Oct. 31, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The fall baseball season came to a close on Friday evening as Garnet bounced back following Thursday night’s loss to claim a 7-4 victory over Gold on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. Junior Stephen Cardullo paced the Garnet offense going 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored and three RBI. The Miami, Fla., native also stole a pair of bases in the win.
Freshman Spencer Dickinson led the Gold squad on Friday evening with a solo home run and finished the fall scrimmage with a pair of hits, two runs scored and two RBI.
Brian Busch and Austin Wood each threw three innings in the final scrimmage of the season. Busch allowed three runs, all coming in the second inning. He bounced back in his final inning of work retiring all three batters that he faced in order.
Wood gave up two runs on Friday, one in the second and another in the third. He wrapped up a solid fall season showing periods of dominance while displaying great mound presence in his first season with the Seminoles.
“The fall scrimmage showed me that we still have some things to work on,” said head coach Mike Martin. “I thought defensively we played pretty well. There are still an awful lot of little things we’ve got to do; we didn’t bunt a whole lot the last couple of games, we just let them swing the bat. I thought they did a very good job of what we were trying to accomplish, pitcher’s locating the ball and putting together good swings at the plate.”
In the first of two scrimmages of the fall season, the Gold team defeated the Garnet team 11-6 Thursday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. Senior Ruairi O’Connor led all players as he paced the Gold team going 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Bo O’Dell recorded the win on the hill firing three solid innings allowing two runs on three hits.
Team Gold also received offensive production from junior college transfer Mike Meschke who went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs, while Stuart Tapley also added two hits and three RBIs. Tyler Holt, Mike McGee and Ray Navarro each registered two hits a piece to pace the Garnet squad.
On the mound, Jimmy Marshall got the start for the Garnet team firing two shutout innings. The senior right hander allowed just two hits while striking out one on 38 pitches. Geoff Parker got an inning of work as he allowed 10 runs, two of which were earned, on five hits. He walked three, hit a batter and struck out one. John Gast saw action for both teams as he pitched a combined three innings giving up three runs on three hits.
Ryan Vigue had a solid performance as he did not allow an earned run in two innings of work for the Gold team. The sophomore southpaw allowed just two hits and no walks while striking out four. Ben Francis also threw two innings and gave up a run on just one hit that coming off a solo home run by Matt Kane.
The Gold team capitalized on a 10-run third inning to take a commanding lead over the Garnet team. After O’Connor reached on a throwing error, Meschke crushed a full count pitch from Parker over the right field fence for a two-run blast to give Gold a 2-0 lead.
Following an RBI double off the bat of Spencer Dickinson, Tapley came to the plate with the bases loaded and cleared the bases with a shot down the left field line scoring Dickinson Robby Stahl and Tommy Oravetz.
O’Connor made the score 8-0 Gold as he doubled home Jason Stidham and Tapley. Meschke added his third RBI of the inning as he drove in O’Connor on a single to right. The Gold team closed out the scoring in the inning on Sean Gilmartin’s double to deep center field.
The Garnet squad cut into the Gold lead with two runs in the bottom of the third off O’Dell. The first run for Team Garnet came on an RBI groundout by Stephen Cardullo scoring Navarro from third. After a walk to James Ramsey loaded the bases, Jack Posey stepped in and drove in the second run of the evening for the Garnet team on a bases loaded walk.
Vigue worked the only 1-2-3 inning of the game in the bottom of the fifth as he posted back-to-back strikeouts setting down Ramsey and Parker Brunelle. He closed out the inning getting Posey to fly out to deep right.
In the top of the sixth, Kane led off the inning with a solo shot to right to give Gold an 11-3 advantage. The red shirt freshman took a 1-2 offering from Francis over the fence in right center.
McGee answered with some long ball action of his own in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Gold lead to 11-6. With Gast on the mound, the sophomore left fielder hit a towering three-run homer on top of the storage/maintenance facility in left-centerfield for his fourth RBI of the game.