March 29, 2008 - by
Ninth-Inning Rally Comes Up Short As FSU Falls To Wake Forest 4-2

March 29, 2008

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Winston-Salem, N.C. – After posting a season-high 21 runs on 21 hits in game one on Friday, the Seminole bats fell silent on Saturday afternoon as Wake Forest (12-12, 5-5) handed Florida State (22-3, 10-1) its first conference loss of the season with a 4-2 victory at Gene Hooks Stadium. On a cold and dreary afternoon with game time temperatures in the low 40’s, the Seminoles tied a season-low with seven hits in game two as the Deacs evened the series at a game a piece.

The Demon Deacons were one out away from handing the Seminoles their first shutout of the season but Jack Rye fueled a ninth inning rally with a two-run, two-out bases loaded single to right scoring Buster Posey and Dennis Guinn. The Deacs went to the bullpen twice in the ninth bringing on Alex Wiesner for two batters and then Brad Kledzik. The Seminole rally started with two outs in their final at-bat as Posey, Guinn and Tony Delmonico loaded the bases with three straight walks. Rye kept the Seminoles alive with his two-RBI single, but Kledzik bounced back and struck out Mike McGee to end the game giving Wake Forest the victory.

The win snapped FSU’s five game win streak over the Demon Deacons.

Rye and Buster Posey led the Florida State offense on Saturday as both Seminole hitters were on base four times on a pair of hits and two walks. FSU drew 10 walks in game two reaching double-digit walks in a game for the ninth time this season.

Wake Forest starting pitcher Garrett Bullock was the story on Saturday afternoon as the junior left hander threw six shutout innings to run his record to 3-1 on the season. Bullock entered the contest with a 7.01 ERA as the junior southpaw allowed 27 runs in 25.2 innings of work in his first five starts this year. But on Saturday Bullock stymied the Seminole hitters giving up just six hits. It was the first time in his career that he did not allow a run in 21 previous career starts. Bullock finished the game with five strikeouts and five walks.

Phil Negus came on and was dominant on the mound as he shut down the Seminole offense for 2.1 innings before leaving the game with one out in the ninth. Negus did not allow a hit as he walked two and struck out a pair.

Florida State starter Geoff Parker had an impressive showing in his first career start but was unable to get any run support as he fell to 2-1 on year. The freshman right hander worked a career-high six innings giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits. Parker walked three and tied a career-high set last weekend against Virginia Tech with six strikeouts.

The Seminoles had some early scoring chances in the second and third innings but came up empty leaving five runners on base through the first three innings. Rye hit a one out double to left in the second and moved to third on a groundout to second by McGee. He was stranded at third as Evan Ocheltree made a diving catch in foul territory on a ball hit to right by Luke Smierciak to end the inning.

In the third, Florida State loaded the bases with two outs on three walks and a fielder’s choice groundout but Bullock got Delmonico swinging on strikes to keep the Seminoles scoreless.

The Demon Deacons took advantage of a Seminole error in the bottom of the third to take a 2-0 lead. The first four batters reached as Austin Jones led off the inning reaching on a fielding error at short. Tyler Smith walked on five pitches and Ben Terry loaded the bases as he executed a beautiful bunt single to the pitcher. Dustin Hood stepped in and on the first pitch he saw from Parker laced a two-run single to left scoring Jones and Smith. After a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third, the Seminoles intentionally walked Allan Dykstra to load the bases. The move paid off as Parker got out of the inning without further damage striking out designated hitter Weldon Woodall and shortstop Andy Goff.

FSU once again loaded the bases in the fourth on a pair of walks and an infield single by Tyler Holt but Bullock induced a fly out to left by second baseman Jason Stidham to end the threat.

Wake Forest added another run in the sixth to push its lead to 3-0. The Demon Deacons registered a two-out rally as Jones was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a single through the right side of the infield by Smith. Jones scored a couple pitches later on a wild pitch by Parker to give the Deacs a three-run advantage.

The Demon Deacons pushed an insurance run across in the eighth off Seminole reliever Jimmy Marshall. Smith connected on a two-out RBI double to left scoring Goff all the way from first.

The Seminoles left 14 runners on base in the loss.

Florida State and Wake Forest will face-off in the third and final game of a three-game set on Sunday, March 30. First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m. Fans can catch all the action over the internet as gametracker and ACC Select will be available for the contest. The game can also be heard live over the radio on 100.7 FM with Eric Luallen providing all the play-by-play action.


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