April 12, 2008
Chestnut Hill, Mass. – Top-ranked Florida State (31-3, 17-1) pounded out 17 hits in the series finale against Boston College (18-17, 5-13) as the Seminoles defeated the Eagles 17-2 to complete the three-game sweep. The win moves FSU to 17-1 in the ACC tying the school record for the best start in league play set back in 1996.
Tommy Oravetz and Tony Delmonico paced the Seminole offense in game three as both student-athletes registered a pair of hits and drove in four runs. Oravetz set a career-high in RBIs with four surpassing his previous high of three set back on April 28, 2006 against Savannah State. The junior designated hitter went 2-for-6 with a home run and a double as 15 of his 26 hits in 2008 have gone for extra bases. Delmonico was 2-for-5 at the plate with a single and his first career grand slam.
Jack Rye recorded three hits and three RBIs on Saturday afternoon, while Tyler Holt, Buster Posey and Stuart Tapley each registered two hits. Tapley led all players in game three with three runs scored.
Seminole starter Elih Villanueva shutout the Eagles over six innings of work as the junior right hander gave up just five hits to run his record to 4-0 on the year. The Miami, Fla., native struck out eight and walked just two as he threw just 87 pitches. It marked the first time in eight starts that Villanueva did not allow a run.
Florida State squandered a golden opportunity to put some runs on the board in top of the first leaving the bases loaded. BC starter James MacDonald (3-5) looked as though he would breeze through the first inning registering two quick outs but then found trouble as he gave up a walk to Buster Posey, a single to Jack Rye and another walk to Dennis Guinn loading the bases for Delmonico. After fouling off four consecutive pitches, MacDonald got Delmonico looking on a called third strike to end the inning.
Oravetz didn’t waste anytime giving the Seminoles their first lead of the game blasting a 1-1 offering from MacDonald off the scoreboard in right for his third round tripper of the season. The Seminoles batted around in the second adding six more runs after the leadoff homer to take a 7-0 lead. Six of the seven runs in that inning came on two outs. Oravetz tacked on three more RBIs in the inning as he cleared the bases with a double off the wall in right to cap the seven-run second. Rye drove in a pair legging out a bases loaded infield single to second, while Guinn collected an RBI single to right. Tapley and Holt each registered a hit in the inning. With his single to right, Holt extended his streak of reaching base safely to 34 straight games.
In the third, Florida State extended its lead to 9-0. Tapley started the inning with a double to the gap in left center and moved to third on a bunt single by Holt. Stidham registered his first RBI of the game sending a sacrifice fly to center to score Tapley. After Holt stole second for his ninth stolen base of the season, Buster Posey brought him home on a single through the right side of the infield.
The Seminoles once again generated some two out offense as Rye hit an RBI double in the top of the fifth to increase the FSU lead to 10-0. With Tapley and Posey on board after registering a walk, the Eagles went to the bullpen and brought on their third pitcher of the afternoon in Geoff Oxley. On a 2-1 pitch, Rye laced a double to left center, his eighth of the season, to score Tapley for a 10-run FSU lead.
The Garnet and Gold pushed another run across in the seventh on an RBI groundout by Ruairi O’Connor. Stidham reached on his first hit of the game on an infield single and advanced to third on a double to left center by Buster Posey. O’Connor brought home Stidham on a groundout to short.
Boston College got on the board with a pair of runs in the seventh off Seminole reliever Bo O’Dell to cut the deficit to 11-2. The Eagles registered back-to-back RBI groundouts by Barry Butera and Michael Belfiore scoring Robert Anston and Mike Sudol who led off the inning with a pair of singles.
Florida State got the two runs back in the eighth to increase its lead to 13-2. Stephen Cardullo hit an RBI double to right center scoring Oravetz, while Holt drove in Luke Smierciak on an RBI groundout to short.
Ben Francis pitched a scoreless eighth as the sophomore right hander struck out one and walked a batter as he faced four batters in the inning.
In the ninth, Delmonico unloaded on his first career grand slam taking Belfiore over the fence in right. The Seminoles started the inning with three straight walks as Parker Brunelle, O’Connor and Jack Posey were each issued a base-on-ball off BC reliever Kurt Hayer. The slam was the first of the season for the Seminoles and the first since Buster Posey collected a grand slam against the Hurricanes in Miami on April 28, 2007.
Ryan Vigue closed out the game pitching the ninth as the freshman left hander did not allow a hit as he walked one and struck out two.
Florida State returns to Tallahassee for a five-game home stand featuring three games against teams from the Sunshine State. The Seminoles host Florida and North Florida on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, followed by a three-game set against long time rival and ACC foe Miami. First pitch for Tuesday’s game against the Gators is set for 6:00 p.m. Fans can catch all the action over the internet as ACC Select and gametracker will be available for the contest. The game can also be heard live over the radio on 100.7 FM with Eric Luallen providing all the play-by-play action.