June 19, 2012

CBI Live: #3 Florida State 4, #2 UCLA 1

CWS Game 9 Notes

Florida State wins first meeting with UCLA

By Phil Stanton

CollegeBaseballInsider.com Co-Founder



Tuesday’s game was the first meeting between UCLA and Florida State.


Florida State earned a rematch with Arizona. The Wildcats edged the Seminoles 4-3 in 12 innings in the first round on Friday.


The Seminoles raised their record to 50-16. FSU reached 50 wins for the 24th time in program history, all under Mike Martin. The Seminoles are second in the nation in victories this season, trailing Stony Brook with 52.


Florida State drew eight walks in its win over UCLA to raise its CWS total to 16 in three games and increase its season total to 383. FSU leads the nation in walks for the fourth time in the past five years.


Of the eight walks drawn by FSU, only one scored.


Sherman Johnson and James Ramsey both made their 199th consecutive start in the win over UCLA.


UCLA dropped to 12-3 following a loss this season.


There were two nice catches in foul territory. UCLA first baseman Trevor Brown made a diving catch going away from the plate on a long bunt by Jose Brizuela with one away in the bottom of the second. FSU shortstop Justin Gonzalez made a running catch off the bat of Cody Regis to start the top of the third.


Freshman David Berg made his 50th appearance for the Bruins, tying him for second on the NCAA all-time list for appearances in a season. John Taylor of South Carolina also pitched in 50 a season ago, while Connor Falkenbach of Texas took the mound 51 times in 2005. Berg has pitched in 25 of the past 26 games for UCLA.


UCLA scored just one run over the past two games, its lowest total in consecutive games this season. Its previous low was four, accomplished twice.


“We're disappointed,” said UCLA head coach John Savage. “We didn't play very well. I think everybody saw that. The last two games, you can't really put your thumb on it, but Arizona was better and Florida State was better. For whatever reason, we couldn't find it.”