March 26, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State (21-2) swept a two-game series from Stetson (11-13) with a 19-3 victory Wednesday night on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles extended their win streak to nine straight games over the Hatters as the Garnet and Gold set a season-high for runs scored eclipsing the previous mark of 18 set last Sunday against Virginia Tech. Florida State’s 19 runs were the most scored in the series since a 21-12 victory by the Seminoles back on March 24, 1959.
FSU batted around in both the second and third innings outscoring the Hatters 13-0 as the Seminoles sent a combined 23 batters to the plate.
Freshman Mike McGee went 3-for-4 with a home run and two singles while setting a career-high with six RBIs. He is the first Seminole to drive in six runs this year and the first since Jack Rye matched the feat back on February 27, 2007 against North Florida.
“I really saw the ball well tonight,” said McGee. “On the home run, he (Nick Bohne) left a curveball hanging. He threw one earlier in the count and it fooled me. I didn’t think I hit that one pitch out, I got it off the handle so I guess I got a little help from the wind.”
Tyler Holt reached base in all four plate appearances as he hit a two-run home run in the second inning for his only hit of the night. He also walked twice, was hit by a pitch and scored three runs.
“I’ve been struggling a little bit at the plate so it was nice to come away with a couple walks tonight,” added Holt. “On that hit, I’ve been working with Mike Martin, Jr. a lot, so it meant a lot to me to be able to get a good rip on a pitch and hit it out.”
Senior Dennis Guinn continued his hot hitting as he went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Tony Delmonico tied a season-high with four runs as the junior shortstop went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs. Jack Posey and Jack Rye each collected two hits and an RBI.
Bo O’Dell moved his record to 3-1 on the year as he blanked the Hatters over five innings of work. The junior right hander gave up just two hits and didn’t face more than four hitters in any inning. He tied a career-high with five strikeouts while not issuing a free pass. O’Dell is now 5-2 as a starter and has walked no more than one batter in 17 career games.
“I felt good,” explained O’Dell. “I was spotting my fastball which is really important. My breaking stuff was on tonight; basically I was throwing all five pitches fairly well. It was an overall good outing for me.”
Stephen Cardullo entered the game in the fourth inning and collected two RBIs on a sacrifice fly and a single through the right side in the sixth. Ryan Strauss made his first plate appearance since the 2006 season and went 1-for-2 with an RBI. He also relieved Rye in right field in the top of the sixth. Nick Vickerson, Tommy Oravetz and Luke Smierciak each registered a hit in the win.
“It’s always fun to get everyone in the game,” said head coach Mike Martin. “We got every player in plus a few pitchers. We had Ryan Strauss in right field the last four innings, so it was a very satisfying win.”
Florida State will hit the road for its second conference road trip of the season as they head to Winston-Salem, N.C. to face Wake Forest for a three-game set. First pitch for Friday’s game is set for 3:00 pm, while all three games can be seen on ACC Select. Gametracker will be available for the contest and fans can always listen to the action on 1270 the Team with Eric Luallen providing all the play-by-play action.