Horns hook 'Noles

No. 1 national seed <b>Florida State</b> finds itself in a familiar position in Super Regional play. That's not good news either. Defending national champion <b>Texas</b> upended the Seminoles 8-3 Sunday and needs one victory to advance to the College World Series for the 30th time. Click here for the details.

No. 1 national seed Florida State finds itself in a familiar position in Super Regional play.

That's not good news either.

Defending national champion Texas upended the Seminoles 8-3 Sunday and needs one victory to advance to the College World Series for the 30th time. The best-of-three series continues tonight at 7 and will be televised by ESPN2.

The Longhorns (47-18), who roughed up seven FSU pitchers, also gave head coach Augie Garrido career win 1,427 to tie former Texas coach Cliff Gustafson on the all-time Division I career victory list.

FSU (54-12-1), meanwhile, dropped its opening super regional game for the third consecutive year. The Seminoles, who last appeared in the CWS in 2000, lost in three games at Georgia in 2001 and three games against Notre Dame at home last season. FSU also fell to 30-4 at home this season.

The Seminoles had to scratch their way from the losers' bracket in regional play last weekend, beating South Alabama twice Sunday to advance.

"We've been the hole every year since I've been here," FSU catcher Tony Richie said.

"We were in the hole last weekend. The one thing about this team that's so different from the teams I've been on, there will be nine guys out there who will want to do it. We didn't start (practice) last September to give up."

FSU had hoped to change that trend against the Longhorns before a record crowd of 6,524 at Dick Howser Stadium. However, the Seminoles' pitching staff, which ranks fourth nationally with a 2.84 ERA, faltered.

Starter Trent Peterson walked a career-high seven hitters in 5.2 innings and the Seminole bullpen surrendered six earned runs over the last 3.1 innings. REliever Rhett James absorbed the defeat. FSU will start senior left-hander Matt Lynch (13-3) Monday. A third game, if necessary, is scheduled for high noon Tuesday. The game also will be televised nationally by ESPN.

"Pitching is so much getting into a good rhythm," Peterson said.

"In the fifth and sixth inning, I kind of got out rhythm and couldn't find anything. I was rushing my pitches. When you are rushing like that, it's hard to get out front and I lost the strike zone."

The Seminoles also may have lost star shortstop Stephen Drew for the series to a strained right hamstring. Drew was injured in the third inning when he slipped rounding second base. He's scheduled to have a MRI Monday morning. Drew suffered a slightly pulled left hamstring earlier in the season.

The Longhorns relied on a stellar outing by starter J.P. Howell (9-2), reliever Huston Street and multi-RBI games by Eric Sultemeier and Omar Quintanilla. Street earned his 13th save as he pitched three innings, allowed four hits and one run.

The Longhorns also finished with six stolen bases - two from Tony Moss and four from Dustin Majewski.

"I thought that J.P. Howell pitched very well and kept us off balance and made us swing at some pitches that I am sure some our hitters wished they had left alone," FSU coach Mike Martin said. "He really located very well and had us swinging at some pitches out of the zone which is a real credit to him."


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