Feb. 27, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After pulling out the one-run victory on Thursday night, fifth-ranked Florida State (6-0) remained perfect on the young season clubbing a season-high 19 hits en route to a 14-5 victory over Auburn (2-4) on Friday. In his second start of the season, freshman Sean Gilmartin got all the run support he needed in moving to 2-0 on the year. The southpaw from Moorpark, Calif., threw seven strong innings striking out nine in the win.
The Seminole offense was once again led by Tyler Holt who registered his third career five-hit game. The sophomore center fielder finished the game 5-for-6 with two doubles and a pair of RBIs. Catcher Rafael Lopez was a perfect 4-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored. Jason Stidham and Stuart Tapley also recorded a multi-hit game with three and two, respectively.
Gilmartin was the story on Friday as he looked sharp in his seven innings of work. He struck out five of the first seven batters that he faced and faced no more than four batters in any inning. Gilmartin retired the Tigers in order on three separate occasions.
Auburn grabbed the early lead on a solo home run by Joseph Sanders in the top of the first. The Tiger third baseman took a 2-2 offering from Gilmartin over the wall in left for his fourth home run of the season and third of the series.
The lead was short lived as the Seminoles pushed across a run in the bottom of the first to tie the game at one. Stephen Cardullo laced a one-out single to left off Auburn starter Grant Dayton (0-1) and advanced to third on a throwing error by Tiger shortstop Casey McElroy on a ground ball off the bat of Mike McGee. Cardullo scored a batter later on an RBI groundout to second by Jason Stidham.
The Seminoles took the lead in the second courtesy of the second Auburn error of the game. Tommy Oravetz led off the inning sending a groundball to first base which Kevin Patterson couldn’t handle allowing Oravetz to scamper to second. The Tallahassee, Fla., native moved up 90 feet after a passed ball and scored on a perfectly placed sacrifice bunt toward first off the bat of designated hitter Jack Posey.
Florida State sent nine batters to the plate in the third scoring five runs to extend its lead to 7-1. The Seminoles loaded the bases on a walk, single to right and walk by Mike McGee, Jason Stidham and Tommy Oravetz, respectively. D’Vontrey Richardson plated the first run of the inning dropping an RBI single to right to score McGee. Posey followed with his second sacrifice in as many at-bats sending a fly ball to center scoring Stidham. Lopez picked up his second hit of the game as he drilled a double off the fence in right center bringing home Oravetz and Richardson. Holt rounded out the scoring hitting a double down the third base line scoring Lopez from second.
The Tigers went yard for the second time on Friday as right fielder Ben Jones hit a solo shot to right off Gilmartin for his first home run of the season to cut the Seminole lead to 7-2.
FSU extended its lead to 9-2 with a pair of runs in the fifth. Pinch hitter Mike Meschke led off the inning reaching on a two-base throwing error by Patterson at first. The error would come back to haunt the Tigers as Lopez stepped in and laced a single to left scoring Meschke for his third RBI of the game. Holt then singled to center for his third hit in as many at-bats, while Cardullo moved the runners up 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt to first. McGee picked up his first RBI of the game as he was credited with a sacrifice fly after popping out to short. McElroy slipped after making the catch allowing plenty of time for Lopez to score from third.
Auburn cut into the deficit with a run in the sixth as Justin Hargett scored the third Tiger run of the game on a wild pitch by Gilmartin. Hargett led off the inning with an infield single to short and moved to second on a balk. After a groundout and a strikeout, the freshman southpaw unleashed a wild pitch allowing Hargett to score from third making the score 9-3.
Florida State added four more in the seventh for a 10-run Seminole advantage as three of the runs came with two outs in the inning. Stidham was responsible for the first RBI singling back up the middle to score Holt. Tapley cleared the bases blasting a two-run shot off the top of the storage garage in left center for his second home run of the season and tenth of his career. Lopez and Holt started the inning with back-to-back doubles.
Making his second appearance of the season, Kris Castellanos pitched the eighth and gave up two runs on one hit. He walked one and struck out one on 21 pitches. The two runs came on an inside-the-park home run off the bat of Mummey. The Auburn center fielder clubbed a shot off the center field wall for his first hit of the game.
The Seminoles added one more run in the bottom half of the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Parker Brunelle to make the score 14-5. Ohmed Danesh led off the inning with a double to left, moved to third on a single to right by Meschke and scored a batter later on the fly ball to center by Brunelle.
Freshman Hunter Scantling pitched a perfect ninth inning to seal the victory for the Seminoles. The Jacksonville, Fla., native struck out Chezz McCann for the final out of the game.
Florida State now heads to Auburn for the third and fourth games of the series beginning Saturday, February 28. Game time for Saturday is set for 2:00 p.m. EST. Fans can listen to all the live action over the radio on 100.7 FM. Live stats for the game will be available via gametracker on www.seminoles.com.