June 6, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A 19-hit offensive attack by Florida State baseball combined with quality pitching performances from Mike McGee and Scott Sitz defeated Alabama in a resumed Monday afternoon affair, 11-1, at Dick Howser Stadium. The victory advances the Seminoles (45-17) to the NCAA Super Regional, where it awaits the winner of tonight's contest between Arizona and Texas A&M.
If FSU is selected as a host for the 2011 NCAA Baseball Super Regional, tickets will go on sale after the dates and times are announced by the NCAA late Monday evening. FSU will only be selling all tournament passes in advance.
Reserved grandstand seats are available for $40. General admission seats are available for $30.
With no outs in the sixth inning of yesterday's contest, play was suspended after an hour and 20 minute delay. Played resumed on Monday afternoon with a 12:02 p.m. first pitch.
McGee was one of FSU's offensive leaders after finishing 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a career-high three doubles. James Ramsey, who was named the regional's most outstanding player following the conclusion of the contest, finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
Taiwan Easterling was effective from the No. 9 spot, going 4-for-4 with an RBI. It marked Easterling's first career four-hit performance. Jayce Boyd, Sherman Johnson, Justin Gonzalez and Stuart Tapley finished with two hits apiece to help sustain FSU's offensive outburst.
Equally important was McGee (4-3) from the hill. The senior finished yesterday's suspended contest by allowing one earned run on three hits with three strikeouts in five innings pitched. Reliever Scott Sitz pitched four scoreless frames this afternoon, earning his first save of the season after surrendering just two hits and no walks with three strikeouts.
Alabama was forced to use five pitchers overall, with Adam Windsor (3-3) absorbing the loss. Windsor lasted one inning and allowed three runs on three hits with three walks. Trey Pilkington looked to deliver for the Tide (35-28) this afternoon but allowed all three runs in the eighth inning.
The Seminoles kicked things off in the bottom of the second inning. Ramsey drew a walk in that frame before Boyd registered a double to put two runners in scoring position. An RBI fielder's choice by Johnson was then followed by Gonzalez's ground-rule RBI double.
Easterling, who started in centerfield with McGee on the mound, then hit a single through the left side that plated Johnson for an early 3-0 FSU lead.
That lead ballooned to 6-0 in the bottom of the fourth as the 'Noles doubled their run total thanks to a sacrifice RBI fly from Devin Travis and a two-RBI double to left center.
Despite a steady rain, FSU then put two more on the board in the eighth. Once again, it was an RBI from McGee that updated the scoreboard while Rafael Lopez generated a run-scoring single.
The sixth inning saw Alabama finally get on the board as Taylor Dugas flashed a solo homerun over the right-field screen before lightning struck the area and forced the delay.
The FSU offense continued to hammer away against the Tide as the game resumed this afternoon. Following two scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh, Ramsey led off with a single in the eighth and was brought home by a two-run home run from Boyd, who turned on an inside fastball from Pilkington to give the Seminoles a 10-1 lead. It was Boyd's sixth home run of the season and FSU's first of this year's regional.
FSU rattled off five consecutive hits to start the eighth frame, as Johnson singled to centerfield following Boyd's round-tripper. He was plated by a subsequent double down the left field line by Gonzalez to cap the three-run scoring in the eighth inning and give FSU a manageable 10-run cushion.
Sitz closed the deal with a 1-2-3 ninth inning, inducing a game-ending pop-up from Brett Booth to advance the Seminoles.