May 2, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Fourth-ranked Florida State (33-11) came through with some early clutch two-out hitting and then ran away late with 10 runs in the seventh and eighth innings to take the rubber game of the series against Le Moyne (25-25) on Sunday 17-1.
The Seminoles out hit the Dolphins 10-6 in the series finale, while drawing 14 walks to tie a season-high. FSU also set a season-high swiping eight bases on Sunday including six in the Seminoles' five-run third.
Six of the seven runs scored by the Seminoles in the third and fourth innings came on two outs.
"It was a game in which we really went there and established ourselves," said head coach Mike Martin. "I was very pleased with the outing that all of our pitchers had. It was one of those days that we had some very good at-bats. It has been a pretty tough stretch the last five weeks for our guys. Now we just need to get our feet on the ground and be ready for the so called serious part of our season."
Sherman Johnson was the offensive catalyst for the Seminoles on Sunday finishing game three 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a home run, five RBI and two runs scored. Mike McGee had a perfect afternoon at the plate going 2-for-2 with three RBI and two runs scored, while reaching base safely on all four plate appearances.
"Sherman hit the ball very well and made a big league play on a ball in the whole at third. That was a great play," added Martin.
"I struggled to start the season, but I am still trying to figure out what pitches to hit and what pitches to take. I just tried to put a good swing on one that you think we can handle," said Johnson. "It felt good that I finally hit one good and it fell for a hit."
Jayce Boyd and Ohmed Danesh both had a hit and two RBI, while Stuart Tapley, James Ramsey, Parker Brunelle and Stephen McGee each drove in a run in leading FSU to the game three victory over Le Moyne. Stephen Cardullo tied a career-high drawing four walks on Sunday as he finished the game scoring three times.
Scott Sitz (4-0) once again put together another quality start for the Seminoles working 5.0 innings allowing just one run on five hits. The freshman from Jacksonville Beach, Fla., did not walk a batter for the first time in four starts, while striking out one.
"It was nice to get back out there and get the win after what happened last weekend against Miami," said Sitz.
Tyler Everett worked two scoreless innings in relief, while John Gast and Tye Buckley each worked an inning and kept the Dolphins off the scoreboard and without a hit in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.
With the win, Florida State remained perfect on Sunday's this year moving to 11-0 including 8-0 on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
Le Moyne struck first for the third consecutive game as Chris Edmondson once again came through with an RBI hit. With two outs and Matt Ciraco on at third following a base hit to left to open the third inning, the Dolphin left fielder slammed a double off the fence in right center to give Le Moyne an early 1-0 advantage.
Florida State responded with five runs in the bottom half of the inning to go on top for good on Sunday afternoon. The Seminoles registered four hits, while swiping six bases to tie a season-high for stolen bases in a game. Four of the five runs in the second came on two outs.
Ramsey led things off recording the first FSU hit of the game with a single back up the middle. He moved to second on an errant thrown by Le Moyne starter Tom McDermott (3-2) on a failed pick-off attempt and moved to third as he swiped the first stolen base of the inning. Ramsey scored a batter later on a groundout to short by Brunelle. The next five batters to plate in the fifth reached as the first four all crossed the plate. McGee plated an RBI single through the left side on a perfectly timed hit and run with Stephen Cardullo on at second after a walk and a stolen base. Boyd drove in a pair on a single through the left side and scored a batter later on a double to the gap in right center by Johnson.
The Dolphins looked to put together a little two out magic of their own in the top of the fourth loading the bases with two outs off Sitz. But the Seminole right hander got out of the jam with FSU's four-run lead intact getting Brett Botsford to fly out to McGee in left for the third out of the inning.
The Garnet and Gold added to their lead on another two-out base hit in the fourth. After Tyler Holt and Cardullo drew back-to-back walks off Le Moyne reliever Jerome Werniuk, the two Seminole base runners successfully converted a double steal. Two pitches later, McGee brought them both home on a single back up the middle to give FSU a 7-1 lead.
FSU broke the game open scoring seven runs in the seventh. The first eight Seminole batters to the plate reached before the Dolphins finally recorded an out getting pinch hitter Ohmed Danesh to groundout to first. Florida State registered only two hits in the inning but drew five walks including two with the bases loaded by James Ramsey and Stephen McGee. Tapley and Johnson accounted for the only two hits in the inning, both run scoring doubles.
In the eighth, Johnson connected on his fifth home run of the season taking a 1-0 pitch from Kevin Carroll out of the park to right center for a two-run shot. Robby Stahl, who drew a walk to start the eighth, scored on the play. Danesh would drive in his second run of the afternoon and the final run for the Seminoles on an infield single to second. Ramsey scored from third on the base hit. Stephen McGee registered his fourth double of the season as he roped a two-out pitch to the gap in right center. All four of McGee's hits this year have been a double.
The Seminoles return to the diamond for the final game of their current nine-game home stand as they host Jacksonville on Tuesday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m. on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The game will air live over the internet on Seminoles.com All-Access, while fans can listen in locally on 1270 the Team, 94.3 FM and on the web at Seminoles.com.