June 17, 2008
More Missed Opportunities
FSU strands 17 in 7-5 loss to Miami
By Phil Stanton
OMAHA, Neb. – It was missed opportunities
After leaving 10 on base and hitting 2 for 12
with runners in scoring position in its opening-round loss to
Stanford on Saturday, Florida State stranded 17 in its 7-5
defeat at the hands of Miami in an elimination game Monday at
the College World Series.
The Seminoles banged out 18 hits and had
base-runners in each inning, but hit just 1 for 10 with runners
in scoring position over the first eight innings to trail 7-2.
FSU did rally for three in the ninth, but left the bases loaded
to end the contest and its season.
“If you had told me before we started the game
that we were going to get 18 hits and not make an error,” said
FSU head coach Mike Martin, “I would have certainly taken my
All-American Buster Posey had four hits, but only
came to the plate twice with runners on base. Jason Stidham was
caught stealing on a hit-and-run attempt in the first. Posey
batted with two outs and none on and got a single and scored the
game’s first run. He had an RBI double in the fourth to pull FSU
to within two at 4-2. A line-drive double play to right preceded
his base hit in the sixth. Posey did come to the plate in the
ninth with runners on the corners and two outs and drew a walk.
But a fielder’s choice gave Miami the win.