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Florida State Vs. Stanford, 2012 College World Series: Seminoles Crush Cardinal 17-1 To Open Super Regionals

The Florida State Seminoles opened Super Regionals of the 2012 NCAA Baseball Tournament in rousing fashion on Friday night, destroying Stanford 17-1 to take the first of a best-of-three weekend set. The 'Noles roughed up highly-touted started Mark Appel, who was considered the likely No. 1 overall pick in this week's draft. He fell to No. 8 but he was still a dominant righty who many through was the best college pitcher in the country. FSU was unimpressed with the hype and quickly chased him with a huge rally in the fourth inning.

In the bottom of the fourth, FSU batted around and put a seven-spot up on the board. Appel was wild and issued back-to-back walks with the bases load and FSU would never look back. After the seven-run fourth inning, they would score no fewer than three runs over the next three innings as they poured it on in a four-frame explosion of offense. Second baseman Devon Travis knocked in six of the 17 runs while Stephen McGee added three RBIs. Five of Travis' RBIs came on two homers as the junior put together a career night

Game 2 of Super Regionals will be Saturday at 6:00 p.m. ET.

You can find a full bracket for the NCAA Baseball Championship here.

For more on Florida State baseball, head to Tomahawk Nation. Check out Rule Of Tree for more on Stanford.

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