FSU stays alive in 6-4 win over CS Fullerton; will await LSU or Oregon St.

Ryan S. Clark, Lead Beat Writer

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And for at least one more game, Florida State's season will continue.

FSU (46-22) will either get a rematch against LSU or face Oregon State following its 6-4 win over Cal State Fullerton on Monday in a College World Series elimination game at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

No. 4 seed LSU, which opened the CWS with a 5-4 win against FSU on Saturday, will face top-seeded OSU at 7 p.m. The loser will face FSU at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Getting beyond the Titans (39-24) was a bit of an interesting venture in a variety of ways. For one, it was the 1,000th game in CWS history while also serving as the first elimination game of this year's edition of the tournament.

Then there's the actual details of the game. FSU was up 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth until Fullerton worked Seminoles pitcher Drew Parrish for three hits in four at-bats to take a 4-3 lead.

Fullerton's edge was short-lived. FSU relied on a patient approach to take a 6-4 lead in the top of the seventh. Taylor Walls led off the inning and was followed up by a double from Dylan Busby.

The Titans elected to intentionally walk left fielder Jackson Lueck to face designated hitter Quincy Nieporte to load the bases. Nieporte, who leads the nation with four grand slams, worked a walk to tie the game at 4-4. Catcher Cal Raleigh forced a full count to draw a consecutive bases loaded walk for a 5-4 lead.

Drew Mendoza, who hit a home run in the sixth, struck out but a Matt Henderson infield single gave the Seminoles a 6-4 advantage. Steven Wells, who picked up two RBI earlier in the game, grounded into a double play to end the inning.

FSU's patient approach was a theme which flustered Fullerton all afternoon. The Seminoles drew eight walks.

The Seminoles took a 1-0 lead in the second. Freshman first baseman Drew Mendoza drew a walk with one out and advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt. A ground out moved Mendoza over and he scored off a RBI single from Steven Wells into left field.

Titans starting pitcher john Gavin struggled with his control early. He allowed three walks and was at already 50 pitches after two innings.

Parrish fought through command issues to start yet was still able to get outs until he reached the third inning. He issued two straight walks and Titans left fielder Chris Prescott dropped a bunt to load the bases with no outs.

Titans center fielder Scott Hurst hit a sacrifice fly to left field to tie the game at 1-1 with runners on first and second. The Seminoles escaped the inning when a ground out to third turned into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.

FSU responded by loading the bases with no outs in the top of the fourth. Wells hit a sac fly to center which scored Raleigh who evaded a tag at home to give the Seminoles a 1-0 lead with one out.

Fullerton went to its bullpen and replaced Gavin with Gavin Velasquez, who made his CWS debut by striking out center fielder J.C. Flowers but walked Walls to load the bases with two outs.

Velaquez worked his way out of the inning when he fanned Busby on three straight pitches.

The Seminoles pushed their lead to 3-1 when Mendoza smashed a change-up to right field to lead off the top of the sixth.


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