Scott Sitz picked the perfect time to turn in the strongest pitching performance of his career.
The junior righty limited No. 2-seeded UCLA to one run in 6 2/3 innings of work Tuesday night to spark Florida State to a 4-1 victory over the Bruins in an elimination game at the NCAA College World Series. The No. 3-seeded Seminoles (50-16) stay alive in the double-elimination tournament and will get a rematch with Arizona on Thursday at 5 p.m. (EDT). The Wildcats defeated FSU, 4-3, in 12 innings in the opening round of CWS play Friday night. Arizona is 2-0 in the CWS. The Seminoles must beat the Wildcats twice — Thursday and Friday — to advance to the CWS Championship Series.
In his longest outing of the season, Sitz relied on his breaking ball to stymie the Bruin batters. He retired the first nine hitters he faced, but his most impressive feat came in the sixth inning after UCLA (48-16) plated a run and still had the bases loaded with no outs. Sitz worked his way out of the jam by striking out the next three Bruins – Jeff Gelalich (UCLA’s top hitter), Trevor Brown and Pat Valaika.