Stanford Coach Mark Marquess was thankful to have a big lead through six innings when Florida State rallied in the seventh today.
John Gall went 3 for 4 with a home run, Craig Thompson hit a three-run double and Stanford survived Florida State's rally to beat the Seminoles, 10-6, at the College World Series.
"For us to score those four runs early gave me a lot more flexibility to be more aggressive, to push it a little bit on the bases," Marquess said. "When you're behind, you can't be as aggressive."
Right-hander Justin Wayne (10-1) pitched 7 2/3 innings as sixth-seeded Stanford (50-13) won its 11th straight and reached 50 wins for the third time in school history.
"I gave up a few hits, but we got a few more hits," Wayne said. "We just managed to get the key outs and the key hits."
Stanford won't play again until Thursday. The second-seeded Seminoles (54-13) play Tuesday night against Cal State-Fullerton.
Wayne escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, but wasn't as fortunate when the Seminoles did it again as Stanford tried to protect an 8-1 lead in the top of the seventh.
In that frame, Florida State closed the lead to 8-5, and surely would have added more, but Brett Groves made the first out on a controversial force play at second.
Seminoles Coach Mike Martin sprinted across the infield to argue with second-base umpire Ken Couch, but wouldn't say anything about the call in the interview room.
"Ain't touching it, ladies and gentlemen," Martin said. "I want to play tomorrow."
Wayne made his first escape in the fourth when Florida State loaded the bases with one out. Brett Groves hit into a force that got Jeremiah Klosterman, the lead runner, for the second out. John Halliday, a .302 hitter with a .530 slugging percentage, pinch-hit but fouled out.
Stanford scored insurance runs in the seventh and eighth.
C.S.-FULLERTON 4, TEXAS A&M 2: David Bacani homered and doubled, and Matt Sorensen pitched into the ninth as Cal State-Fullerton beat the Aggies.
Sorensen (12-0), a right-hander, threw 8 1/3 innings to outpitch Texas A&M lefty Matt Ward (8-1) in a showdown of unbeaten pitchers. The third-seeded Titans (50-13) will play another elimination game Tuesday against Florida State, while the loss sends Texas A&M (52-18) home.
The Aggies, wearing their hats backward as they stood on the top step of the dugout, threatened in the ninth when Sean Heaney hit a one-out single to left and Greg Porter doubled to the gap in left-center.
But hard-throwing closer Kirk Saarloos replaced Sorensen. Saarloos got Dell Lindsey to foul out to first and struck out Chad Hudson.