May 6, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (35-12) scored early and often Wednesday night in cruising to a 15-5 victory over Florida International (30-19) on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles tallied 11 runs in the first three innings as every FSU starter registered a hit as it was the first meeting between the two schools since 1991. The victory pushed the Seminoles’ win streak to a nation-best 14 games.
Tommy Oravetz followed Tuesday night’s three-hit performance against Jacksonville with another three hits Wednesday night to lead the Seminole offense which finished with 16 hits. The Tallahassee, Fla., native registered hits in his first three at-bats posting an RBI single in the first, a solo shot in the second and a double off the fence in right in the fourth. Oravetz finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. He has now hit three home runs in his last two games and his five home runs in 2009 equals his career total from his first three seasons combined.
Six Seminoles tallied two RBI, while four others finished with two hits. Tyler Holt went 2-for-4 with two RBI extending his streak of reaching base to 37 straight games, while he has now reached base in all one game this year.
Mike McGee added two hits in the win including a solo home run in the fifth. He now is tied for the ACC lead with 15 home runs. Stephen Cardullo posted three runs, while reaching base on four of his six plate appearances as he walked three times. Stuart Tapley also registered two hits as he scored twice and drove in a pair. Jack Posey contributed to the scoring with a pair of RBI.
FIU struck first with an unearned run in the first to take an early 1-0 lead. Junior Arrojo led off the game with a four pitch walk from FSU starter Tyler Everett and then advanced to third as the sophomore right hander threw wildly over to first on a failed picked off attempt. Arrojo scored on an RBI single to left by Tyler Townsend.
Florida State answered by batting around in the bottom of the inning scoring four times to take a 4-1 lead. The Seminoles recorded four consecutive RBI singles by Tapley, Oravetz, Ohmed Danesh and Posey as the latter three all connected on a first pitch offering from FIU starter Daniel DeSimone (4-4).
DeSimone started the second and faced just two batters giving up a single to Holt and a walk to Cardullo before the Golden Panthers went to the bullpen calling on Mason McVay. McVay registered two quick outs and after a double steal by Holt and Cardullo, both runners came around to score on a wild pitch. Tapley and Oravetz followed with back-to-back solo shots to give Florida State an 8-1 lead. The home run for Tapley was his 12th.
The Seminoles added to their lead with three more runs in the third. McGee drove in Posey with a single to left, while Jason Stidham laced a two-run double off the fence in right to increase the Florida State lead to 11-1. The double by Stidham was his team leading 18th of the season.
The Golden Panthers cut into the Florida State lead with three runs in the fifth. Everett could not make it out of the inning giving way to Mark Peterson (1-0) with one out and the bases loaded. The Tallahassee, Fla., native threw 4.1 innings giving up four runs, three earned, on three hits in his first start of the season. He finished with a career-high six walks while striking out one.
FIU scored its first run in the fifth as catcher Steven Stropp drew a bases loaded walk. Two batters later Alex Martinez drove in a pair on double to deep center.
For the second time on Wednesday night, the Seminoles answered right back with a run in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a solo shot by McGee. The sophomore left fielder took FIU reliever Ty Main out of the park to left on a 3-1 pitch.
The Golden Panthers picked up a run in the seventh on a single by Martinez, his third RBI of the game.
Florida State closed out the scoring with three in the eighth. Pinch hitter Mike Meschke scored on a sac-fly to left by Posey, while Holt plated a pair on a double to right center. James Ramsey and Parker Brunelle both scored on the play as each picked up a single.
Peterson picked up his first career win as the Ft. Pierce, Fla., native worked 2.2 innings allowing a run on three hits. He did not walk a batter as he struck out two.
John Gast was impressive in his inning of work as he struck out the side in the eighth. Posey pitched the ninth and struck out a pair in facing the minimum to push his consecutive scoreless innings streak to nine innings.
Florida State hits the road to face Georgia Tech this weekend in the Seminoles final conference series of the regular season. Friday’s game is set for 7:00 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday will start at 1:00 p.m. All three games will be televised with Friday and Sunday’s game on SportsSouth and Saturday’s game on the Regional Sports Network. Fans can listen to the action locally on 1270 the Team (Friday) and 100.7 FM (Saturday and Sunday) and over the internet on www.seminoles.com. Live stats will also be available via gametracker.
UPDATE: Former Seminole outfielder and 2005 Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year Shane Robinson was called up to the major leagues on Wednesday night by the St. Louis Cardinals. Robinson becomes the third former Seminole to be called up from the minor leagues in 2009. Earlier this year, Daniel Davidson was called up by the Los Angeles Angles, while Hunter Jones was called up by the Boston Red Sox.