March 28, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Florida State (15-8, 5-4 ACC) tied a season-high with three home runs on Saturday afternoon in game two as the 22nd-ranked Seminoles defeated Maryland (11-14, 3-8 ACC) 10-2 on a misty, cold, cloudy day in College Park. The Seminoles won their fifth game in a row, while extending their win streak over the Terrapins to 35 straight games. In the process, FSU recorded its 24th consecutive victory on Maryland’s home turf.
“I was just very pleased with the approach we took to the two games,” said head coach Mike Martin. “We got out here and really got after it and played like Seminoles. It made us all very pleased to see us come out here and play like we did.”
The Seminoles posted 14 hits on Saturday while tying a season-high with three home runs including two in the first two innings. James Ramsey had a perfect day at the plate going 3-for-3 with a two singles and a home run. He would reach base on all five plate appearances drawing a pair of walks in the win.
Stephen Cardullo picked up his third straight multi-hit game going 3-for-5 in game two and has now hit in nine straight games. Parker Brunelle collected a pair of hits in five at-bats while picking up an RBI and a run scored.
The run support was plenty for starter Brian Busch (1-1), who worked a career-high eight innings in picking up his first collegiate win. The freshman southpaw allowed just two runs on four hits as he walked two and struck out five in his third start of the season.
“I was able to get a lot of first pitch strikes,” added Busch. “My location wasn’t as good as I would have liked but they seemed to hit the ball right to our fielders.”
The eight innings turned in by Busch in game two tied Sean Gilmartin for the longest outing by a Seminole starter this year. Gilmartin went eight innings in a 4-1 victory over Boston College back on March 6.
“Brian had a good outing,” said Martin. “He spotted the ball well and did what he needed to do. When he got the lead, he went after hitters. It was a very intelligent outing for him.”
Florida State grabbed the early lead in game two and never looked back scoring six runs in the first two innings.
Tapley gave the Seminoles a two-run lead on a first inning home run off Maryland starter Scott Swinson (1-4). The sophomore third baseman hammered a 3-2 pitch out of the park to deep center for his team leading sixth round tripper of the season. Holt scored on the play after leading off the game with a walk.
“Tapley’s home run in the first was certainly big for us,” added Martin. “We had some clutch hitting today and some quality at-bats and that’s what we were after.”
FSU added four more runs in the second to take a commanding 6-0 advantage. In making his third start of the season and first in left field, freshman James Ramsey left the yard hitting a solo shot out to left for his second home run of the season. Two batters later, Parker Brunelle doubled off the fence in center and moved to third on a single by Tyler Holt as the sophomore center fielder extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games. Brunelle came home on a groundout by Tommy Orvatez. Tapley followed and just missed his second home run in as many at bats, doubling off the fence in left center driving in Holt for the fifth run of the game. Tapley scored two batters later on an RBI single through the left side by Stephen Cardullo.
Busch kept the Terrapins at bay until the fourth when Mike Murphy scored the first Maryland run of the game. The Terrapin third baseman led off the inning with a single to right and scored three batters later on a throwing error by Seminole first baseman Mike Meschke. Gerry Spessard sent a groundball to Meschke at first and instead of taking the sure out at first for the second out of the inning, threw wildly over to second base. On the next batter, Busch then made a great defensive play on a bunt right back to the mound by Dan Benick to save a run. The West Boca Raton, Fla., native got Tyler Bennett in a run down between third and home with Tapley applying the tag for out number two. Busch kept the Seminole lead at five as he got Mike Moss to fly out to center to end the inning.
The Seminoles came right back with two more runs in the fifth to increase their lead to 8-1. FSU used a little small ball to manufacture both runs after loading the bases on a single by Cardullo and back-to-back walks by Ramsey and pinch hitter Jack Posey. Brunelle stepped in and sent a beautiful bunt single towards second to bring home Cardullo, while Holt brought home Ramsey on a sacrifice bunt.
Posey gave the Seminoles a 10-1 advantage as he unloaded on his third home run of the season in the seventh. The sophomore first baseman took a 3-2 pitch from Ian Schwalenberg out over the fence in left center. Ramsey scored on the play after leading off the inning with a single up the middle for his third hit of the game.
Busch retired eight straight Maryland batters before giving up a walk to Benick with one out in the seventh. The walk would cost Busch as Matthew Murakami hit a two-out RBI single to left scoring Benick for the second Terrapin run of the afternoon.
The freshman southpaw returned to the mound in the eighth and set down the Terrapins in order on just nine pitches. Busch would end the game throwing a season-high 95 pitches.
Tyler Everett put the finishing touches on game two as he pitched the ninth. After giving up two consecutive singles to start the inning, Everett got Curtis Lazar looking on strikes and Murakami to ground into a game ending double play.
Florida State and Maryland will face off in the final game of a three-game set on Sunday, March 29. First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m. at Shipley Field. Fans can listen in live locally on 100.7 FM and live over the internet on www.seminoles.com. Live stats will also be available via gametracker.