April 2, 2011
By Bob Thomas, Seminoles.com
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Florida State endured sleet, rain, cold and wind – and that was before Saturday’s game at Maryland began.
The seventh-ranked Seminoles didn’t fare much better when play began as 6-foot-8 Maryland right-hander David Carroll and his Terrapin teammates dished out a 5-0 defeat.
Carroll (5-1) limited the Seminoles (20-7, 7-4) to three hits over 7.1 innings and the Terrapins used a three-run fourth inning to snap a 40-game losing streak against Florida State.
“There’s not much you can say when you only get three hits and get shutout,” FSU coach Mike Martin said. “The only thing you can say is David Carroll is pretty doggone good. He threw a pitch that will get a lot of folks out – that’s that cutter. He dominated us.”
It was the second consecutive Saturday shutout loss for the Seminoles, who opened the week with an emotional 5-2 win over Florida, then opened the weekend series with a 6-0 win over the Terrapins.
Scott Sitz (3-2) took the loss for the Seminoles.
After managing just five hits in Friday’s shutout victory, the Seminoles managed only first inning single by James Ramsey, an infield hit by Stuart Tapley in the fifth and a Devon Travis double in the eighth. In each instance FSU failed to break through.
Ramsey’s single through the middle went for naught when Devon Travis was thrown out at home to end the top of the first inning. Tapley’s swinging bunt single in the fifth loaded the bases with no outs, but Justin Gonzalez looked at a third strike and Seth Miller bounced back to the mound and into a 1-2-3 double play.
Travis’ double in the eighth ended Carroll’s day but Maryland reliever Brady Kirkpatrick preserved the shutout. With runners at second and third, he got Sherman Johnson to line out to short and then struck out Mike McGee.
Florida State will carry its streak of 24 consecutive Sunday victories into the series finale, with Gary Merians (4-1) getting the start against Maryland left-hander Eric Potter. First pitch is set for 12 noon.
“We don’t really think about [the streak], but Sundays tend to be our day,” said Johnson. “We’ll just try to be focused and come out and play our best baseball. It’s a really important game for us.”