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Monday, June 19, 2017

Survive and advance: Noles rally in the seventh to stay alive in the CWS



 

                                                         Photo Credit: Larry Novey

By: Jon Opiela
Twitter: @jonopiela24

OMAHA, NE— In the first elimination game of the 2017 NCAA College World Series, the Florida State Seminoles and the Cal State Fullerton Titans battled at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha on Monday afternoon.  The afternoon matchup also marked the 1,000th game in College World Series history.

In the landmark game, the Seminoles with their backs against the wall got to work in the seventh inning with a Taylor Walls single and a Dylan Busby double to put runners on second and third bases.  Blake Workman came in to replace Jack Pabich for Cal State Fullerton and intentionally walked Jackson Leuck.  Workman then issued back-to-back walks to Quincy Nieporte and Cal Raleigh to bring in two runs, giving the Seminoles a 5-4 lead.  

Following the walk to Raleigh, Cal State Fullerton went back to the bullpen and brought in sophomore closer Brett Conine to try and stop the bleeding.  After retiring Drew Mendoza via the strikeout, Matt Henderson delivered with an RBI infield single.  The Titans finally escaped the inning with a 5-4-3 double play, but the damage already done.

Adversity is nothing new for Henderson, who fought thru an illness earlier in the season appreciated being on a big stage at the CWS even more.

"I'm just excited to be here. And throughout the season we've all had our adversities and challenges and we kind of persevered through it, and that's been our mentality," Henderson said. "So that's what we're carrying into this tournament."

Chase Haney picked up his third win of the season for the Seminoles, while Drew Carlton picked up his seventh save of the season.  The Seminoles will move on to play the loser of the nightcap between Louisiana State and Oregon State.

Steven Wells got the Seminoles on the board with an RBI single through the left side of the infield in the second inning.

Florida State starting pitcher Drew Parrish walked the first two Cal State Fullerton hitters he faced in the third inning.  Chris Prescott laid a bunt down the first base line that ended up as a base hit thanks to a defensive miscue by the Seminoles.  Scott Hurst got the Titans on the board with a sacrifice fly to left to tie the game at 1.  The Seminoles escaped the jam with a double play to end the inning.

Cal State Fullerton got into the same bases loaded, no out jam to begin the fourth inning. Wells picked up his second RBI of the game with a sac fly to center.  Fullerton starting pitcher John Gavin exited the game after 3.1 innings pitched.  On the day, Gavin allowed 2 runs (1 ER), 3 hits and 4 walks, while striking out one.  Gavin Velasquez recorded the finals two outs of the fourth inning by striking out JC Flowers and Dylan Busby.

Drew Mendoza hit his ninth home run of the season to lead off the sixth for Florida State.  The solo shot by Mendoza gave the Seminoles a 3-1 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Cal State Fullerton got an RBI double off the bat of Dillon Persinger.  Timmy Richards immediately followed with a 2-run home run deep into the bullpen in left field.  Florida State starting pitcher Drew Parrish gave way to Chase Haney.  Parrish went 5.2 innings while allowing four hits, four runs, three walks, and striking out four.

The Seminoles got back to work in the seventh with a Taylor Walls single and a Dylan Busby double to put runners on second and third.  Blake Workman came in to replace Jack Pabich for Cal State Fullerton and intentionally walked Jackson Leuck.  Workman then issued back-to-back walks to Quincy Nieporte and Cal Raleigh to bring in two runs, giving the Seminoles a 5-4 lead.  

Following the walk to Raleigh, Cal State Fullerton went back to the bullpen and brought in sophomore closer Brett Conine to try and stop the bleeding.  After retiring Drew Mendoza via the strikeout, Matt Henderson delivered with an RBI infield single.  The Titans finally escaped the inning with a 5-4-3 double play.



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