May 5, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (34-12) evened the season series with Jacksonville (30-16) Tuesday night as the 10th-ranked Seminoles defeated the Dolphins 5-2 on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The win for the Seminoles snapped a two-game losing streak to the Dolphins, while extending their current win streak to a nation best 13 games.
“It was a good ball game, no errors (by either team),” said head coach Mike Martin. “I was very pleased with our defense.”
Following a one hour and 29 minute weather delay, Hunter Scantling took the mound making his second start of the season. The freshman right hander did not disappoint throwing a career-high six innings to move to 3-0 on the year. Scantling blanked the Dolphins over the first six innings before giving up a pair of runs in the seventh. The Jacksonville, Fla., native left after facing the first three batters to start the top of the seventh.
Scantling cruised through the first four innings facing the minimum as he benefited from three groundball double plays. Five times on Tuesday night, Scantling retired the side. He finished the game allowing just one walk while striking out two.
“Hunter Scantling pitched the best I’ve seen him since he’s been at Florida State,” said Martin. “I am very proud of him. He had a good fastball and an excellent slider. It was a big lift for us to not have to go to the bullpen. Now we’ve got (John) Gast and (Mark) Peterson ready to go tomorrow night.”
“I felt great out there,” said Scantling. “To go out there and battle, it just felt great to get the win. It was great having my defense out there, helping me out with those double plays makes it that much easier for me to go out there and keep the ball down; just throw strikes and let my defense do the rest.”
Tommy Oravetz was the offensive catalyst for the Seminoles as the senior designated hitter registered his first career multi-home run game. Oravetz hit a pair of solo shots in leading off the second and sixth innings. He finished the game tying a career-high with three hits.
“Tommy O was a big lift for us, a big lift,” added Martin. “I was happy to see him hit the ball well tonight.”
“I really don’t know what it is,” said Oravetz. “I can’t tell you, I never hit home runs. We were really focused tonight. They (Jacksonville) beat us at their place earlier this year; they are a really good team. We need to continue to keep our intensity up.”
Mike McGee and Jason Stidham also recorded two hits a piece in the win. The Seminoles added to their doubles total on the year with three more on Tuesday night complements of Stidham, Ohmed Danesh and Stephen Cardullo. Tyler Holt extended his streak of reaching base to 36 straight games with a single in the seventh. The sophomore center fielder has now reached base in 45 of 46 games this year.
Stidham gave the Seminoles the early lead with a two-out, RBI double in the first. Cardullo scored on the play after reaching on a hit by a pitch. He moved into scoring position after swiping his 14th stolen base of the season. The double by Stidham was his team leading 17th on the year.
Florida State pushed its lead to 2-0 on one of two home runs by Oravetz. The senior designated hitter led off the second with a solo shot over the fence in right for his third home run of the season.
Jacksonville recorded three hits in the fifth but came away empty handed as the Seminoles recorded a putout at third to end the threat. Following a two-out single to left by Chris Connelly, Alex Martinez was thrown out at third after rounding too far off the bag. On the play, McGee hit the cut off man in Stuart Tapley, who then threw on to Cardullo at third for the final out of the inning.
Oravetz gave the Seminoles a 3-0 lead in the sixth thanks to his second home run of the evening. In a repeat of the second inning, the home run came to leadoff the sixth. Of the nine career home runs hit by Oravetz, three have come against Jacksonville.
The Dolphins narrowed the deficit to one plating a pair in the seventh off Scantling. Jeremy Gillian led off the seventh with a line drive solo shot to left for his ninth home run of the season. Thomas Myers followed with a double to right center and after throwing three pitches to Martinez, Scantling’s evening would come to end after six plus innings.
Jack Posey came in and got Martinez to groundout to second plating Myers for the second JU run of the game. After giving up a single to Kevin Lehane, the sophomore right hander got out of the inning by inducing a groundball double play. It was the fourth double play of the game for the Seminole defense, a new season-high.
The Seminoles answered right back with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to regain their three-run lead. Holt got things started with a looping single to left center and scored a batter later on a chopping double just over the bag at third and inside the left field foul line by Cardullo.
Jack Posey extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to eight as he blanked the Dolphins in the seventh and eighth innings. The Leesburg, Ga., native gave up a hit and struck out two.
Jimmy Marshall pitched the ninth to earn his eighth save in as many chances. The Dolphins made things interesting loading the bases with two outs on the senior right hander, but Marshall got Connelly looking on a called third strike to end the game.
Florida State will return to the diamond on Wednesday, May 6 to face Florida International with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 p.m. The game will broadcast live over the internet on ACC Select. Fans can listen to the action locally on 1270 the Team and over the internet on www.seminoles.com. Live stats will also be available via gametracker.