FSU beats Ohio State 37-6 in regional
Set or tied 18 NCAA, school or baseball playoff records
Florida State is on its way to the Super Regionals with a super-sized win.There was nothing "semi" about the Seminoles on Sunday, when the 'Noles scored a historic 37-6 victory over Ohio State in the Tallahasee Regionals of the NCAA baseball tournament. The most lopsided game in NCAA playoff history also yielded a host of postseason records, both individual and team. Top-seeded Florida State (44-16) set NCAA playoff records for runs, hits (38), doubles (15) and total bases (66) while setting or tying a total of 18 NCAA, school or baseball playoff records. The Seminoles also tied a school record for RBIs (34) and most combined runs by two teams with 43.
The two teams also combined for a single-game postseason record for hits (51) and tied the mark for runs, which was previously set in Miami of Ohio's 35-8 victory over Quinnipiac on June 4, 2005.Florida State will need to keep its offense churning as the Seminoles - if they can get by Arkansas in the Super Regionals - would move on to the College World Series, where they could potentially face any number of aces that stand to hear their names called toward the top of next Tuesday's First-Year Player Draft. Oklahoma State left-hander Andrew Oliver, Arizona State right-hander Mike Leake, Vanderbilt southpaw Mike Minor, North Carolina ace Alex White and South Carolina's Sam Dyson are among the many potential first-round picks still alive in the tournament.
Fourteen FSU batters had at least one hit, and six had at least three hits -- Stephen Cardullo (7), Mike Meschke (5), Ohmed Danesh (4), Jason Stidham (4), Stuart Tapley (3) and James Ramsey (3).Mostly, though, the spectacle in Dick Howser Stadium yielded a lot of red faces to match one of Ohio State's school colors. The runs exceeded the most points allowed last season by the football Buckeyes, in a 35-3 loss to USC. Not that the baseball Buckeyes were strangers to lopsided defeats: Only two days earlier, they had opened the tournament with a 24-8 loss to Georgia -- whom they came back to beat 13-6 Sunday afternoon to get a berth in the title game. The Seminoles, however, didn't give the Buckeyes a wide enough berth. They scored eight in the first, nine in the third, then 11 in the fifth. Mike McGee, the winning pitcher, began the fifth inning with a 32-0 lead. "It was crazy," McGee said. "I never thought I would play in something like that." Cardullo set a tournament mark with seven hits, including three of the record 15 doubles. "It was definitely a great feeling," said Cardullo, describing the giddy mood in the Seminoles' dugout. "Everybody was getting hits and out in the field was just great. It was just a great, complete game from both standpoints -- defensively, pitching and offense, of course." Cardullo wasn't even named the tournament's outstanding player. That honor went to Stidham, who went 4-for-5 with four RBIs, putting the junior second baseman's final tournament numbers at .571 (8-for-14). Despite going 7-for-9, Cardullo missed hitting for the cycle because none of his hits left the park. "Well, I don't go up there looking for home runs," said Cardullo, who does have 10 home runs. "And with a score like that, you don't want to embarrass the other ballclub." It was kinda too late for that. "Everything they did was right," Ohio State coach Bob Todd told the Associated Press. "Everything we did was wrong." Well, not everything: Theron Minium, the sixth Buckeyes pitcher, deserved some award for throwing 2 2/3 shutout innings; alas, his team was down 32-2 by the time he entered the game in the middle of the fifth inning. "I can honestly say I've never seen anything like it," Florida State coach Mike Martin told AP. "We're sitting there in the fourth inning and I knew we were going to a super regional." Meschke went 5-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs, and Danesh had four hits, including a homer, and five RBIs. As the game wound down, the Ohio State ballplayers did get a reminder of their school's sports genes from the heckling Florida State fan: "Get Terrelle Pryor on the phone. You guys need touchdowns ... fast!"
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.