April 30, 2006
Tallahassee, FL – It was one of those days where nothing could go right for the tenth-ranked Seminole baseball team. FSU had more errors (five) than hits (four) in dropping its series finale versus Savannah State (28-18) 10-2. After not losing a regular season non-conference game at home since Auburn in February of 2005, the Seminoles have dropped two in the last two weeks. Despite the loss, FSU (35-11) still secured the series win with victories Friday and Saturday.
“It was a humbling day,” said FSU Head Coach Mike Martin. “It was one of those where if it could go wrong it went wrong. Every error cost us runs.
“That is the way this game can treat you. You have to be strong enough to be able to bounce back. We did not play well and all our players are very upset. There are a bunch of winners in that clubhouse and we just didn’t get it done today.”
The loss puts an end to a tough month for FSU. Coming into April the Seminoles were 26-3 but with Sunday’s defeat FSU posted a record of just 9-8 this month. Florida State lost three of the five series it played during April, two of the three games in the UNC series were played this month, and went just 2-6 versus ranked opponents during that stretch.
“I really don’t know what to say,” said Shane Robinson when asked about the team’s play this past month. “I have no answer to that question. We come out here and do the same stuff everyday and look fine. Then we get into a game and have been on a bad tear recently. Things just haven’t been going our way. We are making too many mental errors.”
Tiger starter Gregory Hatcher (2-1) picked up the win Sunday throwing six strong innings. He gave up two hits and two runs on 99 pitches. Although he struck out just one batter and walked six others, he kept FSU at bay throughout his entire outing.
“I thought the two pitchers Savannah State threw Friday and Saturday pitched very well,” said Dennis Guinn, the only Seminole to record multiple hits Sunday. “The pitcher today was doing something we couldn’t figure out but he didn’t do anything special. He put the ball over the plate and we didn’t make him pay for his mistakes.”
FSU starter Jimmy Marshall (0-1) suffered his first loss of the season as he got into trouble right out of the gate. Savannah State loaded the bases with nobody out on two singles and a walk in the top of the first. Gerald Smith doubled in the first two runs of the game before Marshall got the first out on a strikeout. The second out of the game brought in the third run as SSU scored more runs in the top of the first than they did in the first two games of the series combined.
Hatcher kept FSU hitless for 2 2/3 until a two-out RBI single by Robinson got FSU on the scoreboard in the third.
Caleb Graham came into the game in the fourth and gave up a walk, sac and single putting runners on the corners. On a squeeze play an errant throw sailed past first allowing two more Tiger runs to come in as the lead grew to 5-1. Another Seminole throwing error, this one on another squeeze where the runner was caught off third base, brought in the sixth run for SSU.
Guinn started the bottom of the fourth with a double, just the second hit of the day for FSU. He moved up to third on a balk and then a Ryne Malone sac brought in the second run for Florida State.
The third error of the day by the Seminoles allowed SSU to get on the board once again and the fourth FSU error opened the door for two more runs as the Tigers went in front 9-2.
The Seminoles tried to stage a two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth. Robinson and Jack Rye worked themselves into scoring position but a foul out ended the inning.
A walk and Savannah State’s first error of the game put two on for FSU with nobody out in the sixth. New pitcher James Mock got the first out on a foul out but then both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Tommy Oravetz drew a two-out walk to load the bases but a strikeout ended the threat.
The Tigers added to their lead in the eighth putting runners on the corners with just one away. Another Seminole mistake made it a 10-2 game as a passed ball brought in the run.
The Seminoles are back in action this week as there are only four home games remaining in the regular season. FSU concludes its season series with Jacksonville Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. It is the final home mid-week game for FSU and the last of the four games with the Dolphins. Every Seminole baseball game will be carried live on WFLA and on Seminoles.com where broadcasts are free of charge. Game Tracker will also be available for every FSU game in 2006.