Questioned coming into the tournament on whether or not they even deserve to be a national seed, Florida State began to debunk any such thought after breezing through their regional 3-0 to move on to the Super Regionals.
With an 11-4 win over Troy, the Seminoles move on to the next round. They outscored their regional opponents (Savannah State and Troy) by a combined score of 32-4. This most recent win makes it 19 consecutive regional wins for FSU and will allow them to host the Super Regionals for the nation’s best sixth straight year. Dating back to 2000, Florida State played in the Super Regionals 11 times and hosted eight of them. FSU is looking to make it to Omaha for the 22nd time.
“We’re obviously elated to be in the position we’re in,” Florida State head coach Mike Martin said. “We also know there is a very good team coming in here…it’s going to be a real challenge. I’m very proud of this ballclub. They got it done.”
A straight-faced Luke Weaver coasted into his chair at the edge of the media room table, his body language working overtime to downplay the kind of night this was.
That left his effort and it left his hair, greasy and smothered with gobs of shaving cream – the innocent victim of postgame celebration – as the beacon.
The sophomore starter posted one of the great playoff starts in program history, tossing eight shutout innings and striking out 14 to propel FSU to an 11-0 win over Troy in the NCAA Regional on Saturday.
In a season full of highlights, Luke Weaver may have saved his most magnificent performance for the postseason.
Making his first career NCAA Regional appearance, Weaver decimated the Troy Trojans’ offense to the tune of eight innings, a career-high 14 strikeouts, and no runs allowed and led Florida State to an 11-0 victory in the first game of the Tallahassee Regional’s winner’s bracket.
FSU has yet to allow an opposing run in regional play. The Seminoles need just one more victory – against either Troy or Alabama – to advance to next week’s NCAA Super Regional, where the Seminoles would host the winner of the Bloomington, Ind., Regional.
In the first game of the Tallahassee Regionals, Florida State head coach Mike Martin praised Scott Sitz, calling it “the Scotty Sitz show.” The second game was the same story, but with Luke Weaver on the mound for the Seminoles. When all was said and done, Florida State (41-19) walked away with the 11-0 win over Troy (46-15).
“We’ve had a number of guys [in FSU history] go out and pitch similar to Luke Weaver,” Head Coach Mike Martin said. “But in an environment like this and a lot at stake, he really was the dominating factor of the game.”
Dominating is one of many words to describe Weaver’s performance. The sophomore righty shutout Troy for eight innings while only allowing four hits. To add to his growing status as the ace of the Seminoles, Weaver’s career high 14 strikeouts were the most from a single pitcher for FSU since Tyler Chambliss’ 15 in 2006.
Go figure – the most resistance Savannah State could muster against Florida State actually came from the stands during the NCAA Regional on Friday night.
Top seed Florida State dismantled the fourth-seeded Tigers with ease, scoring 10 runs in the first three innings on the way to a 10-0 win in front of 3,084 at Dick Howser Stadium.
And with all on-field drama gone early, that left the pinnacle of suspense to a stadium walkway in the third inning as a small group of unruly Savannah State fans had to be corralled and ejected by FSU athletic director Randy Spetman.