TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Wichita State held on for a 10-7 win over No. 2 Florida State in game one of Super Regional play. The win moves the Shockers to within one victory of advancing to the College World Series for the first time since 1996 and for the eighth time in school history.
"I thought it was a hard fought ballgame on both sides; very hot, very humid," said Wichita State Head Coach Gene Stephenson. "I am so proud of our guys. Even though it was hot and sweaty I had a great time, it was fun and I am so proud of our guys, they competed so well. It is only one game, one victory, that's all it is. We know we have to come out and fight just as hard or harder tomorrow. We know that and we are looking forward to it."
The Shockers and the Seminoles will play the second game of the series Saturday at noon. Game two will again air on ESPN2. The best two-out-of-three series will finish on Sunday should the Seminoles force a third game.
Rob Musgrave improved his record to 12-1 as he allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits while striking out five in 5.2 innings. He threw 120 pitches as the temperature on the field surpassed the 100-degree mark. Anthony Capra got the final out of the game to record his first save of the season. Clint McKeever threw 2.1 innings and allowed one earned run, but no hits. Logan Hoch managed the first two outs of the ninth, but gave up a run, giving way to Capra.
Florida State scored the first run of the game on a second-inning home run to right field by first baseman Dennis Guinn. It was Guinn's 18th home run of the season; he hit a total of 17 in the first three years of his career. It was only the seventh home run of the season allowed by Musgrave.
Wichita State took the lead for good in the fourth inning on a two run home run by catcher Tyler Weber. His home run to left field, the fifth of the season surrendered by Florida State starter Elih Villanueva (7-3), scored Josh Workman who had reached base as he was hit by a pitch.
The Seminoles pulled to within one at 3-2 on a fourth inning home run by Buster Posey.
The Shockers extended their lead to 5-2 with two outs in the top of the fifth on two runs and only one hit. Workman smoked a double down the right field line to score shortstop Dusty Coleman who had earlier walked. Workman would later score on an infield error.
Villanueva (7-3) lasted five innings before he was removed for reliever Jimmy Marshall in the top of the sixth. Villanueva allowed five runs (four earned) while striking out three and walking one. Additionally, he hit two batters. Of the five total runs allowed by Villanueva, one scored after reaching on a walk and two scored after being hit by a pitch.
Wichita State scored four runs off of two Seminole pitchers (Jimmy Marshall and Tyler Everett) in the sixth inning to push its advantage to 9-3. The big blow was landed by Shocker third baseman Conor Gillaspie who hit a three-run home run to make the score 8-3. His home run scored left fielder Kenny Williams (who reached base on a walk) and centerfielder Andy Dirks (who had been hit by a pitch). The Shockers added another run on a RBI single by Webber.
The Seminoles crept back into the game and chased Musgrave in the sixth inning with two runs on four hits to make the score 9-5. Seminole left fielder Mike McGee and second baseman Jason Stidham had run scoring singles with Stidham's single up the middle spelling the end for Musgrave. They added two runs in the bottom of the eighth to pull within 10-5.
The Seminoles made the game interesting in the bottom of the ninth as they drew to within 10-7 with the trying run at the plate. Pinch hitter Jack Posey struck out to end the game.
In his first relief appearance of the year, Capra shut the door on the Seminole rally after Florida State closed the gap by retiring the only batter he faced.
"Well you've really got to tip your hat to Wichita State; they did an outstanding job," said Florida State Head Coach Mike Martin. "(Rob) Musgrave was very impressive, it certainly was a gutsy performance on his part, 120 pitches on a warm day, you've got to credit him, just was very, very proud of our guys especially Tony Delmonico for showing the courage that he did to try to finish the game. Certainly the only thing that he was replaced for was a pinch runner there in the ninth inning but just very proud of our young men, the way we fought but credit Wichita State, they got it done."
Gillaspie’s homerun gave him three RBI, as the junior ended the day with two hits and a run. WSU’s six and seven hole combined for five RBI in the game. Workman went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI while Weber was 2-for-4 with a run and three RBI.