OMAHA, Neb. – Florida State (42-22) saw a complete game shutout from Tommy Henry Monday, falling 2-0 to Michigan (48-20) in the winner’s bracket game of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park.
“Our mentality isn’t going to change, we’ve had our backs against the wall all season,” third baseman Drew Mendoza said.
“We will be ready to go on Wednesday and get to play another day.”
Henry was dominant all night for the Wolverines, striking out 10 Seminoles and allowing just three hits, tied for FSU’s fewest in 75 College World Series games. FSU had two batters hit by a pitch and did not draw a walk for just the second time this season.
In the top of the first inning, the Wolverines struck first as Jesse Franklin homered to right field on a first pitch fastball from CJ Van Eyk (10-4) to give Michigan a 1-0 lead.
The Seminoles were quieted offensively for much of the game by Henry who gave up just one hit through the first four innings, a Mike Salvatore double to start the game. Henry retired the next 12 batters and did not give up another hit until Mat Nelson’s double with two outs in the seventh inning.
In the 5th inning, Michigan added to their lead as three singles in the inning brought home the second run of the game against Van Eyk to make it 2-0.
Van Eyk lasted 4.2 innings, giving up seven hits and two earned runs on the night. The sophomore walked two and struck out nine batters.
The Seminoles got single runners on base via hit-by-pitches in the bottom of the 5th and 6th innings, but weren’t able to do anything else as Henry continued to shut the door.
“He was mixing his pitches and keeping the ball at the knees all night,” Mendoza said of Henry. “He kept us off-balance and did a really good job, he deserves credit.”
Chase Haney and Jonah Scolaro were brilliant bright spots during the game in relief, giving up no hits, while striking out eight batters in a combined 4.1 innings. Overall, FSU’s pitching staff has given up just two runs in 18 innings at the College World Series.
“They’ve been giving us that lift all post-season, it’s been awesome,” Mendoza said. “They’ve given us a chance every time.
The Seminoles now face Texas Tech on Wednesday (7 PM ET, ESPN) with the loser’s season coming to an end and winner advancing to another must-win game against Michigan on Friday.
Florida State will hand the ball to Conor Grady (9-5) with the season on the line.
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