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.
Florida State scored the first run of the game on a second-inning home run to right field by first baseman Dennis Guinn. It was Guinn’s 18th home run of the season; he hit a total of 17 in the first three years of his career. It was only the seventh home run of the season allowed by Wichita State starter Rob Musgrave.
Wichita State took the lead for good in the fourth inning on a two run home run by catcher Tyler Weber. His home run to left field, the fifth of the season surrendered by Florida State starter Elih Villanueva (7-3), scored Josh Workman who had reached base as he was hit by a pitch.
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 College of Charleston who hit 26 round trippers this season.
The Shockers extended their lead to 5-2 in the top of the fifth with two runs on only one hit. Workman, Wichita State’s second baseman, smoked a double down the right field line to score shortstop Dusty Coleman who had earlier walked. Workman would later score on an infield error. Both of the Shockers’ runs in the inning came with two outs.
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.
Wichita State scored four runs off of two Seminole pitchers (Jimmy Marshall and Tyler Everett) in the sixth inning to push its advantage to 9-3. The big blow was landed by Shocker third baseman Conor Gillaspie who hit a three-run home run to make the score 8-3. His home run scored left fielder Kenny Williams (who reached base on a walk) and centerfielder Andy Dirks (who had been hit by a pitch). The Shockers added another run on a RBI single by Webber.
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 Florida State closed the gap to 10-7. He retired the only batter he faced to end the game.