GAINESVILLE, Fla. — JJ Schwarz homered twice, breaking a school record for freshmen and continuing his torrid postseason, and Florida advanced to the College World Series with an 11-4 victory over rival Florida State on Saturday night.
The Gators, the No. 4 national seed, swept the Seminoles and earned their fourth trip to Omaha, Nebraska, in the last six years. Florida will open CWS play next Saturday against another familiar foe, Miami.
Schwarz hit a two-run homer in the second inning that tied the game, walked and scored in the third, and added a solo shot in the sixth that gave the Gators (49-16) a little extra cushion against the Seminoles (44-21). It was his 18th homer of the season.
Collegiate Baseball’s co-freshman of the year, Schwarz improved his batting average to .564 (22 of 39) in 10 postseason games. He has four homers, five doubles, 14 runs and 17 RBIs.
He’s been even better in the NCAA tournament, hitting .600 (12 of 20) with four homers, nine runs and 11 RBIs.
Not too shabby for a guy trying to keep pace with his older sister, Taylor, who helped the Gators win back-to-back national titles in softball.
Taylor Schwarz was on hand to watch JJ and his teammates celebrate near the mound.
The Seminoles trudged home with their ninth loss in their last 10 games in Gainesville — all since Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan took over.
After committing four errors in Game 1 and prompting longtime coach Mike Martin to call it an “old-fashioned switching,” FSU looked poised to play better Saturday after scoring two runs with its first four batters.
But now the young Gators — O’Sullivan had four freshmen and three sophomores in his starting lineup Saturday — will try to win their first national title.
This will be Florida’s ninth trip to Omaha.
MIAMI 10, VCU 3: In Coral Gables, Florida, Sam Abrams pitched a career-best four shutout innings of relief, Miami blew a close game open with five runs in the seventh and the Hurricanes earned their first trip to the College World Series since 2008.
The Hurricanes (49-15) swept the super regional 2-0. All nine Miami starters in the order scored, and seven had an RBI.
Abrams (2-0) came in with nobody out and the bases loaded in the third, escaping unscathed. He then worked the next three innings, allowing just one hit.
Logan Farrar hit a leadoff home run and Matt Davis and Jimmy Kerrigan each had two hits for VCU (40-25), which was in the super regional round for the first time.
TCU 13, TEXAS A&M 4: In Fort Worth, Texas, Cody Jones, Evan Skoug, Derek Odell and Nolan Brown drove in runs in TCU’s five-run sixth inning as the Horned Frogs took Game 1 of their best-of-theee series.
TCU (48-12) is a victory away from advancing to its second straight College World Series and third overall.
Jeremie Fagnan had two doubles and two RBIs for TCU.
Trey Teakell (2-1) was the winner, allowing one hit in four scoreless innings of relief against the Aggies (49-13).
Grayson Long (9-1) had his shortest outing of the season. He allowed five runs — four earned — on seven hits in three innings.