March 27, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sixth-ranked Florida State (18-4, 5-3 ACC) rattled off its fourth win in a row and 38th straight over Maryland (9-14, 2-6 ACC) with a 12-5 victory Saturday evening on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
The Seminoles scored in six of the eight innings in which they batted while answering Maryland’s run scoring inning with a run of their own on all three occasions. With the win head coach Mike Martin closed within three win of reaching career victory No. 1600.
“It was a good win for us,” said head coach Mike Martin. “We had some big hits certainly Mike McGee’s three-run home run was the big hit of the game. But there were a lot of things that happened early that led us this evening.”
Mike McGee paced the Seminole offense with a 3-for-4 night while tying a season-high with four RBI. McGee was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle as the junior left fielder singled in the second, homered in the fourth and doubled in the sixth. The Port St. Lucie, Fla., native reached base on four of his five plate appearances.
“I felt good tonight,” said McGee. “After my first at-bat where I walked, I knew I was seeing the ball pretty well so that kind of gave me a little more confidence. All night, I felt good. When you feel comfortable, good things will happen.”
Tyler Holt and James Ramsey each registered two RBI in game two. Holt also went yard on Saturday connecting on his third home run of the season with a solo shot in the seventh. Stuart Tapley was a perfect 2-for-2 with a pair of singles and a pair of walks.
Devon Travis, who made his first start of the season at second base on Saturday, recorded his first collegiate hit with an opposite field single in the fifth. Taiwan Easterling and Ohmed Danesh also picked up a base hit against the Terps.
“I was very excited for him,” said Martin on Devon getting his first collegiate hit. “He was a young man that was the starter when we started the year. We know that Gonzalez can play other positions, it is just very important that we keep every body ready.”
John Gast worked 5.1 innings on Saturday night to improve to 4-1 on the year. The junior southpaw allowed three runs on seven hits as he walked one and struck out four. After giving up a run in the first, Gast retired 11 straight batters before issuing a walk to Maryland designated hitter Mike Rozak with one out in the fifth.
“Johnny had a good outing,” added Martin. “I am sure that he was a little disappointed with his numbers; we certainly wanted him to go more than 80 pitches, and we were hoping to get him around 100 tonight.”
Daniel Bennett made an appearance for the second straight night and threw a career-high 2.2 innings. The junior right hander from Tallahassee allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits as he did not issue a walk and struck out a career-high four batters. Bennett struck out the last four batters that he faced including striking out the side in the eighth.
Andrew Durden closed out the game throwing a perfect ninth. The junior right hander struck out pinch hitter Zachary Fisher for the final out of the game. The win gave the Seminoles their second consecutive ACC series victory this year.
Maryland wasted very little time grabbing the upper hand in game two scoring a run in the top of the first. The Terrapins put together three consecutive base hits off Gast including an RBI single to right by Matt Marquis to give Maryland the 1-0 lead. David Poutier, who began the three hit rally, reached on an infield single and scored.
The lead was short lived as the Seminoles answered the call scoring three runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-1 advantage. Maryland starting pitcher Adam Kolarek (1-2), who lasted just 0.1 of an inning on Saturday night, got in trouble early issuing walks to the first three batters that he faced. On the third walk of the inning to McGee, catcher Jack Cleary threw high down to third allowing Holt to scamper home for the first Seminole run of the game. With runners at the corners, Ramsey brought home Stephen Cardullo on a fielder’s choice groundout to second. After Ramsey took second for his fifth stolen base of the season, he plated the third run of the inning on a bloop single to right by Tapley.
The second Maryland error of the game opened the door for two more Seminole runs as FSU pushed its lead to 5-1. McGee drove in his first run of the game on a single to center bringing home Rafael Lopez, who began the inning getting hit by a pitch. Cardullo scored the second run of the inning on a sac-fly off the bat of Ramsey.
McGee added to his RBI total in the fourth as he unloaded on a three-run shot to left. The junior left fielder connected on a 1-0 offering from Eric Potter for his fifth home run of the season and 30th of his career. Holt and Cardullo scored on the home run after reaching on a walk and single, respectively.
FSU increased its lead to 10-1 with two more runs in the fifth. The Noles loaded the bases on singles by Tapley and Travis and a walk to Jayce Boyd. Lopez drew a walk to bring home Tapley, while Holt recorded an RBI on a sac-fly to center.
The Terrapins cut into the Seminole lead in the sixth scoring twice on an RBI single by Brandon Padula and an RBI double off the bat of Dan Gentzler. The hit by Gentzler ended the evening for Gast with one out in the sixth. With runners at second and third, Bennett came on and needed just one pitch to get out the inning. The Tallahassee native got Matthew Murakami to fly out to short left. Padula tried to score from third on the play but was thrown out at the plate thanks to a great throw from McGee.
In the bottom of the sixth, McGee led off the inning with double down the line in left and scored one batter later on a pinch hit RBI single to center by Easterling.
Maryland scored twice more in the seventh but the Seminoles answered the call once again as Holt registered his third home run of the season with two outs in the seventh. The junior from Gainesville, Fla., took a 2-0 offering from Matt Fullerton and sent a shot over the wall in left.
The Seminoles return to the diamond for the final game of the series against the Terrapins on Sunday, March 28 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.