April 11, 2008
Chestnut Hill, Mass. – Florida State (29-3, 15-1) hung on for an 8-6 victory over Boston College (18-15, 5-11) in game one of a twin bill Friday afternoon at Commander Shea Field. Six of FSU’s eight runs were scored on two outs as the Seminoles snapped the Eagles’ seven-game win streak, while keeping Florida State undefeated all-time in the series against BC.
Freshman Tyler Holt had a perfect day at the plate recording a career-high five hits in his first game against the Eagles and has now reached base safely in every game this season. Holt went 5-for-5 with three singles, two doubles and three RBIs. He also scored twice and stole a base.
Buster Posey continued his hot hitting on the year as the junior catcher recorded three hits in four at-bats. Posey collected two doubles and a ninth inning home run to give the Seminoles a two-run cushion. He finished the afternoon with two RBIs and a run scored.
Matt Fairel moved to 8-0 on the year as the southpaw has picked up a victory in every game that he has pitched in 2008. Despite giving up a season-high six runs, five of which were earned, Fairel benefited from a Seminole offense that ran out to an early 6-0 lead. The Winter Haven, Fla., native finished the game with three strikeouts and two walks in six innings of work.
Jimmy Marshall and Ryan Strauss combined to pitch the final three innings keeping the Eagles off the scoreboard allowing just one hit. Strauss pitched the ninth and picked up his first save of the season and third of his career.
Florida State was the first to strike in game one as Rye plated Holt on a sacrifice fly to centerfield for an early 1-0 lead. Holt led off the game doubling down the left field line off BC starter Terry Doyle (3-4) and moved to third on a wild pitch. With his third double of the season, Holt has now reached base in all 32 games this season. Holt scored three batters later on Rye’s sac-fly.
The Seminoles pushed their lead to 2-0 in the second on an RBI infield single by Holt scoring Dennis Guinn who started the inning singling to left. After Guinn’s base hit, Doyle registered two quick outs before registering back-to-back walks to Ohmed Danesh and Stuart Tapley. With the bases loaded, Holt stepped in and hit a chopper off the plate as the ball came to a rest half way down the line at third. All the runners successfully advanced with Guinn scoring and Holt connecting on his second hit of the game.
FSU added four runs all on two outs in the fourth to increase its lead to 6-0. Holt started the two-out rally as he collected his third hit in as many at-bats blooping a double to center scoring Oravetz and Danesh who registered a double off the wall and a walk, respectively. Stidham followed with his first hit of the game, an RBI single to left scoring Holt from second. Stidham moved to third as Buster Posey kept the inning alive with a double off the wall in right center. Rye capped off the scoring beating out an infield single to second plating Stidham. Posey tried to score from second on the plate but was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
Boston College closed the deficit to one with five runs in the bottom of the fourth. After Fairel got Michael Belfiore to fly out to center to start the inning, five straight Eagle batters reached as Fairel gave up three hits and a pair of walks. It was the most runs given up by the sophomore left hander in any of his eight starts this season. With the bases loaded and one out, Mickey Wiswall got the Eagles on the board with a two-run single up the middle. Garret Smith crossed the plate on a wild pitch to make the score 6-3. Following a strikeout by Sam Shaughnessy, Marc Perdios drove in a pair on a single to left field.
The Seminoles increased their lead to 7-5 on a two-out RBI double by Buster Posey. Stidham drew a two out walk and scored all the way from first as Posey drilled a rocket over the head of Eagle right fielder Barry Butera. It was the second straight double for Posey running his season total to 14 on the year to lead the team.
BC answered right back with a run in the sixth on a Shaughnessy sacrifice fly RBI to left. Wiswall led off the inning with a single to right and advanced to second on the play as Rye had trouble fielding the ball cleanly. Matt Hamlet reached on a fielder’s choice as he laid a bunt towards third. Fairel fielded the ball and decided to go to third for the out but Wiswall slid ahead of the throw and was called safe at third. A batter later Shaughnessy drove in Wiswall to make it a one-run game.
The Eagles loaded the bases in the eighth off Seminole reliever Jimmy Marshall but the junior right hander got out of the inning unscathed getting Belfiore to ground into a fielder’s choice putout at second to end the threat.
Posey gave the Seminoles some breathing room in the ninth as he led off the winning with solo home run. After falling behind 1-2 to Eagle reliever Nick Asselin, Posey fouled off several pitches before taking the eighth pitch of the at-bat over the wall in right for his tenth round tripper of the season.
Strauss was called on to pitch the ninth and was effective in his first appearance in the closer roll. He picked up two quick outs and was able to pitch around the sixth Seminole error of the ball game, a season-high, getting Wiswall to groundout to short to end the game. The save was the first of the season for Strauss and his first since picking up a pair as a freshman back in 2005.