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FSU Bashes Florida, 17-11

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: June 1, 2013 at 05:34 PM

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida State fan delivered the zinger as Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan walked slowly toward the dugout after making his fourth pitching change in three innings, this time handing the ball to Dustin Bamberg, a converted catcher.

"Maybe you can go get Tebow," yelled the fan, referring to the most famous left-hander in Gators history.

By the time Bamberg took the mound in the seventh inning Saturday, O'Sullivan might have considered using reigning Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow if he had been in the stands watching the Seminoles pound a season-high 25 hits in their 17-11 slugfest victory.

"Obviously, a tough day for us on the mound," O'Sullivan said after watching his six pitchers throw 208 pitches on a 93-degree day. "We struggled throwing strikes early in the count. When you face a good-hitting team like that, you are going to run into trouble."

The loss knocked Florida (34-24) from the postseason. No. 2-ranked FSU (49-11) remained alive following its stunning 7-0 loss to Bucknell in the first round of the Tallahassee Regional on Friday. FSU plays Bucknell again at 1 p.m. today. Tulane beat Bucknell 4-1 Saturday night.

For a while Saturday, it looked as if FSU's season might be the one coming to a close as UF took a 5-1 lead off starter Matt Fairel through three innings. FSU trimmed its deficit to 5-2 in the fourth, then started forcing O'Sullivan to make regular trips to the mound by sending 13 batters to the plate in a seven-run fifth inning. Still, Florida wasn't finished, tying the game at 9 in the bottom of the fifth on Clayton Pisani's three-run homer off winner Elih Villanueva, who replaced Fairel to start the fifth.

Villanueva (7-2) quickly adjusted and settled into a rhythm, allowing six runs, six hits and striking out a season-high 10 in six innings. Meanwhile, the Noles regained the lead on Stuart Tapley's RBI single in the sixth.

In the seventh, FSU put the finishing touches on only their third postseason win against UF in 13 meetings, scoring five runs, capped by a cramped-up Tony Delmonico limping around the bases after a three-run homer. Buster Posey added his team-high 20th homer in the eighth to cap FSU's offensive outburst a night after Bucknell's Mathew Wilson shut out the nation's top hitting team.

"I think everybody on this team feels like that is what we're capable of doing each game," he said. "It was fun. It was fun to watch."

Florida, making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since advancing to the College World Series in 2005 - including knocking FSU out of the Super Regional - lost to the Noles for the first time in the NCAA Tournament since 1981, snapping a seven-game winning streak.

MIAMI 6, MISSOURI 5: Yasmani Grandal's tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth lifted top-seeded Miami (50-8) past Missouri (39-21) in a winners' bracket game of the NCAA Coral Gables Regional. The victory assures Miami a berth in the championship bracket today against the Missouri-Mississippi winner.

The Associated Press

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