FSU can’t lose its edge.
Florida State defeated Stony Brook in the College World Series on Sunday night by the score of 12-2. Despite the fact that they imposed their will on the Seawolves, the Seminoles shouldn't get excited.
No offense to Stony Brook, but it's Stony Brook. Sure, the Cinderella story is a nice bedtime tale, but it wasn’t a series contender. The Seawolves snuck into the tournament and were exposed against UCLA on Friday in a 9-1 loss.
Stony Brook is now no more and it got outscored in the double-elimination tournament—let me pull out my calculator—21 runs to a measly three. Again, that’s embarrassing and the Seminoles should receive no satisfaction from beating them.
Throwing a party over the win would be foolish. They have a long way to go before they’ve accomplished anything.
In the first game in Omaha, Florida State lost a 12-inning heart-breaker to Arizona 4-3. Because the Seminoles failed to take care of business against the Wildcats, their backs are up against the wall.
FSU will face off against the loser of the UCLA-Arizona game on Sunday night. If the Wildcats pull off an upset, the Seminoles would face elimination against a club that’s arguably the most talented in the nation. But if the Bruins overpower Arizona, Florida State would get its rematch.
According to The News Herald, Arizona head coach Andy Lopez said after their win over the Seminoles: “Great one to win, tough one to lose. In a game like that—two good programs, two good starting pitchers competing like that—it's a shame somebody has to go home a loser.”
Technically, no one went home after their matchup on Friday. But if the two squads face off again, one team will indeed be headed home. And that’s why a win over the Seawolves is nothing to write home about.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.