May 31, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (45-16) advanced to the Super Regional for the second year in a row and for the ninth time in school history with a 37-6 victory over Ohio State (42-19) Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles set four school records and five NCAA Tournament records in the win over the Buckeyes.
Florida State set school records for runs (37), hits (38), doubles (15) and total bases (66), while the four above mentioned records plus the 51 combined hits by both teams set NCAA Tournament single-game records. The Seminoles also tied a school record for RBI (34) and most combined runs by two teams with 43.
The 15 doubles by the Seminoles also eclipsed the NCAA single-game record of 13 held by three different teams. The previous school record was nine doubles set against Duke back on March 10, 2000. Florida State surpassed the school record with its 10th double of the game when Stephen Cardullo hit a one out double to right center in the third. Cardullo and Stidham each tallied three doubles in the win.
Cardullo finished the game 7-for-9 with five runs and five RBI. He tied the school record for hits and at-bats, while his seven hits were the most in an NCAA Tournament game by any Division I student-athlete. The junior shortstop tallied 12 total bases recording a triple, three doubles and three singles.
Ten Seminoles recorded multiple hits on Sunday, while 11 players finished with an RBI. Every Seminole that registered an official at-bat scored a run. Florida State scored in seven of the nine innings including a season-high 11 runs in the fifth.
Four Seminoles finished the game with four or more RBI including a game-high five by Ohmed Danesh and Cardullo. Jason Stidham and Mike Meschke each drove in four runs. Danesh, Cardullo and Meschke scored five runs a piece, tying a season-high.
Meschke had a perfect day at the plate going 5-for-5 as he was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. After drawing a walk in the first, Meschke recorded five consecutive hits including back-to-back doubles, a single and then a three-run blast and a single both coming in the fifth.
Danesh posted career-highs for at-bats (7), runs scored (5), hits (4) and RBI (5). The junior right fielder connected on his sixth home run of the season in the second, a two-run shot over the fence in right.
Stidham went 4-for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored before leaving the game in the fifth. The junior second baseman finished the tournament hitting .571 with eight hits in 14 at-bats. He tallied three doubles, all coming on Sunday, a triple, one home run and 12 RBI en route to being named Most Outstanding Player of the Tallahassee Regional.
In making his ninth start of the season, James Ramsey tied a career-high with three hits as the freshman left fielder also had a perfect day at the plate going 3-for-3 with a double, two singles and a walk. He scored twice and also tied a career-high with two RBI.
Tommy Oravetz connected on a two-run home run in the fifth as he blasted his eighth home run of the season just beyond the fence in deep right center. Sherman Johnson scored a career-high two runs, while tying a career-high with two hits. The freshman second baseman recorded a double and a triple in the win.
On the mound, Mike McGee went five innings to move to 6-2 on the year. The sophomore right hander allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits as he walked just one and struck out eight.
Geoff Parker extended his streak of consecutive scoreless innings in relief to 18.0 as he blanked Ohio State in the sixth and seventh innings. Jack Posey and Jimmy Marshall pitched the eighth and ninth, respectively.
Florida State will return to the diamond next week as the Seminoles await the winner of the Norman, Oklahoma Regional. Game times and the site of the Super Regional will be announced Monday, June 1 at 11:00 p.m.
Records Set On Sunday, May 31, 2009
37 runs – school record for most runs in an NCAA Tournament (27 vs. Delaware, 1998); NCAA Tournament record for most runs (35 by Miami (Ohio), 2005); overall school record (36 vs. Georgia State, 1992)
38 hits – school record for most hits in an NCAA Tournament (25 twice vs. Florida, 2008 & Bucknell, 2008); NCAA Tournament Record for hits in a game; overall school record (36 vs. Georgia State, 1992)
51 hits – NCAA Tournament record for combined hits (50 – Miami, Ohio (33) vs. Quinnipiac (17), June 4, 2005)
34 RBI – tied school record (34 vs. Georgia State, 1992)
43 combined runs – tied school record (43 vs. Georgia State, 1992; FSU 36, GSU 7)
15 doubles – school record for doubles in a game (9 vs. Duke, 3/10/00); NCAA record (13 three times by Maryland (2004), Minnesota (1991), New Mexico State (1981)
66 total bases – school record (54 vs. Georgia State, 1992); NCAA Tournament record (59 by Notre Dame, 2002)
Stephen Cardullo – 7 hits in a game (most by a Seminole this year, most since Marshall McDougall at Maryland, 5/9/1999; ties school record for hits in a game; NCAA Tournament record for hits in a game)