April 4, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State (26-3, 12-1) defeated Virginia (24-7, 8-5) 10-3 under the lights at Dick Howser Stadium Friday night in front of 5,722 fans handing the Cavaliers their worst ACC loss of the season. The Seminoles pounded out 17 hits and got another quality start from sophomore Matt Fairel to take game one of a three-game set in the first regular season match-up between the two schools since 2005.
Tony Delmonico recorded a hit in his first four at-bats tying a season-high with four hits, while Buster Posey was a double short of hitting for the cycle finishing the evening 3-for-4 with a triple, a home run and two RBIs.
Fairel (7-0) remained perfect on the year as the sophomore southpaw won his seventh decision in as many starts in 2008. After giving up a two-run homer in the top of the first, Fairel settled down and allowed just four hits the rest of the way. He finished the game with seven strikeouts and three base-on-balls.
The Seminoles ran out to an early lead scoring six runs in the first three innings off Virginia starter Jacob Thompson (4-1) eventually handing the junior right hander his first loss of the season and his first defeat since June 4, 2006. Thompson allowed a career-high seven runs on 11 hits while he tied a career-high giving up six earned runs and five walks. The Virginia hurler had gone 23 consecutive starts (15-0) without earning a loss before falling to the Seminoles on Friday night.
“Tonight was just one of those nights that everything went our way,” said head coach Mike Martin. “We did a lot of things well from an offensive stand point. Matt Fairel went out there and gave us seven good innings. He had all of his pitches going and just pitched a very good ball game.”
“Virginia is a club that has a lot of pride and tomorrow will be a big challenge for us,” added Martin.
It was Virginia that jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first on Jeremy Farrell’s sixth home run of the season. The Cavalier first baseman took Fairel off the scoreboard in left after the Seminoles could not successfully convert on a run down of David Adams at first on what looked like a sure pickoff move by Fairel at first. The home run was just the second given up by Fairel in 47 innings of work in 2008.
Florida State quickly answered with four runs in the bottom of the first to take the lead for good. Tyler Holt led off the game with a walk as the freshman center fielder has now reached base safely in all 29 games this season. He would score two batters later on Posey’s third triple of the season. Jack Rye tied the game at two on an RBI groundout to short. After a walk and a single by Dennis Guinn and Delmonico, respectively, the team’s best two-out in designated hitter Tommy Oravetz stepped in and laced a 3-2 pitch back up the middle to plate Guinn. Delmonico came around to score on the play as UVa center fielder Jarrett Parker had problems fielding the hit by Oravetz.
The Seminoles increased their lead to 6-2 in the third on an RBI single by Delmonico and a two-out single to right by Ohmed Danesh.
Delmonico ended the night for Thompson after 6.1 innings as he collected his fourth hit, a double to the wall in right. Neal Davis came on and gave up an infield single to pinch hitter Jack Posey. After Delmonico stole third for his seventh swipe of the season, pinch hitter Mike McGee drove in the junior shortstop on an RBI groundout.
In the eighth, Florida State collected back-to-back home runs off the bat of Stidham and Posey. Stidham led off the inning hitting his seventh round tripper of the season over the fence in right, while Posey followed with his ninth home run on the year. The Leesburg, Ga., native stepped in and on the first pitch he saw from Kevin Arico took the ball over the scoreboard and out of the stadium in right for a 9-2 advantage. It was the second time this season that Stidham and Posey have registered back-to-back home runs.
The Garnet and Gold added one more in the inning as McGee recorded his second RBI of the night on a single up the middle plating pinch runner Ruairi O’Connor.
Jimmy Marshall and Tyler Everett each pitched an inning in relief on Friday. Marshall worked a perfect eighth facing just three batters while recording a strikeout. Everett pitched the ninth and allowed a run on two hits as the freshman right hander walked one and struck out a batter.
Florida State and Virginia will face-off in game two of a three-game set on Saturday, April 5. First pitch is slated for 7:00 p.m. Fans can catch all the action over the internet as gametracker and ACC Select will be available for the contest. The game can also be heard live over the radio on 100.7 FM with Tom Block providing all the play-by-play action.