Oct. 23, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Gold team concluded the fall baseball schedule with a 13-5 victory over the Garnet squad on Friday evening inside Dick Howser Stadium in the 24th annual Garnet & Gold Game. The Gold squad swept the two-game series after taking game one on Thursday 6-5.
Stuart Tapley and Sherman Johnson paced the Gold offense on Friday finishing the game with two hits and three RBI each. Johnson recorded two doubles and walked three times as the sophomore second baseman reached base on five of his six plate appearances. Tapley was equally impressive with a pair of singles and two walks.
Tyler Holt caused havoc at the top of the order for the Gold team scoring three times as he walked twice and picked up a hit. He hit the only home run on Friday night sending the first pitch he saw from freshman Corben Madden over the fence in left center to lead off the top of the fourth.
Jayce Boyd picked up two hits for the second straight game to lead the Garnet team. The freshman third baseman also scored a run and picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Tye Buckley drove in a pair of runs with a one-out, bases loaded single to center in the fifth.
For the second night in a row, the Gold team ran out to an early lead scoring four runs in the top of the first. Freshman David Trexler (0-1) got off to shaky start issuing a leadoff walk to Holt and on the very next pitch plunked Stephen Cardullo on the arm. Johnson brought home both runners doubling off the wall in left to give the Gold team a 2-0 lead. After a groundball double play plated Johnson, Ohmed Danesh drove in Tapley for the final run of the inning lacing a two-out single off the glove of a diving Devon Travis at second.
The Gold team came right back with three more runs in the second thanks to a two-run single by Tapley with the bases loaded and a sacrifice fly RBI to center off the bat of Mike Meschke. Tapley tried to move to second on the play but was thrown out by a great throw by Buckley from centerfield. Johnson scored in front of the tag out at second to give Gold a seven-run cushion.
Freshman Scott Sitz (1-0) was outstanding in his two innings of work for the Gold team allowing just one hit and no walks as he struck out four. Junior transfer Robby Scott kept the momentum in favor of the Gold squad blanking the Garnet team over the next two innings. The southpaw from Miami, Fla., faced the minimum in his two innings of work finishing his outing with two strikeouts.
Trailing 8-0 in the bottom of the fifth, the Garnet team cut the deficit courtesy of a two-run single with the bases loaded off the bat of Buckley.
The Gold team executed a perfectly timed hit and run in the top of the sixth as Tapley laced a single to center scoring Holt for a 9-2 lead.
Sean Gilmartin recorded his second hit of the evening extending the Gold lead with an RBI single to left scoring Danesh who lead off the seventh with a walk. Holt brought home the second run of the inning on a sacrifice bunt up the line at first plating Parker Brunelle, who recorded a single to left.
Brunelle increased the Gold lead to 12-2 in the eighth on sac-fly to left plating Meschke.
The Garnet team picked up two more runs in the eighth on an RBI single by James Ramsey and a sac-fly by Boyd.
Both teams would plate a run in the ninth to round out the scoring on Friday. Johnson drove in his third run of the game as he hammered a double off the fence in right center. Stephen Cardullo scored all the way from first as he led off the ninth with a single to left.
Kevin Jackson drove in the final run for the Garnet squad plating Justin Gonzalez on a fielder’s choice to short. With Gonzalez at third following a single, a stolen base and a throwing error from behind the plate, Cardullo made a diving snag on a ground ball by Jackson but could not get up in time to throw out Gonzalez at the plate.
Florida State opens the 2010 season at home on Friday, February 19 with a three-game series against Georgia State.
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