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Prediction, odds of FSU baseball vs. UVA in College World Series

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Let’s all take a deep breath. Maybe take a walk in the park and smell the roses.

Does it feel better? No?

How about the fact that Florida State baseball (47-16) is still alive in the 2024 College World Series?

FSU had 24 hours to recover and recover after a disastrous loss to No. 1 Tennessee on Friday night.

As FSU stares down the face in elimination, it must take care of business against No. 12 Virginia (46-16) in the elimination bracket on Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN.

Both ACC teams suffered losses in walk-off defeats on Friday.

However, FSU’s loss was controversial due to an appeals-reviewed swing call by the referee.

FSU was just one stroke away. The Seminoles allowed four runs on five hits in the ninth inning with two outs. Back-to-back singles got the win for the Volunteers and will play North Carolina on Sunday at 7 p.m.

The Cavaliers found themselves in a similar situation. With the game even at two in the bottom of the ninth and two outs, UNC’s Vance Honeycutt’s line-drive single led to a 3-2 victory over the Cavaliers.

This conference matchup will be the second postseason meeting between FSU and UVA. Last time, the Seminoles defeated the Cavaliers 12-7 in pool play at the ACC Tournament on May 24.

Virginia ranks in the top 10 in almost every offensive category.

UVA entered the CWS ranked No. 1 in total hits and second with a batting average of .336, seven spots ahead of FSU (.316).

The Cavaliers are also No. 6 with an on-base percentage of .428 and fourth with 576 runs in 61 games and scoring.

Harrison Didawick leads FSU with 23 home runs, 68 RBI and a .644 slugging percentage. Jacob Ference and Henry Ford tied with 17 home runs. Casey Sauke has 14 a year.

Carson Dorsey (7-4) starts on the mound for the Seminoles. FSU coach Link Jarrett hopes his pitching staff will play a role in knocking out UVA.

“We have options,” Jarrett said after the Tennessee loss. “Obviously it will make things easier and reduce the workload if Dorsey can get us involved.

“And Virginia is strong. I know we had a good day, but they are difficult. They are strong offensively.”

Here’s our prediction.

FSU Baseball vs. Virginia Prediction in NCAA College World Series Bracket

FSU 9 UVA 8: It’s never easy to beat the same team more than once. The Seminoles must do that on Sunday against Virginia.

The Seminoles cannot afford any mental mistakes in the game. Earlier in the Tennessee game, the Seminoles allowed two errors that resulted in two unearned runs.

Fortunately, FSU’s defense plays better when Dorsey starts.

Throughout the baseball postseason, Dorsey was efficient on the mound. In the regional game, he threw almost a full game against Stetson. Against UConn, the left-handed pitcher recorded six strikeouts and one run allowed in super regional.

On offense, the Seminoles can continue to rack up hits and get on base, but they can’t let it go to waste. There were times when the runners were in scoring position, but couldn’t score enough runs.

FSU had 18 hits and 11 runs in a losing effort against Tennessee. However, their top hitter, James Tibbs III, did not have a great night, as he was 1 of 6 at bats.

The last time FSU played UVA, Tibbs had 5 RBI on two hits. In the midst of his tournament slide, Tibbs had a historic game with three home runs, five hits and 6 RBI to win super regional.

A big game from Tibbs could give the team a better chance to beat Virginia and stay in CWS contention.

Virginia head coach Brian O’Connor will start Jay Woolfork on the mound. Woolfork is a right-handed pitcher who allowed five runs in 14.1 innings during the baseball tournament. He also has a 5.95 ERA.

FSU baseball vs. Virginia odds in the 2024 College World Series

FSU +125

UVA-165

FSU Baseball Odds to Win the 2024 College World Series

According to BetMGM. FSU is a +2500 favorite to win the College World Series.

How can I watch FSU baseball against Virginia on Sunday?

  • TV: ESPN (channel 206 on DirecTV, channel 140 on Dish)
  • Streaming: ESPN+ ($10.99 per month), WatchESPN and the ESPN app (TV provider subscription required), fuboTV (7-day free trial), YouTube TV (2-week free trial), Hulu + Live TV (free trial of 7 days)

How can I listen to FSU baseball on the radio?

  • Radio: WFLA FM 100.7
  • Streaming: Seminole Sports Network

Tickets for the College World Series can be purchased at CWSomaha.com

Peter Holland Jr. covers Florida State athletics for the Tallahassee Democrat. Contact him via email at [email protected] or at X @_Da_pistol