Feb. 16, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. –
Florida State (4-0) continued its hot hitting Friday afternoon downing Hofstra (0-4) 10-1 in game one of a three-game set at Dick Howser Stadium. With temperatures in the low 40’s at game time, the Seminoles kept their bats warm pounding out 19 hits including 11 off Pride starting pitcher Will DeVito (0-1). FSU has now hit in double figures in five straight games and in six of its first seven games. The Seminoles have also scored in double figures for the fifth consecutive game, a feat last performed in May of 2003.
Every Seminole in the starting line-up had a hit, while three Seminole batters registered three hits a piece including shortstop Mark Hallberg, third baseman Jason Stidham and center fielder D’Vontrey Richardson. Hallberg led all batters with a 3-for-4 performance including a double, three RBI’s, two runs scored and a walk. Stidham and Tony Thomas each hit a pair of doubles and currently lead the team with eight on the season. Thomas’ double total this year matches his doubles total from a season ago.
Florida State scored in just two innings on Friday, but the runs once again came in bunches. The Seminoles took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third thanks to six hits. Richardson and Brandon Reichert led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Thomas, who moved to the lead-off spot in game one, hit a double over the head of Hofstra right fielder David Cole driving in Richardson from second. Hallberg then stepped to the plate and laced a hit over the head of Cole again for a two-RBI double. After a Buster Posey single moved Hallberg to third, Dennis Guinn knocked in his first RBI of the afternoon on a fielder’s choice groundout to give the Garnet and Gold a four-run advantage.
That was all the help starting pitcher Bryan Henry (2-0) would need as he worked six innings to pick up his second win of the season. The senior right hander allowed just one run on six hits while striking out two. Henry got off to a shaky start giving up a base hit to the first batter of the game in Hofstra’s Chris Mentrasti. The runner was soon erased from the base paths as catcher Buster Posey gunned down Mentrasti trying to steal second for the first out of the inning. The Pride got the next two batters on with a double by Nick Panzarella and a hit-by-pitch by Patrick Rogers. But Henry worked out of the jam getting Anthony Sarno to ground into a 5-4-3 inning ending double play.
Henry settled down the rest of the way and gave up just one run to the Pride over six total innings of work. It was the second time this season that the Tallahassee native worked into the sixth inning.
The Seminoles would pad to their lead in the bottom of the sixth with six more runs. Richardson singled to start the inning, followed by a Reichert walk. Hallberg drove in his third run of the game with a single to right field. Posey drove in a run as he reached on a throwing error by the Pride third baseman. The ball trickled down the right field foul line and was not retrieved until Hallberg had already crossed the plate and Posey was rounding third on his way home. The sophomore catcher slid just in front of the tag, clearing the bases and giving Florida State an 8-1 lead. Ruairi O’Connor would cap the inning with a two-out, two-run single for a 10-1 advantage.
Reichert continued his hot hitting with a 2-for-2 performance including a walk. After starting the season 0-for-6, the senior first baseman has now recorded 11 hits in his last 17 at-bats. With his three hits, Richardson recorded his first three-hit ballgame of his career.
The win also moved head coach Mike Martin just three wins shy of passing Chuck Hartman for fifth place on the NCAA all-time wins list. Hartman, the former head coach at High Point and Virginia Tech, retired after last year with 1,444 victories. Coach Martin recorded win number 1,442 with today’s victory over Hofstra.
The Seminoles and Pride return to the diamond for the second game of the series on Saturday at 1:00 pm at Mike Martin Field. FSU is expected to send senior right hander Michael Hyde to the mound, while the Pride will throw south paw Drew Luedtke. Fans can follow all the action over the Internet. Gametracker will be available for the contest along with live radio broadcast courtesy of 1270 the TEAM.