Florida State scored the lone run of the game on a sac fly in the 9th inning as the Seminoles shut out Arkansas, 1-0, on Saturday night in the opening round of the College World Series.
The Seminoles would finally break through in the ninth, leading off with a baserunner after JC Flowers was hit by a pitch. It came at the right time and place for Florida State, which is attempting to send its coach and all-time NCAA wins leader into retirement with his first national championship.
Heston Kjerstad was robbed of extra bases in the second inning when center fielder J.C. Flowers made a spectacular catch while crashing into the wall and Arkansas couldn't take advantage of two two-out base runners. On a chopper up the middle by Carter Smith, Flowers knocked the ball out of Casey Martin's glove on a slide and everyone was safe.
Should Florida State win against MI, the Seminoles would only need one more win to clinch a spot in the best-of-three National Championship game.
The Razorbacks had another great opportunity to punch a run across with back-to-back singles by Christian Franklin and Trevor Ezell to start the third. Then they got hot knocking off two strong SEC programs in the regional and super regional.More news: Scaloni criticises pitch after Argentina defeat
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Matt Goodheart followed with a line drive, but it was right at the second baseman.
Flowers would then come in to close, pitching a 1-2-3 inning and picking up his 13th save of the season to give Florida State the victory. He struck out 10, walked none and went to three-ball counts just twice, both times in the first inning.
BC-BBC-CWS-Florida St-Arkansas, 488Parrish pitches gem in FSU's 1-0 win over Arkansas at CWSAP Photo NENH120, NENH121Eds: APNewsNow. Parrish got the win by giving up five hits and two walks while striking out nine in eight scoreless innings.
Arkansas beat Texas Tech 7-4 last season in the winner's bracket of the CWS but this time the Hogs and Red Raiders are facing elimination. "And as you can see, he continues to be a special talent", said Steve Wilson of the Friday Night Locker Room, who broadcasted many of Drew's games.