Feb. 23, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – After posting 14 runs on 14 hits in game one, Florida State (2-0) put together 15 runs on 15 hits in game two to sweep Saturday’s doubleheader against Duquesne (0-2) with a 15-3 victory. Sophomore Ohmed Danesh and freshman Mike McGee each collected three hits and scored a pair of runs, while sophomore Jason Stidham drove in four.
Of the 15 runs scored in game two, seven were scored with two outs including all six in the Seminoles’ six-run fourth. Eight of the 15 total hits went for extra bases including four doubles, two triples and two home runs. In the first two games, Florida State hit eight home runs all by eight different players. It wasn’t until the 14th game of the 2007 season when FSU, as a team, connected on its eighth round tripper.
Buster Posey was solid in game two going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Tyler Holt, Dennis Guinn and Stuart Tapley joined Danesh and McGee by scoring two runs each. At one stretch, the Seminoles scored in eight straight innings counting back to the first game of the doubleheader.
Matt Fairel (1-0) went five innings in his first collegiate start as he struck out a career-high seven batters to pick up the win. Fairel allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits while walking just one Duquesne batter.
Duquesne struck first scoring a run in the top half of the first. Fairel got off to shaking start in his debut as a starter for the Seminoles as the Dukes loaded the bases on back-to-back singles by Derek Mechling and Anthony Manley and a hit-by-pitch by Aaron Janusey to start the game. The sophomore southpaw helped his cause by getting Eric Morrison to ground into a double play. On the play, Mechling scored to give Duquesne a 1-0 lead. Fairel got Bill Torre looking on strikes to end the inning.
The Seminoles answered right back in the bottom of the first with a four spot to take a three-run lead. Holt led off the game with a walk and stole second for his first stolen base of the season. With one out, Buster Posey stepped in and deposited a shot over the right field fence for a two-run home run and his first hit of the season. Following back-to-back walks by Tony Delmonico and Guinn, Danesh hit a bloop single to left scoring Delmonico from second. After a McGee single loaded the bases for the Seminoles, designated hitter Tommy Oravetz registered his first RBI of the season sending a sacrifice fly to left to score Guinn.
Florida State increased its lead to 5-1 on back-to-back doubles with two outs in the second by Posey and Delmonico. Posey got things started with a double down the left field line and came around to score on Delmonico’s double to left center. The double kept Delmonico perfect on the day in his first six at-bats as a Seminole. On the play the Knoxville, Tenn., native extended his hit streak to a career-high 14 games.
The home run barrage continued for the Seminoles in the third as McGee hit his first home run as a collegiate, a two-run shot over the fence in left center. Danesh scored on the play as he led off the bottom of the inning with a bunt single to third.
Duquesne looked to get things started in the fourth with two straight hits, but neither runner advanced passed first as Fairel picked off both Torre and Tracy. He finished the inning striking out Happ for the second time on the afternoon.
The Seminoles went back on the offensive attack in the fourth scoring six runs all on two outs. Danesh hit an RBI single, McGee registered an RBI triple and scored on a throwing error by the Duquesne shortstop. Oravetz hit a double to left and Tapley brought him in on an RBI single to left. Holt followed with a single to right and Stidham closed out the scoring with a two-run single to center plating Tapley and Holt.
Stidham made the score 15-2 in the sixth on a two-run triple off the fence in right center. Tapley and Holt would score after reaching base on a walk and a double, respectively.
Ben Francis made his Seminole debut in the sixth pitching two innings in relief. He allowed one run, no earned, on one hit. He struck out a batter and did not issue a walk.
The game was once again called after the conclusion of six and a half innings due to the 10-run rule that was put into effect because of the doubleheader.
The two teams will return to the field on Sunday in the third and final game of the series. First pitch is slated for 12:30 pm on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The game will be shown live on ACC Select, while fans can also listen live on 100.7 FM. Gametracker will also be available for the contest as well. Freshman Mike McGee will take the mound in his first collegiate start tomorrow.