Florida State Seminoles vs. Cal State Fullerton Titans
Date and Time: Monday, June 19, 2017, 2 p.m. ET
Location: TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, Nebraska
College World Series Odds: Florida State -150, O/U 9.5
College World Series TV Coverage: ESPN
The Seminoles really only have themselves to blame for being in this spot. They were up 2-0, 3-1, and 4-2 on LSU, and they had a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning before allowing the Bayou Bengals to score two runs. The first of those two runs came thanks to a bizarre play where the Noles committed three errors on one play to allow the tying run to score and what ended up being the winning run to get to third base.
Now, the Noles will have to win four straight games to reach the championship series, and they're going to have to do so with Tyler Holton unavailable to pitch. It'll likely be Drew Parrish who gets the nod on Monday. Parrish has a 4.40 ERA for the season, but he's coming off of a great game against Sam Houston State in the Super Regional in which he allowed just two hits and a walk in five shutout innings.
Cal State Fullerton really only has itself to blame as well. The Titans did what they had to do against OSU ace, Jake Thompson, running him after 3.2 innings of work. But they couldn't close the game out late, allowing the Beavers to score four runs in the sixth inning to tie the game and one in the eighth to win it.
John Gavin pitched a shutout in the second game of the Super Regional out in Long Beach, and he figures to get the ball for this elimination game.
3 – The number of double plays Florida State grounded into in its first CWS game against LSU.
Once again, the Seminoles killed themselves. They got great production out of basically the entire lineup. Dylan Busby blasted a homer and drove in three, while Taylor Walls scored three times in five plate appearances. But the Seminoles just couldn't come up big when they had to, squandering the fact that each of the first seven hitters in the lineup had at least one hit on the day.
Part of the reason why FSU is still playing in Omaha is because of its fantastic ability to hit the ball in clutch spots; it was down to its last strike in its four game of its regional when Busby came up with the triple that extended the season. The garnet and gold will have to hit the ball better on Monday than it did on Saturday to keep playing in the College World Series.
Florida State vs. Cal State Fullerton Free Picks
The Titans really gave everything they had to the first game of the College World Series against the No. 1 team in America, and we think they're going to be rewarded here by getting a chance to play against Oregon State or LSU in a second elimination game.
Florida State just doesn't have the look of a team that is truly ready to handle this moment, and the fact that it clearly has the second best pitcher in this game on the mound is troublesome. We'll gladly take the Titans as underdogs here even though we do think they have the slightly lesser squad.
Florida State vs. Cal State Fullerton Pick: Cal State Fullerton +110 at BookMaker.eu
Florida State vs. Cal State Fullerton Score Prediction: Cal State Fullerton 7, Florida State 4