March 28, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Following a lengthy delay that spanned over 13 hours and 41 minutes, Florida State (14-8, 4-4 ACC) evened its ACC record with a 6-2 victory over Maryland (11-13, 3-7 ACC) on Saturday morning in the resumption of Friday night’s series opener. With the win, the 22nd-ranked Seminoles extended their win streak to four games while picking up their first road win of the season.
Sean Gilmartin and Geoff Parker combined to shut down the Terrapins over nine innings giving up a combined three hits as the Seminoles registered their 34th straight victory over Maryland and 23rd win in a row in College Park.
Gilmartin moved to 5-1 on the year as the freshman southpaw worked five innings on Friday night before the game was postponed due to rain. Gilmartin allowed just two runs on two hits as he walked two and struck out six. It marked the fifth straight start that Gilmartin has registered six or more strike outs.
Parker earned his first career save as he pitched the final four innings in relief. The Dade City, Fla., native allowed just two base runners on a base hit and a walk. Parker finished the game with four strikeouts throwing 50 pitches.
Florida State finished the game with 11 hits as four Seminoles recorded two hits each. Tommy Oravetz tied a season-high with two hits, while Jack Posey, Stephen Cardullo and Rafael Lopez notched two hits and an RBI a piece. With a base hit in the first inning, Tyler Holt extended his hit streak to a career-long 12 games.
The Seminoles ran out to an early lead before steady rain became increasingly worse bringing the game to a halt with FSU leading 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth.
Florida State threatened in its first at-bat of the three-game set in College Park registering consecutive base hits by Holt and Oravetz to lead off the game. Holt singled back up the middle and moved to second on a balk charged to Maryland starter Matt Fullerton (2-2). Oravetz followed with a frozen rope single through the left side forcing Holt to initially retreat back to second. Once the ball cleared the infield, Holt moved to third and headed for home, but was thrown out at the plate to keep the game knotted at zero.
The Seminoles grabbed an early lead on the Terrapins with two runs in the second. Posey laced a one-out double to left and moved to third as Fullerton was charged with his second balk of the game. Cardullo then drew a hard earned walk after getting down in the count at 0-2. With runners at the corners, Lopez hit an RBI single back up the middle plating Posey for the first run of the game. Right fielder Ruairi O’Connor drove in the second run of the inning on a fielder’s choice groundout back to the mound. Fullerton went to second in an effort to turn the inning ending double play, but O’Connor beat out the relay throw from second to give the Seminoles a 2-0 lead.
Oravetz picked up his second hit of the evening doubling to the gap in right center to begin the third. The hit would end the night for Fullerton who left the game after just two plus innings of work. Ben Jones came on out of the bullpen and after getting Tapley swinging on strikes, issued back-to-back walks to Jason Stidham and Mike McGee to load the bases. Posey stepped in and gave the Seminoles a 3-0 lead sending a sacrifice fly to right as Oravetz scored just in front of the throw from right fielder A.J. Casario.
For the second straight inning, FSU loaded the bases this time drawing three straight walks off Jones all on two outs. The walks would come back to haunt the Terps as Stidham drove a 3-2 pitch from the senior right hander to right center plating Holt and Oravetz for a 5-0 Florida State lead.
After going hitless through the first three innings, the Terrapins got their first hit of the game off the bat of David Poutier as the junior second baseman left the yard for his first home run of the season. Maryland added one more run as Tyler Bennett brought home Mike Murphy on a sac-fly to right to cut the Seminole lead to 5-2. Murphy followed the home run by Poutier with a ground rule double to left.
Florida State registered three straight singles off Sander Beck to start the fifth loading the bases for the third inning in a row. But the Seminoles could not add to their lead as the Terrapin reliever recorded a pair of strikeouts sandwiched between a line out to center to keep the Seminole lead at three.
Following a 13 hour and 41 minute delay, the two teams resumed play at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. Geoff Parker started on the mound in the bottom of the sixth in the resumption of game one. The sophomore right hander went three up, three down throwing just 10 pitches.
In the first at-bat for the Seminoles on Saturday morning, Cardullo greeted Terrapin reliever Matt Quinn rudely hitting a line drive offering on a 3-1 pitch over the fence in dead center for his third home run of the season. The blast increased the Florida State lead to 6-2.
Oravetz was plunked on the toe to start the eighth, his eighth hit-by-pitch of the season and 34th of his career moving him within three of Bryan Zech for fourth all-time on the career list at Florida State.
Parker set down eight in a row before allowing two Terrapins on in the eighth on a single by Will Greenberg and a walk to Poutier. But the Seminole reliever got Murphy to ground out to second on a knubber off the bat for the final out of the inning.
Friday’s game featuring Florida State and Maryland was called in the bottom of the sixth with the Seminoles leading 5-2 due to rain that continued to hit the College Park area.
Game two of the series is to start 30 minutes following the end of game one. Stay tuned to www.seminoles.com for further updates on the Seminoles’ three-game series in Maryland.