The Florida State Seminoles lost their first game in the 2012 College World Series bracket to the Arizona Wildcats, now 2-0, but after a decisive win over Stony Brook FSU has put itself firmly back into title contention, defeating the UCLA Bruins 4-1 and looking as strong as advertised in their second consecutive elimination game. St. Louis Cardinals draft pick James Ramsey continued his hot hitting, going 2-3 with a walk and a run scored, but the game belonged to Steve Sitz, FSU's starter, who allowed one run on five hits and a walk in six-plus innings, racking up eight strikeouts in the meantime.
The Seminoles, who've outscored their two competitors 16-3 since losing 4-3 to the Wildcats in extra innings, will now face Arizona on Thursday afternoon. (The 4 PM CDT start will be aired on ESPN 2.) Their backs are still against the wall, but they'll have to beat Arizona twice in a row to advance to the championship finals themselves.
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