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#pounditThursday, July 25, 2024

Florida State loses to Tennessee after tough call on check swing

Blake Burke checked his swing

Florida State has a major gripe with the NCAA after losing to Tennessee in their opening game at the College World Series at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Neb. on Friday night.

The Seminoles entered the bottom of the 9th inning leading 11-8 against the Volunteers. The Vols had scored a run in the 9th and had runners at second and third with two outs against Brennen Oxford. Blake Burke was batting with a 2-2 count and Oxford threw a breaking ball low that Burke offered at.

The home plate umpire asked the third base umpire whether Burke went, and the third base umpire said Burke did not go. The decision made it a full count, and Burke hammered a 2-run single to tie the game at 11.

Thanks to the new life, the Vols tied the game on Burke’s hit. Tennessee followed with two more hits and won 12-11 in walk-off fashion.

Had the umpire said Burke went on the swing, the game would have been over and FSU would have won 11-9.

The question is: did Burke go or check his swing?

You ask me, he went halfway and stopped. That’s absolutely a 50-50 call. It benefitted Tennessee and hurt FSU, so there is no doubt the Seminoles are not happy.

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