May 16, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fifth-ranked Florida State (39-13, 18-9 ACC) over came an 8-0 deficit to defeat NC State (32-20, 12-15 ACC) 12-9 Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
The game was temporarily suspended with two outs in the seventh due to rain and lightning in the area with NC State’s Drew Poulk at the plate and a 0-2 count. With curfew set for 5:15 p.m. and field deemed unplayable, the game was officially called giving the Noles the win and the series victory.
“I was just so proud of the way our guys played today after falling behind the way we did,” said head coach Mike Martin. “This team refused to quit; they fought right back and got themselves in the ball game. It was truly a good win for this program.”
With the win, Florida State closed out its regular season schedule perfect on Sunday’s posting a 14-0 record. The win also moved Florida State within one win of claiming its fourth straight ACC Atlantic Division Title. The come-from-behind victory was huge for the Seminoles as the Tigers lost to Wake Forest 11-2 falling three games behind the Noles in the division.
The Seminoles scored a season-high eight runs in the bottom of the second to tie game at eight and then took the lead for good with three runs in the third.
Sean Gilmartin was a perfect 3-for-3 on the afternoon with a pair of singles and a double as the Moorpark, Calif., native made his second straight start at first base. The three hits was a career-high.
James Ramsey and Mike McGee drove in seven of the 12 runs in the series finale with Ramsey tying a career-high with four RBI. McGee came off the bench and went 2-for-3 with a single and a double. Devon Travis tied career-highs with two hits and two RBI as the freshman second baseman finished the afternoon 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Sherman Johnson also had two hits as he established a career-high scoring three runs.
“That’s a great team,” said Ramsey. “You want to play teams when they are at their best. This team was playing good ball. They had been taken series from Virginia and Georgia Tech. They came in here and pitched well on Friday night to set the tone. But we responded pretty well.”
John Gast (6-2) picked up the win after working 3.2 innings in relief in of starter Scott Sitz. The junior southpaw allowed three runs on six hits as he did not issue walk while striking out a career-high seven.
Geoff Parker worked 2.2 shutout innings allowing two hits and two walks while striking out three to earn his third save of the season.
“Johnny and Geoff certainly did pitch well,” said Martin. “I am very pleased with both of them. We needed good outings from those two; they are the guys we have looked to for a long time and they certainly answered the bell today.”
NC State sent 11 batters to the plate in the top of the first scoring seven runs including three on two outs to grab an early 7-0 lead. Andrew Ciencin provided the big blow connecting on a home run with the bases loaded off Sitz. The grand slam was the fourth of the season for Ciencin and eighth hit by the Wolfpack this year. A single by Danny Canela and a hit-by-pitch to Harold Riggins ended the afternoon for Sitz after facing just seven batters.
Gast entered out of the bullpen and gave up a fielder’s choice to Tarran Senay as the Wolfpack left fielder hit a high chopper to Johnson at third. Johnson looked at second first before throwing over to first but it was not in time to get Senay. Following a strikeout to Matt Bergquist, NC State recorded back-to-back two-out singles by Kyle Wilson and Dallas Poulk. Wilson hit a tough chopper to short that bounced high and squirted under the glove of a charging Cardullo plating two runs. Poulk then hit a single under the diving glove of Gilmartin at first. The relay throw from Ramsey was cut off by Cardullo, who then threw over to Gilmartin who applied the tag on Poulk for the final of the inning.
“When you come into a game like that, you have to come in throwing strikes,” said Gast. “You can’t come out and walk people. That’s what I tried to do today, make them hit the ball.”
Florida State looked to threaten in the bottom of the inning recording consecutive one-out hits by Johnson and Danesh, but NC State starter Ethan Ogburn got Ramsey to ground into an inning ending double play.
The Wolfpack added to their lead in the second on a home run by Drew Poulk to lead off the inning. The senior outfielder took a 2-0 pitch from Gast out of the park to left for his 11th round tripper of the season and an 8-1 NC State lead.
The lead quickly evaporated as the Garnet and Gold scored eight runs in the bottom of the second including five on two outs to tie the game at 8-8. After a fly out by Cardullo to start the inning, the Noles loaded the bases on back-to-back base hits by Gilmartin and Stuart Tapley and a hit-by-pitch to Rafael Lopez. Travis began the scoring spree knocking in a pair of runs on a double off the fence in right center ending the afternoon for Ogburn after just 1.1 innings.
Anthony Tzamtzis (4-3) entered and gave up a sac-fly to Tyler Holt scoring Lopez from third. After Johnson was hit by a pitch, McGee laced a two-run double down the left field line to cut the deficit to 8-5.
Ramsey then brought the Noles within of the Wolfpack lead taking Tzamtzis out of the park to left on a 1-2 pitch for his seventh home run of the season and second of the series. Cardullo kept the inning going with a single to center and scored a batter later on Gilmartin’s second hit of the inning, a double to the wall in left to tie the game at eight.
The Poulk cousin’s put together consecutive two out doubles in the third as NC State recaptured the lead at 9-8 with a run in the third. Dallas Poulk connected on a double to the gap in right center followed by an RBI double to the gap in left center by Drew Poulk.
McGee came through with his second, two-out hit in as many at-bats in the third lacing an RBI single that deflected off the glove of a leaping Ciencin at third scoring Travis from third to tie the game at nine. After a second pitching change by the Wolfpack, Ramsey greeted Felix Rogue rudely ripping a double down the right field line scoring Johnson and McGee to give FSU its first lead of the afternoon at 11-9.
“Rammer is seeing the ball well,” added Martin. “I am just very pleased with the swings he is getting at the plate. I am very proud of the way he is approaching hitting.”
FSU added to its lead in the fifth on sac-fly by Cardullo to give the Noles a 12-9 advantage. With runners at the corners following a single by Johnson and a walk to Ramsey, Cardullo sent a long fly ball to the warning track in center scoring Johnson to give Florida State a three-run lead.
NC State threatened putting two runners on in the sixth as Parker issued a walk to Pratt Maynard to start the inning and then hitting designated hitter John Canela with a pitch. But the junior right hander kept the Wolfpack off the scoreboard getting Riggins out on a called third strike and John Gianis to ground into a fielder’s choice for the third out.
The Seminoles hit the road for the final series of the regular season facing Clemson beginning Thursday, May 20.