Game No. 2 Notes

After all the heroic moments and amazing accolades, Stephen Drew's Florida State career will likely end with one stone unturned – a trip to the College World Series.


Drew drove in a ninth-inning run for FSU with a sac fly but was largely quiet in the series. He finished just 1-for-9.

"I hit the ball hard several times and had nothing to show for it," he said. "That's the way baseball goes. Nothing was on my mind that distracted me."

It's almost certain Drew will forgo his senior season to play in the Arizona Diamondbacks farm system.

"This is a disappointing loss but that's the way life goes sometimes."

There's one thing for certain.

"He's the best shortstop I've ever had," FSU coach Mike Martin said.

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For the second straight day, an enormous crowd flocked to Baum Stadium, the adjacent parking lot and the hill beyond left. The announced crowd of 10, 027 set the Arkansas record for the second straight day and also set an NCAA record for highest attendance every at a super regional contest.

Only 200 tickets remained going into Sunday and fans lined up three hours before game time in the hope the university would release more.

BOTTLED UP

Martin kept a bottle of dirt taken from the infield of Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium in the dugout during the weekend as a small reminder. The dirt was collected in 2000, the last time the Seminoles advanced to the College World Series.

PIPELINE

Former St. Louis catcher Tom Pagnozzi is a member of Van Horn's staff and has a profound role in grooming current Razorback catcher Brady Toops. Toops, whose two-out ninth-inning homer against Wichita State helped the Razorbacks stave off elimination, also homered in the Friday's game.

But that's not his strong suit.

"He can catch at a major league level," Pagnozzi told the Fayetteville Morning News. "But he needs to work on his offense. That's what the minor leagues are for."

Coincidentally, Toops was drafted in the 20th round by the Cardinals in the amateur draft earlier in the week.

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