May 15, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (38-14) registered its 13th win in a row at home with a 14-6 victory over Grambling State (14-33) in game one of a doubleheader on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles erased a four-run, first inning deficit scoring six runs in the first two innings to grab the lead for good.
Tyler Holt and Stephen Cardullo paced the Seminole offensive with two hits each. Both Seminoles drove in a run, while the two combined for five runs including three scored by Cardullo. Stuart Tapley and Sean Gilmartin each registered two RBI as 12 different Seminoles drove in at least one run. The Seminoles also recorded a season-high four sacrifice flies in the game one victory.
After Grambling State cut the Seminole lead to 6-5 with a run in the fifth, Florida State broke the game open with two runs in the bottom of the fifth and six more in the sixth.
Brian Busch shook off a shaky first inning to pick-up the win moving to 5-2 on the year. The freshman southpaw worked five innings allowing five runs on seven hits as he walked three and struck out three.
Grambling State wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in game one of Friday’s doubleheader as Mike Roby connected on a grand slam home run in the top of the first. The first five Tiger batters to come to the plate reached thanks to three hits and a pair of walks. Anthony Clifton led off the game with a double down the line in right on the very first pitch of the game from Busch. After a walk and a bunt single loaded the bases, Roby wiped the slate clean blasting his team-leading 10th home run of the season off the scoreboard in left.
The Seminoles answered right back in the bottom of the first cutting the deficit in half with a pair of runs to make the score 4-2. Holt and Cardullo put together consecutive singles, while Mike McGee drew a walk to load the bases. Tapley brought home Holt for the first Seminole run of the game as he drew a walk from Grambling State starter Baron Hinton (3-4). A sac-fly to the wall in left by Tommy Oravetz drove in Cardullo for the second run of the inning.
Florida State moved in front with four runs in the second to take a 6-4 lead. Holt, McGee and Tapley registered RBI hits, while Jason Stidham drove in a run on a sac-fly to right center.
The Tigers threatened in the fourth but Ohmed Danesh threw out Joseph Gill at the plate to pick up his first outfield assist of the season. After reaching on a single to left and swiping his second stolen base of the season, Gill tried to score from second on a base hit to right by Chris Wolfe but Danesh fired a one hopper to Parker Brunelle at the plate in plenty of time for the out to keep the Seminoles’ two-run lead intact.
Grambling State pushed a run across in the fifth on a sac-fly to bring the Seminole lead to 6-5. The Tigers started the inning with a single to left by Arthur Mazierski and a double to left by Milt Barney. Roby followed a batter later with his fifth RBI of the game sending a sac-fly to center.
FSU once again answered right back with two runs in the bottom of the inning to increase the lead to three. After leading off the inning with a walk, Tapley scored two batters later on a single to right by Danesh. Jack Posey brought home the second run of the inning on a sac-fly to right to bring home Danesh.
The Seminoles broke the game open in the sixth with six runs sending 10 batters to the plate. Gilmartin and Mike Meschke both registered pinch hit doubles in the inning as Gilmartin drove in two and Meschke plated one. Cardullo recorded an RBI triple blasting a shot to deep centerfield. Sherman Johnson also picked up a pinch hit single in the sixth.
Geoff Parker pitched a perfect sixth retiring the side in order. He struck out the final batter that he faced. Mark Peterson worked the seventh and allowed hits to the first two batters that he faced giving up a leadoff double to Clifton and an RBI single to Mazierski. Peterson bounced back and got the next three batters to close out the game.
Florida State will face Grambling State on Saturday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m. in the final game of the regular season. The Seminoles will honor its graduating class before the start of the game with pre-game festivities scheduled to begin at 1:45 p.m. The game will air live over the internet on ACC Select, while 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.