OMAHA, Neb. – Scott Sitz gave up five hits and struck out eight in a season-high 62/3 innings, and Florida State eliminated UCLA from the College World Series with a 4-1 victory Tuesday.
Florida State (50-16) plays Arizona on Thursday, needing to beat the Wildcats twice to reach the championship round.
No. 2 national seed UCLA (48-16) was knocked out a day after No. 1 Florida was eliminated from the opposite bracket.
Sitz (4-3) had not made it through five innings in six of his previous seven outings. The junior held the Bruins to two singles through five innings and struck out the side in the sixth after UCLA loaded the bases.
UCLA starter Zack Weiss (3-3) was pulled after getting just one out, allowing a hit and walking three batters, including one with the bases loaded.
Weiss threw 29 pitches, including 16 balls, in the shortest CWS start since TCU’s Kyle Winkler left without retiring a batter in a 10-3 loss to UCLA on June 26, 2010.
Florida State coach Mike Martin suspended infielder John Holland indefinitely after the freshman was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting at an Omaha sporting goods store.
Holland was the Seminoles’ designated hitter in their first two CWS games, and was batting .243 for the season and had appeared in 41 games, 16 as a starter.
Holland went before a judge Tuesday morning and paid a $50 fine. City prosecutor Martin Conboy said the case is closed.
Conboy said security personnel spotted the 19-year-old Holland and his 23-year-old brother, Steven Holland, changing the price tag on a pair of athletic shorts.