Tallahassee, FL – With just six days remaining until the FSU baseball team opens the season versus Charleston Southern, the Seminoles met the fans Saturday afternoon. In one of the most-highly attended fan days, FSU players spent an hour and a half signing autographs before taking the diamond for seven innings of work. Highlights of the scrimmage are detailed below.
Tony Thomas, Jr. hitting in the two-hole to start the game lined a double down the left field line off Barret Browning. Danny Diaz also recorded an extra base hit on a double into the gap in right center. Josh Spivey then brought the catcher home with an RBI double off the bottom of the wall in left field. Hyde stemmed the threat by striking out Mark Gildea.
Tommy Oravetz lined a base hit into left field to open the bottom of the first. Travis Anderson tried to bunt the runner over but a sliding catch by Dennis Guinn kept the runner at first a double play then wiped the runner off base.
New starting shortstop Buster Posey recorded a base hit in the top of the second inning. An error put runners on first and second. Both runners moved up a base on a ground out. Diaz then recorded a sac bunt RBI to put the Garnet up 2-0 before Hyde ended the inning with another K.
Ryan McArdle started the bottom of the inning off with a rope into left center. An errant attempt on a well-thrown ball down to second by Diaz moved McArdle into scoring position. The junior moved to third on a long fly ball and Charles Cleveland then drove the run in on a single into right cutting the Garnet team’s lead to 2-1. Hyde struck out another batter to end the inning.
A three base error on a deep fly ball to center field put the Garnet back in scoring position and a ground out brought the runner home to extend the Garnet lead to 3-1. After Brian Chambers entered the game and lost the first batter he faced, Kyle Maxie wiped the runner off base catching Buster Posey trying to swipe second. The Garnet team went on to tack another run on making it 4-1.
Browning opened the bottom of the third freezing Sean Stuyverson on a called third strike and then retiring Tommy Oravetz swinging. Travis Anderson recorded a single before Browning got his third K of the inning. Chambers came on and issued a walk and recorded a K. Posey then turned a double play fielding a hot shot up the middle and stepping on second before firing down to first to complete the twin killing.
Travis Burge came in and retired all three hitters he faced including Shane Robinson, which brought Jimmy Marshall into the game. After retiring the first hitter, he gave up a two-base shot to right to Ryne Malone. A sac bunt by Posey moved Malone to third but Marshall came back to get Rye to fly out.
Burge faced just three batters again in the next inning once again as the freshman continued to look impressive. Marshall then came on to close the game out with a 1-2-3 inning.
FloridaState will open the season Friday, February 3 at versus Charleston Southern. The night before the season opener, fans are invited to join the Seminoles for the 21st Annual Leadoff Dinner. Registration forms for the event are available online at www.seminoles.com.
RADIO SHOW: Fans are invited to tune in every Monday night to WFLA AM 1270’s new hour long show focusing exclusively on Seminole baseball. The baseball voice for FSU Steve Melewski will host the weekly show featuring interviews with Seminole players and coaches and take your calls as the Seminoles chase their 19th trip to the College World Series. The show airs every Monday night from to This week Steve will welcome FSU Head Coach Mike Martin and reigning Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year Shane Robinson.