USC 12, Florida 10, 11 Innings
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Jeremy Freitas’ two-run single through a drawn-in infield started a four-run 11th inning and Southern California held on to beat Florida 12-10 on Monday night in the College World Series.
The Gators (46-18) became the second team, after Florida State, to be eliminated from the CWS.
The Trojans (45-17) broke the game open when Freitas, the only starter without a hit to that point, bounced a quick grounder into right field, scoring Eric Munson, who led off with a double, and Brad Ticehurst, who reached when there was no play on his bunt down the third base line.
Munson and Ticehurst pumped their arms in the air as they dashed across the plate into a cluster of teammates.
On Tuesday, fourth-seeded USC meets No. 8 Mississippi State, which lost 10-8 to LSU earlier Monday. The winner of that game will play fifth-seeded LSU on Thursday.
Florida scored twice in the bottom of the 11th.
Greg Catalanotte started with a single. After Derek Nicholson flied out to right field, Catalanotte scored on a double to left by David Ross.
Jason Dill followed with a line shot that bounced off the top of the left field wall, scoring Ross. But Freitas made a great throw to get Dill at second base. Ty Martin then grounded out to second.
The Gators rallied from an 8-4 deficit, tying it on a two-out, two-run homer by Mark Ellis in the eighth.
Ellis’ shot into the left field bleachers came on the first pitch by hard-throwing reliever Jack Krawczyk (3-2), who set a Pac-10 record and led the nation with 21 saves this season.
Krawczyk made up for his bad pitch in the 10th. With the score tied, runners on first and second and two outs, Southern Cal coach Mike Gillespie called for an intentional walk to college player of the year Brad Wilkerson. The strategy worked when Krawczyk got Casey Smith to ground out on a full count.
Matt McClendon (9-5), who came in with two outs in the 10th, took the loss.