June 2, 2009 in Sports

Rout labeled ‘a fluke’

Associated Press

Veteran Florida State coach Mike Martin thought he’d just about seen it all during his long baseball career.

Well, not quite.

The 65-year-old Seminoles skipper was still flabbergasted Monday about the events he’d witnessed a day earlier when his team destroyed Ohio State 37-6 with an NCAA record-setting offensive barrage that included 38 base hits and 15 doubles.

“If we hit the ball, it found the hole,” Martin said. “Every ball we hit seemed to be just out of their reach. We couldn’t do anything wrong.”

Ohio State coach Bob Todd didn’t disagree after the school’s worst shellacking.

“Everything they did was right,” he said.

Martin, who is preparing for Arkansas (37-22) in his ninth Super Regional tournament in 11 years, knows how quickly things could change.

“We’ve got to understand that what happened was a fluke,” he said.

In regionals decided on Monday, East Carolina slipped past South Carolina 10-9 in 10 innings, Louisville beat Vanderbilt 5-3, Clemson rallied for a 6-5 win over Oklahoma State, Southern Miss earned its first super regional berth with a 12-8 win over Georgia Tech, Mississippi beat Western Kentucky 4-1 and Rice routed Kansas 13-4.

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