May 8, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Top-ranked Florida State (39-8, 21-3 ACC) ran out to an early four-run lead only to see Maryland (30-22, 9-18) claw its way back for an 8-5 victory Monday night on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
Maryland cut the deficit to one with three runs in the fourth and then added five runs over the last three innings to snap FSU’s 22-game home winning streak in the series marking the Terrapins first victory in Tallahassee since March 26, 1998.
“Well you tip your hat to Maryland,” said head coach Mike Martin. “They did a good job and got the key hits there at the end when they needed them. They did everything they needed to do to get the win.”
Florida State wasted little time cracking the scoreboard on Monday night plating two runs in each of the first two innings to rush out to an early 4-0 advantage. Sherman Johnson led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run over the fence in right center for his second home run of the season and second of the series. Justin Gonzalez brought home James Ramsey for the second run of the inning on an RBI bloop single to center.
In the second, Florida State chased Maryland starter David Carroll after the senior right hander gave up a single to Stephen Spradling and a hit-by-pitch to John Holland. Brett Harman, who was scratched as the starting pitcher on Sunday, came in and gave up a one-out RBI single to Johnson as Spradling scored from second. Holland would also score on the play courtesy of a throwing error by centerfielder Korey Wacker.
Harman proceeded to shut down the Seminole bats allowing just two hits after the second inning. He finished the outing working 5.0 innings giving up a run on three hits as he walked one and struck out three.
Harman’s work on the mound allowed the Maryland bats to cut into the deficit as the Terps scored three off FSU starter Luke Weaver in the fourth to narrow the margin to 4-3. The Terrapins sent nine batters to the plate that inning recording four hits and a pair of walks, while taking advantage of a key throwing error by Jayce Boyd at first base. KJ Hockaday drove in the first run on an RBI infield single to third. A walk to Ryan Holland ended the evening for Weaver after the freshman right hander worked 3.0 plus innings in his first start against an ACC opponent this year.
Hunter Scantling came on and gave up a sac-fly to Tomo Delp and an RBI single off the bat of Jack Cleary that dropped into fair territory after a diving attempt by Jose Brizuela in left. Scantling then followed with a strikeout and a fly out to keep the Seminoles one-run lead intact.
FSU ran themselves out of a potential run scoring inning in the sixth when Holland was caught leaning toward second base on a throw over by Harman. With Holland in a run down, Spradling tried to score from third, but was picked off for the second out of the inning.
The Terrapins grabbed their first lead of the series in the seventh plating two off Scantling to take a 5-4 lead. After a double and a single by Kyle Convissar and Alfredo Rodriguez, respectively, Martin brought on Gage Smith, who got Jordan Hagel looking at a called third strike for the second out of the inning. The Seminole head coach then went with the lefty on lefty match-up bringing on Brian Busch to face Tim Kiene. But a wild pitch by the senior southpaw and an RBI double by Kiene gave Maryland the one-run lead. Mack Waugh became the fourth Seminole pitcher of the inning and got Hockaday to groundout to third for the final out of the inning.
The lead was short lived as the Seminoles scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 5-5. Johnson drew a walk off Harman to open the inning and scored on a sac-fly to left off the bat of Stephen McGee.
Maryland took advantage of the second Seminole error of the game in the eighth which led to the Terps plating two unearned runs as both runs scored on a sac-bunt by Convissar.
The Seminoles looked as though they would bounce right back in the bottom half of the inning as Spradling reached on a hit-by-pitch and Devon Travis laced a pinch hit double to the gap in right center. But a base running miscue by Spradling at second caused the second out of the inning and a groundout to third by pinch hitter John Nogowski ended the threat without FSU scoring a run.
“I hope we got them out of our system because we certainly made some mistakes on the bases that we haven’t made this year,” said Martin. “There is no excuse for it from a coaching stand point. We just have to do a better job of working on that…that is something that we cannot have happen as we move forward.”
Wacker moved from center field to the mound and worked two scoreless innings to pick up the victory Monday night. The senior southpaw allowed two hits and struck out three to move to 5-0 on the year.
Maryland added an insurance run in the ninth and Jimmy Reed, the Terrapins starting pitcher on Saturday, came on to work the ninth to earn his eighth save of the season.
Waugh suffered the loss as he fell to 3-2 on the year.
It’s a short turn-around for Florida State as the Seminoles head to DeLand to face Stetson for a two-game mid-week series beginning Tuesday, May 8. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m.
Fans can listen to the game locally on 1270 AM and over the internet on Seminoles.com. Live stats will be available via gametracker, while fans can receive updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball.