April 29, 2008
DeLand, Fla. – Third-ranked Florida State (36-7) registered its seventh consecutive non-conference victory with a 13-3 win over Stetson (19-27) Tuesday night in front of 2,751 at Melching Field, the eighth largest crowd in stadium history. The Seminoles reached the double-digit run plateau for the fourth straight game against the Hatters outscoring Stetson 60-9 during the stretch. The win was the tenth straight for Florida State in the series.
Five Seminoles recorded multiple hits in game one led by Tyler Holt and Jack Rye who collected four hits each. Holt doubled, hit three singles and walked once while setting a career-high with four runs scored. Rye followed with a double, three singles and a walk as the senior right fielder drove in three and scored once. Tony Delmonico went 3-for-5, while Stephen Cardullo made his fifth straight start at third and tied a career-high with two hits in five at-bats.
Buster Posey reached base on all five plate appearances walking in his first two at-bats. He followed with back-to-back home runs in the fourth and fifth inning and was hit by a pitch in the seventh. Posey also registered three RBIs and three runs scored.
The two round trippers marked Posey’s third multi-home run game this season and the second time this year he has registered back-to-back home runs in consecutive at-bats. Dennis Guinn was the last Seminole to hit home runs in consecutive at-bats performing the feat against Virginia Tech on March 23, 2008. Posey was the last Seminole to hit two home runs in a game connecting on two in FSU’s 21-2 win over Wake Forest.
In his seventh start of the season, Mike McGee worked six innings to improve to 6-1 on the year. The freshman right hander gave up two runs, all unearned, on six hits. He struck out four and walked just one in the win. McGee kept the Hatters scoreless until the sixth allowing just one runner to reach third base through the first five innings.
Tyler Everett worked the final three innings to pick up his second save of the season. The freshman right hander allowed a run on four hits as he posted a strikeout and walked a batter.
Florida State quickly got out of the gates with a three spot in the top of the first. The Seminoles took advantage of a pair of Hatter errors as two of the three runs scored in the inning were unearned. Holt led off the game with a single through the left side extending his streak of reaching base to all 43 games. He moved to second as Jason Stidham reached on a fielding error by the Stetson first baseman and came around to score on a throwing error by the Hatter catcher on a successful double steal by both Seminole base runners. Stidham scored two batters later on base hit to left by Rye, while Buster Posey, who drew a walk with nobody out, scored on a sacrifice fly by Delmonico to give the Seminoles a three-run advantage.
The Seminoles added two more runs in the second on just one hit to take a 5-0 lead. FSU registered four walks in the inning including two with two outs and the bases loaded. Rye and Guinn each drew RBI walks scoring Parker Brunelle and Holt, respectively. Brunelle got the nod at catcher on Tuesday night, his second start from behind the plate this season.
Buster Posey gave Florida State a 6-0 lead on a solo home run to begin the fourth. Making his first start of the season as the Seminole designated hitter, Posey took a 1-1 offering from Stetson reliever Brad Tressler and hit it out of the ballpark in dead center for his 12th round tripper of the season.
FSU scored three more times in the fifth to take a 9-0 lead. Left fielder Ruairi O’Connor led off the inning with a walk and moved to third on Holt’s double to left center, his third hit of the game. Stidham scored O’Connor on a sacrifice fly to right as the sophomore second baseman lifted the ball to the wall just missing on his ninth home run of the season. Posey stepped in and connected on his second home run in as many at-bats blasting a two-run shot off the scoreboard in left.
The Seminoles made the score 11-0 in the sixth on an RBI single by Cardullo and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Brunelle. For the sixth consecutive inning, the leadoff batter reached for the Garnet and Gold as Delmonico laced the first pitch he saw from Tressler to left for his 13th double of the season. Cardullo drove home Delmonico on his single up the middle and scored on Brunelle’s sac fly to left.
Stetson cut into the Seminole lead in the sixth taking advantage of one of three FSU errors in the game. Casey Frawley reached on a throwing error at short to start the inning and moved to third on a double down the right field line by Jeremy Cruz. Frawley scored one batter later on an RBI groundout by Aaron Crittenden. Following a Justin Bass strikeout, McGee unleashed a wild pitch to plate Cruz for the second Hatter run of the game. Both runs scored in the sixth were unearned.
The Hatters added one more run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Jacob deGrom. The first two batters to come to the plate reached as Sean Emory and Jeff Simpson registered a double and single, respectively off reliever Tyler Everett. It was the third hit in as many at-bats for Emory as the freshman second baseman scored on deGrom’s fly out to left.
FSU closed out the scoring with two additional runs in the ninth. Holt led off the inning with his fourth hit of the game on a single to right. He advanced to second on groundout by Nick Vickerson and came around to score on Rye’s RBI double up the right field line. Rye scored a batter later on the fourth Stetson error of the ball game. Jack Posey lifted a fly ball to the infield which was misplayed by the Hatter shortstop allowing Rye to score.
Florida State and Stetson will square-off in game two of the mid-week series on Wednesday, April 30 at Melching Field. First pitch is slated for 6:00 p.m. Fans can catch all the action over the internet as A-Sun TV and gametracker will be available for the contest. The game can also be heard live over the radio on 1270 the Team with Tom Block providing all the play-by-play action.