April 24, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (28-12, 13-7 ACC) recorded its seventh straight win with a 15-6 victory over Wake Forest (20-21, 6-16 ACC) Friday night on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles pounded out 13 hits in game one as seven of those hits went for extra bases including six doubles. Seven of the 15 runs scored by FSU on Friday night came on two outs.
Mike McGee once again provided the offensive fire power for the Seminoles as the sophomore from Port St. Lucie, Fla., went 3-for-5 with five runs scored and six RBI, both career-highs. Over the last three games, McGee is hitting .556 with three home runs, two doubles, nine runs scored and 14 RBI.
After missing Wednesday night’s game against UNC Asheville with a sore knee, Stephen Cardullo was back in the starting line up at shortstop against the Deacs. He finished the game 3-for-4 while tying a career-high with four runs. Stuart Tapley and Tyler Holt each registered two hits on Friday night, while Tapley was credited with three RBI.
“I can’t say enough about Stephen Cardullo,” said head coach Mike Martin. “He looked me in the eye and said `that he worked too hard to get where I am not to play; I will be ready.’ That showed me what kind of baseball player he is. Then he goes out and gets three hits.”
Sean Gilmartin (8-1) worked five innings to pickup his fifth win in the last six starts. The freshman southpaw was charged with four runs on six hits as he walked three and struck out three.
Dustin Hood led the Deacs on Friday night with two hits and four RBI. Micah Jarrett contributed with two hits as well in the loss.
Wake Forest wasted very little time cracking the scoreboard in game one plating a run in the top of the first. Steven Brooks led off the game with a double off the fence in right and scored two batters later on a single to left by Hood. The Deacs would continue to threaten in the inning placing runners at the corners but Gilmartin got Bentley Heyman to pop out to Jason Stidham at second for the final out of the inning.
Florida State answered right back with two runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead. Tapley came through with a two-out, two-run double to the gap in left center, scoring Cardullo and McGee. Cardullo reached on an infield single to short and moved to second as McGee drew a one out walk. Both runners advanced 90 feet as Cardullo and McGee successfully executed a double steal.
A leadoff single by Wake’s Tyler Smith went by the way side in the second as Gilmartin got a fly out and back-to-back strikeouts to keep the Seminole lead at one.
For the third straight inning, Wake Forest got the leadoff batter on as Shane Kroker singled to left. He got to third on a wild pitch and a groundout to third and scored on an RBI groundout to second by Mike Murray to tie the game at 2-2.
The Seminoles regained the lead in the third thanks to consecutive doubles off the bat of Cardullo and McGee. Cardullo ripped a two-base hit off the wall in left center and then took third on his second stolen base of the evening. McGee followed with a double off the fence in right to bring home Cardullo. The sophomore left fielder followed with his second stolen base of the evening to take third and scored as Wake Forest starter Garrett Bullock (1-2) unleashed on a wild pitch.
Wake cut the deficit in half with a run in the fourth. The first three batters in the inning reached as Gilmartin hit Smith on the first pitch of the evening. The freshman southpaw then gave up a single to center and a walk to Jarrett and Evan Ocheltree loading the bases with no body out. Brooks would score Smith on a groundout to short, but Gilmartin would escape without further damage as he registered a groundout to third and a line out to short to maintain the Seminole lead at 4-3.
Florida State answered the call once again with four runs in the bottom of the inning to increase its lead to 8-3. The Seminoles recorded four hits in the inning with the biggest hit coming off the bat of McGee as the Port St. Lucie, Fla., native hit a three-run shot off the scoreboard for his team and ACC leading 14th round tripper of the season. Cardullo knocked in the first run of the inning hitting a line drive off the leg of Wake reliever Michael Dimock, who entered with two outs in the third. Ohmed Danesh led off the inning with a double to right center and scored from third on the hit by Cardullo. Rafael Lopez also recorded a hit in the fourth inning singling through the left side of the infield.
Gilmartin left abruptly after facing just one batter in the fifth with soreness to his left elbow.
“Certainly, the job that Sean Gilmartin did was very gusty. He had a little tightness in his arm and that’s why he was taken out.”
Tyler Everett was called on and faced just two batters giving up a base hit and a walk before giving way to Geoff Parker. Parker registered outs to the first two batters that he faced but Hood came through for the Deacs with a two-out double just inside the right field foul line clearing the bases and cutting the Florida State lead to 8-6.
Parker finished the evening throwing two scoreless innings while giving up two hits. The sophomore right hander walked two and struck out three.
Once again the Seminoles answered the call with three runs in the bottom of the inning to regain their five-run lead. Stidham doubled to right scoring Cardullo from second, while Tapley hit a sac-fly to center plating McGee. Stidham scored the third run of the inning as Wake reliever Joel Ernst was charged with a wild pitch as he short hopped a pitch to the plate.
Four more runs in the seventh pushed the Florida State lead to 15-6 as all four runs were manufactured with two outs. With the bases loaded, McGee added to his RBI total driving in two with his second double of the evening. The sophomore left fielder bounced a ball over the third baseman and just inside the left field foul line scoring Danesh and Lopez, who each drew a walk. Holt reached on a bunt single and scored on a wild pitch, while McGee crossed the plate courtesy of a passed ball.
“Michael had a big night,” said Martin. “We got the big hit out of him (in the seventh) to score a couple of runs.”
Jack Posey pitched the final two innings in facing the minimum. Posey did not allow a hit as he walked one and struck out one.
Florida State and Wake Forest return to the diamond for game two of a three game series on Saturday, April 25 with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Saturday’s game will air live on ACC Select. Fans can listen to the action locally on 100.7 FM and over the internet on www.seminoles.com. Live stats will also be available via gametracker.