Much like in their first meeting, Arizona took advantage of a number of Florida State mistakes for an early lead on Thursday. But unlike in the first meeting, a 4-3 extra-innings win for Arizona, up the Wildcats continued to pour it on en route to a 10-3 win, eliminating FSU (50-17) from the College World Series and thus ending its season.
The Wildcats (46-17) benefited from three first-inning errors by the Seminoles, including an errant throw by Brandon Leibrandt on what looked to be a double-play ball off the bat for a six-run inning that Leibrandt didn’t survive.
“Well, about the easiest way to sum it up is say we got taken to the woodshed today,” FSU head coach Mike Martin said. “It was just a tremendous job by U of A and the way they played the game. They were very difficult outs all day long. They battled extremely well, offensively, and certainly made a couple of great plays on the defensive side?. And the main thing that I would like to say is how proud I am of our ball club throughout the year to accomplish what they did and to get to the hallowed ground, be able to compete in this tremendous tournament.”