March 5, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Third-ranked Florida State (8-0) kept its undefeated record intact Friday night with a 12-1 victory over No. 25 Georgia (6-4). The win was the third straight over the Bulldogs and second in a row over a ranked opponent. The 11-run margin was the largest margin of victory for the Seminoles in the series since downing the Bulldogs 16-4 in Tallahassee back on March 19, 1959.
Picking up where he left off in last year’s NCAA Tallahassee Regional Tournament, Sean Gilmartin (3-0) once again stymied the Georgia offense allowing just one unearned run on six hits over seven innings of work. The sophomore southpaw did not issue a walk while tying a career-high with nine strikeouts.
“There is no question the story of the game was Sean Gilmartin,” said head coach Mike Martin. “It was an outstanding outing on his part. He had all three pitches going. It was one of his better games, no doubt about it. It was just a credit to his work ethic; I am just very proud of how he approaches every outing. He is out there competing on every pitch.”
“I felt good,” Gilmartin said. “I got ahead of guys early which is key for me. I put the ball where it needs to be and changed speeds. All four pitches (were working) actually. I threw the curveball a little tonight. Everything was working, in, out, and down.”
In two career starts against Georgia, both victories for the Seminoles, Gilmartin has worked 16.0 innings allowing just three runs, two earned, on 11 hits with 15 strikeouts and no walks.
Tonight’s performance marked the second straight outing that a Seminole starter did not issue a walk and the third time already this season. In 2009, Seminole starters posted just four games in which they did not issue a walk.
Gilmartin faced no more than four batters in six of the seven innings on Friday night. He struck out multiple batters in an inning four times. In the third inning, Gilmartin threw just 10 pitches all for strikes. He finished the evening throwing 75 percent of his pitches for strikes.
For the eighth time in as many games, the Seminole offense registered double-digit hits and runs. Dating back to last year, the Garnet and Gold have registered double-digit hits in 13 consecutive games.
Georgia native James Ramsey had a big night for the Seminoles unloading on a pair of home runs in consecutive at-bats in the third and fourth innings. The sophomore right fielder became the first Seminole to register a multi-home run game in 2010, while it marked his first two home runs of the season. Ramsey finished the night 2-for-2 with three runs scored and a career-high four RBI.
“I have been very pleased with Ramer,” Martin said. “He has got the ability to do what he did tonight. We just don’t want him to go up there and do anything other than get good swings at the ball and he is certainly doing that.”
“It was fun to get out there and play with our guys,” said Ramsey. “To have the opportunity to hit behind Holt and in front of Cardullo is really fun. Grimm is a real good pitcher, but we do a really good job of grinding out at-bats and seeing as many pitches as we can.
Jayce Boyd also had a perfect night at the plate going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. He registered singles in his first three at-bats before drawing a walk on his final at-bat in the sixth. The three hits and two runs scored Friday night tied a career-high for Boyd.
Justin Gonzalez continued his hot hitting recording his third multi-hit game of the season with a two-hit night in game one against Georgia. The freshman from Miami, Fla., notched an infield single in the second and unloaded on a three-run shot in third.
“James Ramsey had a big night,” added Martin. “We got a nice big hit from Gonzalez. It was a ball game that kind of got out of hand, and you have got to credit our guys for going up there and being aggressive at the plate.”
The Seminoles jumped out to an early 2-0 thanks in large part to a Bulldog throwing error by third baseman Eric Ruiz. With Johnson on at first after singling up the middle, Gonzalez hit a chopper in the dirt towards third. Ruiz bare handed the ball and threw wildly over to first allowing Johnson to score all the way from second for the first run of the game. Two batters later, Boyd connected on a two-out single to short to bring home Gonzalez for a 2-0 FSU lead.
FSU extended its lead to 6-0 after the third inning thanks to home runs by Ramsey and Gonzalez. Ramsey took the first pitch from Justin Grimm (1-1) over the fence in right for his first round tripper of the season. After a single to Cardullo and a two-out walk to Johnson, Gonzalez went opposite field on a 1-2 pitch for his second home run of the season.
Georgia cut the lead to 6-1 in the fourth taking advantage of an errant throw by Gilmartin. Peter Verdin led off the inning with a bunt single that landed short between the mound and third. Gilmartin rushed his throw over to first and threw wildly allowing Verdin to scamper into second base. After a groundout by Chase Davidson moved Verdin to third, the sophomore right fielder would plate the first and only run for the Bulldogs on a sac-fly to center off the bat of Zach Cone.
The Seminoles answered the call once again scoring three more times in the fourth to widen their lead to 9-1. Once again it was Ramsey connecting on his second home run of the game, a three-run shot to right center scoring Boyd and Tyler Holt.
“The first pitch was a fastball to start off the third,” added Ramsey. “The second one was a change-up on a 1-2 count. He missed his spot a little bit and I was lucky enough to get a good swing on it.”
Jason Stidham was the last Seminole to hit home runs in consecutive at-bats connecting on two against North Florida on April 8, 2009. Tommy Oravetz was the last Seminole to hit two home runs in a game as he hit two against Jacksonville back on May 5, 2009.
FSU picked up three more runs in the fifth for the winning margin. Cardullo drove in a pair on a single to left with the bases loaded, while Tapley recorded an RBI on a sac-fly to deep center plating Ramsey.
Georgia’s Grimm was tagged for nine runs, seven earned, on 11 hits in four innings of work. Offensively, the Bulldogs were led by Johnathan Taylor who went 3-for-4 as he registered half of Georgia’s hits on Friday night.
The Seminoles return to the diamond on Saturday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m. for the middle game of a three-game set against Georgia on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The game will air live over the web on Seminoles.com All-Access, while fans can listen in locally on 100.7 FM and on the web at 100.7 FM. Junior left hander John Gast will take the mound for the Seminoles on Saturday in search of win number three on the year.