April 4, 2009
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Florida State (18-8, 7-4 ACC) registered its eighth straight victory Friday night downing Miami (21-8, 8-5 ACC) 14-4 inside Alex Rodriguez Park on Mark Light Field. The Seminoles hit a season-high seven home runs in game one including three in the first inning. FSU continued its recent success down in Coral Gables as the Garnet and Gold have now won four of the last five from the Hurricanes on their won turf while improving to 10-4-1 in their last 15 trips down south.
Five different Seminoles left the park on Friday evening as Tyler Holt and Mike McGee registered two home runs a piece. Stephen Cardullo, Stuart Tapley and Jason Stidham also went yard in the win. The seven home runs were the most in a single game since June 1, 2003 when Florida State hit seven against South Alabama. After hitting 16 home runs in the first 17 games in 2009, the Seminoles have now exploded for 24 home runs in the last nine games.
“It just happened to be our night,” said head coach Mike Martin. “We certainly got some excellent pitching from Sean Gilmartin and we certainly had some good swings, there was no doubt about that. But it was just a game that you never expect.
“Well, I think tonight was just one of those nights that the ball was really carrying because of the wind. That’s not to take away from the good swings we had tonight.”
Holt finished the evening with a game-high four hits marking his 15th multi-hit game of the season. He tallied 11 total bases thanks to a pair of home runs, a double and a single, while tying a career-high with four RBI.
Cardullo and McGee each registered three hits on Friday to tie career-highs. Cardullo reached base on his first five plate appearances and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. The Coral Springs, Fla., native finished with three runs and an RBI. For McGee, it marked his fourth three-hit game of the season as he drove in a season-high five runs.
Freshman Sean Gilmartin got all the run support he needed improving to 6-1 on the year. The southpaw worked seven plus innings allowing four runs on eight hits. He walked four and struck out three. After giving up a run to the Hurricanes in the first and second innings, Gilmartin kept Miami off the scoreboard from the third to the sixth before the Canes registered a single run in the seventh and eighth.
“He kind of got into a groove,” added Martin. “He started using his off speed pitches more which complimented his fastball. He is that kind of guy that if you can get him ahead in the count and let him use those off speed pitches, he will be very effective.”
Florida State grabbed an early lead thanks to three home runs in the top of the first. Holt got things started taking Miami starter David Gutierrez (2-3) out of the park to straight away center for the first leadoff home run by a Seminole hitter since May 4, 2007 (Tony Thomas, Jr. vs. Maryland). The blast was Holt’s fourth of the season surpassing his total home run output from his freshman campaign.
Following a walk to Cardullo, Tapley hit a two-run shot off the side of the parking garage in right field for his team leading eighth home run of the season. It didn’t take long for Tapley to settle in as he left the yard on the first pitch he saw from the Hurricane right hander. The round tripper equaled his home run total from 2008. Stidham followed with a solo shot to right to give the Seminoles a 4-0 lead. The last time the Seminoles hit three home runs in an inning was February 23, 2008 against Duquesne when Holt, Stidham and Tony Delmonico registered home runs in the fifth inning.
After a pair of strikeouts, Gutierrez then gave up a base hit back up the middle to Tommy Oravetz, a walk to Ohmed Danesh and then hit Rafael Lopez with a pitch to load the bases. That would be all for Gutierrez who left after facing just nine batters in 0.2 innings of work. Daniel Miranda came out of the bullpen and got Holt to fly out to right field to close out the top of the first for FSU.
Miami would cut into the deficit with a run in the bottom of the first as Jonathan Weislow led off with a walk and scored two batters later on a Scott Lawson sacrifice fly to center. Tapley made a great defensive play on a ground ball off the bat of Jason Hagerty to turn an inning ending double play.
The Seminoles added to their lead in the second on their fourth home run of the game. With two outs, McGee hit a two-run blast to center for his sixth home run of the season. Like Tapley, the home run equaled McGee’s season total from his freshman season. Cardullo led off the Florida State second with a single to right to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 11 games.
Gilmartin was on track for a 1-2-3 inning in the second after recording back-to-back strikeouts to Chris Herrmann and Yasmani Grandal. But Harold Martinez foiled those plans taking a 1-0 offering from the freshman southpaw out to right center for his third home run of the season.
Florida State got the run back in the third taking advantage of another two out opportunity. Lopez singled through the left side, advanced to second on a wild pitch by Miranda and scored one batter later on a double down the left field line off the bat of Holt.
In the fifth, the Seminoles increased their home run total to six adding two more all with two outs in the inning. A double to right center by Lopez led to a Hurricane pitching change as Rene Guerra became the third Miami pitcher of the evening. Holt greeted Guerra rudely taking the first pitch he saw from the Hurricane right hander out of the park for his second home run of the game and second career multi-home run game.
For the second time on Friday evening, Florida State went back-to-back as Cardullo followed Holt’s blast with a solo shot off the scoreboard in left for his sixth home run of the season.
The Hurricanes put runners on the corners with only one out in the fifth but Gilmartin was able to get out of the inning unscathed. The Moorpark, Calif., native got Hagerty looking on strikes and then was helped out on a Miami base running miscue as Lawson was thrown out by Lopez trying to steal second.
Miami made the score 10-3 in the seventh compliments of a solo home run off the bat of Nathan Melendres. The home run was the eighth allowed by Gilmartin this year as seven of those eight home runs have been solo shots.
Florida State added to its lead in the eighth on the seventh home run of the evening. McGee hit a three-run shot out to center off John Housey for his second home run of the game. The two home runs for McGee marked his second multiple home run game of the season and second of his career. Cardullo led off the inning with a double down the line in left extending his streak of reaching base on consecutive at-bats to eight straight.
The Hurricanes got the first two runners on to start the eighth bringing to a close another stellar outing for Gilmartin. Tyler Everett came on and got a fly out to right and a strike out for the first two outs of the evening. Dave DiNatale stepped in and ripped an RBI double down the line in left plating Hagerty.
The Garnet and Gold rounded out the scoring with one more run in the ninth. D’Vontrey Richardson led off the inning with an infield double. The ball ricocheted off the glove of first baseman Vickash Ramjit and into short right. Richardson took advantage of the play scampering into second for his fourth double of the season. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on another wild pitch from Housey.
Everett faced just three batters in the ninth to wrap-up the game one victory. The sophomore right hander worked two scoreless innings striking out three.
Florida State and Miami return to the diamond for game two of a three game series on Saturday, April 4 with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Saturday’s game will air live on CSS. Fans can listen to the action locally on 100.7 FM and over the internet on www.seminoles.com. Live stats will also be available via gametracker.