A postseason full of big hits saw Florida State’s bats go relatively silent.
Left-hander Tommy Henry, a second-round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks, tossed a complete game shutout as Michigan defeated the Seminoles 2-0 in a winner’s bracket game at the College World Series on Monday night.
FSU (42-22) managed just three hits against Henry. He dominated left-handed hitters, not allowing a hit to the likes of Reese Albert, Drew Mendoza, Robby Martin and Carter Smith.
“I can see why Tommy Henry is a second-rounder,” FSU coach Mike Martin said. “That was a beautiful — that was a masterpiece. He just really, really made it tough on us.”
Mike Salvatore had a leadoff double in the first inning but that was the Seminoles’ only hit until Matheu Nelson’s double in the seventh inning. FSU stranded both runners on a night when the Seminoles couldn’t get on base (they also didn’t draw a walk).
FSU will play Texas Tech on Wednesday at 7 p.m. (ESPN) in an elimination game. Right-hander Conor Grady (9-5, 3.64 ERA) will be on the mound for the Seminoles.
Michigan (48-20) now has time off to rest its pitching staff ahead of a game on Friday against the FSU-Texas Tech winner.
Jesse Franklin hit a solo home run in the first inning and Jimmy Kerr had an RBI single in the fifth inning for Michigan.
Henry (11-5) had 10 strikeouts, throwing just 100 pitches.
“We got the best pitching performance of Tommy Henry’s career,” Michigan coach Erik Bakich said. “I don’t even know if there’s an adjective to describe how good he was, but he was better than that.”
FSU’s C.J. Van Eyk (10-4) pitched 4.2 innings, allowing seven hits, two walks and two earned runs. He had nine strikeouts and left the game after 106 pitches.
Chase Haney (two strikeouts) and Jonah Scolaro (six strikeouts) combined to pitch 4.1 hitless innings of relief. The Seminoles’ 17 strikeouts is among the most ever in a CWS game.
The Seminoles haven’t generated many hits and just one run in Omaha. They escaped with a 1-0 win over Arkansas on Saturday, a game in which they manufactured a run and had just five hits on the night, and now a shutout at the hands of Michigan.
While the pitching is better at the CWS, and TD Ameritrade Park plays big, FSU hasn’t been able to get much going at the plate.
“I think we’ve just got to keep pushing,” Salvatore said. “I don’t necessarily think something is missing. I think it’s just keep battling and hope that it turns around for us.”
Saturday, June 15
Michigan 5, Texas Tech 3
Florida State 1, Arkansas 0
Sunday, June 16
Vanderbilt 3, Louisville 1
Mississippi State 5, Auburn 4
Monday, June 17
Game 5 – Texas Tech 5, Arkansas 4
Game 6 – Michigan 2, Florida State 0
Tuesday, June 18
Game 7 – Louisville vs. Auburn, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 8 – Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Wednesday, June 19
Game 9 – Texas Tech vs. Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Thursday, June 20
Game 10 – Louisville-Auburn winner vs. Vanderbilt-Miss State winner, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Friday, June 21
Game 11 – Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 9, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 12 – Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 10, 7 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)
TBD, if necessary
CWS finals begin, best-of-three