter Zack Weiss struggled with his control in the first, walking
Johnson to start the game before James Ramsey followed two batters later with
a single through the left side.
Weiss then walked Boyd to load the bases before issuing a free pass to McGee
on four pitches to chase in a run and end the right-hander's night.
Grant Watson entered and walked the first batter he faced to make it a two-run
game, but induced an inning-ending double play from Josh Delph to escape any
Beau Amaral looped a single just over shortstop to start the fourth, giving
the Bruins their first hit of the night, but the UCLA offense couldn't produce
a run as Sitz continued to deal.
Florida State loaded the bases in the bottom half on three consecutive one-out
singles before Boyd dropped down a bunt single. Johnson, who started the
rally, scored from third and Travis crossed the plate on third baseman Kevin
Kramer's throwing error to make it a 4-0 contest.
UCLA finally mounted a charge in the sixth as Kevin Williams walked, Amaral
doubled and Tyler Heineman was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Cody Keefer
then singled up the middle to score a run, but Sitz fanned three consecutive
Bruins to escape the frame with a 4-1 lead.
Hunter Scantling came on in the seventh and retired four straight Bruins
before Robert Benincasa fired a perfect ninth to nail down his 16th save of
the year and keep the Seminoles alive for at least one more game.
Two-time defending champion South Carolina will take on the surprising Golden
Flashes of Kent State on Wednesday in an elimination game, with the winner
moving on to take on Arkansas on Thursday.
06/19 23:53:59 ET