March 4, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – The hits and walks were flowing Tuesday evening on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium as Florida State pushed its record to 8-0 on the year with an 11-4 victory over UNC Asheville (4-5). The Seminoles recorded double-digit hits for the eighth consecutive game putting up 11 in game one against the Bulldogs while drawing a season-high 13 walks.
“Any way you can scrape them, I’ll take them,” said head coach Mike Martin on scoring some unconventional runs on Tuesday night. “It was a game in which we had some good at-bats. This is a very young UNC Asheville team and we took advantage of some mistakes that were made.”
Junior Bo O’Dell tied a career-high working six innings in his first start of the season to collect his first victory in 2008 and his second career win over UNC Asheville. The right hander from Kissimmee, Fla., gave up two runs on eight hits and did not walk a batter while posting a career-high in strikeouts with five.
“I felt good out there tonight,” explained O’Dell. “I am just happy to get the opportunity to go out there and throw the ball. Not having any walks when I’m locating my fastball was a very big key for me tonight.”
The Seminoles scored a run in six of the eight innings in which they appeared at the plate. Senior Dennis Guinn continued his hot hitting as he collected his second three-hit game of the season. Guinn has now registered multiple hits in six of the first eight games in 2008. Stuart Tapley also had a nice offensive evening going 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk and two runs scored. Junior Buster Posey led all batters with three RBIs in the win.
“I am really just trying to stick to my game plan,” said Guinn on another multiple hit performance. “Stay up the middle with the ball and not try to do too much with my at-bats, I like to keep it simple at the plate.”
“It was a good win for us,” stated Martin. “I was very pleased with the way our guys played. I thought Bo O’Dell had a very good outing and I was very pleased to see Ben Francis and Jimmy Marshall come in and do a good job for us.”
Florida State gave O’Dell an early cushion scoring three runs in the bottom of the first. The first three batters reached as Tyler Holt led off the first with a single to center and moved to second on a walk by Jason Stidham. Posey would drive them both in on his first triple of the season. The junior catcher hit a ball that caromed off the top of the wall in right center and got away from Bulldog centerfielder Kevin Mattison. Posey scored two pitches later on a balk by starting pitcher Justin Schumer.
UNC Asheville answered with a run in the second on a solo home run over the fence in right field by Schumer. It was Schumer’s second round tripper of the season.
In the fourth, the two teams would exchange a run as the Bulldogs scored on an RBI single to center by Johnny Martinez. Reed Kreiser led off the inning with a double and would come around to score on Martinez’ base hit. FSU pushed its lead back to two when Tapley scored on a wild pitch by UNC Asheville reliever Grier Harrington. Tapley got things started in the fourth with a single to center and raced around to third on Stidham’s single down the right field line. The hit extended Stidham’s hit streak to nine games.
Florida State broke the game open in the sixth scoring three runs on only one hit. The Bulldog bullpen issued four walks and two balks which led to a pair of runs. Guinn registered the lone hit in the inning singling to right field driving in Jack Rye for an 8-3 Seminole advantage.
Ryan Vigue entered in the seventh in relief of O’Dell. The freshman southpaw walked the first two batters that he faced before being lifted from the game in favor of sophomore Ben Francis. UNC Asheville would take advantage of the walks as both runners would come around to score. After issuing a walk to the first batter that he faced, Francis induced a groundball double play, an RBI single and a fielder’s choice to prohibit a big inning from happening. He pitched the eighth and after getting in trouble with a hit-by-pitch and a walk to start the inning, the right hander got a key strikeout and then an inning ending double play.
Florida State added a run in the seventh on a Posey sacrifice fly to center for his third RBI of the game. The fly out scored Tapley who reached after getting hit by a pitch.
The Seminoles put the game out of reach in the eighth with a pair of runs to make the score 11-4. Tony Delmonico led off the inning with a walk and scored on a pinch hit double to deep center field by Jack Posey. Posey advanced to third on a pinch hit single by Ruairi O’Connor and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Luke Smierciak.
Jimmy Marshall entered in the ninth and struck out the side to close out the game keeping the Garnet and Gold perfect on the year.
The Seminoles will return to the diamond on Wednesday, March 5 in game two against UNC Asheville. Game time is schedule for 6:00 pm with freshman Tyler Everett taking the mound in his first start of the season. Gametracker and ACC Select will be available for the game, while Eric Luallen will broadcast the game live over the radio on 1270 the Team.