A Florida State baseball player and his brother were released from jail Tuesday after each paid a $50 fine for damaging property.
The two were arrested about 4:20 p.m. Monday on suspicion of shoplifting from Scheels sporting goods store at Village Pointe, Omaha police said.
After spending the night behind bars, freshman starter John Holland, 19, and his sibling, Steven Holland, 23, pleaded guilty to damaging property in Douglas County Court.
City Prosecutor Marty Conboy said the men, both of Duluth, Ga., tried to switch the price tag from a sale item to a pair of full-priced Nike shorts.
The cost difference: $12.01.
Conboy said he's never seen a college athlete in the middle of a high-profile Omaha event get arrested the day before a game.
“It's hard to figure why kids do stupid stuff,” Conboy said.
Florida State head coach Mike Martin said John Holland “made a serious error in judgment.” He has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules, Martin said in a release.
After Tuesday's 4-1 win over UCLA, Martin declined to comment further.
“With all respect, the statement that was issued is all I'm going to say,” Martin said.
FSU third baseman Sherman Johnson said Holland wasn't with the team throughout the day.
“We're definitely thinking about him,” Johnson said. “Any time that something happens to a teammate, you're thinking about him. But we just tried to focus on the game and take care of business. I think everybody did a great job of that.”
Holland was the designated hitter in Florida State's first two College World Series games.
He went 1 for 5 with a double and two RBIs in the Seminoles' 4-3 loss to Arizona and 0 for 1 with two walks and two runs scored in the win over Stony Brook. He's batting .243 this season.
Gelalich shows off arm, but bat stays silent
The hits didn't come at the CWS for Jeff Gelalich. But the UCLA right fielder showed off a powerful left arm late against Florida State.
With a runner on third and two outs in the eighth, Gelalich caught a fly ball off the bat of Sherman Johnson. The junior hit catcher Tyler Heineman on a line at home to throw out Seth Miller on a close play.
The night was otherwise forgettable for the cleanup hitter, who finished 0 for 4 with three swinging strikeouts. He was 1 for 8 in two CWS games entering Tuesday's elimination contest.
Florida State shows patience at the plate
Florida State batters began Tuesday's game on pace to walk into the CWS record books.
The Seminoles worked six bases on balls in the first two innings — including consecutive run-scoring walks in the first inning. The nation's best team at drawing free passes finished with eight.
“We just try to make sure the ball is going to be over the plate if we swing,” Johnson said. “If we're going to swing, we're trying to make sure it's balls we can handle and hit with authority. We stress that every day in BP and in practice.”
Miami (Fla.) set the College World Series record with 16 walks against UCLA in a 12-inning win in 1997. Springfield drew 15 in a nine-inning game in 1951.
FSU pitchers enjoy more economical evening
The score was close between UCLA and Florida State. The pitch count wasn't.
Bruin pitchers threw to home plate 159 times compared to FSU's 129. But the Seminoles didn't reach 64 pitches until early in the sixth inning, while their counterparts needed that many to get out of the second.
Both starters set the tone in the opening frame. Florida State righty Scott Sitz needed just nine throws to retire the side in the top of the first and eventually went into the seventh inning. UCLA's Zack Weiss recorded just one out — throwing 26 pitches — and the Bruins needed 34 overall to get back in the dugout.
Even UCLA's first 1-2-3 inning didn't come easily. UCLA reliever David Berg made 11 of his 19 throws in the fifth to Jose Brizuela, who eventually flew out to right.
Coach says playing at CWS ‘an unbelievable feeling'
UCLA coach John Savage was quick to express his gratitude to the CWS host city in his team's final postgame press conference.
He called the tournament the best run in the country and a totally unique experience for any programs fortunate enough to reach TD Ameritrade Park.
“I just cannot say thank you enough to the people, to the people inside the stadium, to outside the stadium, to the restaurants, to the hotel, the bus driver, the doctors,” Savage said. “I mean, it's an unbelievable feeling.”
— Evan Bland