March 24, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Coming off a weekend series victory over Clemson, 22nd-ranked Florida State (12-8) continued to ride the momentum downing Florida Gulf Coast (13-9) 11-3 in the first meeting between the two schools. FSU broke out to a 5-0 lead after three innings and never looked back cruising to an eight-run victory over the Eagles on Tuesday night inside Dick Howser Stadium on Mike Martin Field.
The Seminoles out hit the Eagles 12-11 in game one of a two-game mid-week set as seven of the 12 hits went for extra bases including five doubles. The top three hitters in the Seminole line-up (Tyler Holt, Stephen Cardullo and Stuart Tapley) finished 5-for-12 with three runs and four RBI.
“Well, it was a good win,” said head coach Mike Martin. “I was very pleased with the way our young men competed all night long. We will enjoy this one for a little bit and then begin preparing once again for a very good Florida Gulf Coast team on Wednesday night.”
Junior Jason Stidham went 3-for-3 on Tuesday night and capped off a perfect evening in the seventh connecting on his first home run of the season. The Palm Bay, Fla., native went opposite field off Eagles reliever Tim Kiley.
Stuart Tapley and Tyler Holt each registered two hits a piece, while Tapley broke the game wide open in the fourth blasting a three-run shot off the scoreboard in left for his team leading fifth home run of the season.
In making his second start of the season, senior Bo O’Dell upped his record to 2-1 after allowing two runs on eight hits in five innings of work. He finished the game with four strikeouts while tying a season-high with three walks. O’Dell moved to 8-2 all-time as a starter in 13 career starts at Florida State.
“Bo O’Dell did not have a great outing but yet he went out there and competed,” added Martin. “Some nights you don’t have everything going for you, but he showed what kind of person he is by getting out there and battling.”
Florida Gulf Coast loaded the bases in the top of the first but came away empty handed as O’Dell got Zach Maxfield to fly out to deep center for the final out of the inning. The Seminole starter gave up an infield single to Josh Upchurch and then uncharacteristically issued a pair of walks. It marked just the 11th time in 40 career appearances that O’Dell has allowed two or more walks in an outing.
Florida State took an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second without advancing the ball out of the infield. Three of the first four Seminole batters in the inning reached drawing a walk off FGCU starter Patrick Nathanson (3-1). With the bases loaded, Parker Brunelle stepped in and was credited with an RBI driving in Stidham on a fielding error by Eagle third baseman Tim Roberson. Tommy Oravetz scored from second on the play to give the Seminoles a two-run lead. After an infield single by Holt loaded the bases for the second time in the inning, Cardullo drove in the third run of the inning plating Ruairi O’Connor on a fielder’s choice groundout to second.
The Seminoles increased their lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the third with a pair of two-out hits. With Stidham at first after singling to right, Oravetz roped a double off the fence in right plating the junior second baseman. Pinch hitter Ohmed Danesh then hit an RBI single back up the middle scoring Oravetz for the five-run advantage.
Florida Gulf Coast broke through with its first run of the game as Maxfield led off the fourth with a solo shot to right. The Eagle designated hitter deposited an O’Dell offering over the fence in right center for his fifth round tripper of the season.
FSU answered right back with three more runs in the bottom of the inning to take an 8-1 lead. After Holt and Cardullo began the inning with a single and a double, respectively, Tapley cleared the bases with a three-run shot to left. The sophomore third baseman deposited a 1-0 pitch from Eagle reliever Craig Crumbly over the wall in left for his team leading fifth home run of the season.
The Eagles added a run in the fifth on an RBI groundout by Brad Roberts. Tim Roberson scored on the play as he led off the inning with an infield single.
The bullpen was stellar on Tuesday evening working four innings allowing an unearned run on just three hits. Three Seminole relievers combined to strikeout seven Eagle batters.
The Seminoles’ Tyler Everett entered in the sixth and pitched two scoreless innings in relief. The Tallahassee, Fla., native set down the final four batters that he faced including striking out the side in the seventh. Everett finished the game tying a career-high with four strikeouts.
Hunter Scantling worked the eighth allowing just one run, unearned, on one hit. After giving up a leadoff double, Scantling registered a strikeout, a sacrifice fly and a groundout to close out the inning.
Jimmy Marshall worked the ninth recording a pair of strikeouts to secure the Seminoles first victory over an Atlantic Sun opponent in 2009.
Ohmed Danesh went 2-for-3 off the bench with two RBI and a run scored. Danesh has reached base safely in six of his last seven plate appearances. In making his second straight start behind the plate, Parker Brunelle set a season-high with two RBI.
Florida State and Florida Gulf Coast will face off in game two on Wednesday, March 25 at 6:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live over the internet on ACC Select. Fans can listen to the action on 1270 the Team, while live stats will also be available via gametracker on www.seminoles.com.