Florida State-Oklahoma was as thrilling as Miami-Southern Cal was ugly.
The Seminoles’ 3-2 victory over the Sooners and the Hurricanes’ 15-10 win over the Trojans set up a seventh meeting for second-seeded Florida State (53-14) and third-seeded Miami (47-15) this season. The Seminoles have a 4-2 season edge heading to Sunday’s second-round game in Bracket One.
Oklahoma, the seventh seed at 42-15, will meet No. 6 Southern Cal (45-20) in an elimination game Sunday.
Freshman J.D. Drew hit his 14th homer of the season with one out and one on in the bottom of the ninth to decide the pitching showdown between two first-round major league draft picks in the NCAA championship’s first game. That made a winner of Jonathan Johnson over OU’s Mark Redman, who had a personal streak of six straight postseason wins coming into the game.
The dramatic finish also brought an end to the Sooners’ 12-game postseason win streak.
“You don’t expect to win in the bottom of the ninth with a two-run homer from a freshman,” said Seminoles coach Mike Martin, who defeated the defending champion in the first round for the second straight year.
In the nightcap, Miami and Southern Cal broke the CWS record by using 12 pitchers in a game that had 29 hits and 16 walks. The teams broke the CWS mark of 11 pitchers used by LSU and Fullerton State on June 5, 1994.
Southern Cal is making its first trip to Omaha since winning its 11th CWS title in 1978.
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