May 24, 2007
Jacksonville, Fla. – Third-ranked Florida State (47-9, 24-6) got off to good start in its first game of the 2007 ACC Baseball Tournament posting an 11-2 victory over Wake Forest (31-26) Wednesday evening at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Senior pitcher Michael Hyde put together his best outing in over a month to win his 10th game of the season, establishing a new single-season career-high. Every Seminole in the starting line-up got a base hit including a three-hit performance by junior shortstop Mark Hallberg.
Hyde (10-2) pitched six solid innings allowing two runs on four hits as he walked four and struck out four. After a shaky first inning, Hyde settled down and scattered four hits over the next five innings to join senior hurler Bryan Henry in the double-digit win category in 2007. It’s the first time since 2003 that Florida State has had two pitchers with 10 or more wins in a season.
Hallberg went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI, while Buster Posey, Jason Stidham and Tony Thomas, Jr each recorded two hits a piece. Posey led all players with four RBI’s in the game one victory.
The Demon Deacons took advantage of three first inning walks by Florida State starter Michael Hyde to grab an early 1-0 lead. Designated hitter Brett Linnenkohl hit an RBI fielder’s choice groundout with the bases loaded to drive in Ben Terry from third.
Wake Forest pushed its lead to 2-0 on an RBI bloop single to left by Andy Goff in the fourth. Willy Fox led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Linnenkohl. After Hyde got Tyler Smith looking on strikes for out number two, Goff hit a perfectly place ball to short left scoring Fox from second.
Florida State sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom half of the fourth scoring five runs on six hits to take a 5-2 lead. With one out and Stidham and Jack Rye standing on second and third, respectively Mark Gildea ripped an RBI single up the middle scoring Rye. Stidham also scored on the play as Terry muffed the ball in center to tie the game at two. After a base hit up the middle by Ruairi O’Connor, Brandon Reichert drew a walk to load the bases for Thomas. Thomas drove in Gildea as he hit a fielder’s choice groundout to short. Hallberg and Posey posted back-to-back, two-out RBI singles to push the Seminole lead to three.
The Seminoles added another run in the fifth on consecutive hits by Travis Anderson and Stidham. Anderson led off the inning with a ground-rule double down the line in right. Stidham followed with his second hit of the game lacing a single through the right side scoring Anderson from second to increase FSU’s lead to 6-2.
FSU pushed a run across in the sixth courtesy of a passed ball to make the score 7-2. Thomas led things off with a double to the gap in left center. It was his 31st two-bagger of the season moving him into sole possession of third place all-time on the FSU single-season records list. Thomas would then move to third on a balk by Demon Deacon starter Garrett Bullock. With the left hand hitting Rye coming to the plate, Wake Forest made a pitching change bringing in Eric Niesen. Thomas would score with two outs on a passed ball with Anderson at the plate.
Bullock (4-2) went 5.2 innings allowing seven runs, six earned, on ten hits. He walked four and struck out two as he lost for just the second time this season both coming at the hands of Florida State.
Florida State recorded four consecutive hits in the bottom of the eighth including a triple by Posey, his second of the season. Reichert, Thomas and Hallberg posted three straight singles to start the inning and all of them came home on Posey’s triple to the gap in left center. Posey would score two batters later on a sacrifice fly RBI by Tommy Oravetz.
Florida State and Miami will square-off on day three of the ACC Baseball Tournament. Game time is slated for 7:00 pm on Friday, May 25 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Fla. The game will be televised live on FSN South, FSN Florida and CSS. The Seminoles will throw right hander Ryan Strauss, while the Hurricanes will counter with left hander Eric Erickson. 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.