April 8, 2006
Chestnut Hill, MA – It wasn’t easy for No. 3 FSU Saturday versus BC as the temperatures dipped into the low 40’s but the Seminoles got the job done and secured the series victory over Boston College thanks to a 4-2 victory. Jack Rye and Buster Posey hit back-to-back homers and FSU turned double plays with the bases loaded in the seventh and eighth to hold on for the win. Tyler Chambliss (8-1) picked up the victory and Luke Tucker notched his eighth save as FSU improved to 30-4 and 11-3 in the ACC.
After recording 11 hits Friday, 10 of which were singles, FSU was only able to record four Saturday but made the most of each one. All four of the Seminoles’ hits went for extra bases including the two homeruns. BC had nine hits in the game but was only able to plate two while stranding seven runners. The Eagles had the bases loaded with one away twice late in the game but the FSU defense stepped up turning double plays each time.
“We were very fortunate to win this ballgame,” said FSU Head Coach Mike Martin. “When the other club doubles you in hits, we strikeout more than they do and we walk more people than they do, you have to feel very fortunate to win. That is why baseball is the greatest game in the world.
“Tyler Chambliss pitched very well. The biggest plays of the game were the two double plays. I was very pleased that Brent Marsh came in and got it done for us in a tough situation and Luke Tucker came in and closed it up.”
The two twin killings were the biggest plays of the day for an FSU team that struggled to put base runners on versus four different BC hurlers. Diaz’s double play was unassisted on an attempted suicide squeeze in the seventh and Marsh needed just two pitches to get FSU out of the eighth on the Seminoles third double play of the game.
“That’s what we have to be able to do to arrive at our goals,” said Martin of the double plays in the seventh and eighth. “We did whatever it took to get the win. I was very pleased with the poise we showed.”
The four FSU hits were each recorded by a different Seminole as Rye and Posey homered and Shane Robinson and Tony Thomas, Jr. each doubled. Posey was the offensive star though as he recorded his ninth multi-RBI game of the season, second-most on the team, and his solo homer in the sixth turned out to be the game-winner.
“After my first at bat I was a little frustrated and told myself I was going to keep it simple the rest of the game,” said Posey. “I just tried to stay short through the ball and was able to help the team out.”
Florida State struggled to generate offense most of the day and didn’t put its first man on until the third when Ryan McArdle drew a lead-off walk from BC starter Dan Houston (2-3). The Eagles were able to get McArdle trying to swipe second and then Houston ended the inning with his fifth K of the day.
The first hit of the game came in the fourth inning as Robinson led off with his 11th double of the season upping his hit streak to 21 games. Robinson moved to third on a Rye sac bunt that was mishandled allowing Rye to reach first. Posey than sacrificed Robinson home on a fly ball to right.
Chambliss, who gave up two runs in 7 1/3 innings of work, issued his first walk of the game with one out in the fourth. Diaz erased him off the bases though as he threw out his second attempted base stealer of the game. The play was a big one as the next BC hitter got the first Eagle hit of the day. The runner moved into scoring position on a balk but Chambliss shut down the threat on his fourth K of the day.
The Seminoles doubled their lead in the sixth thanks to the long ball. Rye sent a two-out shot over the wall in right field and was followed by Buster Posey who went yard as well to right center. They were the 40th and 41st homers of the year for FSU and the first time Seminoles had gone yard in consecutive at bats since March 17 versus Virginia Tech. They were the first homers allowed this season by Houston.
“That at bat I had two good pitches,” said Posey. “The first I missed and then he just made another mistake. I was able to stay through it that time.”
BC answered back in the bottom half of the sixth. After Chambliss fanned the first two batters, a hit by pitch and a single put a couple runners on. Both players moved into scoring position on a wild pitch and then they both scored on a single to right making it a 3-2 game.
Thomas led off the seventh with a double down the left field line as FSU looked to pad its lead. Travis Anderson sacrificed Thomas to third but Houston got the second out on a foul pop and then fanned his seventh of the game to silence the Seminole threat and spark the BC dugout as the Eagles looked to try and stage the comeback.
Boston College got the leadoff batter on in the seventh due to a walk, just the second of the game by Chambliss. A sac bunt moved the runner up and then an infield single put runners on first and second. BC then loaded the bases as Chambliss caught the next batter on the foot. Diaz then came through with a huge play on the attempted suicide squeeze. The batter fouled the bunt behind home plate. Diaz juggled the ball on the tough play but held on and then tagged the runner who broke to home on contact ending the inning on an unassisted double play.
“The guy turned around to squeeze bunt and luckily I caught the ball but I kicked it out of my own glove,” said Diaz of the unassisted double play. “I got it with my bare hand and don’t know why the guy was still standing at home plate but there he was. I was able to make the play.”
“It has been a long time since I have seen a catcher do what he did,” said Martin. “The runner was literally across the plate. Why he was across the plate with the ball in foul territory I will never know but that’s just one of those weird plays that happens. We were fortunate Danny caught the ball and doubled them up.”
Robinson opened the eighth with a drive to right that was misplayed as he ended up with a two-base error. It was a big miscue as Robinson ended up swiping third and coming home with the fourth run of the game on an errant throw down to third.
The Eagles threatened the Seminole lead once again in the eighth. After getting the first batter to fly out, a bunt back to the mound gave BC a base runner and then the Eagles seventh hit of the game put two on. That ended Chambliss’ day and brought Matt DiBlasi into the game to face left-handed hitting Dave Preziosi. The clean-up hitter bunted down the left field line and DiBlasi had no play as BC loaded the bases. That brought Marsh in to the game as the senior tried to hold on to FSU’s two-run lead. It took the senior just two pitches to end the threat as he got BC to hit into its third double play to end the eighth.
“It was cold and it took a while to get warmed up,” said Marsh. “I knew this defense has been solid all season so I figured just get a ground ball and let my defense work for me. That is what happened.”
Boston College got a one out hit off closer Tucker in the ninth. A ground out moved the runner to second but the junior fanned the final batter of the game to secure the FSU win.
Florida State will conclude its three-game ACC series with Boston College (16-14-1, 4-11) Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Game Tracker will be available for every game this season along with live radio broadcasts available on WFLA locally and free on the Internet at seminoles.com.