April 19, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - With a workmanlike effort that pleased its coach, 10th-ranked Florida State came out quickly and finished fast in Tuesday night's 13-2 win over Florida Gulf Coast.
Junior pitcher Gary Merians set the tone with four solid innings for the win in a controlled start and the Seminoles wasted no time providing some run support. FSU bolted to a 4-1 lead after two innings and was never threatened.
"I thought our pitching was pretty good tonight and when you don't make an error, you certainly feel good," FSU coach Mike Martin said. "We were able to get a lot of guys in the ball game - we haven't had a game like this in a long time."
Merians (6-2) limited the Eagles to one run on four hits in his starting stint. Aside from yielding a solo homer to Zach Maxfield to lead off the second, Merians was in command, striking out four and issuing just one walk.
The Seminoles (27-10, 11-7 ACC) used the first of two mid-week games with FGCU to give its bullpen some work. David Trexler, the second of five FSU pitchers to see action, was equally impressive. The lanky right-hander struck out four in two innings of hitless relief, further strengthening his bid to get a crack at a spot in the weekend rotation.
Collectively, the `Noles limited the Eagles to seven hits, piled up 12 strikeouts and issued just three walks in front of an error-free defensive effort.
Jayce Boyd continued his torrid hitting streak with a two-run double in the first to get the Seminoles on the board. They added two more in the second behind Parker Brunelle's RBI double and Sherman Johnson's run-scoring single.
A five-run fourth, aided by two walks and two hit batters, helped the Seminoles put the Eagles (19-18) away. Taiwan Easterling's two-run double provided the big blow.
James Ramsey's fifth-inning RBI single extended his ACC-leading hitting streak to 15 games. Johnson has also put together an eight-game streak at the plate. Justin Gonzalez led the Seminoles with three RBI, including a two-run single in FSU's three-run fifth.
The two teams will square off again Wednesday at 6 p.m. on ALS Awareness Night at Dick Howser Stadium.
"This game tomorrow night is very meaningful," Martin said. "Tyler Everett, of course, will start it, but will only go an inning or two."
Everett's father, long-time Leon County coach and athletic administrator Jimmy Everett, has been battling Lou Gehrig's disease the past two years. He will join his son on the field for a brief recognition prior to the start of the game.
Fans will have the chance to make contributions to the ALS Association, Florida Chapter with a $5 text donation or by purchasing a $1 red bracelet. Florida State will also conduct an auction on Seminoles.com of specialty items from the game, including the specially-designed red ALS jerseys the players will wear.