June 1, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Second-ranked Florida State (50-11) stayed alive in the NCAA Tournament with a 24-9 victory over Bucknell (30-24-2) Sunday afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles advanced to the regional finals against Tulane and must now defeat the Green Wave twice with game one being held later this evening at 7 pm. The Seminoles became the first team in the nation to reach the 50-win plateau.
With the win, the Seminoles braved off elimination for the second straight game moving to 42-23 in possible elimination games in regional action of the NCAA Tournament.
Florida State duplicated yesterday’s offensive power against the Gators with 24 runs on 25 hits and have now scored 41 runs on 50 hits over the last two games. Both run and hit totals tied a season-high. The two teams combined for seven home runs including four coming off the bat of three Seminole hitters.
Jason Stidham, Stuart Tapley and Tommy Oravetz all registered three hits a piece, while catcher Buster Posey led all hitters with five RBIs. The Seminoles posted runs in seven of the nine innings including multiple runs in four.
Making his first start since May 7, freshman Mike McGee went five innings allowing six runs on eight hits to move his record to 7-1 on the year. The right hander out of Port St. Lucie, Fla., gave the Seminoles a quality outing with the hope of two more games in the forecast.
The Seminole threatened early in their first at-bat of the game as Tyler Holt got things started with a leadoff walk and moved to third on a single to the gap in right center by Stidham. It was Stidham’s sixth hit of the tournament and third in consecutive plate appearances. But Bucknell starter Dylan Seeley got Buster Posey swinging on strikes and then Jack Rye to line out into an inning ending double play at first with Stidham in motion on a hit and run.
Florida State broke a 10-inning scoreless streak against the Bison in the tournament with six-runs in the second. Oravetz gave the Seminoles the early lead on a sacrifice fly to short left. Bison shortstop Ben Allen made an outstanding over the shoulder grab and with his momentum going towards the left field foul line, Tony Delmonico had plenty of time to tag up on the play and score for the games first run. Following a walk to Ohmed Danesh, Holt laced an RBI double down the left field foul line scoring Tapley, who reached with a single through the line side. Stidham brought them all home on his tenth home run of the season. The junior second baseman collected his second hit of the game taking the first pitch from Steely over the fence in right center for a three-run shot. On the very next play, Posey took Seeley deep over the scoreboard in left center for his 21st home run of the season.
Bucknell got one back in the second on a solo shot to left center by Andrew Brouse for his third home run of the season.
The Seminoles increased their lead to 13-1 with seven more runs in the third. Dennis Guinn led off the inning with a double down the right field line and moved to third as Delmonico pushed a bunt single passed the out stretched glove of Bison reliever David Solan. Solan loaded the bases on two hit batters and a walk bringing up Buster Posey. After three consecutive balls, Posey got the green light and hit a line drive over the wall in left field for his second home run of the game, third grand slam of the season and 22nd round tripper in 2008.
The two teams each scored three runs in the fourth. Danesh connected on his third home run of the season clearing the fence in right for a three-run shot. Bucknell put together three consecutive hits in their bottom half of the inning including an RBI double by Shawn Hirsch. The second run came home on an RBI groundout by Ed Rubbo plating Brouse. Bret Sokirka provided the third run in the inning for the Bison on a base hit to left scoring Hirsch.
FSU made the score 17-4 on an RBI single by Delmonico. Rye and Guinn put together consecutive hits while Rye came around to score on Delmonico’s second hit of the ball game. Oravetz collected his first hit of the game in the fifth finding the hole through the right side of the infield.
Bucknell answered with two more runs on back-to-back homers to cut the deficit to 17-6. With two outs in the inning, Jason Buursma and Austin Turban went yard off McGee for their 13th and third home runs of the season, respectively.
The Garnet and Gold pushed their lead to 18-6 with a run in the sixth. Luke Smierciak led off the inning with a walk and advanced two bases on Stidham’s single to left. He scored a batter later as Parker Brunelle grounded into a double play.
Jack Posey got in on the offensive action with an RBI single to left in the eighth. Brunelle scored on the play after reaching base on a walk.
The Seminoles added five more runs in the ninth. Smierciak drove in a run on a bases loaded single to center. Brunelle recorded his first RBI of the game on a sac-fly to center. Posey picked up his second RBI of the game with a base hit to left while Stephen Cardullo rounded out the scoring with a double to the gap in right center plating Smierciak and Ruairi O’Connor, who finished the game 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Tyler Everett entered out of the bullpen in the sixth and pitched the final four innings to pick up his third save of the season. The freshman right hander kept the Bison off the scoreboard in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. He finished the game allowing three runs, one earned, on just one hit. He walked two and struck out three.
Next up for Florida State is a date with Tulane later this evening at 7:00 pm inside Dick Howser Stadium. The game will air live on Sun Sports while fans can listen to the broadcast over the radio on 100.7 FM with Eric Luallen and Tom Block providing the play-by-play action.
In the second, Florida State registered back-to-back home runs in consecutive at-bats for the six time this season. It was the third time that Jason Stidham and Buster Posey hit back-to-back home runs in a game.
Buster Posey registered his fifth multiple home run game this year while it was the fourth time he went back-to-back in consecutive at-bats.
Posey’s 22nd home run moved him into a tie for 10th in the Florida State record books with Matt Diaz (1998) and Paul Sorrento (1986) for home runs hit in a single-season.
Posey’s grand slam in the third inning was his third of the season and fourth of his career. His three grand slams in one season tied a school record held by three others: J.D. Drew (1997), Jeremy Morris (1997) and Dennis Guinn (2006). The Seminoles have hit five grand slams this year: three by Posey and one each by Tony Delmonico and Stuart Tapley. The school record for grand slams in a season is eight recorded in 1996.
With four more home runs today, Florida State has clubbed 92 for the year – the ninth most in a single-season. FSU hitters have registered a home run in 42 of the 61 games played with multiple home runs in 25 games. In 11 games this year, FSU has hit three or more round trippers.
The 24-runs tied for the second most runs scored in regional play by the Seminoles. The school record is 27 against Delaware. It was the most runs scored by Florida State in regional play since a 24-6 victory over The Citadel in 1999.
FSU has now scored seven or more runs in an inning 13 times this year following the Seminoles seven-run fifth.