March 28, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Sixth-ranked Florida State (19-4, 6-3 ACC) completed the weekend series sweep with a 9-5 victory over Maryland (9-15, 2-7 ACC) Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. With the win, the Seminoles climbed to within one game of Clemson who sits atop the Atlantic Division in the ACC.
"A good weekend for Florida State baseball," said head coach Mike Martin. "We needed this badly today; this keeps us now only one game back in our division. I was very pleased with the effort from our ball club this afternoon. I though that Hunter Scantling pitched okay. He showed a lot of poise. When you give up a home run on the first pitch of the ball game to keep his composure and shut the other club down for the next four innings you rally have to take your hat off to him. Tyler Everett to me, other than Tyler Holt, was the big part of the ball game. It was just beautiful pitching on his part. You've got to rally take your hat off to Tyler Everett."
Tyler Holt highlighted the victory on Sunday hitting for the cycle to become the first Seminole since Stephen Drew to perform such a feat. Drew hit for the cycle against Wake Forest back on May 20, 2004, a game won by the Seminoles 11-10.
"It felt good," said Holt on hitting for the cycle. "I got some good swings in. The first two hits - the single and the double - went my way and then I finally got some good swings and got the last two."
In the series finale on Sunday, Holt knocked out the cycle in his first four at-bats collecting a single in the first, double in the second, triple in the third and home run in the fifth. The Gainesville, Fla., native finished the evening 4-for-5 with three runs and two RBI. The four hits for Holt was a season-high.
"I would like to say that I have been in this for a while in my life - I've never seen a single, double, triple and home run in order," added Martin. "I've seen a number of cycles in my career but never one that was in that order. I'll have to admit it was a big thrill for me. Tyler was no doubt the story of the ball game.
"There are two things that really fire me up when I am watching a game - a no-no and the cycle. That fired me up. I will be honest with you, I don't go to rock concerts but I guess they light the lighters - I would have lit a lighter on that one."
Making his first start of the season, Hunter Scantling threw a season-high 5.0 innings giving up three runs, one earned, on just two hits as he walked two and struck out one. The Jacksonville, Fla., native faced the minimum in the second, third and fourth innings to move to 1-1 on the year.
"Coach said just get us to five," said Scantling. "I wanted to go out there and battle and get quick innings so we could get back in here and get some runs. I got some ground balls and let the defense work behind me and it was successful."
Tyler Everett worked the final four innings to register his first save on the year. The junior right hander struck out three, while allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits.
The victory extended Florida State's win streak over Maryland to 39 straight, while the win moved head coach Mike Martin within two of career victory No. 1,600.
For the second day in a row, Maryland jumped out to the early lead scoring a run in the first. Alfredo Rodriguez took the first pitch of the game from Scantling off the foul pole in left for his second home run of the season.
The Seminoles answered right back with two runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead. Holt led things off with a single down the right field foul line and moved to third on a single to left center off the bat of Stephen Cardullo. A sac-fly to center by McGee brought home Holt for the first run of the game. After Cardullo swiped his team leading eighth stolen base of the season and a hit by pitch to Stuart Tapley, Johnson stepped in and went opposite field with two outs off Maryland starter Sander Beck (0-4) to score Cardullo from second.
FSU pushed its lead to 6-1 after two as all four runs in the inning came on two outs. Holt was once again the catalyst for the Seminole offense ripping a double down the line in left. He moved to third on a passed ball and scored on an RBI single by McGee. McGee would score a batter later as James Ramsey laced a line drive over the head of Terrapin center fielder Matt Marquis for his team leading fourth triple of the season. The Alpharetta, Ga., native crossed the plate on a wild pitch. Tapley drew a two out walk, took second on a delayed steal and scored on a base hit back up the middle by Johnson.
Holt moved one step closer to reaching the cycle as he recorded a two-out triple in the third. But he would be stranded on the base paths as Beck got Cardullo to ground out to first for the final out of the inning.
The Terrapins took advantage of a Seminole fielding error in the fifth to cut the deficit in half. Scantling hit Matt Rozak with a pitch to start the inning and moved around to third as Devon Travis threw wildly over to second on a groundball off the bat of Jon Wilson. After a quick visit at the mound by Martin, Scantling came right back and struck out Matt Murakami on three pitches. Catcher Jack Cleary then brought home both Maryland runners on a squeeze play back toward the mound. Running on the play, Jon Wilson scored all the way from second to make it a 6-3 game.
The Garnet and Gold responded once again in the bottom half of the inning with three runs all on two outs to increase their lead to 9-3. Johnson picked up his third hit in as many at-bats with a double to straight away center and scored on a single by Parker Brunelle. Following the base hit by Brunelle, Maryland went to the bullpen and brought on John Dischert to face Holt. On the very first offering from the senior left hander, Holt went yard to put the finishing touches on the cycle. The home run for Holt was his fourth of the season.
Maryland pushed across two runs in the seventh off reliever Tyler Everett to cut the FSU lead to 9-5.
The Seminoles are back in action on Tuesday, March 30 as Florida State faces Florida at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville. The regular season series between these two intra-state rivals is tied at one game apiece. First pitch for Tuesday is set for 7:00 p.m. The game will air on Sun Sports, while fans can listen in locally on 100.7 FM and on the web at Seminoles.com. Tickets are still available for Tuesday and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.