March 16, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State (16-1, 6-0) recorded a season-high in runs scored and hits on Sunday afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium as the Seminoles swept Georgia Tech (13-4, 3-3) with a 17-8 victory. It was the sixth straight win for Florida State in the series as the Seminoles have now swept the Yellow Jackets during the regular season the past two seasons.
“Well, it was a great weekend for us,” said Martin. “I was extremely pleased with the way we really got after it. That is what you look for when you’ve been successful on Friday and Saturday, you see if there is going to be any let down and our young men went out there and played 27 outs of tough baseball. It was certainly an important win for us today.”
The win gave Hall of Fame head coach Mike Martin career win number 1,500. He joins Texas’ Augio Garrido and Wichita State’s Gene Stephenson as the only three coaches in Division I baseball to reach the 1,500 win plateau. Martin pushed his all-time record to 1,500-507-4.
“The memories have been wonderful,” said Martin on earning career win number 1,500. “I am a blessed individual to have worked here at this great university. I am so proud to be a part of it and yeah, it does mean something to me, but it is also a thank you to every individual that has put on a Seminole uniform. ”
FSU pounded out a season-high 19 hits on Sunday as every Seminole in the starting line-up registered a hit. Sophomore Jason Stidham tied a career-high with four hits as he collected four singles in his first four at-bats. The Palm Bay, Fla., native pushed his hit streak to a career-best 15 games. Stidham also drove in three runs and scored twice in the win. He finished the series hitting .500 (7-for-14) against the Yellow Jackets with a home run and seven RBIs. In six career games against Georgia Tech, Stidham has hit .536 (15-for-28) with 17 RBIs and 10 runs scored.
Ryan Strauss (2-0) gave the Seminoles another quality start throwing six innings while tying a career-high with eight strikeouts. Despite giving up three runs on four hits in the first inning, the senior right hander settled down and gave up just one hit the rest of the way to earn his second win of the year.
“Strauss really pitched well and I told him that after we took him out after the sixth inning,” added Martin. “He started getting control of the game, mixing the pitches very well and that’s what Ryan can do. He can go out there and dominate you. He’ll get you looking for a fastball and throw you the change. When you are throwing a change up for a strike, it really gets in the header’s minds.”
Georgia Tech came out firing in the top of the first with three runs on back-to-back two out singles by Thomas Nichols and Chris House. The Yellow Jackets were denied a fourth run in the inning when right fielder Ohmed Danesh threw out Nichols at the plate for out number three. It was Danesh’s second outfield assist of the season.
The Seminoles countered with a little two-out magic of their own in the bottom of the second on consecutive RBI singles by Holt and Stidham. Holt singled down the line in left to score McGee, while Stidham’s hit up the middle drove in Stuart Tapley.
Florida State tied the game at 3-3 in the fourth on a double to left center by Delmonico. With two outs in the fourth, Stidham got things started as he reached on an infield single to short. He would advance to second on Buster Posey’s single to left and move to third on a wild pitch by Georgia Tech starter Zach Von Tersch. Stidham would score a batter later on Delmonico’s sixth double of the season.
The Garnet and Gold grabbed their first lead of the game in the fifth with three runs off Yellow Jacket reliever Andrew Robinson (2-1). Once again, the Seminoles scored all three runs on two outs thanks to a two-RBI single by Stidham and an RBI single by Posey.
The Jackets cut into the lead in the sixth on a solo home run by Tony Plagman but that would be as close as they would get as the Seminoles tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth, five in the seventh and four in the eighth. Seven of the 17 runs scored by Florida State came with two outs in an inning.
In the sixth and seventh innings, Florida State scored seven runs on just three hits. They took advantage of three straight walks and a hit-by-pitch in the sixth and then four walks, a pair of wild pitches and a passed ball in the seventh.
Dennis Guinn hit his team leading sixth home run of the season in the eighth. The senior first baseman took a 1-0 offering from Charlie Blackmon and hit a two-run shot over the fence in left. It was Guinn’s 23rd career home run.
Jimmy Marshall pitched two shutout innings in relief to extend his consecutive shutout innings streak to 11.2 innings. He allowed just one hit and struck out two.
Ben Francis pitched the ninth and struggled a bit as the first four batters reached on a pair of singles, a walk and a two-run double. Georgia Tech score four runs on three hits and a pair of walks in the inning. But the sophomore right hander would settle down and get the final three outs of the game ending the series sweep with a strikeout to Nichols.
Florida State will return to the diamond on Tuesday, March 18 as the Seminoles travel to Gainesville to face the Florida Gators at 6:30 pm. The Seminoles will start RHP Bo O’Dell (1-0) while the Gators will counter with LHP Stephen Locke (1-0). The game will be shown live on Sun Sports, while fans can also catch the action on gametracker and over the radio on 100.7 FM with Eric Luallen providing the play-by-play action.