Florida headed back to College World Series

Florida players celebrate after beating N.C. State 9-8 in 10 innings to earn their third trip in a row to Omaha. The lengthy game featured a rain delay of close to 2½ hours.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The final scene was a fitting end to an emotional game.


Florida players piled on reliever Keenan Kish near the mound, gloves and hats flying as the top-ranked Gators celebrated another trip to the College World Series.

A few feet away, North Carolina State coaches had to restrain shortstop Chris Diaz after he slammed his helmet to the ground, started screaming and followed the home-plate umpire up the baseline.

Daniel Pigott homered to open the 10th inning, an opposite-field shot that barely cleared the fence, and Florida held on to win 9-8 on Sunday and advance to Omaha, Neb., for the third consecutive season.

Pigott’s eighth homer of the season was key in a wild game that included 26 hits, 12 pitchers and a lengthy weather delay.

Kish got Diaz looking for the final out.



In Baton Rouge, La., Frankie Vanderka threw a three-hitter, Travis Jankowski had four hits and Stony Brook (52-13) completed an improbable run to the College World Series in the deciding game of the Baton Rouge super regional.

After 22 seasons with a Stony Brook program that played in Division III when he arrived in 1991, coach Matt Senk is taking his team to Omaha.

Stony Brook became only the second team to open the tournament as a No. 4 seed in the regional round and reach the College World Series. The first was Fresno State during its stunning 2008 run to a national title.



In Tallahassee, Fla., Sherman Johnson homered and drove in five runs to lead Florida State over Stanford (41-18) to earn its 21st trip to the College World Series.

Johnson’s three-run home run capped a four-run second inning that gave the Seminoles (48-15) a 6-0 lead. Jayce Boyd hit a two-run homer in the first.



In Waco, Texas, Arkansas scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on hit batters with the bases loaded and forced a decisive third game today in the super regional.

After loading the bases in the ninth inning, Baylor closer Max Garner hit pinch-hitter Jimmy Bosco with a 2-2 fastball to tie the game. Crayton Bare came on and hit John Clay Reeves with his first pitch.



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