June 21, 2012
Game 11 Notes
Arizona batters FSU, reaches
CWS championship series
By Phil Stanton
OMAHA, Neb. – What a
difference one play can make. And it doesn’t have to come in the
eighth or ninth.
No. 3 Florida State failed to turn a double play
in the bottom of the first, leading to a six-run inning for
Arizona in a 10-3 victory at TD Ameritrade Park to advance to
the championship series of the 2012 College World Series.
The Wildcats (46-17) will face either Arkansas or
South Carolina in the best-of-three series beginning on Sunday,
June 24, at 7 p.m. CT. The Seminoles finish the season at 50-17.
“We're very thankful,” said Arizona head coach
Andy Lopez, “very thankful to be victorious today. They
obviously helped us a little bit in that first inning
defensively, which was very uncharacteristic of a Florida State
team. And, again, it's just remembrance that it's a game played
by young people, and we got some breaks today.”
Joey Rickard had a leadoff single to left in the
bottom of the first for Arizona. Johnny Field hit a come-backer
to the mound. FSU starter Brandon Leibrandt tried to start the
double play, but his throw sailed into center field, allowing
Rickard to move to third. Alex Mejia had a base hit to right to
plate Rickard with the first run. Robert Refsnyder walked to
load the bases before a sacrifice fly by Seth Mejias-Brean made
it 2-0. Bobby Brown walked to reload the bases. Joseph Maggi
singled to left to drive in Mejia and when the left fielder
overran the ball, Refsnyder came home to make it 4-0, ending the
day for Leibrandt. Following a strikeout, Trent Gilbert
delivered a two-run single to left to push the lead to 6-0.
The Seminoles scored in the top of the fourth as
Jayce Boyd had a leadoff single and scored on a double by Justin
Gonzalez to make it 6-1.
Arizona used the long ball to extend its lead in
the bottom of the frame. Refsnyder launched a homer to left, his
seventh, before Brown followed a double by Mejias-Brean with a
dinger to right to extend the lead to 9-1. Joey Rickard added a
RBI single later in the inning as the score grew to 10-1.
Jose Brizuela had a leadoff single and scored on
a sacrifice fly by Boyd in the seventh as FSU narrowed the
margin to 10-2. Devon Travis added a RBI double in the ninth for
the Seminoles to make the final 10-3.
“About the easiest way to sum it up is to say we
got taken to the woodshed today,” said FSU head coach Mike
Martin. “It was just a tremendous job by U of A and the way they
played the game. They were very difficult outs all day long.
They battled extremely well, offensively, and certainly made a
couple of great plays on the defensive side. It's just one of
those situations where you tip your hat to the other club. It's
nothing that anybody can say but we got whipped. Sometimes you
are the dog, sometimes you're the fire hydrant.”
Refsnyder finished with three hits, two runs and
one RBI, while Brown was 2 for 2 with three walks, two runs and
two RBI for the Wildcats.
Kurt Heyer (13-2) earned the victory, going 7.1
innings with nine hits, two runs, three walks and three
Gonzalez had three hits and one RBI, while
Johnson, Travis and Boyd each had two hits for the Seminoles.