April 26, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (30-12, 15-7 ACC) won for the ninth straight time completing the sweep of Wake Forest (20-23, 6-18 ACC) with a 14-10 victory Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The series sweep was the third of the season for the Seminoles and the second in as many weeks after taking all three games from NC State in Raleigh last weekend.
FSU ran out to a 9-0 lead on Sunday before the Deacs made things interesting in the late innings scoring all 10 runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.
“That was a great weekend,” said head coach Mike Martin. “It was a big weekend for all of us. It was one that we truly needed. We are not depending on any body else in the league. We know we got to do it ourselves. This was a very satisfying weekend even though we gave up a lot of runs in the seventh and eighth innings. It was still a ball game that we persevered. I was very pleased with the fact that we bounced back and scored a couple after they scored six in the eighth. By doing that, we were able to keep the momentum swinging in our favor.”
D’Vontrey Richardson and Rafael Lopez led the Seminoles with two hits each, while Jason Stidham went 1-for-2 with four RBI and two runs scored. He accounted for all his RBI with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the fifth as the junior second baseman unloaded on his first career grand slam. The home run was his sixth on the year and 23rd of his career. It also marked the sixth grand slam hit by a Seminole player in 2009.
Nine different Seminoles finished the game with at least one RBI. Stuart Tapley drove in a pair of runs as he went 1-for-3 in the series finale.
FSU got an outstanding pitching performance from Mike McGee (4-2), who tied a career-high with seven innings on Sunday afternoon. The sophomore right hander gave up three runs on four hits as he walked just one while striking out a career-high nine batters. After giving up a single to Mike Murray in the first, McGee did not allow another hit until the seventh when Murray led off the seventh with a single to right. The Port St. Lucie native retired 13 straight batters at one point while striking out five in a row during that stretch.
“Michael had a very good outing,” said Martin. “I was very pleased with the way he threw the ball. He gave our bullpen some much needed rest as we had a lot of guys that were not available for today’s game.”
“I was glad I did well on the mound, that made up for not being able to do much at the plate,” said McGee. “I was pleased with the way I pitched today.”
Florida State ran out to the early lead on Sunday with three runs in the bottom of the second. Jack Posey laced an RBI double down the line in left off Wake Forest starter Austin Stadler (4-5) to give FSU a 1-0 lead. Tapley scored on the play after reaching on a fielder’s choice groundout. Richardson then registered an RBI triple as a pop up to short right dropped in after the ball glanced off the diving glove of the Deacs’ Carlos Lopez. FSU’s Rafael Lopez would round out the scoring in the inning as he drove in Richardson on an infield single.
The Seminoles broke the game open in the fifth with six runs on just three hits to take a 9-0 lead. FSU also benefited from a pair of walks and an errant throw off a sacrifice bunt. The big hit came off the bat of Stidham who cleared the bases with one swing of the bat. The junior from Palm Bay, Fla., unloaded on his first career grand slam taking a 1-0 pitch from Wake reliever Joel Ernst over the fence in right center.
A batter earlier, McGee drove in a run drawing a walk with the bases loaded. Stadler’s afternoon would come to a close after the walk to McGee as the Wake starter lasted just four innings. Stadler was charged with eight runs, seven earned, on five hits as he walked three and struck out two.
Wake Forest got on the board for the first time in the seventh on a three-run home run by Tyler Smith. Smith took the first pitch he saw from McGee over the fence in right for his third round tripper of the season.
Florida State returned the favor with three runs in the bottom of the inning to push the score to 12-3. With runners at first and second, Tapley ripped a double to left center plating Stephen Cardullo from second, who reached on a single to start the seventh. Pinch hitter Mike Meschke followed with an RBI single to left scoring Stidham. Tapley would cross the plate for the final run of the inning scoring on a sac-fly to left by James Ramsey.
The Demon Deacons would not go quietly scoring six runs in the top of the eighth to cut the Florida State deficit to 12-9. Mark Peterson came on in relief and gave up five runs on five hits. After getting Smith on strikeouts for the second out of the inning, Peterson was relieved for Hunter Scantling. On the fourth pitch from the freshman right hander, pinch hitter Evan Ocheltree took Scantling out of the park to right center for a three-run shot. Scantling came right back and got Ian Tomkins to groundout to Cardullo at short to end the inning.
The Seminoles added some much needed insurance in the eighth scoring twice to increase their lead at 14-9. A sac-fly by Tommy Oravetz with the bases loaded brought home Parker Brunelle and two batters later a sac-fly by Tapley scored Tyler Holt.
Wake Forest got a run in the ninth against John Gast, but it wasn’t enough as the Seminoles held on for the four-run victory. Gast allowed a run on a hit as he walked one and struck out a batter.
Mike Murray led the Demon Deacons on Sunday going 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.
Florida State will return to the field on Friday, May 1 when the Seminoles welcome the Virginia Tech Hokies to Tallahassee for a three-game conference series. First pitch for Friday and Saturday is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., while Sunday’s game will start at 1:00 p.m. Fans can listen to the action locally on 1270 the Team (Friday) and 100.7 FM (Saturday and Sunday) and over the internet on www.seminoles.com. Live stats will also be available via gametracker.