May 15, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Third-ranked Florida State (44-9, 22-6) lost for just the second time in the month of May falling to No. 22 NC State 12-2 on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium in game one of a three-game. The Seminoles were held to a season-low three hits on Thursday evening as it was the first double-digit run loss for FSU this year.
“That was a beautifully played baseball game by North Carolina State,” said head coach Mike Martin. “They just took it to us in every facet of the game. They did a great job and you have to take your hat off to them. They played good, solid baseball.”
Tyler Holt extended his streak of reaching base in every game this season as he led off the bottom of the first with a double to right. Buster Posey and Jack Rye were responsible for the other two hits in the game one defeat.
Both teams exchanged a run in the first before the Wolfpack took the lead for good an inning later with a two more runs in the second.
Devon Cartwright got things started for NC State in the top of the first drawing a leadoff walk off FSU starter Matt Fairel. He scored from third three batters later on an RBI single up the middle by Marcus Jones.
FSU answered right back in its first at-bat as Holt registered his eighth double of the season. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI groundout by Buster Posey to tie the game at one.
The tie was short lived as the Wolfpack scored two more runs in the second to take a 3-1 lead. Matt Payne came through with a clutch two-out hit lacing a ball back up the middle to score Chris Schaeffer and Tommy Foschi.
NC State’s Eric Surkamp pushed his record to 5-2 on the year as he kept the Seminole bats quiet for 5.2 innings. After giving up a run in the first, he allowed just two base runners to reach until two outs in the sixth. He set down 16 of 18 batters after walking Jason Stidham in the first and gave up just one hit during that stretch, a single to left off the bat of Posey.
The Seminoles made some noise in the sixth as Stidham and Posey drew consecutive two out walks. Jack Rye cut the Wolfpack lead to one with an RBI single to center scoring Stidham and ending the evening for Surkamp. But that was as close as the Seminoles would come as Sam Brown entered to get Dennis Guinn on a groundout to third for the final out of the inning.
NC State broke the game open with four runs in the seventh and five more in the ninth.
Fairel suffered just his second loss of the season as the sophomore left hander fell to 9-2 on the year. Fairel started the seventh but faced just four batters before his night came to an end. He finished the game allowing six runs on nine hits in 6.1 innings of work. Fairel ended the game with eight strikeouts and a pair of walks. The southpaw settled in after the two-run second striking out four batters in a row. He then worked around a leadoff double in the fourth and registered nine consecutive outs before giving up a double to Foschi to begin the seventh.
Jimmy Marshall, Ben Francis, Ryan Vigue and Tyler Everett all worked out of the bullpen on Thursday night. Francis worked a scoreless eighth allowing just one hit while striking out a career-high two batters.
“We know that we have five more tough games to play, possibly six (two more vs. NC State and three more guaranteed in the ACC Tournament),” added Martin. “We just have to continue to work and not give good clubs extra outs. We gave them (NC State) some extra outs and they took advantage of it.”
Florida State and NC State will return to the diamond on Friday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. Fans can watch the game live on Sun Sports while gametracker will be available for the contest. The game can also be heard live over the radio on 1270 the Team with Eric Luallen providing all the play-by-play action.