FLORIDA STATE (50-16)
>> Pitcher: LH Brandon Leibrandt (8-2, 2.65 ERA)
>> Top hitters: CF James Ramsey (.386, 13 HRs, 58 RBIs), 1B Jayce Boyd (.375, 4 HRs, 60 RBIs) 2B Devon Travis (.322, 8 HRs, 43 RBIs)
>> How the Seminoles got here: A 4-3, 12-inning loss to Arizona dropped Florida State into the losers bracket, but the Seminoles have bounced back to eliminate Stony Brook 12-2 and UCLA 4-1.
>> Trends: Boyd, hitting .389 before the CWS, has one hit in 12 Omaha at-bats, and that was a bunt. Meanwhile, Ramsey, a No. 1 draft pick by St. Louis, is 5 for 11 in Florida State’s three games at TD Ameritrade Park. His .455 CWS average puts him behind Travis, who is hitting .583 (7 for 12) in Omaha.
Florida State will win if: The Seminoles can be efficient with their early scoring chances.
>> Pitcher: RH Kurt Heyer (12-2, 2.22 ERA)
>> Top hitters: LF Johnny Field (.377, 3 HRs, 44 RBIs), SS Alex Mejia (.360, 3 HRs, 52 RBIs), 3B Seth Mejias-Brean (.357, 1 HR, 59 RBIs)
>> How the Wildcats got here: Arizona extended its unbeaten streak in NCAA tournament play to seven with victories over Florida State and UCLA.
>> Trends: The Wildcats have used only five pitchers in their seven wins while compiling a 2.01 ERA. Konnor Wade has won all three of his starts while limiting opposing hitters to a .216 batting average in 26 innings, while Heyer is 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA in his three postseason starts.
>> Arizona will win if: The Wildcats continue to dominate all three aspects of the game.