March 5, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. - For seven innings on Wednesday night it looked as though UNC Asheville would hand Florida State its first loss of the season. But thanks to a 10-run eighth inning, the Seminoles (9-0) erased a five-run deficit and remained undefeated on the year downing the Bulldogs (4-6) 10-5.
Florida State sent 15 batters to the plate in the eighth registering seven hits including a three-run blast off the scoreboard by Delmonico to give the Seminoles the lead for good and a two-run shot into the parking lot in right field by Ohmed Danesh. The Seminoles drew five walks in the eighth and hit for the cycle posting two home runs, a triple, a double and three singles.
"We battled to the end and showed a lot of character tonight," said Delmonico. "You have to give a lot of credit to our pitchers for keeping us in the game. This was an all around team win for us."
Freshman Mike McGee collected his third three-hit game of the season scoring a pair of runs. Delmonico went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored while centerfielder Tyler Holt was 2-for-3 with three walks, a run scored and an RBI.
Tallahassee native Tyler Everett took the hill for his first start of the season and worked five solid innings. He allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits. The freshman right hander walked four and struck out one in earning a no decision.
"I felt a lot more comfortable out there tonight," explained Everett. "I was able to find my location on a lot of pitches, unfortunately I made two pitches that they hit out, but I was able to recover and settle down."
The Bulldogs scored on a pair of solo home runs off Everett in the first and fourth innings by Kevin Mattison and Reed Kreiser, respectively.
UNC Asheville starting pitcher Taylor Wohlwend kept the Seminole batters at bay for 6.2 shutout innings allowing just five hits. Despite giving up six walks, he seemed to frustrate the Florida State lineup as the Seminoles couldn't crack the scoreboard leaving eight runners on base from the third to the sixth inning.
In the seventh, Wohlwend was pulled with two outs and runners on first and second. Reliever Dillon Waters came into the game and after issuing a walk to Dennis Guinn to load the bases got Delmonico swinging on strikes to end the inning.
In the eighth, things started to unravel for the Bulldogs as the first five batters reached. McGee led off the inning lacing a double down the right field line. The next three batters followed with a walk including a bases loaded RBI walk to pinch hitter Jack Posey to push across McGee for the first Seminole run of the game. Holt then singled back up the middle to drive in Danesh. After an RBI groundout by Jack Rye made the score 5-3, Buster Posey sent a rocket shot that tied up the Bulldog left fielder and dropped in for a base hit. Pinch runner Ruairi O'Connor and Holt scored on the play to tie the game up at five. After a walk to Guinn put runners at first and second, Delmonico stepped in and belted a three-run shot off the scoreboard in left to give the Seminoles their first lead of the game. McGee registered his second hit of the inning with a single to right and came around to score on Danesh's first home run of the season. Pinch hitter Tommy Oravetz collected the final hit of the inning drilling a triple off the fence in right field for his first career three bagger. UNC Asheville sent three pitchers to the mound in the eighth.
Ryan Strauss, Ben Francis and Jimmy Marshall came out of the bullpen on Wednesday evening and did their job in keeping the Seminoles in the ballgame. The trio worked a combined four innings giving up two runs on four hits. They registered four strikeouts and three base-on-balls. Francis pitched the eighth and was credited with the win, his first career victory.
Marshall came on in the ninth and recorded a pair of strikeouts and a fly out to right to cap off the Seminoles first come-from-behind victory of the season.
Florida State will return to the diamond on Friday, March 7 as the Seminoles open ACC play with a three-game set against the Maryland Terrapins. Friday and Saturday's contest are scheduled to start at 6:00 pm, while Sunday's game time was moved to a 12 noon start due to a travel conflict with Maryland.