April 8, 2012
ATLANTA, Ga. (seminoles.com) – Second-ranked Florida State (27-5, 14-1 ACC) led from start to finish Sunday afternoon in Atlanta defeating No. 23 Georgia Tech (19-14, 6-9 ACC) 8-4 to complete the series sweep of the Yellow Jackets inside Russ Chandler Stadium. The win also gave Hall of Fame head coach Mike Martin career-win No. 1,700 making him just the third head coach in Division I history to reach the historic milestone.
With the win, the Seminoles recorded their fourth series sweep of an ACC opponent this year, while it marked the second three-game sweep of the Jackets in Atlanta since 2007.
“It was a weekend in which we played extremely well,” said head coach Mike Martin. “Really, a weekend that you never expect to go on the road and win three ball games in the Atlantic Coast Conference against a good Georgia Tech team. I am just very proud of how our guys kept their poise, we had a bump in the road in the eighth, but we stayed tough this afternoon.”
“I will be very honest with you, what means everything to me is seeing our guys have the opportunity to get to Omaha,” said Martin on collecting his 1,700 career victory on Sunday. “These numbers are just that, numbers, but I am proud of the weekend that we just had. That was a great accomplishment on their part.”
“Honestly, it’s an honor for all of us to be a part of this,” said Travis on Martin winning his 1,700 career victory.
The top five hitters in the Seminole line-up registered 12 of the 15 hits on Sunday led by Stephen McGee who had a perfect afternoon at the plate going 4-for-4 with two doubles and two singles. McGee also drew a walk and drove in three runs. The Seminole catcher finished the game posting career-highs in hits and RBI.
“I felt real good,” said McGee. “I was seeing the pitches really well and getting good swings on the ball. I’ve been hitting the ball well (lately) but just kind of right at people. But I was thankful for today to have those hard hit balls drop in and find some places in the field.”
Devon Travis recorded his second straight three-hit game finishing 3-for-4 with a double, one RBI and three runs scored. James Ramsey, Jayce Boyd and Josh Delph each registered two hits in the win. It was the first two-hit game for Delph, who earned the start in right field on Sunday.
“That is a darn good team,” added Travis. “Anytime you can go on the road and get a win, yet a lone a sweep, is definitely very big for our ball club.”
Peter Miller (5-1) put together an impressive outing for the Seminoles working into the seventh inning for the first time in his career. The sophomore right hander threw 6.0 plus innings allowing two runs on four hits as he walked just one and struck out four.
“He was really sharp today,” said Martin on Miller’s performance. “He was throwing three pitches for strikes. To me, it was his best outing of the year.”
Miller started the game retiring the first 10 batters that he faced while facing the minimum in five of the six innings he completed.
“I felt pretty good today,” said Miller. “I had really good fastball command early on, my curveball was there too. As 11 said, it was one of my sharpest outings and I think it was.”
Florida State struck first with two runs in the third to take the early lead. John Nogowski led off the inning with a single to left and scored two batters later when Travis doubled down the line in left and Yellow Jacket left fielder Brandon Thomas had trouble fielding the ball cleanly. Boyd then brought home Travis on a two-out single through the right side to give FSU a 2-0 advantage.
The Seminoles added to their lead in the fourth scoring four runs on two outs as three of the four runs scored in the inning were unearned. Delph doubled to right center to open the run scoring inning for his second hit in as many at-bats. Johnson then drew a two-out walk followed by an RBI single to left by Travis. The inning continued when Ramsey reached on a fielding error after hitting a hard one hopper to second. Sherman Johnson scored on the play with Travis taking third. After Ramsey stole second, the Jackets intentionally walked Boyd to load the bases for McGee. The Seminole catcher would come through lacing a double inside the bag at third to drive in a pair and give the Seminoles a 6-0 lead.
Georgia Tech starter Cole Pitts (4-2) would last just 3.2 innings on Sunday allowing six runs, three earned, on nine hits as he walked four and struck out three.
The Yellow Jackets would cut into the lead with a run in the fourth. Thomas became the first base runner of the afternoon drawing a one-out walk off Miller, who retired the first 10 batters to start the game. Thomas moved to third on a single to right by Sam Dove and scored on Jake Davies’ RBI single to right. Miller would hold the Jackets to just the one run in the fourth getting Daniel Palka to fly out to right and Zane Evans to ground into a fielder’s choice putout at second to end the inning.
Florida State answered in the sixth with two more runs to extend its lead to 8-1. The Seminoles opened the inning with three consecutive singles off Evans, who entered the game in the fourth, as Johnson, Travis and Ramsey all reached. Ramsey drove in Johnson with a single through the left side and Travis scored on McGee’s second double of the afternoon, a ground rule double that hoped the fence down the line in left.
Georgia Tech pushed across a run in the seventh to cut the deficit to 8-2. Davies led off the inning with his second hit of the afternoon, a double to right center, and moved to third on a sharp single to center off the bat of Palka. Davies would score two batters later on an RBI fielder’s choice groundout off the bat of pinch hitter Daniel Spingola.
The Yellow Jackets scored twice in the eighth to draw within four of the lead but Hunter Scantling closed the door on any thoughts of a come-from-behind victory for Georgia Tech retiring the side in order in the ninth.
Florida State will return home to face No. 1 Florida on Tuesday, April 10. The game will air live over the internet on ESPN3. Fans can listen to the game locally on 1270 AM and over the internet at Seminoles.com. Live stats will be available via gametracker, while fans can receive updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball.