April 18, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Eight Florida State pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout as top-ranked Florida State (30-7) rolled to a 6-0 victory over North Georgia College (20-22) Wednesday night on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
The Seminoles pitching staff faced just one batter over the minimum Wednesday night in reaching the 30-win plateau for the 48th year in a row.
“I was very happy with everyone’s focus tonight,” said head coach Mike Martin. “I thought everybody understood the importance of the game. I was very excited with the way we approached the game, the way we got after it and of course we were doing it without the leading hitter in the ACC tonight.”
Scott Sitz (2-2) earned the win in a controlled start as he worked 2.0 innings and allowed two hits while facing six Saints hitters.
“They are good team; they went up there hacking tonight,” said Sitz. “We only had three strikeouts all night, so they were putting the ball in play and were very aggressive.”
Hunter Scantling, Luke Weaver, Kyle Bird, Bryant Holtmann, Mack Waugh, Evan Geist and Gage Smith all pitched an inning in relief in the win. Bird struck out two of the three batters that he faced, while Scantling struck out one.
“It was good that we were able to get our pitchers their work tonight,” said Martin. “Scotty Sitz got his and is ready to go Sunday against Miami. I thought he pitched very well.”
The only other hit allowed by the Seminoles came off Holtmann in the sixth when Andrew Gordon led off the inning with a single to right field.
Geist, who made his first collegiate appearance in the eighth inning, retired all three batters that he faced on a fly out and a pair of groundouts.
“It felt good,” said Geist. “I wanted to go out there and pound the zone and that is what they have been preaching for me to do. I wanted to get ahead, get groundballs and get quick outs.”
James Ramsey paced the Florida State offense with three hits as he drove in half the Seminoles’ runs on Wednesday night. The senior captain finished the game 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored. The triple was his team leading fifth of the season and 14th of his career moving him into a tie for third place all-time at Florida State.
The Seminoles did not waste time putting runs on the board scoring four runs over the first two innings. Johnson led off the first with an infield single to second and moved to second when Travis drew a walk. Both runners would come around to score on Ramsey’s two-run triple down the line in right. Ramsey crossed the plate for the third run of the inning on a sac-fly off the bat of McGee.
Gonzalez added to the Seminole lead in the second connecting on a 1-0 pitch from Saints starter Jacob Beauchamp (4-2) sending it out of the ballpark to left for his third home run of the season.
“When we get going early as an offense it takes a lot of pressure off our pitchers and our defense,” said Gonzalez.
Florida State pushed its lead to 6-0 with two more runs in the fifth. Travis registered a one-out double down the right field foul line for his team leading 15th double of the season. After a wild pitch moved Travis to third, Ramsey would bring home the junior second baseman on a single through the right side. McGee singled up the middle to put runners at the corners followed by a sac-fly to center off the bat of John Nogowski to score Ramsey from third.
* Freshman John Nogowski made his first career start at first base on Wednesday night.
* Junior Jayce Boyd was not in starting line-up due to flu-like symptoms. Boyd had started 111 consecutive games at first base dating back to the last 10 games of the 2010 season.
Florida State returns to ACC play this weekend as the Seminoles host intra-state rival Miami for a three-game series beginning Friday, April 20. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Friday and Saturday’s contest can be seen on ESPN3 while Sunday’s game will air live on CSS. Fans can listen to the games locally on 1270 AM (Friday), 100.7 FM (Saturday and Sunday) and over the internet at Seminoles.com. Live stats will be available via gametracker, while fans can receive updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball.