May 12, 2010
DELAND, Fla. – Fifth-ranked Florida State (37-12) wrapped up its non-conference regular season schedule with a 6-2 victory over Stetson (25-25) Wednesday evening on Melching Field at Conrad Park. With the win, the Seminoles defeated the Hatters for the 12th time in a row, while extending their win streak to five on Stetson’s home turf.
Hunter Scantling worked 6.0 plus innings to improve to 3-2 on the year. The sophomore right hander allowed two runs on seven hits as he walked two and struck out three. Scantling survived three line drives back toward the mound on Wednesday night in leading the Seminoles to the season sweep over the Hatters.
“I have never had that many balls hit back to me…never,” said Scantling. “One got my hand and my hip, the other got my lower thigh, and the other got me on my calf. I was able to get through it and was proud of what I did.
“I felt great out there. I just wanted to get my team back in the dugout to get more runs on the board. I felt like I worked quickly so they didn’t have to stay on the field that long. That was my goal all night long. I felt good out there tonight.”
“We played good defense and we pitched well,” said head coach Mike Martin. “It was a good win for us. It’s not easy on the road. I am very pleased with the poise that our guys showed.”
Tyler Holt led FSU with two hits on the night as the junior center fielder scored once, drove in a run and was a perfect 2-for-2 in the stolen base category.
Playing in front of the hometown crowd, Stuart Tapley finished the night with two walks as he scored twice and drove in a run. Sherman Johnson drew three walks, while the Seminoles as a team registered seven walks in the win.
The Hatters stranded a pair in their first at-bat on Wednesday night as Sean Emory and Spencer Theisen registered a walk and a single, respectively. Scantling bounced back to keep Stetson off the scoreboard recording back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.
The Seminoles put two runners on with two outs in the second but a great play from Stetson catcher Nick Rickles ended the threat. With Rafael Lopez at the plate, Rickles threw a strike down to second to pick off Jayce Boyd for the final out of the inning.
A pair of sacrifice flies by Holt and Stephen Cardullo in the third led to a pair of runs for Florida State as the Seminoles took a 2-0 lead. Lopez began the inning with a single to right and moved to third on a great hustle play following a single to left center by Devon Travis. The freshman second baseman took second on the play as the throw from the outfield went in to third. Holt accounted for the first run of the game scoring Lopez on a sacrifice fly to right. With Travis taking third on Holt’s fly out, he would score a batter later on a sac-fly off the bat of Cardullo.
James Ramsey laced an RBI double down the line in left scoring Tapley from second to give FSU a 3-0 advantage. Tapley led off the fourth with a walk and took second as Boyd dropped a bloop single to short left. On the very next pitch from Stetson reliever David Burns, Ramsey went opposite field ripping a double inside the line in left to give the Seminoles a three-run advantage.
Stetson starter Kyle Maulbetsch (4-6) worked just three innings on Wednesday as he allowed two runs on two hits as he walked three and struck out one.
A Hatter error in the fifth led to two Seminole runs as FSU increased its lead to 5-0. With the bases loaded following a double by Cardullo and walks to Tapley and Johnson, Boyd sent a chopper back up the middle with two outs that Stetson second baseman Robert Crews could not field cleanly bringing home Cardullo and Tapley.
Stetson finally got on the board in the fifth as Jacob deGrom registered an RBI single to left. After a pair of infield singles including a line drive by Kurt Schluter that went off the thigh of Scantling, deGrom sent a fly ball to left that Mike McGee made a diving attempt on but the ball nicked off his glove and fell in for a base hit. With runners at second and third, Cardullo made an outstanding diving catch to his left on a line drive off the bat of Rickles to save a pair of runs.
“It was a good pitch, a 2-2 count, slider away and he got out there,” said Scantling on the line drive hit by Rickles. “Cardullo made a great play and that’s what you need to get deep into postseason and win games. I hear the bat and I turn around and Cardullo is making a great play.”
Holt registered his first hit of the game in the sixth with a two-out base hit back up the middle. He then advanced to third as he successfully stole second and third, but Burns would leave him stranded at third as he got Cardullo looking at a called third strike to close out FSU’s half of the sixth.
Scantling took another ball off the body in the sixth as Theisen led off the inning with an infield base hit. But he was quickly erased from the base paths as the sophomore right hander got Ryan Lashley to ground into a double play. Travis and Scantling combined for a nice defensive combo to record the third out. Travis went deep in the whole to field a groundball off the bat of Aaron Crittenden and then threw over to first with Scantling covering for the final out of the inning.
Stetson cut into the Florida State lead plating a run on back-to-back doubles by Crews and Jeff Simpson to start the seventh. The Seminoles went to the pen for the first time on Wednesday night bringing on John Gast. Gast retired the Hatters in order on a strikeout and back-to-back groundouts to keep FSU’s lead at 5-2.
Gast threw two scoreless innings in relief as he allowed just one hit while striking out three. The three strikeouts were a season-high for Gast in five relief appearances.
The Seminoles added a run in the ninth on an RBI groundout by Tapley. Holt led off the inning with a single through the left side and moved to third on a one-out single to right by Ohmed Danesh. Holt would score a batter later as Tapley grounded out to second.
Stetson made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth loading the bases with only one out. Daniel Bennett started the inning and struck out the first batter that he faced before issuing back-to-back walks. Geoff Parker entered and gave up a base hit to left to deGrom to load the bases. The junior right hander bounced back getting Emory swinging on strikes and then Rickles to fly out to Holt in short center to end the game.
The save for Parker was his second in as many games as the Dade City, Fla., native picked up a save in the final game at Boston College last Sunday.
Florida State returns to the diamond on Friday, May 14 as the Seminoles welcome NC State to Tallahassee for the final home regular season series of the season. Game time for Friday is set for 6:00 p.m. Saturday’s first pitch has been changed to 6:30 p.m. and will air live on Sun Sports, while Sunday’s game time is 1:00 p.m. Sunday is also Senior Day at the ball park as the Seminoles will honor the 2010 Senior Class before the start of the game. Fans can listen live locally on 1270 the Team, 94.3 FM (Friday), 100.7 FM (Saturday and Sunday) and on Seminoles.com. Friday and Sunday’s game will broadcast live over the internet on Seminoles.com All-Access.