March 20, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Fourth-ranked Florida State (18-2) pushed its win streak to four in a row after defeating No. 15 Stetson (15-5) 17-8 Tuesday night on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
The Seminoles scored eight runs in the bottom of the seventh to break open a one-run ball game and take game one of a two-game mid-week series against the Hatters.
Florida State out hit Stetson 16-12 Tuesday night, while both teams drew a combined 20 walks including 12 by the Seminole hitters. The 12 walks were the most allowed by the Hatters pitching staff since March 24, 2010 in a game against the Seminoles in Tallahassee. Tuesday night marked the fourth straight game for the Seminoles.
“Tonight’s game was one that you look at what this ball club accomplished Saturday, Sunday and Monday and you wonder if they are a little tired,” said head coach Mike Martin. “But they went out there tonight and really got after it. They played solid baseball and it makes me proud to be a Seminole.”
Seth Miller had a night to remember posting career-highs for at-bats (6), hits (4), RBI (6) and runs scored (2). The junior right fielder capped the eight-run seventh by connecting on his second grand slam of the season. Miller took the first pitch he saw from Jake Boyd over the fence in right for his second home run of the year. Miller finished the night with a single, two doubles and a home run. He doubled in the first Seminole run in the second and registered his sixth RBI of the night lining a single off the leg of Stetson pitcher Justin Pickens in the eighth. The six RBI were the most by a Seminole hitter this season.
“I felt really comfortable tonight,” said Miller. “You can say that tonight was a big confidence boost for me. I was seeing the ball great from the start. I was recognizing every pitch. I built off that all game long.”
“The top of the order certainly had some great at-bats,” added Martin. “That is what we have got to continue to preach throughout our line-up. Seth certainly picked us up and don’t forget about Rammer, he had that three-run ding too. We had a lot of good at-bats tonight.”
Devon Travis also had a career night with four hits recording two doubles and two singles. The junior second baseman tied a career-high with three runs scored, while he drove in a season-high three runs.
“I saw the ball pretty good tonight,” said Travis. “I actually have been seeing it pretty good the last couple of weeks but I haven’t been getting too many hits. The coaches continue to stress to keep grinding it out and they will fall; luckily tonight they did.”
Sherman Johnson and James Ramsey each registered two hits in the win. Johnson reached base in his first five plate appearances as the Tampa, Fla., native drew three walks and doubled twice. It marked his third, three-walk performance of the season. He has now reached base in all 20 games this year.
Ramsey went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. The senior captain connected on a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth to break a 2-2 tie and give the Seminoles the lead for good. The home run was his team best sixth of the season. Ramsey also had two singles and drew a walk.
On the mound for Florida State, Scott Sitz made his second start of the season and went 4.0 plus innings in earning the no decision. The junior right hander allowed two runs, both unearned, on five hits as he walked two and struck out three.
Brandon Johnson got the Seminoles out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the fifth. The sophomore southpaw struck out the first batter he faced and then got Robert Crews to ground into an inning ending double play.
Johnson (1-0) would finish his outing working 1.1 innings as he allowed three runs on two hits as he walked one and struck out one to earn his first career win.
Gage Smith entered in relief of Brian Busch in the seventh and worked the final 2.1 innings to earn his second save of the season. With the Seminoles ahead 8-6 and the Hatters threating with runners at second and third and two outs, Smith gave up a walk and an RBI single to the first two batters that he faced before picking off Mark Jones trying to steal third base to maintain FSU’s one-run lead at 8-7.
The Seminoles answered with an eight-run seventh, the most runs scored by the Seminoles in an inning this year, to claim the victory.
Stetson had three hitters with two hits a piece on Tuesday night as all eight runs scored by the Hatters came with two outs in an inning.
Florida State and Stetson will return to the field for a two-game of the mid-week series on Wednesday, March 21 at 4:00 p.m. The game will air live on Seminoles.com All-Access, while fans can listen to the game locally on 1270 AM and over the internet at Seminoles.com. Live stats will be available via gametracker, while fans can receive updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball.