June 6, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Rob Musgrave pitched 5.2 innings and Conor Gillaspie hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning to lead Wichita State to a 10-7 victory over Florida State in the first game of the Tallahassee Super Regional on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. The win moves the Shockers to within one victory of advancing to the College World Series for the first time since 1996 and for the eighth time in school history.
The Shockers and the Seminoles will play the second game of the series Saturday at Noon. The best two-out-of-three series will finish on Sunday should the Seminoles force a third game.
Musgrave improved his record to 12-1 as he allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits while striking out five. He threw 120 pitches as the temperature on the field surpassed the 100 degree mark. Anthony Capra got the final out of the game to record his first save of the season.
The Seminoles made the game interesting in the bottom of the ninth as they drew to within 10-7 with the trying run at the plate. Pinch hitter Jack Posey struck out to end the game.
“I thought it was a hard fought ballgame on both sides; very hot, very humid,” said Wichita State Head Coach Gene Stephenson. “I am so proud of our guys. Even though it was hot and sweaty I had a great time, it was fun and I am so proud of our guys, they competed so well. It is only one game, one victory, that’s all it is. We know we have to come out and fight just as hard or harder tomorrow. We know that and we are looking forward to it.”
The Seminoles pulled to within one at 3-2 on a fourth inning home run by All-American Buster Posey. His shot over the scoreboard in left field was his ACC leading 25th of the season. He is tied for second nationally in home runs and ranks behind only Michael Hampton of the
The Shockers extended their lead to 5-2 in the top of the fifth with two runs on only one hit. Workman,
Villanueva (7-3) lasted five innings before he was removed for reliever Jimmy Marshall in the top of the sixth. Villanueva allowed five runs (four earned) while striking out three and walking one. Additionally, he hit two batters. Of the five total runs allowed by Villanueva, one scored after reaching on a walk and two scored after being hit by a pitch.
“I kind of saw how they pitched (Ryan) Jones,” said Gillaspie. “The guy was obviously trying to get it off the plate a little bit so I figured he was trying to go away from me and I got the pitch, he left up five-six inches and it was enough. That ball at
The Seminoles crept back into the game and chased Musgrave in the sixth inning with two runs on four hits to make the score 9-5. Seminole left fielder Mike McGee and second baseman Jason Stidham had run scoring singles with Stidham’s single up the middle spelling the end for Musgrave. They added two runs in the bottom of the eighth to pull within 10-5.
In his first relief appearance of the year, Capra shut the door on a Seminole rally after
“Well you’ve really got to tip your hat to
“Well we just know as a team that regardless of where we are at with our backs against the wall we are still gonna come out and fight you and try to beat you and I’d rather be on this club then any other club in the country going into an elimination game and needing two wins,” said Guinn. “There is not a better team in the country in this type of situation.”