Foster, FSU headed to Omaha
Published 10:55 pm Monday, June 10, 2019
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
Former Troup Tiger Jonathan Foster will end his collegiate-career in Omaha.
Foster, a senior catcher for the Florida State Seminoles, will join his teammates in Omaha for the College World Series that begins on Saturday.
Florida State punched its ticket to Omaha by beating home-standing LSU in a super-regional.
After beating LSU 6-4 in the first game on Saturday, Florida State won the series with a 5-4, 12-inning victory on Sunday.
Florida State will play Arkansas in its World Series opener on Saturday.
Foster is a backup player for Florida State, and he hasn’t appeared in any of the NCAA games so far, but he has been a valuable member of the team throughout the season.
Foster has played in 36 games with 17 starts, and he’s hitting .194 with a .398 on-base percentage, and he has two doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs.
Foster, a four-year starter at Troup, began his college career at Auburn where he spent one season.
After playing his sophomore season at Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Foster transferred to Florida State where he has been for two years.
Florida State went 3-0 in a regional in Athens before winning both games against LSU.
In Sunday’s series-clinching game, Drew Mendoza won it with a walk-off single in the bottom of the 12th inning.
The victory allows Mike Martin, who is in his 40th and final season as Florida State’s coach, to make a 17th trip to Omaha.
Martin is seeking his first national championship.
“The winning run slid in and the celebration began,” Martin said. “I’ll never forget that. I like to think that we’re not through. We’re going to Omaha, four of my favorite words.”