Friday night was supposed to be a pitcher’s duel at Dick Howser Stadium for the first game of Super Regionals between Florida State and Stanford, as Cardinal ace Mark Appel faced off against Brandon Leibrandt.
Instead the Seminoles (47-15) offense exploded for a 17-1 win, including seven runs off Appel in the fourth to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. It was the shortest outing of the year for the No. 8 overall pick in this year’s Major League draft.
Devon Travis launched two tape-measurer home runs to left field and drove in a career-high six runs. Leibrandt meanwhile held up his end of the pitcher’s duel allowing just one earned run on six hits and two walks in six innings.