June 2, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. - Second-ranked Florida State (51-11) lived to see another day avoiding elimination for the third straight game in the Tallahassee Regional downing Tulane (39-21-1) 17-8 on Sunday evening forcing a decisive, winner take all game Monday night at Dick Howser Stadium. Five Florida State batters were responsible for all 14 hits as four Seminole hitters registered three hits a piece. FSU moved to 43-23 in possible elimination games in regional action of the NCAA Tournament.
The Seminole offense remained hot in regional play pounding out 17 more runs on Sunday to run their tournament total to 58. Through the first four games, the Garnet and Gold is hitting .419 with 70 hits including 21 for extra bases. Tyler Holt picked up three more hits on Sunday evening and now leads all hitters in the tournament with nine. The freshman centerfielder finished the evening with a pair of RBIs and three runs scored.
Buster Posey tied a season-high with five RBIs set earlier in the day in the victory over Bucknell. The junior catcher blasted two more home runs bringing his tournament total to five. He finished the game with three hits and three runs scored.
Ryan Strauss pitched into the sixth and gave the Seminoles 5.2 solid innings moving his record to 9-1 on the year. The senior right hander allowed six runs on seven hits as he walked three and struck out five. Strauss finished the game with 104 pitches eclipsing the 100 pitch mark for the seventh time in nine starts this year.
Jimmy Marshall threw 2.1 shutout innings in his first relief appearance of the tournament. The junior right hander allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out three.
Florida State sent nine batters to plate in the bottom of the first to take an early 3-0 over the Green Wave. The Seminoles loaded the bases on singles by Holt and Posey and a walk by Jack Rye. Guinn drove in the first run of the game drawing a bases loaded walk off Tulane starter Jonathan Garrett (3-3). Delmonico gave the Seminoles a three-run advantage with a single back up the middle to score Posey and Rye.
Guinn gave the Seminoles a four-run lead in the third with his 17th home run of the season. The senior first baseman led off the inning with a solo shot to left depositing a 1-1 offering from Garrett out into the parking lot in left for his first round tripper of the tournament.
Tulane climbed right back into the game with a four spot in the fourth to tie the game up at 4-4. All three walks issued by Strauss would come back to haunt him as all three came around to score. Jared Dyer brought the Green Wave within one of the Seminole lead with one swing of the bat. After consecutive walks to Seth Henry and Rob Segedin, Dyer blasted a 1-1 pitch from the junior right hander off the scoreboard in left for his sixth home run of the season. Drew Allain drew the third walk of the season and scored all the way from first on a double down the right field line by designated hitter Warren McFadden to knot the game at four.
Florida State reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the fourth courtesy of Posey's 23rd home run of the season. The junior catcher went opposite field off Garrett to give the Seminoles a 5-4 advantage.
The Seminoles increased their lead to 10-4 with five more runs in the fifth. Stuart Tapley roped a double off the top of the fence in right to kick start the scoring. Following back-to-back walks to Oravetz and Danesh, the Wave went to the bullpen bringing on right hander Mason Griffin. Holt welcomed Griffin with a two-run single to left bringing home Tapley and Oravetz. It was the third hit of the evening for the freshman centerfielder. Two batters later, Posey came through with yet another clutch hit taking Griffin deep over the wall in dead center for his second home run of the game and fifth of the tournament. The two-out blast was a three-run shot good for his 24th on the year.
Tulane responded once again with two runs in the top of the sixth to cut the deficit to 10-6. After Strauss registered two quick outs, Allain started the rally with a single to center and came round to score on a two-run shot to center off the bat of Sam Honeck, his eighth on the year. McFadden followed with his third hit of the game on a double down the left line ending the night for Strauss. Jimmy Marshall came out of the bullpen for his first appearance of the tournament and got Josh Prince swinging on strikes for the final out of the inning.
The Green Wave threaten in the seventh putting a pair of runners on base after a leadoff double by Scott Powell and a two-out walk by Segedin. But Marshall once again closed the door on Tulane getting Dyer looking on a called strike three to keep the Seminole lead at four.
Florida State added to its lead in the bottom of the eighth with seven more runs to push the score to 17-6. Seven straight Seminoles reached base in the inning before an out was recorded as a total of 12 batters came to the plate in the inning.
Tulane added a pair of unearned runs in the ninth off Ben Francis closing the book on the scoring Sunday evening.
The two teams will return to the diamond on Monday, June 2 at 7:00 pm in the final game of the Tallahassee Regional. The game will air live on Sun Sports while fans can listen to the broadcast over the radio on 1270 the Team with Eric Luallen and Tom Block providing the play-by-play action.
Dennis Guinn's home run in the third was his 17th of the season matching his career home run output in his first three seasons in Tallahassee.
Tommy Oravetz moved into a tie for ninth place all-time with Blair McCaleb (2000-02) for career hit by pitches after being plucked with a pitch in the third inning. It was his seventh hit by pitch of the season and 25th of his career.
Buster Posey's solo home run in the fourth was his 23rd on the year moving him into a tie for ninth place all-time with Jeff Ledbetter (1982) for home runs in a single-season. It was Posey's third home run of the NCAA Regional.
Buster Posey went back-to-back in consecutive at-bats for the second time on Sunday. Posey unloaded on a three-run homer over the wall in dead center for his 24th home run of the season. It marked the sixth multi-home run game of his career and the fifth time this season that Posey has hit home runs in consecutive at-bats. He moved into sole possession of ninth place for home runs in a single-season.
Jimmy Marshall entered the game with two outs in the top of the sixth for his first appearance of the tournament. It marked the 35th game that the junior right hander has played in moving him into sole possession of eighth place for relief appearances in a single-season.
Buster Posey tied a season-high with five RBIs following a fielder's choice in the eighth. He set the season-high earlier in the day with five against Bucknell.
FSU has now scored seven or more runs in an inning 14 times this year following the Seminoles seven-run eighth. It marked the seventh time in this weekend's regional that FSU has scored five or more runs in an inning.