June 19, 2012
#3 Florida State 4, #2 UCLA 1
CWS Game 9
Florida State wins first
meeting with UCLA
By Phil Stanton
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
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
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.”