A career* pitching performance by 2010 Mat-Su Miner Scott Sitz helped advance the Florida State Seminoles to the final round of bracket play in the College World Series, knocking the UCLA Bruins out of contention.
On the mound over 6.2 innings, Sitz delivered just one walk while sitting down 8 UCLA batters on strikeouts. After cruising through five two-hit innings, the Bruins loaded the bases against Sitz in the sixth, only to see him knuckle down and strike out the side after surrendering just one run.
Of course, Alaska League fans may remember the 2010 Scout’s Showcase game where Sitz threw a complete-game no-hitter, missing a perfect game by one walk. Hence the asterisk…
Coming on in the 9th inning was another 2010 Miner, Robert Benincasa, who sat the Bruins down 1-2-3 with two strikeouts to pick up the save. 2009 Miner and 2012 first-round draft pick James Ramsey continued swinging his hot bat, going 2-for-3 with a walk and contributing a run to the effort.
Florida State moves on to face Arizona in the last stage of bracket play. Arizona is undefeated in this year’s College World Series, whereas the Seminoles were beaten by them in the opening round. Because the bracket is of a double-elimination format, one Arizona win will propel them to the three-game championship series, while Florida State will have to defeat Arizona twice to knock them out.
The winner of the Arizona/Florida State game(s) will go on to face the winner of the Bracket 2, which is undecided. Currently Arkansas is awaiting the outcome of the matchup between South Carolina and Kent State.