May 15, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fifth-ranked Florida State (38-13, 17-9 ACC) battled back from an early three-run deficit to even the weekend series with a 7-5 victory over NC State (32-19, 12-14 ACC) Saturday night on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles’ James Ramsey broke a 5-5 tie with an RBI single up the middle in the eighth scoring Sherman Johnson for the go-ahead run in leading the Garnet and Gold to a game two victory.
“I think its fun having the opportunity to come in at a big spot,” said Ramsey. “We have been working all year trying to get this thing rolling toward the end of the season. That was a great team over there (in NC State) and fortunately we were able to come up in the right spots.”
“That was a well played baseball game,” said head coach Mike Martin. “It was a good baseball game; I was very pleased with our fight and very pleased with the way our pitchers pitched. Certainly, I was pleased with our hitters in getting good pitches and getting good swings. It was a very good win for us tonight.”
Ramsey finished the evening 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. The Alpharetta, Ga., native sparked the come-from-behind victory leading off the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run to right center to tie the game at 3-3.
“Rammer had some very good swings,” added Martin. “He is really seeing the ball well.”
Geoff Parker (3-0) got the win in relief as he worked 1.2 innings on Saturday allowing two runs on three hits as he walked one and struck out two.
Mike McGee pitched the ninth to earn his ninth save of the season. After issuing a one out walk to pinch hitter Pratt Maynard, the junior right hander recorded back-to-back strikeouts to give the Seminoles the game two victory.
FSU starter Brian Busch did not factor in the decision on Saturday as the sophomore southpaw worked 6.1 innings allowing three runs on four hits as he walked two and struck out four. After giving up three runs in the first, Busch kept the Wolfpack scoreless over the next 5.1 innings yielding just one hit and not allowing a runner passed first base.
“After the first, Brian pitched as well as he has all year,” said Martin. “He gave up just one hit after the first. He ended up throwing 100 pitches; it was a good outing for him to get us into the seventh.”
Drew Poulk paced the Wolfpack offense in game two going a perfect 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored as he finished a triple short of hitting for the cycle.
NC State wasted very little time cracking the scoreboard in game two scoring three runs in its first at-bat on a three-run home run by Drew Poulk. Kyle Wilson opened the game with a double off the fence in right field and advanced to third on an infield single by Dallas Poulk. With runners at the corners, Drew Poulk took a 2-0 pitch from Busch out of the park to left center for a three-run home run, his 10th of the season.
Wolfpack starter Cory Mazzoni (7-3) began the evening retiring the first eight batters that he faced before Travis broke through with the first Seminole hit of the ball game singling back up the middle with two outs in the third.
FSU drew within one of the Wolfpack lead scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. Cardullo opened the inning with a double to right and scored a pitch later on a single through the right side by Sean Gilmartin. Gilmartin, who got his second start of the season at first base on Saturday, advanced to third on the play on a two base throwing error by Wolfpack right fielder Drew Poulk. The error would prove costly as Stuart Tapley brought home Gilmartin on a sac-fly to center cutting NC State’s lead to 3-2.
The Noles plated three in the seventh to grab their first lead of the evening at 5-3. With one swing of the bat, Ramsey tied the game at 3-3 leading off the bottom of the inning with a solo shot to right center. The Seminole right fielder took a 1-1 pitch from Mazzoni out of the park for his sixth home run of the season.
Cardullo followed with his second hit of the ball game, dropping a bloop single to right. After recording two outs, Mazzoni fell behind Rafael Lopez before issuing an intentional walk to the Seminole catcher. Travis then stepped in and gave the Seminoles their first lead of the game lacing a double inside the bag at third. Cardullo and Lopez scored on the play but Travis was thrown out at second as the throw from left fielder Russell Wilson was cut off by third baseman Andrew Ciencin, who then threw over to Harold Riggins covering the bag at second to record the final out of the inning.
“We knew we had to get after it tonight,” said Travis. “It was big; I saw a curveball down and got a good piece of it.”
The lead was short lived as NC State came right back with two runs in the top of the eighth off Parker to tie the game at 5-5. The Wolfpack put runners and second and third with only one out on an infield single by Kyle Wilson and a double off the wall in right center by Drew Poulk. Riggins brought home Wilson on a groundout to short to bring the Wolfpack within one. Andrew Ciencin tied the game with an RBI single to center.
The Seminoles answered right back with two runs in the bottom of the inning to grab the lead for good. Johnson got things going with a single to left, followed by a single through the left side by McGee. That would be the final batter Mazzoni would face as NC State went to the bullpen bringing on Alex Sogard to face Ramsey. On the third pitch of the at-bat, Ramsey ripped a single back up the middle scoring Johnson from second to give FSU a 6-5 lead.
“You are in a hitter’s count and you are going to see a good pitch,” said Ramsey on coming through with the go-ahead base hit in the eighth. “I was able to take advantage of the pitch I got and push a run across.”
The Seminoles would add an insurance run on a throwing error by Ciencin at third on a groundball hit by Cardullo. Ciencin threw wildly over to second allowing McGee to race around third for FSU’s seventh run of the evening.
The Seminoles return to the diamond for the final game of the series against the Wolfpack on Sunday, May 16 at 1:00 p.m. The game will air live over the internet on Seminoles.com All-Access, while fans can listen in locally on 100.7 FM and on the web at Seminoles.com. Sunday is also Senior Day at the ball park as Florida State will honor Stephen Cardullo, Ohmed Danesh and Mike Meschke before the start of the game.