June 13, 2010
Scores, Schedules & Capsules
Seminoles squeak past
Commodores for CWS berth
By Jimmy Jones
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
(photos by Jimmy Jones)
Fla.--What should have been the most important day in
Vanderbilt baseball history turned out to be a career-defining
moment for Florida State third baseman Sherman Johnson as he
drove in four runs, three in the fateful eighth inning with a
double off the wall and the bases juiced with teammates.
Florida State, playing in its 10th Super Regional (3-6) trailed
only Texas for the most victories by any school in
Regional/Super Regional action and will now be tied for that
distinction as they head to Omaha with a 7-6 win over a
relentless Commodore baseball team that battled to the final out
with three runs in the ninth and the tying run on base before
closer Mike McGee struck out Joe Loftus for the final out.
FSU led from start to finish with four second-inning runs but
were unable to add to the advantage until Johnson's dramatic hit
in the eighth.
"I am very appreciative of the class that
Vanderbilt University showed; that is an outstanding baseball
team that really showed resolve, character all weekend," said
FSU head coach Mike Martin. "It's very commendable and I can see
why everybody is so please with Tim Corbin and the job he has
done at Vanderbilt."
Trailing 7-2, the Commodores got things started as pinch hitter
Riley Reynolds drew a leadoff walk. Brian Harris then gave VU
what he has given them his whole career as he battled to a 3-2
count and then sent a rope into right field with a single in the
last at bat as a Commodore.
(right) registered the first out of the ninth getting Anthony
Gomez to strike out swinging. Aaron Westlake stepped in and
closed the gap to 7-4 as he registered an RBI double just inside
the line in right.
McGee got Jason Esposito swinging on three pitches for out
Designated hitter Curt Casali brought the Commodores within one
of the lead as he drove in Harris and Westlake on a two-out
single to right. But McGee would keep the lead in tact as he got
Loftus swinging on strikes to end the game.
“To these men up here,” Martin said, “you've got one guy (Sean
GilMartin) that came here from California wanting this
opportunity; the guy beside him Tyler Holt, had been once and
suffered disappointment last year and was a huge leader on our
team. What do you say about Michael (McGee) and the job he's
done and we kind of extended him today and he got out there and
got it done. Then to see these two young men (Sherman Johnson
and Jayce Boyd - one didn't even play much last year (Johnson) I
think he pinch ran in one of the Super Regional games that we
played yet he came up today with one of the biggest hits of the
year when you are clinging to a one run lead and you are
extending your closer longer than you have and Boyd who hit the
ball hard all day long and has really played a great first base.
These young men - some will be future leaders and some are
"It was a great weekend for all of us," added Martin.
With the loss, VU bids a fond farewell to seniors Drew Hayes,
Andrew Giobbi, and Brian Harris.