June 3, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Mike McGee registered the game-winning hit in the eighth inning and the first-seeded Florida State baseball team defeated fourth-seeded Bethune-Cookman Friday night in the second game of the 2011 NCAA Tallahassee Regional.
FSU (43-17) has now won 11 consecutive NCAA Regional games and moves to the winner’s bracket where it will face third-seeded Alabama (34-26) Saturday at 6 p.m. The Wildcats (36-24) take on UCF (38-22) Saturday noon in an elimination contest.
McGee’s RBI single to right field unlocked a 5-5 tie as his timely hit scored Taiwan Easterling for the go-ahead run.
Brian Busch (6-2) earned the win for the Seminoles while Daniel Bennett moved into a tie for second place in FSU history for saves in a season with 15. Busch wound up pitching 2 1/3 innings in relief and gave up no hits or runs and struck out four.
Starter Scott Garner took the loss for B-CU, going five innings and allowing 10 hits five earned runs before being replaced by Roman Lancara in the bottom of the sixth. Seminoles starter Hunter Scantling lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs while striking out a career-high-tying seven batters.
Both Florida squads combined for 23 hits on the evening with FSU posting 13 of those, including McGee’s clutch connection in the eighth. It was the senior’s 52nd RBI of the season.
B-CU opened the game with a one-run second inning thanks to Durrence’s first dinger of the day.
That early 1-0 advantage looked to be short-lived in the bottom half of the second inning, though. Following a Justin Gonzalez walk, Stuart Tapley singled up the middle to put Seminoles on the corners with two outs. But B-CU then got out of the jam when Brunelle flied out to center field.
FSU may have not been able to tie the game in that inning but the fourth frame proved to be different.
Jayce Boyd stepped to the plate and laced a double to left field as the leadoff batter. One hitter later, Johnson knocked a single to right field that Wildcats right fielder Matt Wright bobbled while attempting to scoop it off the turf. The first error of the contest allowed Boyd to round third base and easily score to knot the game at 1-1.
A mistake in the field was then followed by some success at the plate for B-CU. After a Brashad Johnson single, Leonard hit a two-run homerun to left center that recaptured the lead for the Wildcats at 3-1.
But just as they did an inning earlier, the ‘Noles figured out how to tie the ballgame. Singles by Lopez, James Ramsey and Boyd juiced the bases and Johnson registered two RBIs by connecting on a double down the left-field line.
Tied at 3-3 with two outs, Brunelle’s two-RBI single then scored Johnson and Boyd to give FSU its first lead of the night, 5-3.
Yet another ‘Cats round-tripper – this one off Mack Waugh, who had spelled Scantling an inning earlier — cut the deficit to 5-4 in the top of the sixth. Two batters later it was a repeat performance as Durrence connected on his second homerun of the day; a solo shot that tied the score at 5-5.