Feb. 24, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State (3-0) remained perfect on the season downing Duquesne (0-3) 15-3 on Sunday to sweep the weekend series. The Seminoles pounded out 15 hits for the second straight game including seven of the extra base variety, while freshman Mike McGee took a no hitter into the sixth inning in his first collegiate start to earn the victory. McGee also helped his cause at the plate going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored. Ohmed Danesh and Jason Stidham also contributed to the Seminole offense on Sunday as both student-athletes drove in three runs each.
McGee (1-0) was impressive in his first career start as he faced just two batters over the minimum through the first five innings of work. The freshman right hander did not allow a hit to the Dukes until the sixth when pinch hitter Pat Kimutis led off the inning with a double to the gap in right center. McGee finished the game going five plus innings allowing three runs on two hits. He walked four and struck out four as he threw 89 pitches.
“This was a great weekend for Mike McGee,” said head coach Mike Martin. “He showed a lot of poise on the mound and we are very, very proud of the way he handled every situation from pitching to hitting. He handled himself very well, to throw no hit ball for five innings is quite an accomplishment. I very proud of the way he played in his first outing.”
“I was just hitting my spots,” said McGee. “I was throwing my fastballs well and my off speed stuff was 50/50. But today was a lot of fun. I really love the fact that I got to hit and pitch today. That was one thing I didn’t like about just pitching was not being able to hit. Not only did I get to pitch, but I was able to stay in the ball game and hit as the DH after I was done pitching. That was pretty awesome.”
For the second straight game, Danesh and Stidham drove in three runs as the Seminoles finished the weekend batting .423 as a team scoring 44 runs on 44 hits. The Seminoles registered a .865 slugging percentage as over half their hits went for extra bases.
“We certainly didn’t expect this power to come out over the weekend,” added Guinn. “I was glad to see the young guys come out and hit the ball well. Mike threw the ball well today and swung the bat well all weekend.”
The Seminoles broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third as Dennis Guinn and Danesh hit back-to-back RBI singles with two outs to give Florida State a 2-0 lead. Centerfielder Tyler Holt led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Stidham. Following a walk to catcher Buster Posey, Guinn stepped to the plate and with two outs hit a bounding ball up the middle plating Holt from second for the first run of the game. Posey would score one batter later on Danesh’s single to right field.
Florida State followed an inning later with a seven-run fourth to increase its margin to 9-0. Stidham got things started as he unloaded on his second home run in as many days smashing a three-run shot over the fence in right scoring Ruairi O’Connor and Holt. After drawing a one-out walk, shortstop Tony Delmonico would come around to score on Guinn’s RBI triple to deep center. It was Guinn’s fifth career triple. Danesh followed with a double off the wall in right center scoring Guinn and would score one batter later on McGee’s single to left. Stuart Tapley recorded his first RBI as a Seminole bringing home McGee on another double off the wall in right to close out the scoring.
After being shutdown for the first five innings, Duquesne finally solved McGee cracking the scoreboard with three runs in the top of sixth. The first four batters reached thanks to back-to-back hits by Kimutis and Andrew Heck and consecutive walks to Bill Torre and Chris Happ. With the bases loaded and no body out, Happ recorded an RBI drawing a 3-2 walk from McGee. That would end the afternoon for the Seminole starter as lefthander Ryan Vigue came out of the bullpen to replace McGee.
Vigue, making his first appearance in a Seminole uniform, registered two quick outs as he got Aaron Janusey to ground into a 4-6-3 double play. Heck scored on the play for the second Duquesne run. A wild pitch by Vigue would account for the third and final run for the Dukes before Mark Tracy would end the inning as he was caught looking on strikes.
The Seminole would tack on four more runs in the seventh to increase their lead to 13-3. Danesh and McGee highlighted the inning with consecutive RBI doubles. The double by Danesh was his second of the game. McGee just missed hitting his second home run of the season as his ball bounced off the top of the yellow marker in left field and back into the field of play.
Tommy Oravetz closed out the Seminole scoring in the eighth on a two-run homer over the fence in right. Oravetz entered the game as a pinch hitter and took a 2-1 offering out of the ball park for his second career round tripper. The home run was the 10th hit by the Seminoles this weekend. It wasn’t until the 23rd game last year that the Seminoles would hit their tenth team home run.
Bo O’Dell and Buster Posey each worked an inning in relief. O’Dell allowed a hit and a walk while striking out two Duquesne batters. Posey pitched a perfect eighth inning recording a strikeout. The Leesburg, Ga., native made just his second career appearance on the mound for the Seminoles and first since February 11, 2007 when he pitched an inning against UNC Asheville.
The game was called after the completion of the eighth inning due to the three hour travel curfew that was put in place for Duquesne.
The Seminoles will return to the diamond on Tuesday, February 26 in Clearwater, Fla., when Florida State will take on the Philadelphia Phillies in an exhibition contest at BrightHouse Networks Field. Game time against the Phillies is slated for 7:05 pm. Fans can still purchase tickets to the game by logging on to www.seminoles.com and clicking on the FSU/Phillies button on the front page. Fans must enter the promotional code (FSU) to buy tickets online.