Feb. 27, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 2 Florida State (5-0) completed the sweep of Saturday’s doubleheader blanking Hofstra (0-5) 13-0 in game two Saturday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles scored 13 runs for the second straight game and have now reached double-digit runs and hits in all five games this year.
Three Seminole pitchers combined for the two-hit shutout as the Garnet and Gold kept an opponent off the scoreboard for the first time since blanking NC State 1-0 back on May 16, 2008.
John Gast came through with another solid outing to up his record to 2-0 on the year. The junior southpaw scattered two hits and two walks over five innings of work. Gast finished the game with a career-high six strikeouts.
“Johnny Gast had another good outing,” said head coach Mike Martin following Saturday’s second win. “Certainly Sean Gilmartin had another good outing. You have a tendency to just expect outings like that from Sean. Certainly when you have Johnny now going out and getting better each time, it is a good feeling.”
Brian Busch and Andrew Durden worked the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, in a game scheduled for seven innings as a result of a doubleheader. Both pitchers faced the minimum in their outing as Busch picked up a strikeout.
The Seminoles plated a run in each of the first five innings with the big inning once again coming in the fourth as the Garnet and Gold pushed across six runs.
“For two ball games, we played very solid defense,” added Martin. “Obviously we didn’t expect to score as many runs as we did, but you do expect to play good defense day in and day out.”
Like Sherman Johnson did in game one, Tyler Holt finished game two a triple short of hitting for the cycle. The junior centerfielder led off the bottom of the first with a double, singled in the second and hit a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the fifth for his first home run of the season. He finished the game leading all players with three runs scored.
Mike McGee went 2-for-3 with a single and a triple, scored twice and drove in a pair of runs. Stuart Tapley capped off a successful Saturday going 1-for-1 with two runs scored, a walk and a hit-by-pitch in game two.
Sherman Johnson followed a productive game one with another stellar afternoon at the plate in game two. The sophomore third baseman went 1-for-1 connecting on his second home run in as many games. Johnson took a 1-1 offering from Hofstra’s Kevin Rigopoulos (0-2) deep over the fence in right in the third for a two-run shot and his second home run of the season. A sac-fly in the fifth put the finishing touches on a nine-RBI afternoon, over the two games of Saturday’s doubleheader, for the Tampa, Fla., native.
“I tell you what, Sherman Johnson is en fuego,” said Martin. “Gosh, he is really playing exceptional, you put him at second one game, at third the next, he looks comfortable at both spots, he’s been an extremely difficult out. Ran the bases with great intelligence today, and of course we’re all watching for that.”
“I’m just trying to pick out good pitches to hit, and take pitches that I’m supposed to take, and when I do get a good pitch to hit, I’m just trying to put a good swing on it,” said Johnson.
Jayce Boyd picked up an RBI single in FSU’s six-run fourth, while Justin Gonzalez followed with a two-run double to right. Parker Brunelle, who got the start behind the plate in game two, went yard to start the fourth inning for his first home run of the season.
Robby Stahl saw action in both games of the doubleheader on Saturday for his first action as a Seminole. Stahl drew a walk in game two and saw action in both center and left in game one.
The Seminoles and Pride wrap-up the series on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium with game three on Sunday, February 28 at 1:00 p.m. Fans can listen in locally on 100.7 FM and on the web at Seminoles.com. Freshman right hander Robert Benincasa will make his first collegiate start in Sunday’s series finale against Hofstra.