May 23, 2009
DURHAM, N.C. – Florida State (42-15) may not have closed out the round robin portion of the ACC Baseball Championship with a win on Saturday against Georgia Tech (35-17-1) but the Seminoles will live to see another day playing for the conference title for the eighth time in school history on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
FSU dropped to 2-1 in Division A with a 9-2 loss to the Yellow Jackets in the third and final day of divisional play at the ACC Baseball Championship inside the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, home of the Tampa Bay Rays Triple A affiliate the Durham Bulls.
With the win, Georgia Tech improved to 3-1 against the Seminoles in 2009 while claiming its third consecutive victory over Florida State in the ACC Tournament, the longest win streak by either team in 12 tournament meetings. The Yellow Jackets concluded the tournament with a 1-2 mark.
The loss put an end to Florida State’s six-game winning streak while it marked the Seminoles first loss in six games in the state of North Carolina this year.
Yellow Jacket starter Brandon Cumpton (4-2) kept the Seminole bats at bay for 5.1 innings allowing just one run on six hits. He held the Seminoles scoreless for the first three innings giving up a pair of singles and allowing a total of four runners on base. Cumpton left after facing three batters in the sixth finishing the game with three walks and two strikeouts.
Five other Georgia Tech pitchers combined to throw the final 3.2 innings giving up just one run on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Jason Stidham provided the offensive highlights for Florida State on Saturday scoring both Seminole runs en route to finishing the game a triple shy of the cycle. The Palm Bay, Fla., native went yard for his 10th home run of the season in the eighth capping his 3-for-3 performance at the plate. Parker Brunelle registered a pair of hits to tie a career-high.
The Seminoles had their scoring chances in the game leaving 11 runners on base in the loss to the Jackets. Seven of those 11 runners were left on in the final four innings as the Garnet and Gold left the bases loaded in the eighth.
Georgia Tech broke through with the first run of the game in the second as Tony Plagman scored on a groundball double play off the bat of Derek Dietrich. The Yellow Jackets started the inning with back-to-back singles by Plagman and Jason Haniger.
The Seminoles ran themselves out a two-out rally in the second as Brunelle was thrown out at second trying to advance on a ball thrown in the dirt by Cumpton. After two quick outs, Mike Meschke drew a walk followed by an opposite field single to left by Brunelle. With Tyler Holt at the plate, Cumpton short hopped his first offering. The ball got away from Haniger at the plate, but the Jacket catcher recovered in plenty of time to throw a strike at second to get Brunelle for the final out of the inning.
The Yellow Jackets increased their lead in the third on a three-run home run by Luke Murton. A pair of walks would come back to haunt FSU starter Hunter Scantling as Murton’s 18th home run of the season was the only hit of the inning as it came with two outs on a 1-0 pitch from the Seminole right hander.
Stuart Tapley’s RBI single in the fourth plated the first Florida State run of the game. The Seminoles started the inning with three straight hits on a double down the line in right by Stidham and consecutive singles by Tapley and Tommy Oravetz. A sac-bunt by Ohmed Danesh advanced Tapley and Oravetz 90 feet, but a fly out double play brought the inning to a close. Tapley tried to score on Meschke’s shallow fly out to center, but he was thrown out at the plate on a great throw from Georgia Tech center fielder Jeff Rowland.
The Yellow Jackets broke the game open scoring in four consecutive innings from the fifth to eighth innings to stake to a 9-1 advantage.
Georgia Tech regained its four-run lead on an RBI double off the blue monster in left center by Jason Garofalo. Scantling hit Chris House with the first pitch to start the fifth and then gave up the run scoring double to Garofalo. That was the final batter for Scantling as head coach Mike Martin went to the bullpen calling on Mark Peterson.
Scantling worked four plus innings in his fourth start of the season. The freshman right hander allowed five runs on four hits and was credited with a strikeout. He also issued three walks and hit a batter as the Jacksonville, Fla., native dropped to 3-1 on the year.
Georgia Tech’s Plagman made the score 6-1 as he took Peterson out to right for his 16th home run of the season to leadoff the sixth. The Yellow Jackets rounded out the scoring on back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh by Plagman and Haniger, followed by a run-scoring triple by Chris Burnette in the eighth.
Freshman Austin Wood threw the ninth inning and faced just four batters as he gave up a hit. Tyler Everett worked 2.1 innings in relief on Saturday allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits. Peterson allowed just one run on a hit in 1.2 innings.
Florida State will return to the diamond for the championship game of the ACC Baseball Tournament on Sunday, May 24 at 1:00 p.m. Fans can listen to Sunday’s action locally on 100.7 FM and over the internet on www.seminoles.com as well as on satellite radio XM 190 and Sirius 215. The game will also be shown live on television throughout the state of Florida on Sun Sports. Live stats will also be available through gametracker.