April 23, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sixth-ranked Florida State (29-10, 12-7 ACC) dropped the first game of a three-game set to in-state rival and 14th-ranked Miami (29-9, 15-4 ACC) 6-5 Friday evening on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles out hit the Hurricanes 6-5 but left a season-high 13 runners on base in the loss.
“Well, it was an excellent baseball game,” said head coach Mike Martin. “It was just a good job of getting it done on the University of Miami’s part. It was a well played game, we did not make an error; we have to tip our hats some times to the other club. They did a very good job of making pitches especially a couple of innings when we were second and third (early in the ball game).”
Mike McGee accounted for half the Seminole hits in game one as he was a perfect 3-for-3 with a pair of home runs as he reached base on all five plate appearance Friday night. He added a single and two walks to go along with his two home runs.
The junior left fielder recorded his fourth career multi-home run game after connecting on two solo shots in the third and eighth innings. McGee now has seven career home runs against the Hurricanes while three of his four career multi-home run games have come against Miami.
“Michael was seeing it well tonight,” said Martin. “That was quite a display of hitting. I am glad to see him have a night like this because he is certainly capable of doing that.”
FSU starter Sean Gilmartin fell to 6-3 on the year as he was charged with all six runs on five hits in 5.1 innings of work on Friday. The sophomore southpaw walked two and struck out eight.
“Gilly pitched his gusts out,” added Martin. “He left everything out there, I am very proud of the way he pitched.”
Geoff Parker gave the Seminoles 3.2 scoreless, hitless innings in relief as he walked one and struck out two. The junior right hander has been perfect in five relief appearances allowing no runs and just one hit in 9.2 innings.
“Geoff really pitched beautifully,” said Martin. “He had all three pitches going. We stayed with him because we thought we could score some runs to get back in it. Unfortunately, they would not let us.”
Miami was first to strike on Friday night as Harold Martinez connected on a solo home run in the top of the second to give the Hurricanes the early 1-0 lead. The home run was the 13th of the season for Martinez, while it came on the first pitch from Gilmartin.
Florida State answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game at 1-1. Devon Travis reached on an infield single and moved to second on a groundout back to the mound off the bat of James Ramsey. The Seminoles would draw even on the second Miami error of the game. Parker Brunelle hit a ground ball that went right through the legs of Martinez at third to bring home Travis for the first Seminole run of the game.
The Seminoles took their first lead of the game compliments of a solo home run by McGee in the third. The junior left fielder deposited a 0-1 pitch from UM starter Chris Hernandez over the fence in left to give FSU a 2-1 lead. Hernandez did not respond well to the home run issuing consecutive walks to Stuart Tapley and Jayce Boyd. But the junior left hander settled down registering back-to-back strikeouts to Sherman Johnson and Travis to hold the Noles to just one run in the inning.
Florida State added to its lead with two runs in the fourth and in the process chased Hernandez from the game. Ramsey led off the inning with a single to center, moved to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Brunelle. Following a walk to Tyler Holt, Hernandez came out of the game with what seemed to have been an injury suffered earlier in the game after he was plucked by a come-backer off the bat of McGee in the first.
.J. Encinosa entered out of the bullpen and gave up two more wild pitches which lead to a pair of Seminole runs. Both runs were charged to Hernandez, who lasted just 3.1 innings allowing four runs, three earned, on four hits as he walked three and struck out six.
Miami drew within one of the Florida State lead on a two-out, two-run shot by Stephen Perez in the top of the fifth. Gilmartin had the freshman shortstop behind in the count before Perez got a hold of a 1-2 pitch and sent it out to the deepest part of the ball park in center for his fourth home run of the season.
“There were a lot of key hits in the ball game,” added Martin. “I think the home run by Perez, their ninth spot hitter, was certainly a big lift for them.”
The Hurricanes recaptured the lead with three runs in the top of the sixth to take a 6-4 lead. Miami loaded the bases on a pair of walks and an infield single before Chris Palaez came through with the big hit. The junior left fielder laced a two-run double to the gap in left center that went just beyond the glove of Cardullo. The hit by Palaez ended the evening for Gilmartin. Geoff Parker entered out of the bullpen and got Nathan Melendres to fly out to right, deep enough to score Martinez for a sac-fly RBI.
The Seminoles drew three walks off Miami reliever Eric Whaley in the sixth but left the bases loaded as Boyd was caught looking on a called third strike to end the inning.
For the second consecutive inning the Seminoles loaded the bases and could not get a run across. This time Miami centerfielder Zeke DeVoss came through with a great running catch on a ball headed to the gap in right center off the bat of Cardullo to keep the Miami lead at two.
“It was a great play that DeVoss made on that ball,” said Martin on the ball hit by Cardullo in the seventh. “That was a tough play because of the way the field is configured. That was great athleticism on his part. No doubt, we score three runs if that lands. It was just pure athleticism; great speed, he did a good job of running it down.”
McGee brought the Noles within one of the Miami lead with his second home run of the evening. The Port St. Lucie, Fla., native led off the bottom of the eighth taking Daniel Miranda out of the park to left on a 2-2 offering to close the gap to 6-5. Miranda retired the Noles in order in the ninth to earn his fourth save of the season.
Jerad Grundy (2-0) picked up the win for the Hurricanes as he worked 1.1 scoreless innings. The Miami bullpen pitched 6.2 innings on Friday night allowing no runs and just two hits as six Hurricane pitchers combined for six walks and six strikeouts.
The Seminoles return to the diamond for game two of the series against the Hurricanes on Saturday, April 24 at 1:00 p.m. The game will broadcast live on FS Florida in both South Florida and North Florida, while fans can listen in locally on 100.7 FM and on the web at Seminoles.com. Also, there will be a limited amount of tickets available for Saturday afternoon’s game against Miami. Those tickets can be purchased at the ticket booths located in left and right field at Dick Howser Stadium.