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Parrish pitches gem in FSU's 1-0 win over Arkansas at CWS

Parrish pitches gem in FSU's 1-0 win over Arkansas at CWS

June 16th, 2019 by Associated Press in Sports Pro

Arkansas' Matt Goodheart (10) is safe at third base ahead of the throw to Florida State third baseman Drew Mendoza on a base hit by Dominic Fletcher in the sixth inning of an NCAA College World Series baseball game in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, June 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

OMAHA, Neb.—Drew Parrish limited Arkansas to five hits in eight innings and J.C. Flowers scored on a sacrifice fly in the ninth to give Florida State a 1-0 win over Arkansas in the College World Series on Saturday night.

Parrish and Arkansas starter Isaiah Campbell engaged in a classic pitcher's duel sprinkled with outstanding defensive plays, neither team budging until the Seminoles broke through against reliever Casey Scroggins in the last inning.

The win was the sixth straight in the NCAA Tournament for Florida State (42-21), which is trying to bring retiring 40th-year coach Mike Martin his first national championship in 17 trips to the CWS.

Arkansas (46-18), which scored 30 runs in its three super regional games against Mississippi, including 14 Monday, was shut out for only the second time this season.

Parrish (8-5), the Seminoles' left-handed ace, hadn't made it past the fifth inning in his previous four starts. He was masterful against the Razorbacks, striking out nine and walking two and getting out of trouble every time he encountered any.

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He was never better than in the eighth, when Christian Franklin doubled into the right-field corner leading off and was on third after a groundout. Still throwing 93 mph after crossing the 100-pitch threshold, Parrish struck out Casey Martin and Mike Goodheart with a pair of wicked changeups.

In the top of the ninth, Scroggins (3-1) hit Flowers with a pitch, and there were two men on base when shortstop Casey Martin scooped up Carter Smith's chopper up the middle and tried to tag Flowers as he slid into second. The ball popped loose and Martin's glove fell off, with Martin shaking his left hand in pain after the play.

Matt Cronin came on, and Matheu Nelson moved the runners over with a sacrifice. Flowers scored when right fielder Heston Kjerstad's throw home on Nander De Sedas' shallow sacrifice fly was up the third-base line. The play stood after Arkansas asked for a video review to see if Flowers left third base early.

Flowers, the Seminoles' center fielder and closer, came on in the bottom of the ninth to earn his 13th save, but not without a little drama. Fletcher grounded to shortstop Mike Salvatore, who made a clean pickup but bobbled the ball in his right hand before firing to first, where he got Fletcher in a close play upheld on video review. A lineout and strikeout ended the game.

Campbell effectively mixed his fastball, curve, slider and changeup over his 101 pitches in seven innings and struck out 10, his fifth time in double digits this season. He's given up two or fewer runs in seven straight starts.

It was the first 1-0 game at the CWS since Mississippi State beat Washington on the opening weekend last year.

 

Up Next

Florida State plays in a Bracket 1 winners' game against Michigan on Monday night.

Arkansas meets Texas Tech in an elimination game Monday afternoon.

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