Oct. 23, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In a game that featured a heavy dose of offense in the beginning settled into a pitcher’s dual at the end. When it was all over, the Gold Team prevailed with a 6-5 victory over the Garnet squad Thursday afternoon in game one of Florida State’s fall Garnet and Gold scrimmage.
The Gold team did all their damage early scoring all six runs in the first two innings. Sophomore Sherman Johnson registered two of the five total hits for the Gold team in the six inning contest. Mike Meschke contributed in the Gold victory with a two-run double in the second.
McGee gave the Garnet squad a 2-0 lead in the top of the first as he sent a 1-2 breaking ball from Sean Gilmartin (W, 1-0) off the scoreboard in left for a two-run home run.
Despite totaling just three hits in the first two innings, the Gold team took advantage of a couple errors in the first inning by the Garnet squad as well as a pair of walks and two hit by pitches issued from junior right hander Geoff Parker (L, 0-1). Stephen Cardullo and Andrew Durden picked up an RBI in the first on sacrifice flies, while Ohmed Danesh drove in the fourth run of the inning with a run scoring single back up the middle to give Gold a 4-2 lead.
To begin the second inning for the Garnet team, the first two batters reached off Gilmartin on a throwing error and base hit back up the middle by Tye Buckley. But the reigning NCBWA National Freshman of the Year settled down and got a fly out and back-to-back strikeouts to conclude his two innings for work.
After consecutive strikeouts by Parker to start the bottom of the second, Johnson hit a two-out double to the gap in right center, while Stuart Tapley drew a walk. Meschke then followed and drilled a two-run double to the gap in right center to increase Gold’s lead to 6-2.
The Garnet team responded with three runs in the top of the third off junior John Gast to cut the deficit to 6-5. James Ramsey and McGee led off with back-to-back singles and came around to score on Boyd’s two-run double to left center. Two batters later, freshman Justin Gonzalez laced an RBI double to left center scoring Boyd. Gast was able to maintain the lead for the Gold team as he got Kevin Jackson and Buckley to groundout to end the inning.
The pitchers stole the show for the rest of the game as just four hits were allowed the final three and a half innings.
Brian Busch threw two shutout innings for the Garnet squad as he did not allow a hit while issuing two walks.
Hunter Scantling picked up the save for the Gold team throwing a scoreless fifth and sixth innings. The sophomore right hander allowed a hit and a walk, while striking out three including the final two batters that he faced.
Tyler Everett was equally impressive hurling two scoreless innings for the Garnet team. The junior from Tallahassee, Fla., gave up two hits and a walk, but led all pitchers on Thursday with four strikeouts.
Baseball action continues Friday, October 23 on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium as day two of the Garnet and Gold game begins at 6:00 p.m. Batting practice starts at 4:30 p.m. and admission is free.
Representatives from the Dick Howser Center for Childhood Services, a United Way Agency, will be in attendance on Friday accepting donations at the gate.
For further information regarding the Garnet and Gold scrimmage please stay tuned to www.seminoles.com.