May 19, 2007
Atlanta, Ga. – Third-ranked Florida State (46-9, 24-6) earned its first three-game series sweep over Georgia Tech (31-23, 15-14) in Atlanta with a 17-11 victory on Saturday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium to close out the 2007 regular season schedule. The Seminoles recorded double-digit runs in all three games against the Jackets for the first time since 1997 when the Garnet and Gold took 2-of-3 in Atlanta. The Seminoles also took advantage of 13 walks in game three as they tallied 44 runs this weekend, marking the third time FSU scored 44 runs in a three-game series this weekend.
Ohmed Danesh recorded his first collegiate three-hit game going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI’s. Jason Stidham capped off a fantastic weekend with four more RBI’s in game three bringing his series total to 10. The freshman third baseman went 2-for-4 on Saturday and hit .571 for the series.
Things got off to rocky start in game three as the Yellow Jackets quickly posted a run after just two batters came to the plate. Michael Fisher laced an RBI single back up the middle to score Danny Payne from second. The Jackets then recorded back-to-back singles by Matt Wieters and Wally Crancer to load the bases with no outs. After a visit to the mound by head coach Mike Martin, FSU starter Ryan Strauss found his groove as he recorded consecutive strikeouts and fly out to center by Tony Plagman to hold Georgia Tech to just one run.
Florida State countered with three runs in the second off Tech starter Eddie Burns to take a 3-1 lead. Danesh led off the inning with walk, stole second and came around to score on an RBI single to center by designated hitter Tommy Oravetz. Mark Gildea drove in Oravetz from first as he hit a double to the gap in right center. Tony Thomas, Jr. made the score 3-1 as he fired a single to right center scoring Gildea.
The Seminoles exploded with nine runs in the top of the third to take a commanding 12-1 lead. FSU sent 15 batters to the plate collecting just four hits while drawing six free passes. The first six batters to come to the plate reached without recording an out, while FSU once again came through with some timely hitting as four of the nine runs came on two outs. With the bases loaded, Stidham stepped in and continued his hot hitting in Atlanta this weekend lacing a single to left center scoring Buster Posey and Jack Rye. The inning also included three bases loaded walks as Gildea, Rye and Danesh each registered an RBI. In his second plate appearance of the inning, Stidham recorded his second hit and third RBI of the inning on an infield single to short. Posey and Rye each scored two runs in the third.
FSU posted three more runs in the fourth to push the score to 15-1. Yellow Jacket reliever Brad Rulon issued three consecutive walks to Brandon Reichert, Thomas and Hallberg to start the inning. Posey blasted a single off the wall in right scoring Reichert. The sophomore catcher tried to turn the hit into a double, but the runners in front held and Posey was forced out in a run down at first. A sacrifice fly by Rye brought in Thomas, while Danesh hit a double down the line in left plating Hallberg.
Strauss settled down after the first and faced just one batter over the minimum in the next three innings of work to earn his ninth win of the season in a controlled start. The junior right hander allowed a run on four hits as he walked one and struck out four.
Jimmy Marshall pitched two solid innings keeping the Jackets off the board in the fifth and sixth innings. He struck out four, two looking, and walked just one as he faced seven batters.
The Yellow Jackets picked up five runs in the seventh to close the gap to 15-6. Luke Tucker was responsible for all five runs as he started the inning and faced just five batters without recording an out. Bo O’Dell was called on and after giving up two walks including one with the bases loaded, he got Murton to groundout into a double play and Patrick Long to fly out to left to close out the inning.
Florida State added two more in the ninth to increase their lead to 17-6. Ruairi O’Connor and Travis Anderson reached as they singled and walked to lead off the inning. After a wild pitch moved the runners up a base, Stidham knocked in his fourth run of the game on a sacrifice fly to right scoring O’Connor. Tommy Oravetz then hit an RBI groundout to second plating Anderson to cap the Seminole scoring.
Georgia Tech wouldn’t go away quietly as they scored five runs in the ninth sending 10 batters to plate. Danny Rosen threw the final two innings as he got Jay Dantzler looking on strikes to end the game. Rosen gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits. He walked three and recorded five of the six out via the strikeout.
Florida State will next head to Jacksonville, Fla. for the 34th ACC Baseball Championship at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The three-game round robin tournament will begin Wednesday, May 23. The Seminoles clinched the number one overall seed in this year’s tournament and square-off against the No. 4, 5 and 8 seeds with dates and times to be announced by the conference office on Sunday, May 20 by 5:00 pm. Florida State has won four league titles including two in the last five years (2002 and 2005). Every game of the ACC Tournament will be broadcasted live on either Fox Sports Net South or Sports South; fans are encouraged to check their local listings. Seminoles fans can also follow all the action over the Internet. Gametracker will be available for the contest along with live radio broadcast courtesy of 1270 the TEAM.