Feb. 21, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sixth-ranked Florida State (2-0) scored early and often as the Seminoles took game one of a doubleheader 21-7 over Hofstra (0-2) on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Garnet and Gold recorded 12 hits and took advantage of 15 walks, three hit-by-pitches and five Pride errors en route to the 14-run, seven-inning victory.
Five Seminoles registered multiple RBI, while three Seminoles unloaded on their first home run of the season in game one. Florida State ran out to a 16-0 lead through the first three innings scoring six in the first, four in the second and six again in the third. Every Seminole starter scored a run by the end of the second inning, while 11 of the 21 runs scored on Saturday afternoon came on two-outs.
In his first start behind the plate, sophomore transfer Rafael Lopez registered an RBI in his first at-bat in the first drawing a bases loaded walk. He would record the first Seminole home run of the season and his first as a Seminole in the second unloading on a grand slam over the fence in right center. After hitting a ball just foul down the right field line, Lopez worked the count to 3-2 before hitting his first career grand slam. Lopez finished the afternoon with a game-high five RBI.
“It was different, I am so used to playing shortstop,” said Lopez on starting at catcher for the first time in his career. “It was definitely a good experience. I enjoyed every bit of it.
The first pitch, I actually didn’t think I hit it that good,” continued Lopez. “The next pitch I just saw real well and swung. I was trying to hit a line drive and hit the ball hard. Once I hit, I knew it was gone. It was just awesome. My first hit is a grand slam. Hopefully, I can keep hitting the ball well.”
Stuart Tapley added his first home run of the season in the third smashing a 3-2 pitch over the scoreboard in left for a three-run shot. The sophomore third baseman finished the game 1-for-2 with two runs scored and three RBI.
Junior Ohmed Danesh continued his torrid hitting as he was a perfect 3-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored. Through the first two games of the season, Danesh is 5-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored, a home run and six RBI. The Orlando, Fla., native came off the bench in the bottom of the third and clobbered a three-run blast over the fence in right center for his first round tripper of the season.
Stephen Cardullo added to his walk total on the season with three more in game one. The junior first baseman now has six on the year with no strikeouts.
D’Vontrey Richardson made his second start in right and finished the game 2-for-4 with a career-high four runs scored. He also registered his first outfield assist in the first inning firing a bullet to home to get Mark Stuckless out at the plate.
In his first collegiate start, sophomore John Gast went 4.1 innings allowing six runs, five earned, on seven hits. He struck out one and walked four to pick up his first win as a Seminole.
Tyler Everett worked a scoreless 0.2 of an inning posting a strikeout. Freshman Austin Wood finished the game throwing two innings in his first appearance for the Garnet and Gold. The right hander gave up a run on three hits while striking out one.
The Seminoles reached the 20-run plateau for the first time in 2009 and the first time since a 24-9 victory over Bucknell in the 2008 NCAA Tallahassee Regional.