TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida State's first visit to the College World Series in eight years ended just like its previous 18 - no ring and a long, quiet trek home.
For the fourth time in coach Mike Martin 13 visits to Omaha, Nebraska, the Seminoles went two-and-out in the double-elimination bracket play for a berth in the title matchup.
And while those 54 victories were the most of the tournament entries, the Seminoles couldn't come up with the clutch hit Monday when they were eliminated by Miami after a leaky defense led to their first round loss to underdog Stanford.
And the sands of time are working against the persistently optimistic Martin, who turns 65 in February as he begins a 30th season running the Seminole program, which added to its list of dubious CWS records.
Florida State's 19 CWS trips since 1957 without a title far exceeds that of any other school.
The 11 runs it gave up in the ninth inning to Stanford on Saturday was a record as well as the 17 runners left on base Monday in a nine inning game.
Martin is the third winningest coach in NCAA baseball history with 1,538 wins, but just 17-26 in the CWS.
And somehow he'll have to find a replacement for catcher Buster Posey, arguably the nation's best player who hit a school-record .463 during the season with 26 home runs and 93 runs batted in.
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