To describe a baseball game where 43 runs are scored is difficult to do.
When 37 of them are scored by a single team, it is nearly impossible.
Florida State advanced to the NCAA Baseball Super Regionals with a 37-6 spanking of the Ohio State Buckeyes at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee. The largely home-crowd of 4,144 left the stadium stunned that their Seminoles could be capable of such carnage, as 12 school and national records fell in just under four hours.
Florida State scored a combined 61 runs in three games in the Tallahassee Regional, an average of over 20 per game. That number was of course skewed by the greatest offensive outburst by any college baseball team in the history of the sport.
The University of Miami previously held the record for runs in a game after scoring 35 against Quinnipiac in 2005. Two teams bashed 33 hits in a game before, but didn’t measure up to the 38 hits slugged by FSU against the Buckeyes.
Other national records broken in the game were total bases by a single team (66), doubles by one team in a game (15), and combined hits by both teams in a single game (51).
Add the 25-inning thriller between Texas and Boston College on Saturday night that is now the longest game in college baseball history, and it is quite evident that the record book writers will be earning their paycheck this season.
The game was over before it started, as Florida State was selected to be the away team in the game and took advantage of being the first team to bat. Before OSU even recorded an out, the ‘Noles had scored seven runs and the rout was on.
Nobody thought the score would swell to the level it did, as the Buckeyes had just knocked off a Georgia team 13-6 that had previously looked strong in the first game between the two teams.
Ohio State simply ran out of pitching. The staff wasn’t built to sustain a 4-game weekend, and it was clear that the 3-seed used every capable pitcher they had left in the afternoon game against the Bulldogs.
The box score was a nightmare, and choosing one Player of the Game must have been nothing more than a guessing game for ESPNU. One option was shortstop Stephen Cardullo, who was forced to play all nine innings of the blowout because the Seminoles simply didn’t have anybody left to put on the field in his place.
Cardullo went 7-for-9 at the plate with five runs scored, five RBI, three doubles and a triple.
Shame on Cardullo for not getting that cycle. He had several chances to hit the home run and finish it.
First baseman Mike Meschke went 5-for-5, scoring five times and also knocking in four runs. Three of those runs were batted home on a moonshot to right field in the 5th inning that had a fighting chance at hitting the circus tent if not for being cut off by a light pole behind the right-field screen.
While the legend of the final score will continue to linger in the national spotlight for probably the rest of the postseason, Florida State must look ahead to the Super Regionals. With Arkansas taking care of business and eliminating nationally-seeded Oklahoma, it is a near-certainty that the Seminoles will host the final round before the College World Series.
The announcement will come tonight at 11 p.m. but preparations have begun for the Razorbacks and Seminoles, who at the very least know their opponent for the weekend.
A preview of the FSU-Arkansas matchup will come tomorrow when all the details have been finalized. Until then, feel free to brag about the ‘Noles’ performance at the water cooler.
Oh, and I think Florida State just got another hit off a Buckeye pitcher.