Feb. 20, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (1-0) started the 2009 season on the right foot courtesy of a 9-3 victory over Hofstra (0-1) Friday evening on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles pounded out 13 hits against the Pride to extend their win streak to 11 straight on opening day.
Sophomore Mike McGee paced the Seminole offense as he tied a career-high with three hits on Friday. The Port St. Lucie, Fla., native also knocked in three runs including a two-run single in the fourth which put the Seminoles ahead for good. Tyler Holt and Ohmed Danesh contributed offensively with a pair of hits in the win. Holt finished the evening 2-for-3 with a bunt single and a double, while Danesh was a perfect 2-for-2 with a single, a double and two RBI.
The Seminoles found themselves down early as Hofstra ran out to an early 3-1 lead after the first two innings. The Pride had their way with Florida State starter Geoff Parker (1-0) through the first two innings recording three runs on five hits. But Parker settled down nicely and worked three straight scoreless innings before giving way to the Seminole bullpen in the sixth.
Hofstra’s Mark Stuckless led off the game with a double to the gap in right center and scored three batters later as Parker unleashed on a wild pitch despite registering a strikeout to Chris Mentrasti. After issuing a walk to designated hitter Jim Best, Parker escaped further damage in the first by getting Elliot Hagburg to fly out to Holt in center.
The lead was short lived as Florida State came right back to tie the game in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jason Stidham. Tommy Oravetz got things started as he recorded his 27th career hit-by-pitch. After a McGee single moved Oravetz to second, both runners would advance a base on a passed ball. Oravetz came around to score on the Stidham sac-fly.
The Pride regained the lead in the second with three consecutive singles off Parker. Stuckless picked up his second hit in as many at-bats driving an RBI single to center scoring first baseman Adam Perlo. Following a strikeout to Tom Legregni, Matt Prokopowicz picked up his first hit of the season with a RBI single through the left side scoring John Kenny for a two-run advantage.
In the bottom of the third, the Seminoles cut the deficit in half after just three pitches. Oravetz took the first pitch he saw from Hofstra starter Brody Fontaine (0-1) off the wall in right center for his first triple of the season. He scored two pitches later on an RBI groundout to short by McGee.
The Seminoles took control of the game in the fourth as the first three batters reached. Designated hitter Jack Posey led off the inning with a four pitch walk and Parker Brunelle reached as he was plunked with a 1-0 offering from Fontaine. Holt followed with a nicely placed bunt single towards first to load the bases with nobody out. After a pop-up to second by Oravetz, McGee gave the Seminoles the lead for good lacing a single to left scoring Posey and Brunelle. The next two runs came on two outs as Holt scored from second on a single by Stuart Tapley and then a fielding error by the Pride shortstop. D’Vontrey Richardson then drew a bases loaded walk to plate McGee for the fourth run of the inning.
Parker settled down nicely over the next three innings allowing just one hit. He retired the Pride in order in the third and finished the game with three strikeouts in five innings of work to pick up his first win of the season.
In the sixth, Florida State plated two more runs to extend its lead to 8-3. Rafael Lopez notched his first RBI as a Seminole sending a sacrifice fly to right scoring Stephen Cardullo who reached on a walk. A batter later pinch hitter Ohmed Danesh stepped in and ripped an RBI double to the gap in right center scoring Richardson from second. Richardson was 1-for-4 on opening day with a single, a run scored and an RBI.
Danesh added to his RBI total with two outs in the eighth singling to right to score James Ramsey for a 9-3 Seminole advantage. Ramsey reached with an infield single to second for his first collegiate hit and finished the evening 1-for-1 with a hit-by-pitch.
In his first collegiate start at first base, Cardullo had a fantastic outing recording 15 putouts and one assist. At the plate, the Coral Springs, Fla., native finished Friday evening 1-for-2 with a single but reached base four times as he registered three walks.
The Seminole bullpen looked mighty impressive on Friday as three pitchers combined to throw four shutout innings allowing just two hits while striking out four. Freshman Brian Busch followed Parker and worked two innings striking out a pair. Fellow freshman Hunter Scantling gave up a double to the first batter that he faced but settled down nicely recording a strikeout looking and then back-to-back ground outs to short.
Jimmy Marshall preserved the victory for the Seminoles on opening day as he pitched the ninth. The senior right hander struck out one while giving up one hit. It marked the 79th career relief appearance for Marshall in a Seminole uniform.
Florida State and Hofstra will head back to the diamond for a doubleheader on Saturday with the first pitch coming at 1:00 p.m. Game two will begin 30 minutes following the conclusion of game one. Game one will also be shown live on ACC Select while fans can view all the action from both games of the doubleheader on gametracker. Game one will feature a ceremonial first pitch thrown out by FSU women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau while a raffle auction will be held with all the proceeds going to the Dick Howser Center.