Florida State Exits College World Series Early Once More, Loses To TCU

June 24th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

The Florida State Seminoles once again made it to the College World Series, and once more, made an early exit without a National Championship to show for it.

Twenty times the team has made it Omaha, with the elusive championship having to wait for at least one more season for head coach Mike Martin.

In an elimination game on Wednesday night, Florida State played TCU, who had beaten them in the opening game of the College World Series.

Florida State however jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, courtesy of back-to-back home runs by Sherman Johnson and Mike McGee in the first inning, and held the lead throughout the game until the eighth inning, when the fireworks began for the Horned Frogs.

“Being up 7-3, with six outs, five outs left, you’re definitely expecting to win the game,” Johnson said. “When that [eight-run inning] happened, it felt like we couldn’t get out of that inning. We were just stuck on the field. Not a good feeling.”

Johnson is referring to the right-run eighth inning that TCU put up to take the lead 11-7, behind a grand-slam by Matt Curry.

“Definitely the biggest home run of my career,” Curry said after the game.

“I knew it could be my last college at-bat, and I was definitely going to go up and battle,” Curry added. “I got a curveball early in the count and just missed it and fouled it back. He threw another one, and I didn’t miss that one at all.”

And with that, the wind was taken completely out of the sail in the Seminole Dugout.

Florida State had their opportunity in the bottom-half of the eighth inning, with the bases loaded and only one out with Johnson and McGee at the plate.  Johnson stuck out and McGee recorded the final out in the inning with TCU getting out scoreless.

The ninth inning went 1-2-3, and the Seminoles season was over.

Of the 11 runs scored by TCU, 10 were unearned thanks to five Seminole errors on the night.

Under Martin, no team has had more 50-win seasons, more NCAA tournament appearances or finished in the top-10 in the country more than the Seminoles, and since the turn of the century Florida State is the winningest program in all of NCAA Division I baseball.  Still, the Seminoles has never won the College World Series.

The Horned Frogs will now go on to face UCLA, and will have to beat the Bruins twice if TCU is to advance to the College World Series final.  The Bruins defeated the Horned Frogs 6-3 in the first match up in the College World Series winners brackets.

As the 2010 College World Series continues, the other side of the bracket features a match up between South Carolina and Oklahoma, with USA Online Sportsbooks setting the Sooners as a 1 1/2-point favorite over the Gamecocks.

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