TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Devon Travis homered twice and drove in six runs Friday as Florida State pounded Stanford ace Mark Appel (10-2) on its way to a 17-1 victory over the Cardinal in the opener of their best-of-3 NCAA super regional.
Six Stanford pitchers combined to walk 12 and hit another five. Appel gave up seven runs on five hits in four innings, his shortest outing of the season.
It was Appel's first start since being drafted No. 8 to Pittsburgh. There had been talk the Stanford junior right-hander would be the first overall pick. Stanford plays Saturday at 3 p.m. in ESPN2 in a must-win game. A third game would be Sunday at 4 p.m.
Brandon Leibrandt (8-2), the son of former major leaguer Charlie, went the first six innings, giving up one run on six hits for the win.
Florida State (47-15) batted around in the fourth and fifth innings to build an 11-1 lead. Travis singled in a run in the fourth, hit a two-run homer in the sixth and belted a three-run shot in the seventh.
Freshman left-hander Brandon Leibrandt (8-2) pitched six innings before leaving with a 14-1 lead. It was the worst loss of the season for Stanford (41-17).