The pressure is off Florida State pitching ace Jonathan Johnson.
It’s time to have fun.
His team battled through its NCAA Regional to get to the College World Series for a second straight year. Johnson (11-3) was named to a pair of All-American first teams and was chosen in the first round of the major league draft Thursday. The right-hander starts today in the 1995 Series opener against defending champion Oklahoma and left-hander Mark Redman, who also was a firstround draft pick and consensus AllAmerican.
“It’s really exciting,” Johnson said. “You really don’t hear much about other guys in the draft, so I didn’t know where Redman was going to go.
“But he went extremely high and that’s great. I think that’s going to make a great matchup.”
ESPN will televise the game at 12:30 p.m. PDT today.
Miami plays Southern Cal in today’s other Bracket One game.
Bracket Two on Saturday opens with Fullerton State against Stanford, followed by Clemson and Tennessee.