March 30, 2008
Winston-Salem, N.C. – What would a Florida State, Wake Forest series be without extra innings? For the third time in the last eight meetings, the Seminoles (23-3, 11-1) and Demon Deacons (12-13, 5-6) played bonus baseball and for the third time FSU came out on top. In Sunday’s series finale, Florida State defeated Wake 3-2 in 11 innings taking its 14th ACC series in the last 15 opportunities.
Despite being held to a season-low six hits on Sunday, the Seminoles came through down the stretch doubling their scoring in extra innings by registering a run in the 10th and then the game-winner in the 11th. Buster Posey and Jack Rye led off the top of the 11th with back-to-back singles and moved up a base as the Wake right fielder bobbled the ball hit by Rye. Dennis Guinn stepped in a drove a sacrifice fly out to center scoring Posey for a 3-2 lead.
Buster Posey led the Seminole offense with a pair of hits while posting an RBI and scoring the go-a-head run in the 11th. With the win, FSU remained perfect in one-run games running their record to 7-0 on the year matching last year’s win total in one-run games (7-2).
The Deacs refused to quit as Evan Ocheltree led off the bottom of the 11th with a single to right. He would move to second on a sacrifice bunt by Austin Jones, but that was as far as Wake would come to tying the game as Seminole reliever Bo O’Dell (4-1) got a fly out and a groundout to pickup his fourth win of the season.
Both teams got outstanding performances from their starting pitching on Sunday as Florida State’s Elih Villanueva and Wake Forest’s Charlies Mellies did not decide in the decision.
Villanueva bounced back after his shortest outing of the season last week against at Virginia Tech and pitched 7.1 innings giving up just one run on five hits. He set a career-high firing nine strikeouts on a season-high 132 pitches.
Mellies countered with a season-high nine innings limiting the best offense in the ACC to just one run on three hits. He struck out six Seminole batters while walking three.
O’Dell had a nice outing tossing a season-high 3.2 innings in relief. He allowed a run on three hits and walked just one. It was his fifth appearance out of the bullpen this season and the second consecutive win in relief.
Florida State didn’t waste any time in putting a run on the scoreboard in game three as Buster Posey collected his sixth hit in seven at-bats in the series as he doubled off the wall in left field to score Tyler Holt from first. Holt led off the game with a walk for his team leading 32nd base-on-ball of the season.
The lead was quickly erased as Wake Forest collected back-to-back base hits by Ben Terry and Dustin Hood to tie the game at one. Terry laced a double to left field and scored on a single through the right side by Hood. The Demon Deacons proceeded to load the bases with no outs off Villanueva but the right handed junior got out of further damage by getting designated hitter Mike Murray to ground into a 123 double play and then Andy Goff to groundout to Stuart Tapley at third.
The Deacs threatened in the bottom of the fourth putting runners at second and third with two outs but Villanueva kept the game tied at one striking out Austin Jones for the second time on Sunday to end the inning.
The Seminoles were held to just one hit until the fifth when designated hitter Tommy Oravetz led off the inning with a single to right. Following a fielder’s choice groundout to second by Ohmed Danesh, Tapley registered his first hit of the game with a single to right. That would be all the offense generated by FSU in the fifth as Wake starter Charlie Mellies got a strikeout and another fielder’s choice groundout to keep the score knotted at one.
It wasn’t until the bottom of the eighth when Wake had its next best scoring opportunity. After Villanueva got a groundout to short to start the inning, Willy Fox reached on a fielding error at third and battled with first baseman Allan Dykstra before issuing just his second walk of the game. Villanueva threw just one pitch to Murray before head coach Mike Martin went to the bullpen and called on O’Dell. O’Dell got Murray to ground into a double play for the second time in game three to end the inning.
In the ninth, Florida State put the leadoff batter on as Buster Posey drew a four pitch walk. Rye moved Posey into scoring position laying down a sacrifice bunt down the first base line. Guinn advanced Posey within 90 feet of the plate on a groundout to first. But Mellies, who was solid all afternoon, got Tony Delmonico to fly out to center to keep the game tied at one.
O’Dell pitched the ninth and posted a pair of fly outs before Wake Forest put a runner on courtesy of the Seminoles third error of the game. Rye sent the game into extra innings thanks to an outstanding diving catch in right. Tyler Smith lifted a soft liner out to right which looked like it would fall in for a potential game winning hit but Rye came charging in and made the catch for some extra baseball.
The Seminoles took a 2-1 lead in the top of the tenth on an RBI bunt single by Holt. Pinch hitter Luke Smierciak started the inning with a leadoff walk and after two quick outs by Deacon reliever Alex Wiesner, Smierciak successfully stole second and moved to third on a scoring error by Dykstra in attempt to throw out Smierciak at second.
On the very next pitch from Wiesner, Holt pushed a bunt passed the pitcher’s mound forcing Dykstra to field the ball. Holt easily beat Dykstra to the bag at first as Smierciak scored easily from third to give the Seminoles the one run lead.
The Deacs wouldn’t go quietly in their half of the tenth as Terry reached on an infield single to short. He would then move to second on a sacrifice bunt by Hood. After the second out was made on a line out to short, Martin called for the intentional walk to Dykstra putting runners at first and second for Murray. Murray came through with a 1-0 single up the middle scoring Terry to tie game at two. On the play, Dykstra moved to third as Holt bobbled the ball in center marking the first error charged to the freshman centerfielder this year. On the next play, O’Dell made an incredible defensive play on a hard hit ball by Goff back up the middle. The junior right hander got drilled in the mid section by a line drive off the bat of Goff. He immediately got to his feet and threw on to Posey at the plate to get the sliding Dykstra for the final out of the inning. O’Dell fell to his knees after the play but was able to get to his feet and walk off the field under his own power.
Florida State will remain on the road for two mid-week games in Jacksonville beginning Tuesday as the Seminoles will face the Florida Gators at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, site of the 2008 ACC Baseball Tournament, on April 1, 2008. First pitch for game two of the series is set for 7:00 pm. FSU will then face Jacksonville on Wednesday, April 2 at Alexander Breast Field at 6:00 pm. Fans can catch all the action over the internet as gametracker will be available for the contest. The game can also be heard live over the radio on 100.7 FM (Tuesday) and 1270 the Team (Wednesday) with Tom Block providing all the play-by-play action.