March 28, 2008
Winston-Salem, N.C. – Florida State (22-2, 10-0) set a season-high in runs and hits as the Seminoles remained undefeated in the ACC with a 21-2 victory over Wake Forest (11-12, 4-5) Friday afternoon at Gene Hooks Stadium. The Seminoles pounded out 21 hits in game one extending their win streak to six straight over the Demon Deacons. FSU hit five home runs against Wake Forest, including two off the bat of Buster Posey, to push the team’s season total to 41.
The Seminoles scored in every odd inning and broke open a four-run ballgame with a nine-run fifth to increase their lead to 14-1. FSU hit the 20-run plateau for the first time this year with six more runs in the seventh. The last time the Garnet and Gold scored 20 or more runs in a game was against Maryland, a 20-5 victory over the Terrapins on May 5, 2007.
“Well, this was certainly something that we weren’t expecting,” said head coach Mike Martin on the offensive explosion in game one against Wake Forest. “But it was a big lift for us. Dennis Guinn’s three-run homer in the third to give us a 5-1 lead was certainly a lot for Matt Fairel to work with. It was a good win for us and I’m very proud of each and every one of your young men.”
Four Seminoles recorded a game-high three hits. Jason Stidham went 3-for-6 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. Buster Posey and Tommy Oravetz both went a perfect 3-for-3. Posey reached base in all five plate appearances recording two home runs, a double, a walk and a hit by pitch. He scored a career-high five runs while driving in three. Oravetz set a career-high with three hits, all singles.
Freshman Stuart Tapley extended his hit streak to 12-games with a 3-for-5 performance in his first game back after missing five straight contests due to a sore right wrist. Senior Jack Rye also had a perfect afternoon going 2-for-2 with a home run and a pair of RBIs. He also added three runs and three walks. Dennis Guinn contributed with three RBIs on a pair of hits including a home run.
Matt Fairel (6-0) picked-up his sixth win in as many starts as the sophomore left hander worked six innings allowing two runs on six hits. He struck out four and walked three.
“Matt Fairel gave us a solid six innings,” added Martin. “He pitched very well. A lot of times when you have a huge lead, it’s difficult to stay as tough as you normally would be but he showed good perseverance to get the job done.”
Florida State struck first with a pair of solo home runs in the top of the first to take an early 2-0 lead as Stidham and Buster Posey hit back-to-back homers off Demon Deacon starter Ben Hunter (1-4). It marked the second time this year that the Seminoles have gone back-to-back in the same inning. The first came on opening day against Duquesne with Tyler Holt and Stidham providing the home run power in the fifth.
Wake Forest cut the lead in half in the second on Allan Dykstra’s eighth home run of the season. The junior first baseman took a 2-2 offering from Fairel and knocked into the trees in right field. The home run was the first given up by the Seminole lefty this year.
The Seminoles once again went yard in the third to push their lead to 5-1 over the Deacs. Guinn hit a 1-2 pitch over the fence in left for his team leading 10th round tripper of the season. The homer came on two outs as the hit scored Buster Posey and Jack Rye who reached on a walk and a single up the middle, respectively.
Florida State exploded for nine runs in the top of the fifth as the Seminoles sent 13 batters to the plate registering seven hits and three walks. The first six batters reached and scored while Buster Posey collected a pair of hits on a double down the line in left to start the inning and a two-run homer to right. The home run was his second of the game and seventh of the season. It’s the third time in 2008 that a Seminole student-athlete has gone deep twice in a game and the second time this year for Posey. The junior catcher hit his first career multi-home run game against Georgia back on March 12.
Tony Delmonico opened the scoring in the fifth with a bases loaded single through the left side plating Buster Posey and Rye. Oravetz then registered an infield RBI single scoring Guinn from third. An errant throw by the Deacon second baseman brought Delmonico around for the fourth run of the inning. Holt then cleared the bases with a two-run triple to center his first of the year. The ball trickled all the way to the wall as Ben Terry came up short on a diving attempt. That ended the afternoon for Hunter who gave up 12 runs on 11 hits in 4.1 innings.
Ryan Bouton came on out of the bullpen and gave up an RBI single to Stidham and a two-run shot by Posey to close out the scoring.
The Deacs scored their second run of the game on consecutive hits by Evan Ocheltree and Austin Jones. Ocheltree hit a one-out double to right center and came around to score on an RBI single to center by Jones.
The Garnet and Gold batted around for the second time in the game in the seventh pushing across six more runs on five hits. Buster Posey started the inning as he was hit by a pitch and came around to score a batter later as Rye connected on his second round tripper of the season. The Seminoles scored four of their six runs in the seventh inning after two outs. Mike McGee registered his team leading third triple of the season and scored on a double to left by Tapley. Stephen Cardullo, who drew a walk, crossed the plate on a wild pitch. Pinch hitter Luke Smierciak followed with an RBI double of his own to plate Tapley and scored on single to right by Stidham.
Tyler Everett entered the game in the bottom of the seventh and pitched the final three innings to pick up his first collegiate save. The freshman right hander did not allow a run scattering three hits in his sixth appearance of the season. Everett set a career-high with three strikeouts against the Deacs.
Everett made his first plate appearance of the season in the ninth with the bases loaded and was robbed of a grand slam as Wake Forest right fielder Evan Ocheltree went up over the fence for an outstanding catch. Cardullo tagged up on the play and scored from third to make the score 21-2. The RBI was the first for Everett.
Florida State and Wake Forest will face-off for game two of a three-game set on Saturday, March 29. First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m. Fans can catch all the action over the internet as gametracker and ACC Select will be available for the contest. The game can also be heard live over the radio on 100.7 FM with Eric Luallen providing all the play-by-play action.