June 17, 2012
Omaha, Neb. – Freshman right-hander Mike Compton won for the 12th time this season – tying a Florida State freshman record – and Devon Travis and Justin Gonzalez both launched home runs as Florida State (49-16) defeated Stony Brook, 12-2, to remain alive at the 2012 College World Series. Travis finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBI to lead an FSU offensive attack that posted 11 hits – six going for extra bases.
“I’m very, very proud of the way our guys got it done,” FSU head baseball coach Mike Martin said. “We had a number of key things that happened during the ballgame. But certainly it all starts with the man on the mound, and Michael did an outstanding job. Six innings of, I believe, six-hit baseball against a club as talented as Stony Brook, we were very, very impressed.”
Compton (12-2) limited the Seawolves (52-15) to two earned runs in six innings. He walked just two batters and struck out another five in winning his second game of the postseason. His 12 wins this season tied the freshman mark held by Sean Gilmartin (2009), Doug Little (1983) and Ray Revak (1984). Brandon Johnson, Bryant Holtmann and Mack Waugh combined to toss the final three innings for the Seminoles.
“Coach Bell stressed to me they’re a team that likes to build off momentum,” Compton said. “They like to string a few hits together, really get them going. So for me it was all about making sure I hit my spots, keeping the ball low, and especially with the offense that we had today, they were on fire, and I wanted to get them back in the dugout and hitting as soon as possible.”
Sherman Johnson and James Ramsey both added two hits while Gonzalez matched Travis with a team-high three RBI. Travis, Sherman Johnson and Ramsey each pushed their postseason hit totals to 10 as the top three guys in FSU’s lineup combined to go 7-for-11 with six runs and six RBI against the Seawolves. FSU registered 10 or more hits in the 2012 NCAA Tournament for the third time. The Seminoles also scored 10 or more runs in a College World Series game for the fifth time improving to 3-2 all-time when putting up double-digit runs.
Stony Brook starter Brandon McNitt (8-4) lasted 3 2/3 innings allowing nine runs, four earned on six hits while walking two and striking out two. William Carmona had two of the seven hits for the Seawolves.
The Seminoles wasted no time jumping on McNitt in the top of the first. Travis put FSU ahead, 1-0, when he scored from third after Ramsey got caught in a rundown while trying to steal second after a Jayce Boyd strikeout. Ramsey’s ninth hit of the postseason moved Travis to third after he drew a one-out walk to give FSU the two base runners.
FSU exploded for six runs with two outs to make it 7-0 in the top of the third behind an RBI double by Ramsey, a two-base throwing error by Stony Brook and the three-run homer from Gonzalez. Johnson started the two-out rally with a single up the middle and moved to third on Travis’ single to left. Ramsey then doubled down the right field line to score Sherman Johnson putting FSU ahead, 2-0. Jayce Boyd then reached on the error before Stephen McGee drew his 59th walk of the season – fifth-best in the nation. Gonzalez followed with his blast to left field on a 1-0 count.
“Certainly something that I was not expecting,” Martin said of the six-run third inning. “It certainly was a great lift for our team. And if I’m not mistaken, we got them all with two outs, and that’s something that you just credit the young men for having great at-bats and getting it done.”
Travis’ third postseason home run in the top of the fourth with two outs gave the Seminoles a 9-0 lead.
Stony Brook scratched across a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth pulling within, 9-2. Kevin Courtney’s double and Travis Jankowski’s single put runners on the base paths. After the runners moved up on an FSU error, Courtney plated the Seawolves first run on a ground out, before Jankowski scored on an RBI single by Carmona.
The Seminoles answered right back in the top of the sixth. Sherman Johnson’s two-run double scored John Holland and Seth Miller to put FSU ahead, 11-2. Travis’ third hit of the game – a double to right center – brought in Johnson pushing the lead to 12-2.
Florida State will now face the loser of the game between UCLA and Arizona Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (EST). That game will be televised live on ESPN.