March 29, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Florida State (16-8, 6-4 ACC) matched a season-high in runs and hits on Sunday afternoon in cruising to a 21-5 victory over Maryland (11-15, 3-9 ACC). The win completed the series sweep of the Terps, the first sweep for the Seminoles in league play this year.
The win was the sixth in a row for the Seminoles, tying a season-high. It also marked FSU’s 36th straight victory over Maryland and 25th win in a row in College Park. The 21 runs scored on Sunday afternoon were the most since a 26-2 victory over the Terps in College Park back on May 9, 1999.
“These young men deserve all the credit,” said head coach Mike Martin. “They did a great job and really got after it. This was a big weekend for our baseball team, a very important weekend all-around.”
Stephen Cardullo had an explosive day going 3-for-5 with two home runs and a career-high six RBI. It marked his first career multi-home run game as the junior shortstop capped an incredible afternoon slugging his first career grand slam in the top of the seventh. Cardullo finished the weekend batting .571 with eight hits in 14 at-bats. He recorded three home runs, drove in eight and scored seven times en route to slugging a team-high 1.214. The Coral Springs, Fla., native was also perfect in 10 fielding opportunities at shortstop.
“Cardullo had a very good weekend,” said Martin. “He played very well and had a bunch of RBI for us in today’s ball game.”
“I saw the ball really well this weekend and put together some really good at-bats,” said Cardullo. “I can’t remember the last time I hit one (on the grand slam), but it was a great feeling and I’m just glad that we were able to come out with three wins this weekend against Maryland.”
Mike McGee pitched a solid six innings to run his record to 2-1 on the year. The sophomore right hander allowed just one run on five hits as he struck out four and did not walk a batter for the first time in 13 career starts. McGee also helped his cause offensively as he was 3-for-4 with a home run and a pair of doubles. He finished the game with three RBI and two runs scored.
“Mike had a good day all the way around,” added Martin. “He had three hits before we got him out of the ball game. He also did a great job for us on the mound today.”
Florida State got off to a great start in the series finale against the Terps registering three runs on three hits in the top of the first. For the third straight game, Tyler Holt reached to lead off the game drawing a walk off Maryland starter Eric Potter (2-2). It did not take him long to cross the plate as Cardullo followed with a blast over the wall in center for his second home run of the series and third in the last four games. The home run also extended his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games.
After the Terps recorded the first out of the inning, three straight Seminoles reached on a walk to Jason Stidham, a base hit to left center by Posey and an RBI double to left off the bat of McGee scoring Stidham for a 3-0 Seminole advantage.
The Seminoles increased their lead in the top of the second on their second home run of the afternoon. With two outs, Cardullo drew a walk and came around to score as Tapley crushed a two-run shot to deep center for his team leading seventh home run of the season. The blast leaves Tapley one shy of matching his total home run output from his freshman campaign.
Another inning, another home run as McGee helped his own cause clubbing a solo home run to center picking up his second RBI of the afternoon. The sophomore from Port St. Lucie, Fla., went deep off Maryland reliever Brett Harman for his fifth home run of the season. Like Tapley, McGee drew within one of equaling his home run total from 2008.
Harman came in relief of Potter, who lasted just two innings allowing five runs on four hits as the Maryland starter walked four and struck out two on 65 pitches.
After Harman got the first out to begin the fifth, Florida State exploded with four straight hits to generate three runs. Stidham got things going with a double to center and scored his second run of the afternoon on an RBI single back up the middle by Posey. McGee recorded his third hit and third RBI in as many at-bats with a double to the gap in left center plating Posey for the second run in the inning. James Ramsey followed with his first hit of the game singling to right to drive in McGee. Pinch hitter Ohmed Danesh would close out the scoring in the inning knocking a two-out double off the wall in center bringing home Ramsey to give the Seminoles a 10-0 lead.
The Seminoles would pick up a run in the sixth courtesy of a Maryland error. Cardullo lead off the inning with a single to left and scored as Terrapin second baseman Matthew Murakami threw wildly over to first base in an attempt to turn a double play on a groundball hit to short by Stidham.
Maryland finally broke through with its first run of the game on a solo home run to center by Jensen Pupa. With one out in the inning, the Terrapin designated hitter took a 2-1 pitch from McGee out to straight away center for his third home run of the season.
Florida State’s lead grew to 15-1 thanks to Cardullo’s second home run of the afternoon. With the bases loaded, the junior shortstop sent a deep drive to center for his first career grand slam. Ramsey, Danesh and Sean Gilmartin all scored on the play after recording a walk, single and a walk, respectively.
The Terrapins recorded their second run of the game on a home run by A.J. Casario. The junior right fielder took the first pitch he saw from Seminole reliever John Gast out of the park to center making the score 15-2 in favor of FSU. The home run was the fourth of the season for Casario.
Hunter Scantling pitched a perfect eighth facing the minimum on just 10 pitches. He induced a pair of fly outs and a strike out to conclude his afternoon.
The ninth was a scoring spree for both teams as the Seminoles outscored the Terrapins 6-3. Sherman Johnson picked up an RBI single, while Meschke hit a two-run double. Jimmy Marshall also picked up his first hit of the season singling to left center. Parker Brunelle closed out the scoring in the ninth as he hit a bases clearing double off the wall in right center.
Maryland added three more runs in the ninth off senior Jimmy Marshall. The right hander gave up a home run to Mike Moss to start the ninth. Despite giving up three runs on four hits, Marshall recorded a pair of strikeouts. For Marshall, it marked his 92nd career appearance moving him into ninth all-time at Florida State.
Florida State continues its current road stand as the Seminoles head to the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville, Fla., to face the Florida Gators on Tuesday, March 31. First pitch is slated for 7:00 p.m. and will air live on Sun Sports. Fans can also listen in live locally on 1270 the Team and live over the internet on www.seminoles.com. Live stats will also be available via gametracker.