Tuesday, June 2, 2009

TOO BAD IT AIN’T FOOTBALL

FSU football coach Bobby Bowden went into the Ohio State locker room to convince the Buckeyes that this was really football and their NCAA Irvine Regional final was really the BCS Championship game. It must have worked. The OSU boys folded like a cheap tent while the Noles set a bunch of records.

Florida State (45-16) advanced to the Super Regional for the second year in a row and for the ninth time in school history with a 37-6 victory over Ohio State (42-19) Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles set four school records and five NCAA Tournament records in the win over the Buckeyes.

Florida State set school records for runs (37), hits (38), doubles (15) and total bases (66), while the four above mentioned records plus the 51 combined hits by both teams set NCAA Tournament single-game records. The Seminoles also tied a school record for RBI (34) and most combined runs by two teams with 43.

The 15 doubles by the Seminoles also eclipsed the NCAA single-game record of 13 held by three different teams. The previous school record was nine doubles set against Duke back on March 10, 2000. Florida State surpassed the school record with its 10th double of the game when Stephen Cardullo (pictured above) hit a one out double to right center in the third. Cardullo and Stidham each tallied three doubles in the win.

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