March 3, 2010
CLEARWATER, Fla. - For four and a half innings Florida State was living the high life inside Bright House Field, but after it was all said and done the Philadelphia Phillies proved to be too much as the two-time defending National League champs defeated the Seminoles 13-6 Wednesday night in Clearwater.
The game marked the 10th time that FSU has squared off against a Major League ball club and the second against the Phillies. Philadelphia defeated Florida State 12-4 as the two teams met for the first time back in 2007.
Phillies starter J.A. Happ retired the Seminoles in order in the first getting Holt and Ramsey on a pair of fly outs and Stephen Cardullo to ground out to second.
After giving up a single to center to Jimmy Rollins to start the bottom of the first, FSU starter Hunter Scantling got Placido Polanco swinging on strikes for the first out of the inning. With Rollins stealing second on the strikeout, the 6-8 right hander then got Chase Utley and Ryan Howard to groundout back toward the mound to end the inning.
"It was fun going out there facing those guys," Scantling said. "When I heard the names called, I got kind of nervous, but after the first batter (Jimmy Rollins), I started to settle in."
Tapley registered the first hit for the Seminoles with one out in the second lacing a base hit back up the middle off Happ. Sherman Johnson then followed with a walk but that was all the noise the Seminoles would make as Happ got Gonzalez looking on a called third strike and Rafael Lopez to line out to Rollins at short to keep the game knotted at zero.
Tyler Everett pitched the second and retired the Phillies in order. The junior right hander got Jayson Werth to fly out to center to begin the inning and then registered back-to-back groundouts off the bat of left fielder Raul Ibanez and designated hitter Greg Dobbs.
As was the case when these two teams first met in 2007, Florida State was the first to crack the scoreboard on Wednesday night as Jayce Boyd scored from third on a wild pitch by Phillippe Aumont in the top of the third to take a 1-0 lead.
Boyd led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a one out single to center by Ramsey. A walk to Cardullo loaded the bases and with Mike McGee at the plate, Aumont unleashed a wild pitch plating Boyd for the first run of the game. Following a strikeout to McGee, Tapley stepped in and gave the Seminoles a 4-0 lead with one swing of the bat. After working the count full and fouling off back-to-back pitches, the junior from Orlando, Fla., unloaded on a three-run shot to right. A walk to Johnson ended the evening for Aumont as the Phillies brought in Yohan Flande. Gonzalez greeted the Phillies left hander with an RBI double sneaking a groundball just inside the bag at third scoring Johnson from second.
"I was reflecting on it once I calmed down in the dugout," Tapley said on his three-run home run. "I was like man, that's probably one of the top moments, baseball wise of my life."
The defending N.L. champions struck right back with four runs in the bottom of the third off lefty Tye Buckley to cut the FSU lead to 5-4. Buckley struggled early to find his command walking the first two batters that he faced. A double down the left field line by Cody Ransom plated John Mayberry, Jr. for the first Philadelphia run of the game. Chase Utley brought home Juan Castro for the second Phillies run of the inning on a groundout to second. Domonic Brown and Ibanez recorded back-to-back RBI singles before Buckley got out of the inning getting Dobbs to ground out to second.
Ramsey pushed the Seminole lead to 6-4 in the fourth connecting on a solo shot to right. The sophomore right fielder crushed a 1-2 offering from Flaude into the trees in right for his second hit of the evening. Holt registered a one out single up the middle a batter before but was thrown out at second trying to stretch the single into a double.
"Talking with my dad, obviously he played at Florida State, he got to play against some pretty good teams," Ramsey explained. "The Reds, the Yankees, and he still remembers things that he did and that they did as well. I think I will take this experience with me for a long time."
Scott Sitz worked a scoreless fourth allowing one hit and walking one. With runners and first and second, the freshman right hander kept the Seminole lead intact getting second baseman Brian Bocock to fly out to center for the final out of the inning.
The Phillies grabbed their first lead of the game in the fifth plating four runs to take an 8-6 advantage. McGee started the inning and walked the bases loaded before giving up a sac-fly to center off the bat of pinch hitter Chris Duffy. A walk to Tyson Gillies ended the evening for McGee as head coach Mike Martin went to the bullpen and brought in Corben Madden. Madden got the final two outs of the inning but not before the Phillies scored three more times to take a two-run lead.
Philadelphia added three runs in the third and two more in the seventh to earn the 13-6 victory in a game officially called after seven and a half innings.
Robby Scott worked a scoreless inning in relief as he allowed one hit and two walks while striking out two. David Trexler pitched a third of an inning while Daniel Bennett got the final two outs in the seventh as he recorded a strike out.
Third-ranked Florida State (7-0) returns to the diamond this weekend for a three-game series against No. 25 Georgia with first pitch on Friday, March 5 starting at 6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday's games will broadcast live over the internet on Seminoles.com All-Access, while Sunday's series finale will air live on Sun Sports. Fans can listen to the action over the radio on 1270 the Team/94.3 FM (Friday), 100.7 FM (Saturday and Sunday) and at Seminoles.com.