By Eric Olson/The Associated Press
OMAHA, Neb. — Scott Sitz gave up five hits and struck out eight in a season-high 6 2-3 innings, and Florida State eliminated UCLA from the College World Series with a 4-1 victory Tuesday night.
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. Bases-loaded walks in the opening inning produced the Seminoles’ first two runs.
NCAA College World Series Glance
Tuesday, June 19
Florida State 4, UCLA 1, UCLA eliminated
Wednesday, June 20
Game 10 — Kent State (47-19) vs. South Carolina (46-18), 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 21
Game 11 — Arizona (45-17) vs. Florida State (50-16), 4 p.m.
Game 12 — Arkansas (46-20) vs. Game 10 winner, 8 p.m.
Friday, June 22
x-Game 13 — Game 6 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 4 p.m.
x-Game 14 — Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 8 p.m.
If only one game is necessary, it will start at 7 p.m.