April 14, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A five-run first proved too much to overcome on Tuesday night as 20th-ranked Florida State (21-12) dropped the season series to 25th-ranked Florida (24-12) as the Seminoles fell to the Gators 10-2 on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
FSU was out hit 13-6 in the rubber game of the series as the Seminole offense was held to just one hit through six innings. Tommy Oravetz accounted for both Florida State runs in the loss as the senior from Tallahassee, Fla., hit a two-run home run to right center in the seventh for his first round tripper of the season.
Mike McGee went 2-for-4 on Tuesday night with a single and a triple, while Jack Posey, James Ramsey and Rafael Lopez each recorded a hit. On the defensive side, Lopez threw out all four attempted base stealers on the evening as the Gators went 0-for-4 in the stolen base category.
Florida wasted little time taking the lead on Tuesday night scoring five runs in the top of the first off FSU starter Bo O’Dell (3-2). The Gators sent nine batters to the plate in their first at-bat recording four hits including a three-run shot off the bat of Avery Barnes. Barnes took a 2-0 offering from the Seminole right hander and snuck the pitch just inside the right field foul pole for his sixth home run of the season. Designated hitter Teddy Foster added to the Florida lead with a sac-fly to left, while the final run of the inning crossed the plate courtesy of a wild pitch by O’Dell.
“That one was one in which we were just soundly beaten,” said head coach Mike Martin. “They just came in here and took no prisoners. Some nights you just have to take your hat off to the other club and certainly this was one of those nights. They came in and took the ball game to us right off the get go and played solid, made some very nice plays up the middle. They did a great job.
“Credit Florida, they jumped on us and took control of the game early.”
O’Dell exited the game after just one inning marking his shortest outing as a starter since going 1.1 innings against Florida in Gainesville back on February 20, 2007. On Tuesday, O’Dell was charged with all five runs in the first on four hits as he walked two and hit a batter.
Lopez recorded the first Florida State hit of the game with two outs in the third as he found the hole through the right side of the infield off UF starter Greg Larson (3-1). Tyler Holt followed with a walk but the Seminoles could not cut into the Gator lead as Stephen Cardullo hit into a fielder’s choice groundout at short to close out the inning.
Florida added to its lead in the fifth on an RBI groundout by Preston Tucker. Matt den Dekker led off the inning with a bunt single and scored three batters later on Tucker’s groundout to first to give the Gators a 6-0 lead.
Larson’s night would come to a close after issuing a one out walk to Ramsey in the fifth. The freshman right hander threw a career-high 4.1 innings in his first collegiate start. Despite walking four batters, Larson kept the Seminoles off the scoreboard allowing just one hit.
The lead for the Gators grew to 8-0 in the sixth on a two-out, two-run blast by Foster. Reliever Tyler Everett was one strike away from tying a career-high in innings pitched, but the Florida DH had other thoughts unloading on a home run to left for his second round tripper of the season.
After a walk to Mike Mooney and a double to left center by den Dekker in the sixth, the Seminoles went to the bullpen for the second time on Tuesday bringing on Ryan Vigue. The sophomore left hander got Daniel Pigott to groundout to first to end the inning.
Everett worked a season-high 4.2 innings against the Gators allowing three runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out two. Everett came out of the pen in the second and faced the minimum in his first three innings of work.
Florida pushed its lead to 10-0 on its third home run of the game. This time it was Adams that left the park connecting on a two-run shot to right center for his fifth home run of the year. Barnes started the seventh with a single to left off Vigue. Two batters later Adams cleared the bases on his home to right center.
Florida State pushed its first runs across in the bottom of the seventh to cut the Florida deficit to 10-2. McGee tripled to left center to start the inning as the sophomore from Port St. Lucie, Fla., came within inches of adding to his team leading home run total hitting the ball off the top of the wall. A batter later Oravetz made certain his ball left the park as the senior designated hitter connected on a two-run shot to right center. It was his first home run since May 11 of last year.
Hunter Scantling worked a perfect eighth as the freshman right hander faced the minimum in his only inning of work. Posey threw the ninth and kept the Gators off the scoreboard as he allowed just one hit while striking out one.
Cardullo went 0-for-4 on Tuesday night as his hitting streak came to a close at a career-best 17 straight games.
Florida State will return to the diamond on Wednesday, April 15 as the Seminoles host North Florida on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. First pitch is slated for 6:00 p.m. as the game will air live over the internet on ACC Select. Fans can 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.