April 1, 2011
By Bob Thomas, Seminoles.com
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The big chill that settled in over Maryland's Shipley Stadium Friday evening could not stop No. 7 Florida State from continuing its mastery of the Terrapins.
A two-run first inning provided the Seminoles (20-6, 7-3 ACC) with all the runs they would need behind the Gilmartin-Waugh tandem. Devon Travis earned a leadoff walk, advanced on Sherman Johnson's single and scored on James Ramsey's one-out single through the right side. Jayce Boyd followed with a perfectly executed RBI squeeze bunt to put FSU up 2-0.
"It was a big play for us because we needed to get that run in from third," FSU coach Mike Martin said. "The (Maryland) starter was throwing hard and we felt like we needed to get that run in. We knew if we could get the bunt down, we could get that run in. Jayce Boyd did a good job of executing."
On a night when the `Noles managed a season-low five hits, they took advantage of a Maryland pitching staff that issued 12 walks and hit a batter. That lack of control offset the 13 strikeouts the four Maryland pitchers combined to produce.
Florida State broke the game open in the fourth, chasing hard-throwing starter Chuck Gysels, who walked the first two batters he faced and hit the third. Gysels (1-3) was lifted in favor of Michael Boyden, who walked Johnson to force in a run, then yielded a two-run single to left by Mike McGee. Boyden walked Ramsey to reload the bases and was promptly replaced by Charlie Haslup, who issued a run-scoring free pass to Boyd for a 6-0 FSU lead.
That would be all the `Noles could muster as they left the bases loaded for a second time in four innings. On the night, FSU stranded 11 baserunners.
Gilmartin (6-0) made the cushion stand up. Of his three hits allowed, two never left Maryland's field turf infield.
"Gilly has a way of taking advantage of every opportunity," said Martin. "He got two runs in the top of the first inning and he used those two runs. We had a chance to really blow it open, but only got four more. With him [Gilmartin] on the mound you certainly do feel comfortable with a six-run lead."
Gilmartin (6-0) struck out nine, but did issue a season-high three walks and hit a pair of batters over six frames. Waugh came on to start the seventh and registered three strikeouts without a walk for his first career save.
"Mack pitched very well," said Martin. "I was very pleased he was able to get the save. He certainly deserved it. We didn't want to go to anybody else with the weather being what it was. No doubt, it was the toughest night that we've had to play baseball this year."
Despite temperatures that started at 50 degrees and dipped throughout the blustery game, FSU was able to register its fourth shutout victory of the season. That's the most by the Seminoles since they amassed five in 2007.
The Seminoles have now won three consecutive games and improved to 61-3 all-time against the Terrapins, who slipped to 12-14 overall and 1-9 in ACC play.
"It was a good win," Martin said. "Let's hope it carries over."
The Seminoles will send sophomore right-hander Scott Sitz (3-1, 3.86) up against Maryland right-hander David Carroll (4-1, 2.56) when the teams meet again Saturday at 3 p.m.