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Noles eliminate Gators 8-5

June 22, 2010
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Mike McGee hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in the third inning and picked up the save after Florida made things interesting in the ninth, leading Florida State to an 8-5 victory in a College World Series elimination game Monday.

The Seminoles (48-19) play Wednesday night against the loser of Monday night's TCU-UCLA game. The Gators (47-17) lost for the fourth time in five meetings this season with their Sunshine State rival.

Florida loaded the bases against Daniel Bennett. Preston Tucker doubled into the right field corner to drive in three runs.

McGee, who was playing left field, came on and gave up a single to Austin Maddox and hit Matt den Dekker, loading the bases with one out. Shortstop Stephen Cardullo caught Mike Zunino's line drive and flipped to second baseman Devon Travis for a game-ending double play.

It is McGee's 13th save.

McGee's team-leading 16th homer broke a 1-1 tie after Florida starter Hudson Randall walked two batters in the third.

The Seminoles got home runs from Tyler Holt and Cardullo. Holt's 13th of the season led off the bottom of the first inning, and Cardullo's 11th started the seventh.

Left-hander Brian Busch (6-2) went 5 1/3 innings and held the Gators to two runs and two hits, including Jonathan Pigott's homer in the fifth. Busch walked four.

Geoff Parker and Bennett held the Gators scoreless until Tucker's double in the ninth.

Randall (8-4) went 2 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and four hits with two walks.

Busch overcame a shaky start that saw him walk Nolan Fontana and Josh Adams to start the game and give up an RBI single to Maddox. Busch retired the Gators in order in the second and third and doubled off den Dekker in the fourth when he caught Zunino's line drive.

Busch went to the fifth with a 5-1 lead after McGee laid down a bunt toward first base, allowing Holt to score from third on the safety squeeze.

 
 

 

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