May 30, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Second-ranked Florida State (48-11) was shutout for the first time in 2008 as Bucknell (30-22-2) pulled off a first round upset in game two of the Tallahassee Regional downing the Seminoles 7-0 on Friday evening. The loss was the first for FSU in the first round of regional play since 1992, snapping a 15-game winning streak. It was also just the 11th loss FSU has suffered all-time in 46 first round regional appearances.
The win was the first postseason victory for Bucknell as the Bison entered Friday’s contest 0-6 in three previous tournament appearances. BU starting pitcher Mathew Wilson (6-1) went the distance for his fifth career complete game and first in nine innings. Wilson was the story of the game allowing just six hits and two walks while striking out three. It was his second shutout of the season as the senior right hander threw 153 pitches.
“Well, obviously, I don’t have a whole lot to say except that was as fine a pitched baseball game as I’ve seen,” said head coach Mike Martin. “(Mathew) Wilson was just a thing of beauty; he kept us off balance all night long and threw the ball over the plate all night long with three pitches…I think all you can do is just tip your hat to Bucknell. They just did a tremendous job. I thought our guys fought hard.”
“For a guy to come in here and throw 153 pitches to shut us out that is quite a credit to that young man” added Martin. “I can’t, obviously, be happy with losing but it does make me proud to be a Seminole the way our fans reacted when the game was over to acknowledge a job well done. I’ve been in this for a long time people…nobody does that but Florida State people.”
The Seminoles left three runners stranded at third on Friday night and eight overall. The Seminoles put runners at third in the first, fifth and seventh innings but came away empty handed.
In FSU’s first at-bat, Buster Posey drew a two-out walk and moved up two bases on Jack Rye’s double to the gap in left center. But Wilson shut the down on the Garnet and Gold getting Dennis Guinn to fly out to right to end the inning.
In the fifth, designated hitter Tommy Oravetz led off the inning with a hit dropping a double just inside the left field foul line and advanced to third on a groundout to first by Mike McGee. Once again Wilson managed to keep the Seminoles scoreless posting a strikeout of Tyler Holt and a groundout back to the pitcher’s mound by Jason Stidham.
The story was the same in the seventh as the Seminoles attempted a two-out rally with a walk to Ohmed Danesh and double down the left field line by Holt. But Wilson came through in the clutch yet again getting Stuart Tapley swinging on strikes to close the inning.
Ironically, the last time Florida State was shutout in a game came in game two of the 2007 Tallahassee Regional as Mississippi State blanked the Seminoles 3-0 in a winner’s bracket game.
Bucknell took an early lead pushing across three runs in the top of the second as the Bison sent eight batters to the plate against Florida State starter Geoff Parker (6-2). Shawn Hirsch was responsible for the first run of the game registering an RBI single to right center scoring Andrew Brouse from second who led off the inning with a walk. After a single by Ben Yoder put runners at first and third, Ed Rubbo gave Bucknell a 2-0 lead brining home Hirsch on an RBI groundout to second. The third run came on a two-out infield single to third by Dane Grandizio to round out the scoring in the inning.
The Bison added one more in the third to go up 4-0 on the Seminoles. For the second consecutive inning, the lead off batter reached as Jason Buursma roped a 1-2 pitch from Parker back up the middle. Following a strikeout to Brouse, Austin Turban doubled to right ending the evening for Parker after just 2.1 innings of work.
Bo O’Dell entered out of the bullpen and got Hirsch to fly out in foul territory before giving up an RBI infield single to Yoder, his second hit of the game. Guinn made a leaping catch on a blooping pop up to end the inning and keep the Bison lead at four.
Parker was charged with four runs on seven hits as it was the freshman righthander’s shortest outing in eight career starts. His previous low was four innings in a controlled start victory over Savannah State. The Dade City, Fla., native struck out four and gave up one walk to the Bison in the loss.
Bucknell increased its lead to 7-0 with three more runs in the fourth. The Bison registered four hits off O’Dell chasing the junior right hander from the game with two outs in the inning. Buursma got things going with an RBI double off the wall in the left. Turban registered a sacrifice fly and Hirsch rounded out the inning with an RBI single through the left side. Ryan Strauss became the third Seminole pitcher of record on Friday night and needed just one pitch to get out of the inning recording a groundout to first.
Strauss and Ben Francis were effective out of the bullpen for the Seminoles on Friday night as the two combined for 5.1 shutout innings. Strauss did not allow a hit in 3.1 innings giving up a walk while striking out two. Francis posted a strikeout while giving up just one hit.
The last time Florida State fell in the first round of regional action was in 1992 to Western Carolina when the Catamounts defeated the Seminoles 1-0 in Tallahassee. That year the Seminoles won five straight games en route to a berth in the College World Series. During that five-game win streak in 1992, FSU posted victories over Stetson (2-0, Kent (4-2), Stanford (9-4) and then twice against Western Carolina (4-3, 18-3).
Florida State will now face Florida in an elimination game on Saturday, May 31 at 1:00 pm inside Dick Howser Stadium. The game will air live on Sun Sports while fans can listen to the broadcast over the radio on 100.7 FM with Eric Luallen providing the play-by-play action.
Freshmen Stuart Tapley and Tyler Holt flip flopped in the batting order on Friday evening as both individuals started in the leadoff and nine-hole spots, respectively. It was the first time Tapley has hit in the leadoff spot and the first time Holt has batted in the ninth position.
Jack Rye’s double in the first was his 14th of the season and 56th of his career moving him within one of entering the top10 all-time career list at Florida State.