May 3, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (33-12, 18-7 ACC) continued its winning ways completing the three-game sweep of Virginia Tech with a 9-4 victory Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles extended their win streak to a season-best 12 games which currently stands as the longest streak in the nation. It also marked the third straight conference series sweep for the Garnet and Gold.
Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth, Mike Meschke gave Florida State the lead for good on Sunday with a three-run double. With the bases loaded, the Seminole first baseman drilled a 2-0 pitch to the gap in right center off Hokie reliever Mathew Price clearing the bases on his sixth double of the season. Meschke would later score on an RBI single through the right side by Parker Brunelle to cap the four-run fifth.
In the third, the Seminoles got out of a bases loaded, no out jam by turning a triple play. With Mike Kaminski at the plate, FSU starter Mike McGee got the Hokie right fielder to fly out to Ruairi O’Connor in right. O’Connor threw a one hopper to Parker Brunelle at the plate to get Steve Bumbry trying to tag from third for the second out. Brunelle then threw on to Stidham at second to get Austin Wates for the 9-2-4 triple play. It was the first triple play since the Seminoles turned one in a 13-5 victory over Long Island on March 12, 1997 in Daytona Beach.
“Winning three games in the Atlantic Coast Conference in one weekend is very difficult,” said head coach Mike Martin. “This was a ball game that was not decided by, but certainly the triple play was something I haven’t seen many of in my 35 years with the program. What a tremendous lift it was, an absolutely perfect throw from O’Connor and a great play by Parker Brunelle.”
“Mike McGee made a good pitch and induced a shallow fly ball,” said O’Connor. “I did what we worked on everyday in practice…Parker made a heck of a play holding on to that ball. Then have the presence of mind to come up and get him at second is just amazing. I didn’t realize it was a triple play until I got about half way off the field.”
Stephen Cardullo and Jason Stidham led all hitters with two hits apiece in the series finale. Stidham led off the bottom of the sixth with his ninth home run of the season, a solo shot to center. It marked his fourth straight game with a home run. Stidham finished the series hitting .700 (7-for-10) with three home runs, five RBI and seven runs scored. Cardullo went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the seventh.
Ohmed Danesh also hit a home run in the sixth, a solo shot over the fence in right for his second round tripper of the series. All nine Seminole starters finished the game with at least one hit.
Sean Gilmartin (9-1) picked up the victory as he pitched 3.1 innings in making just his second relief appearance of the season. The freshman southpaw allowed a run, unearned, on two hits as he struck out three.
“When he went out there it was a great moment for all of us,” added Martin. “I thought he threw the second (relief) inning like Sean Gilmartin. I didn’t like what I saw the first inning he threw. The next inning was what I was impressed with the most.”
McGee went 4.2 innings in earning the no decision. The Port St. Lucie, Fla., native gave up three runs, one earned, on five hits. He tied a career-high with five walks while striking out two.
“We are obviously playing solid baseball,” said Martin. “I’m very proud of the way we are playing. We just have to continue to get after it and play hard.”
“We’ve got a good team,” added Gilmartin. “We have been able to sting a couple wins together. We just got to keep it rolling.”
The Seminoles currently stand alone in first place in the Atlantic Division and first overall in the ACC.
Florida State returns to the diamond on Tuesday, May 5 to face Jacksonville in Tallahassee. The game will broadcast live over the internet on ACC Select, while fans can also listen to the action locally on 1270 the Team and over the internet on www.seminoles.com. Live stats will also be available via gametracker.