Bring on Texas!

No. 1 national seed <b>Florida State </b> is noted for its pitching and defense. Better add muscle to the mix following Sunday's display against South Alabama in the NCAA Regional at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles (54-11-1) exploded for a season-high seven home runs from six different players to beat the Jaguars 12-2 and advance to the super regionals against defending College World Series champion Texas (46-18) next weekend.

No. 1 national seed Florida State is noted for its pitching and defense.

Better add muscle to the mix following Sunday's display against South Alabama in the NCAA Regional at Dick Howser Stadium.

The Seminoles (54-11-1) exploded for a season-high seven home runs from six different players to beat the Jaguars 12-2 and advance to the super regionals against defending College World Series champion Texas (46-18) next weekend.

Sites will be announced Monday, but FSU is expected is host the Long Horns for the first time in school history. Texas needed two games but eliminated Lamar (40-18) Sunday in Austin. FSU and Texas last met in 1987, with the Long Horns winning 6-4 in a CWS elimination game.

"I know I got 31 years and I haven't lined up with them (Long Horns) in Tallahassee," FSU coach Mike Martin said. "I know it's a school obviously filled with tradition. So is ours."

The Seminoles staved off elimination by defeating the Jaguars 13-5 in Sunday's first game. Stephen Drew hit two doubles and had five RBIs, and Daniel Davidson (10-0) pitched FSU's second complete game of the regional, scattering five runs on 10 hits.

FSU's offense, however, stole the show.

The Seminoles finished with 30 hits - nine home runs and 14 extra-base hits. Each starter had at least one hit in the two games with the exception of Matt Sauls in the second game.

The Jaguars (42-19) felt they had a chance to advance to super regional play for the first time in school history after upending the Seminoles 8-5 Saturday. It marked the third time since 1997 FSU foughts its way out of the regional elimination round.

"They played like the No. 1 team in the country today," UAB coach Steve Kittrell said. "They were up late last night (Saturday). They came ready to play this morning and just put together a tremendous game. It was Florida State's day and they took it to us. They looked like the No. 1 team in the country and the team that deserved to be the No. 1 seed.

"All of their hitters really pounced on us today. I mean, they were strong. They really hit the ball out of the yard, they drove the ball good. Florida State has a great baseball team.

FSU set the tone early against in the second game, scoring five runs in the first two innings on four home runs. Tony McQuade and tourney Outstanding Player Tony Richie belted consecutive blasts in the first inning, followed by a two-run shot from Jerrod Brown two hitters later.

Drew hit the first of his two home runs in the game in the second inning and finished with nine RBIs on the day.

"Our pitching staff is doing such a great job, we owed it to them to put up some big numbers," Brown said.

Added Richie, who went 13-for-22 (.591) in the regional:

"We felt real confident that we were going to come back and win two games today," said Richie. "Their pitchers did a good job but we just hit the ball well today. That's one of those days. I credit our hitters – their pitchers did a good job."

FSU reliever Rhett James (2-3) earned the win, scattering just two hits on one earned run in 4.1 innings. Trailing 5-2 in the fourth, UAB loaded the bases with one out but James threw a double-play ground ball to end the threat.

Freshman Glen Simon started for the Seminoles and allowed just one hit in 2.2 innings before being lifted. Kevin Lynch surrendered just one hit over the game's final two innings.

"I don't know that we can play much better for two baseball games than we did today," Martin said.


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