Scottie Bordelon is a reporter for WholeHogSports.com. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Bordelon previously covered high school sports for the Times Record in Fort Smith and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Springdale. He is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and Football Writers Association of America and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Florida State beats Arkansas 1-0 at the College World Series
Florida State's J.C. Flowers (8) celebrates after the final out against Arkansas in an NCAA College World Series baseball game in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, June 15, 2019. AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
OMAHA, Neb. Arkansas is one loss away from elimination at the College World Series.
The No. 5 Razorbacks lost a 1-0 pitchers' duel to Florida State on Saturday in front of 26,155 at TD Ameritrade Park. The Seminoles scored the winning run in the top of the ninth inning on a sacrifice fly by Nander De Sedas to score J.C. Flowers from third base.
Flowers came in from his position in center field to pitch the ninth inning and earned a three-out save by retiring Dominic Fletcher, Heston Kjerstad and Jack Kenley - the Razorbacks' 4, 5 and 6 hitters.
Arkansas (46-19) will play an elimination game Monday at 1 p.m. against No. 8 Texas Tech. The Red Raiders (44-19) lost 5-3 to Michigan on Saturday.
Florida State and Michigan, two of the final four teams admitted into this year's NCAA Tournament, will play in the winner's bracket Monday night.
The game was only the second at the College World Series since 1985 that was scoreless going into the ninth inning. Florida State starter Drew Parrish and Arkansas starter Isaiah Campbell combined to throw 17 scoreless innings.
Parrish earned his ninth win with 8 shutout innings in which he allowed 5 hits and struck out 9 Razorbacks.
"I had to match his intensity and keep my team in the game," Parrish said. "We scratched out a run in the end. Lights out performance on both sides, and I'm glad we came out on top.
"Being in a situation like it was tonight, with the great fan support from both sides, probably the best game of my career."
Arkansas' best chance to score came in the bottom of the eighth inning when Christian Franklin doubled to lead off the inning and advanced to third base with one out on a groundout. But Arkansas' Nos. 2 and 3 hitters, Casey Martin and Matt Goodheart, struck out to end the inning.
The Razorbacks stranded six base runners.
Campbell took a no-decision with a 7-inning start in which he allowed 5 hits, walked 2 and struck out 10.
"It's fun when you're battling, putting up zeroes," Campbell said. "It's the biggest stage in baseball and to do it in front of 26,000 fans, it's special. We gave the fans a treat."
Florida State (42-21) didn't have a hit in the ninth inning against Arkansas relief pitcher Cody Scroggins. Flowers was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, advanced twice on groundouts and scored when De Sedas flied out to Kjerstad in right field.
Kjerstad's throw to the plate was off line. Arkansas challenged that Flowers left third base early, but the call was upheld after a replay review.
The Razorbacks were shut out for their second consecutive game at TD Ameritrade Park. Arkansas lost 5-0 to Oregon State in last year's national championship game and has gone scoreless in 22 consecutive innings at the College World Series.
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