March 11, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. – For the third straight game, Florida State (20-0) got a solid outing from its starting pitching as the Seminoles swept the three-game series from Indiana (4-7) blanking the Hoosiers 9-0 on Sunday afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium. Ryan Strauss (4-0) pitched a career-high eight innings while striking out a career-high eight batters as he limited Indiana to just three hits on the afternoon. Buster Posey provided the offensive bolt for the Seminoles as he went 3-for-4 with two RBI’s and a run scored.
“You really have to credit Ryan Straus, he threw the ball very, very well today,” stated head coach Mike Martin. “He hit his location very well, hit with the curveball and the change up. It was a very impressive outing for him today.”
Florida State ran out to an early lead in the first with a two spot on the scoreboard. Hoosier starting pitcher Jason Ferrell (1-1) got into some early trouble as he opened the game issuing back-to-back walks to Tony Thomas, Jr. and Mark Hallberg. With the defense looking for Posey to lay down a sacrifice bunt, the sophomore catcher laced a single to left scoring Thomas from second to give the Seminoles a 1-0 lead. Jack Rye then executed a sacrifice bunt to perfection as he advanced Posey and Hallberg to second and third, respectively. Hallberg would score on the very next play to make the score 2-0 as Dennis Guinn registered an RBI groundout to third.
That would be more than enough support for Strauss as he retired the first 11 Hoosier batters to start the game. Indiana would get its first base runner of the afternoon with two outs in the fourth as shortstop Keith Haas was hit by a pitch. The next batter Josh Phegley would break up the no hit bid as he hit a nubber down the third base line. Strauss finished off the inning as he got Reid Briglia to ground out to second.
Indiana would threaten in the top of the fifth as they placed runners on second and third with one out. Strauss started the inning striking out first baseman Michael Nilles and then gave up back-to-back hits including a double to Tyler Cox, which ended up being the only hit to leave the infield for Indiana all afternoon. The junior right hander would get out of the inning as he got Andrew Means to pop up and Evan Crawford to fly out to left to end the threat.
Strauss finished the afternoon as he set down the next 11 Hoosier batters. His strike out of Sterling Mack in the sixth set a new career high with eight. Strauss’ previous best was seven strike outs against Hawaii-Pacific back on March 9, 2005. He also did not issue a walk for the second time this season.
“I had everything working for me today, my fastball, curveball and change up,” said Strauss. “I really wanted to come out and redeem myself after last week’s performance. I was fortunate enough to have everything working today. Last week, I had three walks and I really wanted to cut down in that category. I really made sure I threw a lot of strikes and filled the zone up to get some outs.”
“I thought this was definitely his best performance of the year,” said Posey. “He located very well with his fastball. Threw a good change up, everything he had today was impressive.”
After giving up two runs in the first, Ferrell pitched effectively through seven innings setting down 15 straight Seminoles at one point. But the Garnet and Gold would find their hitting stroke in the bottom of the eighth chasing the Hoosier starting pitcher after he gave up three hits including a pair of doubles by Thomas and Rye and an RBI single by Posey. The Seminoles would go on to score seven runs in the eighth to break the game wide open. FSU registered six consecutive hits in the inning, while Ohmed Danesh, Jason Stidham, Mark Gildea, D’Vontrey Richardson, Brandon Reichert, Thomas and Posey all recorded an RBI.
“That eighth inning got away from them (Indiana),” stated Martin. “It’s a credit to our guys, we had some great at-bats. Obviously, you don’t expect to score seven in the eighth when you score two in the previous seven innings. So it was a real good job on our guy’s part of staying disciplined and just getting it done.”
Danny Rosen made his first appearance of the series as he pitched a one-two-three ninth to close the book on the Hoosiers and keep the Seminoles undefeated on the season.
Thomas and Rye also extended their respective hit streaks on Sunday. With a 2-for-3 afternoon, Thomas moved his current streak to 20-games, while Rye up his current hit streak to 17 straight games.
Florida State will return to the diamond on Friday as the Seminoles open ACC play with a three game set against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. First pitch is slated for 6:00 as the game will be televised live on SunSports and the Fox Sports Network. Saturday’s contest will also be shown live on ACC Select. Fans can always follow all the action over the Internet. Gametracker will be available for the contest along with live radio broadcast courtesy of 1270 the TEAM.