May 28, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Fourteenth-ranked Florida State (41-17) kept its hopes alive for the right to play in the ACC Championship game on Sunday defeating Boston College (30-28) 12-2 in seven innings Friday afternoon inside NewBridge Bank Park.
The Seminoles wrapped up pool play in Division A of the 2010 ACC Baseball Championship with a 2-1 record while the Eagles fell to 1-2. FSU’s fate now lies in the hands of the tournament’s top-seeded team as Virginia must defeat Miami on Saturday for the Seminoles to advance to the ACC Championship game for the second year in a row and for the ninth time in school history.
Florida State recorded three more home runs on Friday concluding pool play with eight home runs in three games. The Seminoles also reached double-digit runs against conference opponents in back-to-back games for just the second time this year.
Stephen Cardullo continued his hot hitting going 3-for-4 for three singles, two runs scored and one RBI. The senior shortstop is now hitting .462 in three games in the conference tournament. Tyler Holt, Johnson, Ramsey and Travis each finished with two hits a piece. All nine Seminole starters finished with at least one hit on Friday.
Ramsey finished the afternoon tying a career-high with four RBI, while Travis set a career-high driving in three runs against the Eagles.
Sean Gilmartin, who got the start at first base, reached base on all three plate appearances, scoring twice and recording a single, a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Starting left fielder Ohmed Danesh went 1-for-3 with an RBI single.
“We definitely had a lot of great at-bats from a lot of people,” said Cardullo. “Tyler Holt definitely set the tone, first at-bat of the game he got a hit. He’s definitely a spark plug for our offense and usually when he gets a hit in the game, we’re ready to play. That’s pretty much what generated our hits. Hitting is contagious. We put a lot of great bats together and produced a lot of runs today.”
“I think it’s a credit to our coaching staff, coming out to this tournament and just letting us know that we play hard and with intensity,” said Ramsey. “Lately, the breaks haven’t gone our way, but that’s starting to turn around these past couple games. I know that the guy’s have to get on base in front of you in order to see good pitches and to get the guy out of the stretch. It was a credit to all of our guys for getting on base this afternoon.”
John Gast improved to 7-3 on the season as the junior southpaw went 5.2 innings on Friday allowing just two runs, one earned, on five hits as he struck out five. For just the second time in 11 starts, Gast did not issue a walk. The Longwood, Fla., native kept the Eagles off the scoreboard for the first five innings and allowed just one base runner passed second during that span.
“Early on I felt like I had really good control, being able to go inside and outside,” said Gast. “The last couple of innings, I don’t know if the heat got to me, I ended up losing it a little bit especially with the fastball.”
Scott Sitz came out of the bullpen and worked 1.1 scoreless innings as the freshman right hander gave up one walk and did not issue a hit, while striking out two.
“Certainly it was a game where we got a lot of hits, but hitting isn’t the name of it; it’s pitching,” said head coach Mike Martin. “Johnny [Gast] gave us a big lift, giving us almost 6 complete innings against a very good offensive club. That club has beaten a lot of teams this year that will be in post season play. I think Mik [Aoki] does a great job at Boston College and we were very fortunate. There were some balls hit hard today. A lot of things just happened to go our way, but it’s a credit to our young men; they got it done.”
Holt registered the first hit of the ball game in the bottom of the first singling to left on the first pitch he saw from BC starter John Leonard (2-3). After a stolen base and wild pitch moved Holt to third, the junior centerfielder was thrown out at the plate on a great catch and throw by Eagle left fielder Andrew Lawrence. McGee sent a fly ball into foul territory that Lawrence made a nice running catch on and then threw a strike to the plate to gun down Holt for an inning ending double play.
The Eagles left runners at the corners in the second as Gast got Garret Smith swinging on strikes to end the threat. Anthony Melchionda led off the inning with a sharp single back up the middle and moved to third on a two-out base hit to right by Brad Zapenas.
Florida State was the first to strike on Friday afternoon scoring two in the bottom of the second to take an early 2-0 lead. The Seminoles put together three straight singles with Cardullo beginning the rally with a single through the left side. The senior shortstop then moved to third on a well executed hit and run as Gilmartin followed with a single through the right side. With runners at the corners, Danesh brought home the first run of the game on an RBI single back up the middle. Rafael Lopez gave the Noles a two-run lead on a two-out single to left center scoring Gilmartin from second.
The Seminoles sent nine batters to the plate in the third in adding four more runs to extend their lead to 6-0. FSU strung together four consecutive base hits including a two-run double by Ramsey and an RBI single to right by Cardullo. A hit-by-pitch to Gilmartin ended the afternoon for Leonard after just 2.1 innings of work.
Chris Kowalski entered and gave up a fielder’s choice and an RBI single through the left side to Danesh and Travis, respectively, on just two pitches. Travis’ single brought home Cardullo for the fourth run of the inning.
Ramsey gave the Garnet and Gold an eight-run cushion connecting on a two-run blast in the fourth. After Kowalski hit McGee with a pitch on a 2-2 offering, Ramsey stepped in and took the first pitch from the senior right hander off the scoreboard in right for his ninth home run of the season.
Boston College scored a pair of runs off Gast in the sixth to cut the deficit to 10-2. Mickey Wiswall led off the inning with a solo shot to center for his team leading 19th round tripper of the season. Gast then hit John Spatola in the back and gave up a two-out single back up the middle to Lawrence ending the afternoon for the junior southpaw.
Sitz came on out of the bullpen and was the victim of a fielding error by Johnson at third resulting in the second BC run of the inning. Zapenas hit a sharp grounder that deflected off the top of the glove of Johnson and into left field scoring Spatola from second. Sitz got out of the inning without further damage getting Smith to fly out to center.
Johnson atoned for the error in the bottom half of the inning leading off the sixth with a solo shot over the wall in right center. The sophomore third baseman took a 1-0 pitch from Kowalski out of the park for his sixth home run of the season and third Seminole home run of the afternoon.
Holt drove in FSU’s 12th run of the game with a two-out single in the seventh. The Gainesville, Fla., native singled home pinch hitter Stuart Tapley, who led off the inning with a walk. The hit brought the game to a close in the seventh due to the tournament’s 10-run rule.
The Seminoles will take Saturday off but will be keeping a close eye on the outcome of Saturday’s Virginia, Miami game to see if they will be playing for the championship on Sunday. First pitch for Saturday’s game featuring the Cavaliers and the Hurricanes is set for 12:00 noon.
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