March 31, 2009
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida State (17-8) defeated Florida (18-9) 3-2 on Tuesday night at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville in a game called after five innings due to heavy rain that washed out play for the rest of the evening. The win for the Seminoles was their seventh in a row and first of the season against the Gators tying the season series at a game a piece.
Jack Posey broke a 2-2 tie with a solo home run in the top of the fifth to give the Seminoles the one-run victory. The home run could not have come at a better time as the heavens opened in the top of the sixth washing away the rest of the game.
John Gast (3-2) picked up the victory after working one inning in relief. Sean Gilmartin threw one pitch and registered two outs to earn his first collegiate save. Alex Panteliodis earned the loss falling to 2-3 on the year.
Florida State struck first with two runs in the top of the first to take an early lead. Tyler Holt led off the game with a single to left center and moved to second on his 11th stolen base of the season. Following a walk to Stephen Cardullo, Stuart Tapley flew out to center deep enough to advance Holt to third. Gator third baseman Jerico Weitzel could not handle the throw from center fielder Matt den Dekker as the ball trickled behind Weitzel allowing Holt to score and Cardullo to move to second. Cardullo then stolen third and came home on a Jason Stidham sacrifice fly to left. Posey and Mike McGee followed with a pair of two-out singles before UF starter Stephen Locke got Tommy Oravetz to ground back to the mound for the final out of the inning.
Buddy Munroe led off the bottom of the second with a double to the gap in right center but it would be the only hit for the Gators in the inning as FSU starter Geoff Parker set down the next three Florida batters to maintain the two-run Seminole lead.
With runners at the corners and one out, Florida State looked to add to its lead as Posey laid down a bunt between the mound and first. Gator reliever Greg Larson jumped on the ball and threw on to Munroe at the plate to get a sliding Cardullo. A walk to McGee loaded the bases for the Seminoles but Larson was able to get out of the jam getting Oravetz to ground out to second.
Locke’s night came to a close after just 2.1 innings as the senior southpaw allowed two runs on four hits as he walked one and did not strike out a batter in his first start of the season.
Larson started the fourth and got the first two Seminoles batters before giving up a single to Holt and back-to-back walks to Cardullo and Tapley. With the bases loaded, the Gators went to the pen for the second time on Tuesday bringing on Panteliodis. Panteliodis kept the Seminole lead at two as he got Stidham to ground out to first. Florida State left eight runners on base through the first four innings.
Florida tied the game at two courtesy of a Seminole fielding error in the fourth. Unlike the Seminoles, the Gators were able to take advantage of their bases loaded situation in the fourth. Avery Barnes led off the inning with a single through the left side. After Parker got Josh Adams looking on strikes for the first out of the inning, the sophomore right hander hit Munroe on a 3-0 pitch and issued a walk to Brandon McArthur. The walk led to a pitching change as Gast was called on out of the bullpen.
Gast got Preston Tucker to hit a ground ball to Tapley at third, but the Orlando, Fla., native got caught in an in between hop as the ball went under the glove and into left field allowing Barnes and Munroe to score. One batter later, Gast was able to get out of the inning with the game tied getting Clayton Pisani to ground into an inning ending double play.
Florida State regained the lead in the top of the fifth with one swing of the bat. Posey led off the inning drilling a 3-2 offering from Panteliodis out of the park to left for a 3-2 advantage. The home run was his fourth of the season and sixth of his career.
The Gators looked to the tie the game in the bottom of the fifth as Weitzel led off with an infield single to short. After a sacrifice bunt by Matt den Dekker moved Weitzel to second, the Seminoles went to the bull pen for the second time on Tuesday evening this time bringing on weekend starter Sean Gilmartin. On just one pitch, Gilmartin got out of the inning as Daniel Pigott lined out to Stidham. With Weitzel running on the play, Stidham stepped on second for the inning ending double play.
Heavy rain suspended play after five complete innings. Following a 37 minute rain delay and no stop of the rain in sight, the game was called giving the Seminoles the one-run victory.
Posey and Holt finished the game with two hits a piece as both Seminole players scored a run. Stidham and Posey each finished with an RBI.
Florida State continues its current road stand as the Seminoles head south to Coral Gables as rivalry week carries on with a three-game set against the Miami Hurricanes. First pitch for both Friday and Saturday is set for 7:00 p.m., while Sunday’s game will start at 1:00 p.m. Fans can listen in live locally on 1270 the Team (Friday) and 100.7 FM (Saturday and Sunday) and live over the internet on www.seminoles.com. Live stats will also be available via gametracker.