21 and counting: Seminoles ousted from another CWS
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Another Florida State season ended in disappointment at the College World Series.
Arizona converted three errors into a six-run first inning and advanced to the CWS final with a 10-3 win over Florida State on Thursday.
"About the easiest way to sum it up is say we got taken to the woodshed today," FSU coach Mike Martin said.
The Seminoles (50-17) were making their 21st appearance in Omaha and no other team has played in the CWS as many times without winning a championship. Martin has been coach for 15 of those trips to Omaha.
He said the championship drought isn't testing his patience.
"Not at all," he said. "I'll tell you exactly how I feel. It's Christmastime. You get to come to Omaha, Nebraska, and experience the week of Christmas with great people. You'll have memories that you'll cherish for the rest of your life.
"No, I don't feel like Job. I feel like King David, because I am on top of the world with people that will fight for you for 27 outs in a game."
Center fielder James Ramsey, the St. Louis Cardinals' first-round draft pick, said the Seminoles got the most out of themselves.
"There weren't a whole lot of expectations, but inside the clubhouse, there were a lot of guys that fought for each other on and off the field," Ramsey said. "I don't regret anything. It's been a great year. I feel extremely blessed for every opportunity. And I'm not really that upset the season's over from that standpoint, knowing that guys who played with me fought to the very last out."
Freshman starter Brandon Leibrandt was pulled after he recorded just one out for the Seminoles, who used eight pitchers to tie a CWS record for a nine-inning game.
Robert Refsnyder and Bobby Brown homered in a span of three at-bats in the fourth as the Wildcats built their lead to 10-1.