Alabama hangs on for win over FSU

FROM STAFF, WIRE REPORTSMay 31, 2014 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Wade Wass and Mikey White homered, left-hander Justin Kamplain pitched eight scoreless innings and Alabama eliminated Florida State 6-5 in NCAA tournament play Saturday.

Kamplain (7-3) was lifted after surrendering a leadoff single in the ninth, and Florida State capitalized on the wildness of two Alabama relievers for its runs.

John Keller came in to replace Kamplain, hit a batter and then walked two, driving in a run.

Thomas Burrows came in and walked two straight, bringing FSU to within three, 6-3, with still no outs.

For Bama fans, it brought back memories of blowing an 8-3 lead against Troy in this regional last year.

But Burrows retired the next two batters before giving up a two-run single. He finally saved Bama by getting Gage West to fly out to end the game.

"For Justin, it was one of his best starts all year and he did a great job keeping them off balance," Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard said. "I thought we showed life offensively, particularly against (Luke) Weaver, who is a very dominant pitcher and has a great reputation.

"Then we get to the ninth inning and it got really interesting, especially for us, with what happened here last year. But just to find a way to get that win was huge for our team. I think it's something that we can build on moving through the remainder of the tournament."

White led off the third inning with a line drive to left field for his seventh home run of the season to give Alabama a 1-0 lead. It was the Crimson Tide's only earned run off Florida State ace Luke Weaver (8-4).

Alabama (35-23) scored a pair of unearned runs in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead. Wass' two-out grounder went through the legs of Florida State third baseman Jose Brizuela, allowing White to score.

Austen Smith followed with his second double of the game to score Wass, who added a two-run homer in the seventh.

Hunter Webb (Russell County) started as the esignated hitter for Bama and went 0-for-2.

The Seminoles (43-17) managed only eight singles in their two tournament losses.

Alabama will play at noon Sunday against the loser of the Georgia Southern-Kennesaw State game.

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