March 12, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State tried twice to erase a six-run deficit in game one against Georgia on Wednesday afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium, but it wasn’t enough as the Seminoles fell to the visiting Bulldogs 13-10 for their first loss of the season. The first game was a completion of Tuesday night’s game which was suspended in the bottom of the fourth due to heavy rain with Georgia leading 8-2.
Buster Posey and Stuart Tapley each recorded their first, four-hit game of the season as both Seminoles went 4-for-5 in game one. Posey sandwiched back-to-back home runs in consecutive at-bats in the fifth and sixth innings between a pair of singles in the first and eighth. The four hits tied a career-high. Tapley recorded a double and three singles for his fourth multi-hit game of the season.
The Seminoles reached double-digit hits for the 13th straight game in the loss, while Georgia defeated Florida State for the third straight time and for the 10th time in the last 15 games.
“The first game was played very hard,” said head coach Mike Martin. “We kept trying to come back and Georgia wouldn’t let us. They did a great job of pitching and played good defense. It was a game that we really took advantage of every opportunity but you just have to take your hat off to Georgia.”
Georgia took an 8-2 lead into the bottom of the fourth before play was suspended due to heavy rain Tuesday evening. The Bulldogs took advantage of three early Seminole errors and a sloppy second inning leading to four runs off FSU starter Mike McGee (1-2).
UGA struck first in their first at-bat of the game on a two-run homer off the bat of starting shortstop Gordon Beckham. The round tripper was his team-leading seventh of the season and was the first given up by McGee in 12 innings of work.
Florida State answered right back with two runs in the bottom of the first to tie the game at 2-2. Tyler Holt and Buster Posey reached on a pair of singles and scored on a double to the gap in right center by Jack Rye. With Rye at the plate, the hit and run worked out perfectly as the double plated Holt and scored Posey all the way from first.
In the second, the Bulldogs manufactured four runs on just one hit. McGee issued three walks and hit a batter while the Seminole defense committed its second of three errors in the inning.
Georgia added a run in the third on back-to-back doubles by Lyle Allen and Matt Cerione. With one out, Allen hit a double to right followed by an RBI double down the line in right by Cerione.
McGee went out for the top of the fourth and faced just three batters before Martin called on Tyler Everett out of the bullpen. The Seminole starter went 3.1 innings allowing eight runs, five earned, on six hits. He walked four and struck out one. The Bulldogs tacked on an unearned run in the fourth to increase their lead to 8-2 before heavy rain hit Dick Howser Stadium. Following a 27 minute rain delay, the game was suspended and moved to Wednesday afternoon.
Game one resumed play at 1:59 pm with the Seminoles up at the plate. After Dennis Guinn led off the bottom of the fourth with a groundout to second, pinch hitter Ruairi O’Connor reached as he was hit with 1-0 pitch by Georgia right hander Will Harvil. O’Connor scored two batters later on a two-out double by Tapley. Tapley drilled the ball to deep center scoring O’Connor to cut into the UGA lead at 8-3.
After setting down the Bulldogs in order in the fifth, Florida State drew within four of the lead on a solo home run to left by Buster Posey. The home run was the fourth of the season for the Leesburg, Ga., native and the 11th of his career.
Georgia regained its six-run lead on a two-out, two run double off the bat of catcher Bryce Massanari. The Bulldogs put runners at first and third with one out in the sixth off Everett. The Seminole right hander looked like he would get out of the inning after getting Matt Olson to pop up to Delmonico at short and getting ahead in the count to Massanari. But the Georgia catcher worked the count to 3-2 and fouled off a pitch before clearing the bases with a double off the wall in right center.
Posey brought the Seminoles within three of the lead in the bottom of the sixth on his second home run of the game. The junior catcher deposited a two-out, three-run blast which carried over the fence in right center for his fifth home run of the season. Tapley and Jason Stidham scored on the play as they both reached on a pair of singles. It was the first multi-home run game of Posey’s career. The last time a Seminole hit back-to-back home runs in consecutive at-bats was back on March 30 of last season when Tony Thomas, Jr. hit a pair of home runs in his first two at-bats against Duke.
Georgia and Florida State exchanged solo shots in the seventh as Matt Cerione led off the inning with a homer to right for his first round tripper of the season. Then in the Seminoles half of the seventh, Delmonico led things off with a home run off the scoreboard in left for his third home run in 2008.
The Bulldogs pushed their lead to 13-8 on their third home run of the game. With two outs, Massanari deposited a 1-2 offering from Everett just over the fence in right for a two-run shot and his first home run of the season.
Everett finished the game throwing 4.2 innings allowing five runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out one as he faced 22 Georgia batters in the no decision.
Florida State made things interesting in the eighth with two more runs to cut the Georgia lead to 13-10. The Seminoles loaded the bases off Bulldog reliever Justin Earls on a single by Tapley, a walk to Holt and another single to Posey. Tapley scored on a wild pitch and Delmonico drove in his second run of the game on a fielder’s choice groundout.
Ryan Vigue pitched a perfect ninth for the Seminoles retiring Georgia in order while registering a pair of strikeouts.
Georgia countered with its hard throwing right hander in the ninth in Joshua Fields to preserve the victory. Fields struck out the first two batters he faced and got Tapley to fly out to center to earn his second save of the season.