March 12, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State scored a combined six runs in the seventh and eighth innings to come-from-behind and beat Georgia 8-3 in game two of a doubleheader Wednesday evening to gain a series split. The Seminoles (13-1) snapped a three-game losing streak to the Bulldogs (6-6) and won for the first at home against UGA since February 21, 1982.
Jason Stidham and Dennis Guinn each registered a pair of hits, while Guinn and Stuart Tapley each drove in two runs. Tapley put the game away in the eighth inning with his first home run of the season, a two-run shot over the fence in right center.
“I was very impressed with the poise and composure that we showed, said head coach Mike Martin. “We never panicked when we got behind a run there in the seventh. We put together a good an inning, got a timely hit from Dennis Guinn and took advantage of some mistakes. Of course we got that big home run in the eighth which was huge for us.”
Bo O’Dell made his third start of the season and was quite effective working six plus innings. The junior right hander did not decide in the decision but kept the Seminoles in the ball game as he gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits. The Kissimmee, Fla., native walked two and struck out four on 88 pitches.
Jimmy Marshall (2-0) came out of the bullpen in the seventh and pitched the final three innings to garner his second win of the year. Marshall scattered five hits and did not allow a run extending his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 9.2 innings. The junior right hander picked up a strikeout and a walk in the win.
“Let’s be sure we give a lot of credit to Bo O’Dell and Jimmy Marshall,” added Martin. “Those two young men pitched extremely well this evening against the best offensive club that I have seen this year.”
Georgia once again ran out to a 2-0 lead scoring a run in the third and fourth innings off O’Dell. In the third, the Bulldogs put together a string of back-to-back, two-out doubles by Matt Cerione and Ryan Peisel to take a 1-0 lead. An inning later UGA would take advantage of an O’Dell throwing error on an attempted bunt by Gordon Beckham. O’Dell got to the ball in plenty of time but rushed his throw and threw high over to first. Beckham would take second on the play and score one batter later as Rich Poythress singled through the right side to give Georgia a two-run lead.
Florida State answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth without registering a hit. Stidham led off the inning as he was hit by a pitch. He advance to second on a walk to Posey and took third on a throwing error by the Georgia catcher. Jack Rye followed with a sacrifice fly to center to plate the first Seminole run of the ballgame.
It wasn’t until the fifth that FSU finally registered its first hit of the ball game on a bunt single by Stidham. With two outs, Stidham laid down a beautiful bunt to third and easily reached first without a throw from the Georgia infield. The sophomore second baseman moved into scoring position when Bulldog reliever Stephen Ochs unleashed a wild pitch. Buster Posey would drive in Stidham from second on an infield single deep in the hole at short. With the hit taking Beckham into the outfield grass, Stidham raced around third and scored as Posey beat out Beckham’s throw at first. The two hits that inning extended Posey’s and Stidham’s current hit streaks to 13 and 12 games, respectively.
The Bulldogs took a one-run lead in the seventh on a pinch hit RBI single to right by Lyle Allen. Matt Olson led off the inning with a double to right center ending the evening for O’Dell. Marshall came out of the bullpen and got Joshua Fields to groundout to second. Olson moved to third on the play which set up Allen’s RBI single giving Georgia the lead for the second time in game two.
Florida State put a four spot on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh to take its first lead of the series. The Seminoles once again worked their magic on just one hit taking advantage of two hit by pitches to start the inning, an errant throw by the pitcher on a sacrifice bunt attempt, a walk and an intentional walk. Guinn gave the home team some breathing room as he laced a two-out two-run single to right scoring Tyler Holt and Posey for a 6-3 lead.
In the eighth, Tapley put the game out of reach with his first home run of the season. Tommy Oravetz led off the inning with his team leading fifth double of the season. Luke Smierciak entered the game as a pinch runner for Oravetz and scored as Tapley took a 1-0 offering from UGA’s Ryan Wolley over the fence in right.
Marshall got the finally three outs in the ninth for his second win in the last three games.
For the first time all season, the Seminoles were held under double-digit hits snapping their run of 13 consecutive double-digit hit games.
The win also moved head coach Mike Martin within three games of career win number 1,500. In his 29th season, the legendary ball coach has amassed a career record of 1,497-507-4
Florida State will return to the diamond this Friday, March 14 at 6:00 pm against Georgia Tech for the final three games of its current 12-game home stand. The game will be broadcast live over the internet on ACC Select, while fans can also catch the action on gametracker and over the radio on 1270 the Team with Eric Luallen providing the play-by-play action.