Florida State remains perfect in the Tallahassee region and advances to Super Regional

TALHAASSEE, Fl. (WALB) – After one of the worst seasons in program history last year. Florida State managed one of the best turnarounds in the country. The Noles returned to the tournament and took advantage of every second. FSU went 4-0 in the regional round after defeating UCF 12-4, and advanced to the Super Regional.

Florida State was carried this weekend by pitchers Carson Dorsey and Jamie Arnold. Together they threw 15 and two-thirds innings for the Noles. At Saturday’s press conference after their first win over the Knights, Link Jarrett said he felt like Conner Whitaker had performances that showed progress in pitch count, plus he came in as rested as he’s probably ever been. He’s the one who got the title for the regional finals.

It was a tough first inning for Whitaker as the Knights picked up where they left off in the elimination game just a few hours earlier. During his tenure at Notre Dame, Jack Zyska, a former player of Jarrett, started things off right with a 2-run home run that put UCF up 2-0 early.

Whitaker pitched 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on three hits. He faced 17 batters and had only one strikeout

Where the defense struggles, the offense makes up for it. Cam Smith crushed 390 feet for his 16th home run of the season. The third baseman’s two-run shot tied the score at two in the fifth.

A huge inning for the Noles offense, they scored nine runs in the inning. The entire Dick Howser Stadium was on its feet as Smith connected with the home run, followed by a shot down the third base line by Jaime Ferrer that broke the tie and gave FSU a 4-2 lead. Jaxon West got involved with a two-run RBI single. Max William hit his eleventh home run of the year to give the Seminoles a 9-2 lead. The Knights had to cycle through three pitchers in the fifth inning alone.

After the Noles flipped the script, UCF couldn’t recover in the remaining three innings.

Now they wait to see who they will play in the super regionals, taking on the winners of the Oklahoma/UConn game. FSU is one of the most successful programs in Division I college baseball. The Noles have hosted the most super regionals of any team in the country. After finishing in eighth place heading into regionals, they’re guaranteed to add another hosting gig to their resume.

Super regional rounds will take place from Friday June 7 to Sunday June 9 or from Saturday June 8 to Monday June 10.

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