April 8, 2009
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – No. 25 Florida State (19-10) avenged an early season loss to North Florida (14-20) downing the Ospreys 14-6 on Wednesday night at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville. After falling to UNF for the first time in school history back on March 4 in Tallahassee, the Seminoles evened the season series at a game a piece scoring in all but two innings.
Florida State continued to add to their recent home run barrage connecting on five Wednesday night including two off the bat of Jason Stidham marking his first career multi-home run game. Also contributing to the long ball at the Baseball Grounds on Wednesday were Stephen Cardullo, Stuart Tapley and Mike McGee. In the last 12 games, the Seminoles have now recorded 32 home runs after hitting just 16 round trippers in their first 17.
Cardullo, Stidham and McGee each finished with a game-high three RBI, while Cardullo and McGee led all hitters with three hits a piece. In his second straight start behind the plate, Parker Brunelle went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.
Making his third start of the season, Bo O’Dell (3-1) went five innings allowing four runs on seven hits. He struck out three and did not walk a batter in throwing 80 pitches. With the win, O’Dell moved to 9-2 all-time at Florida State in 14 career starts.
Florida State jumped on North Florida early scoring four runs in the top of the first. Cardullo got things going doubling home Tyler Holt, who led off the game with a walk, for the first run of the game. The double for Cardullo extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Tapley followed with his ninth home run of the season taking a 3-2 pitch from Osprey starter Ty Pryor (2-6) out of the park to left field. McGee would score the fourth run of the inning as he walked, stole second and came around to score on a throwing error by UNF third baseman TJ Gavlik on a ground ball off the bat of Posey.
A North Florida error in the second led to three more Florida State runs as the Seminoles increased their lead to 7-0. Holt registered his first hit of the evening lacing a sharp single to right. After recording his second steal of the game, Holt would score two batters later on a throwing error by shortstop Sam Perry. Stidham wiped the bases clean with his first of two home runs on the night. The Palm Bay, Fla., native connected on a two-run shot to straight away center for his fourth home run of the season and third in four games.
The Ospreys got on the board in the bottom of the second on a solo home by Kevin Martin. The junior first baseman hammered a 2-1 offering from O’Dell to center for his team leading seventh home run of the season.
The Seminoles got the run back in the third taking advantage of the third UNF error in as many innings. Jack Posey led off the inning doubling off the wall in right center, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error by Perry following a line out off the bat of Ohmed Danesh.
Stidham pushed the Florida State lead to eight on his second round tripper of the evening. The junior second baseman hit a solo shot to right for his first career multi-home run game.
North Florida cut into the Seminole lead with three runs in the fourth. The first two batters reached for the Ospreys on an infield single by Brian Wilson and a single back up the middle by Preston Hale. Wilson plated the first run of the inning as O’Dell unleashed a wild pitch. Two batters later TJ Thompson drove in Hale with an RBI single to right center. UNF would make the score 9-4 on a two-out RBI double to left center by Gavlik.
Florida State added three more runs in the fifth pushing its lead to 12-4. Brunelle started the inning with a triple to the gap in left center for his second triple of the season and second in as many games. After a walk to Holt put runners on the corners, Cardullo sent a high fly ball to left which went in and out of the glove of leftfielder Justin Preckajlo allowing Brunelle to score from third. Holt and Cardullo would come around to score on a two-out, two-run single to left center off the bat of McGee.
Hunter Scantling came out of the bullpen to start the sixth. The freshman right hander was tagged for two runs as both walks issued by the Jacksonville native scored on a two-run double to left center by Perry. With two outs, the Seminoles went to the bullpen as associate head coach Jamey Shouppe called on Austin Wood. Wood kept the Seminole lead at six as he got Michael Smith to fly out to center on just one pitch to end the inning.
The Seminoles scored their 13th run of the evening as McGee left the park in the seventh. The Port St. Lucie native connected on his team leading 10th home run of the season taking a 1-0 offering from Osprey left hander John Atteo out to deep center.
Wood pitched the seventh and kept UNF off the scoreboard as he struck out two and walked a pair. Tyler Everett worked a perfect eighth striking out a pair, while John Gast faced just three batters in the ninth to close out the win.
Florida State returns home for a three-game conference set beginning Friday, April 10 as the Seminoles welcome North Carolina to Tallahassee. First pitch is slated for 6:00 p.m. Fans can listen in locally on 1270 the Team and live over the internet on www.seminoles.com. Live stats will also be available via gametracker.