Florida State came up just short of a miraculous comeback on Saturday afternoon before falling to Alabama 6-5. The loss ends the season for the Seminoles after the 7-0 loss to Georgia Southern on Friday. This marks the first time since 2007 that the Seminoles were unable to escape their regional and the first time since 1984 that the Seminoles have gone 0-2 in a regional.
Starting pitcher Luke Weaver struggled with command early and gave up a solo homerun in the third. In the fifth Florida State thought they were out of the inning as a routine groundball was hit to third, but Jose Brizuela was not able to make the play and a run scored. On the next pitch Alabama extended their lead to 3-0 after an RBI double by Austen Smith.
Weaver got the next batter, but that was his final inning going only five innings with four strikeouts and one earned run allowed. Reliever Gage Smith followed Weaver, but the senior sidearmer allowed three more runs in the seventh including a mammoth two run homerun off the scoreboard by Wade Wass to push the Alabama lead to 6-0.
The Crimson Tide dominated the game thanks to a stellar pitching performance by starter Justin Kamplain. Kamplain went 8-plus innings while giving up just one run and striking out three batters on 125 pitches. The Seminoles didn't have an answer for the Alabama pitcher until the ninth inning when John Nogowski singled up the middle. Kamplain was then taken out of the game and replaced by Jon Keller.
Keller did not have the control the Alabama coaches were looking for as he walked one batter and hit two others. The Crimson Tide went to their bullpen again and brought out their closer Thomas Burrows. Burrows initially struggled before getting two outs from Brett Knief and Casey Smit.
Down 6-3 with the season on the line and two outs with the bases loaded D.J. Stewart stepped into the box and delivered once again for the Seminoles with a two run single to bring the Seminoles within one run. With a man on third head coach Mike Martin went to his bench and Gage West pinch hit. West flied out to center field and the ballgame and season was over for the Seminoles.
Florida State is the first regional host or national seed to be eliminated this season. The Seminoles finish the season 43-17. Alabama will go on to play the winner of Georgia Southern and Kennesaw State.