Wichita St. 12, Florida St. 9
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Todd Dreifort drove in three runs, including the go-ahead run with a sixth- inning double, and Mike Wentworth hit a three-run home run as Wichita State earned a berth in the College World Series championship game with a 12-9 victory over Florida State Friday night.
Wichita State, 67-17, advances to Saturday’s noon championship game against Texas, 54-17, which beat Louisiana State 12-7 in the other semifinal Thursday. Texas, in its eighth final, is seeking its fifth championship and first since 1983. Wichita State lost to Miami in only championship game appearance, in 1982.
The Shockers handed Florida State starter Clyde Keller his first loss in 14 decisions this season, while Pat Cedeno, 13-4, avenged a 4-2 loss to the Seminoles in the tournament last Sunday. The Shockers also beat Florida State 7-4 on Wednesday. Florida State finished the season 54-18.
Wichita State scored a run in the first on P.J. Forbes’ single and Mike McDonald’s double. Florida State took advnatage of two errors to score four times in the top of the second. Buddy Cribb opened with a single and headed to third when Chris Brock singled to right. Dreifort’s throw to third skipped past Mike Jones, allowing Cribb to score.
After Brad Parker walked, Cedeno mishandled Marc Ronan’s sacrifice bunt for an error to load the bases. Rocky Rau singled two runs home and Ronan scored on Pedro Grifol’s grounder.
Wichita State tied it in the fourth when Pat Meares and Jones singled and Wentworth homered to right. It was only the second homer in 41 at-bats this year for Wentworth.
In the sixth, Meares singled and stole second and, after Tim Nedin came on to relieve, went to third on a passed ball. Dreifort then doubled in Meares with the go-ahead run and scored ahead of Jones’ single.
The Shockers scored five times in the seventh on Dreifort’s two-run, bases loaded single, a wild pitch and Audley’s two-run single. But Florida State came right back in the top of the eighth with five of its own, three on Parker’s 15th homer of the year. Allen Bevis tripled in the fourth run of the inning and then scored on Grifol’s grounder to make it 11-9.
Meares made it 12-9 an inning later with his eighth homer of the season.