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CWS NOTEBOOK: Georgia Falls to Florida State in NCAA Regional Final; Gators, ‘Canes Eliminated

FSU scenes from an NCAA regional baseball game between Georgia and FSU in Athens, Ga., on Sunday, June 2, 2019. (Photo by Kristin M. Bradshaw)

ATHENS, Ga. – The Georgia Bulldogs fell to the Florida State Seminoles 10-1 in the NCAA Athens Regional at Foley Field on Sunday evening.

Florida State (39-21) advances to an NCAA Super Regional against the winner of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional between LSU and Southern Miss. FSU pitcher Conor Grady (9-5) earned the win, going five innings scoreless before giving up a run in the sixth.

The Bulldogs end the season 46-17, finishing with the fourth-highest win total in program history. Georgia earned a national seed for the second-straight season, as well as 21 Southeastern Conference wins.

Tucker Maxwell led Georgia with a 2-for-4 outing that featured a towering leadoff home run to right field in the sixth. The Bulldogs notched seven hits, but left six runners on base and could only surmount one run.

The Seminoles opened up play with a two-run home run by Reese Albert in the first. FSU put together two runs in the third and a run in the fourth on the way to a 5-0 lead.

Reliever Zac Kristofak entered the game in the fourth and tossed five strikeouts, but a four-run FSU inning in the sixth all but put a comeback out of reach for Georgia. Justin Glover took over in the seventh and retired six batters, but Florida State closed out a 10-1 final.

2019 NCAA Athens Regional All-Tournament Team

Most Outstanding Player: Mike Salvatore, FSU

P CJ Van Eyk, Florida State, Soph.

P Tim Elliott, Georgia, Jr.

C Pedro Pages, Florida Atlantic, Jr.

DH Drew Mendoza, Florida State, Jr.

1B Carter Smith, Florida State, Jr.

2B Nander De Sedas, Florida State, Fr.

3B Aaron Schunk, Georgia, Jr.

SS Mike Salvatore, Florida State, Sr.

OF Tucker Maxwell, Georgia, Jr.

OF Tim Becker, Florida State, Sr.

OF Bobby Morgensen, Florida Atlantic, Jr.

Gators’ Season Comes to a Close with 9-8 loss to Dallas Baptist

During a season defined by a steady offensive attack often undone by wobbly pitching, the Florida Gators’ stay in Lubbock ended in familiar fashion Sunday afternoon.

It came down to the final batter and with the tying run at third base. But first, the Gators had to claw back from a seven-run deficit after Dallas Baptist University scored nine runs in the fourth inning to take command. The Gators started to chip away in the fifth inning by scoring four runs, highlighted by a two-run homer from outfielder Wil Dalton.

By the time freshman Jacob Young stepped to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, DBU’s lead was down to 9-8 and another UF freshman, Kendrick Calilao, represented the tying run 90 feet away.

However, Patriots relieve Burl Callaway retired Young on a ground ball to second for the final out, the Gators’ last out of the season. The Gators scored 16 runs in two games against DBU in the Lubbock Regional but lost both because they gave up 20 runs.

Miami Falls in Starkville Regional Final, 5-2

The Miami Hurricanes’ fell just short of forcing a winner-take-all final in the Starkville Regional, falling to No. 6 Mississippi State 5-2 on Sunday night.

After dropping their regional opener, Miami (41-20) came out of the losers’ bracket to earn a place in Sunday’s regional final. The Hurricanes battled against the nationally-seeded Bulldogs (49-13), but could not come away with a victory that would have extended the regional one more night.

“I am very proud and I love my guys,” head coach Gino DiMare said. “I am the luckiest guy in the world because I get to coach at the University of Miami, which is where I grew up born and raised. I played there and graduated from there. I get to be the head coach to the best program in the country, and I get to coach these guys. I’m very, very lucky. I love my players, and I told them I am very proud of them.”

Despite Sunday’s result, the Hurricanes had an impressive first season under DiMare’s tutelage. Miami won 41 games and returned to the NCAA postseason for the first time since 2016. Five Hurricanes were named to the all-regional team: Toral, Gil, Del Castillo, Gates and pitcher Brian Van Belle.

 

 

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