May 7, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Streaks are made to be broken and on Wednesday night it happened inside Dick Howser Stadium. Jacksonville (25-24) scored three runs in the top of the eighth and held on to upset third-ranked Florida State (40-8) 7-6. The loss snapped the Seminoles’ 25-game win streak over the Dolphins at home as the last JU victory in Tallahassee came on May 1, 1991. Florida State fell to 11-3 in one-run games following Wednesday night’s defeat.
“Well, it was a ballgame that undoubtedly we played tired,” said head coach Mike Martin. “It was one of those games that we were definitely outplayed. You have to give Jacksonville a lot of credit. They made the plays when they had to. We just didn’t play the kind of baseball that we have played. But it was like I told the guys, if they played the next 48 ball games 40-8, I’ll take 80-16.”
Florida State trailed by as many as four after the first three innings as the Dolphins scored three in the second and then capitalized on a Seminole error in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Catcher Brad Simmons gave Jacksonville its first lead of the game on a two-run blast over the fence in right for his second round tripper of the season. Thomas Myers would add a third run in the second scoring on a wild pitch by FSU starter Mike McGee after reaching base on a walk.
In the third, the Dolphins took a 4-0 lead taking advantage of the first Seminole error the game.
The lead was quickly erased as the Seminoles battled back with a run in the fourth, two in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Jack Rye registered the first FSU run of the game with an RBI single to right scoring Jason Stidham who reached on an infield single to second.
Tyler Holt cut the deficit to one with a two-run single in the fifth. With one out, Ohmed Danesh laced a single to right center and moved to third on a single to left by Stuart Tapley. Tapley took second on the play as the throw from left field went to third. One batter later, Holt knocked a single back up the middle scoring Danesh and Tapley to make the score 4-3 in favor of Jacksonville. The base hit extended Holt’s streak of reaching base to all 48 games.
Both starting pitchers would leave with a no decision after five innings of work. McGee allowed four runs, three earned, on four hits. He walked four and struck out three. JU’s Carson Andrew gave up three run on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts.
John Gast posted career-highs in innings pitched and strikeouts as the freshman southpaw worked two scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and a walk while striking out four.
The Seminoles grabbed their first lead of the ball game with two runs in the sixth to take a 5-4 advantage. Dennis Guinn and Tony Delmonico led off the inning with back-to-back hits. Guinn reached on an infield single to short and moved to third as Delmonico laced a single down the left field line. The throw from left fielder Kyle Fleming bounded off the glove of Dolphin second baseman Tony Bernazard allowing enough time for Guinn to score and Delmonico to advance to second. Two batters later Danesh came through with a triple to left center plating Delmonico for a one-run lead.
Jacksonville would counter with three runs in the eighth to take the lead for good. Bernazard singled up the middle off reliever Jimmy Marshall and with Kevin Ferreira at the plate successfully stole second and came around to score on back-to-back throwing errors. Bernazard moved to third as the throw from Buster Posey short hopped Stidham at second and trickled into center field. Tyler Holt, backing up on the play, came up firing to third but the ball kicked off the foot of Bernazard and went into the Dolphin dugout allowing him to score.
After a strikeout of Ferreira, Marshall issued three straight walks before Martin went to the pen bringing on Ryan Strauss. On the first batter that he faced, the senior right hander gave up a single to Simmons plating Matt Lopez and Matt Dobbins as Jacksonville reclaimed the lead at 7-5.
Simmons finished the game 3-for-3 with two walks. He collected four RBIs on a pair of singles and a home run.
FSU came within one of the lead in the eighth as Delmonico scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Tapley.
The Seminoles would get a runner on in the ninth as Stidham led off the inning with a single to left. Matt Loosen entered and got the final three outs on a double play groundout and a fly out to left for his second save of the season.
“Let’s give Jacksonville a lot of credit,” added Martin. “They deserved to win the game. They got it done with the game on the line. We did some things that were uncharacteristic but maybe they made us do things that were uncharacteristic. I take my hat off to Terry Alexander and the Dolphins. They did a good job.”
Jacksonville’s Tim Brown got the win improving to 3-4 on the year. Brown worked 2.2 innings allowing just one run on two hits. He walked three and struck out one. Marshall was credited with the loss falling to 4-2.
Danesh, Stidham and Delmonico each finished with two hits, while Holt led the team with two RBIs.
Florida State will continue its current home stand with four games against Savannah State beginning Friday, May 9 at 6:00 pm. Fans can watch Friday and Sunday’s game live over the internet on ACC Select while Sun Sports will broadcast the game live on Saturday and Monday. Gametracker will be available for all four contests. Friday and Monday’s game can be heard live over the radio on 1270 the Team with 100.7 FM carrying the games on Saturday and Sunday. Tom Block will be on hand to provide all the play-by-play action.