June 4, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - Sparked by a four-run sixth inning, the No. 5 national seed Florida State baseball team defeated Alabama 9-5 Saturday night in the winner's bracket of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional.
The Seminoles (44-17) will now face the winner of Sunday's noon elimination game between the Crimson Tide (34-27) and UCF (39-22) at 6 p.m. The Knights sent Bethune-Cookman home earlier in the day at Dick Howser Stadium.
All-American Sean Gilmartin earned the win for FSU, throwing seven innings while allowing five earned runs and 12 hits. He also struck out six.
For Alabama, Adam Morgan lasted 5 2/3 innings and have up 11 hits, eight earned runs and struck out five.
In a game that saw both teams combine for 15 hits, FSU's James Ramsey was the offensive star. Ramsey earned four RBIs while going 4-for-5 from the dish. Rafael Lopez added two more RBIs for the Seminoles and Mike McGee, Jayce Boyd and Sherman Johnson added one each.
Josh Rosencrans lead the Crimson Tide with two RBIs. Austen Smith and Brett Booth both had one RBI as well.
Both squads exchanged runs before the Seminoles took a 3-2 lead on Boyd's RBI double in the top of the third that scored Ramsey. A batter later, Johnson's RBI single brought home Ramsey to give the 'Noles a 4-2 advantage.
The bottom of the third saw Alabama tie the contest at 4-4 on back-to-back run-scoring singles by Rosecrans and Booth.
In the fourth, it wasn't a single o double that gave Alabama its second lead of the game but rather a wild pitch by Gilmartin that plated Brandt Hendricks.
A scoreless fifth lead to some fireworks for Florida State in the sixth. A Stuart Tapley walk and consecutive singles by Taiwan Easterling and Devin Travis were followed by a two-RBI single by Lopez on what was Morgan's 100th pitch of the evening. Ramsey then connected for his own two-run single up the middle that pushed FSU's lead to 8-5.
In the eighth, it was once again Ramsey at the heart of some Seminole scoring. Ramsey slapped a double that scored Lopez from second base to increase FSU's lead to 9-5.