June 19, 2012
Game 9 Notes
Sitz pitches Florida State past
By Phil Stanton
Neb. – It was a Sitz for sore eyes.
Junior right-hander Scott Sitz was dominant as
No. 3 Florida State eliminated No. 2 UCLA 4-1 Tuesday at the
2012 College World Series in front of 23,409 fans at TD
The Seminoles (50-16) will have to defeat Arizona
on Thursday and again on Friday to advance to the championship
series. The Bruins finish the season at 48-16.
Sitz (4-3) worked a season-high 6.2 innings with
five hits, one walk and one run. He struck out eight for the
second straight game.
“We all know that the pitching was definitely the
key to the game,” said FSU head coach Mike Martin. “Scotty was
just outstanding. It was a team win, but certainly it was
dictated by the outstanding pitcher.”
bullpen was perfect for the Seminoles. Senior Hunter Scantling
got the final out in the seventh and worked a 1-2-3 eighth with
one strikeout. Junior closer Robert Benincasa (left) retired the
Bruins in order in the ninth, striking out the final two to
notch his 16th save.
UCLA’s Zack Weiss (3-3), who had not pitched
since June 3, was rusty and wild in the bottom of the first.
After a leadoff walk to Sherman Johnson and a one-out single by
James Ramsey (2 for 3), Weiss walked Jayce Boyd and Stephen
McGee to force in the game’s first run and signaled an early
exit for Weiss, his shortest outing of the season. Grant Watson
took over on the mound and walked Justin Gonzalez to force in a
second run. Josh Delph bounced into a 3-2-3 double play to end
the frame with the Seminoles leading 2-0.
The Seminoles added to their lead in the fourth.
With one away, Johnson, Devon Travis (2 for 3) and Ramsey has
consecutive singles to load the bases, ending the night for
Watson. Boyd greeted reliever Ryan Deeter with a bunt to the
left side. Third baseman Kevin Kramer overran the ball, allowing
Johnson to score. Travis kept on running past third and scored
when Kramer’s throw went wide of the plate. Ball four to McGee
got away from catcher Tyler Heineman and Ramsey started toward
home. He retreated and was out on Heineman’s throw to Kramer.
Gonzalez flew out to right to end the threat with FSU leading
In the top of the sixth, Kevin Williams drew a
leadoff walk and moved to third on a double by Beau Amaral (2
for 4). Tyler Heineman was plunked to load the bases for the
Bruins. Cody Keefer singled up the middle to drive in Williams
with the first run for UCLA. Sitz proceeded to fan the next
three hitters to keep FSU up 4-1.
“When they had the bases loaded and I had already
given up one run,” Sitz said, “I was thinking to myself, that's
all I get because Coach [Mike] Bell preaches to us, if the bases
are loaded, the most they get is one. I was thinking to myself,
this could be the last batter that I face, so I've got to get
him, and I gave it my all. They stuck with me. And after that
third strikeout, I don't think I've ever been more pumped up in
Florida State could have scored more, tallying
nine hits and eight walks. But the Seminoles hit into four
double plays and stranded nine.
Johnson reached four times for FSU, going 2 for 3
with a pair of walks and two runs.
“He's a pest,” Martin said. “That's the only way
I can describe Sherman Johnson. When he faced the guy throwing
90-whatever, the guy was bringing up little bitty baseballs
there in the [eighth] inning, and Sherman gets up there and goes
7 or 8 pitches. There is your consummate leadoff hitter. I've
been blessed in this program for a long time with excellent
leadoff hitters. He is no fun if you are in the other dugout. I
just thank God I'm in the dugout wearing the same uniform he's
Williams had a two-out single in the seventh for
the Bruins, but was the last base-runner for UCLA.
“Congratulations to Coach Martin and Florida
State,” said UCLA head coach John Savage. “They were the better
team and they were the more aggressive team from the first
pitch, and that's why they deserve to go on. At the end of the
day, it was their night.”
(Martin photo by Mike Olivella)