No. 4 seeds toppled No. 1 seeds in four different regionals Friday, but no upset was more shocking than Patriot League champion Bucknell’s domination of No. 4 national seed Florida State.
The Bison held the fearsome FSU offense to just six hits in a 7-0 shutout–and Bucknell didn’t even need bullpen ace Jason Buursma. That’s because senior righthander Mathew Wilson went the distance, using 153 pitches. Wilson improved to 6-1, 3.67 with his second shutout of the year.
"Well, obviously, I don’t have a whole lot to say except that was as fine a pitched baseball game as I’ve seen," said FSU coach Mike Martin, who has seen an awful lot of fine pitching performances in his 28 years in Tallahassee. "Wilson was just a thing of beauty; he kept us off balance all night long and threw the ball over the plate all night long with three pitches . . .I think all you can do is just tip your hat to Bucknell. They just did a tremendous job."
Florida State lost its regional opener for the first time since 1992, and Bucknell won its first regional game in program history. Simply unbelievable.
As we mentioned earlier today on the College Blog, another national seed lost its opener today, as Lipscomb toppled Georgia. But two West Coast top seeds also lost against the two most dangerous No. 4 seeds in the tournament. In Palo Alto, UC Davis righthander Eddie Gamboa limited Stanford to four hits while striking out seven in a complete game to lead the Aggies to a 4-2 win over the Cardinal. And in Long Beach, fourth-seeded Fresno State knocked off the top-seeded Dirtbags 7-3 behind a dominant outing from lefthander Justin Wilson (7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 11 K). The Aggies and Bulldogs both must be viewed as real threats to win their regionals. Davis and Fresno–like Missouri, Bucknell, UNC Wilmington, Texas A&M, Alabama, Coastal Carolina, UCLA and San Diego–are sitting pretty in their regionals by winning their openers and getting deep outings from their starters to keep their bullpens fresh.