May 5, 2006
Winston-Salem, NC – Friday’s in the ACC have been hard days for No. 12 FSU as of late and nothing changed today versus No. 21 Wake Forest (32-14, 15-7). For the fourth time in their last five conference series, the Seminoles dug themselves into a hole by dropping the opener of a three-game set. Despite a strong outing by new No. 1 starter Tyler Chambliss (10-3), the Seminole bats couldn’t get anything going versus Wake Forest. FSU (36-12, 13-9) could muster just four hits and struck out 12 times in falling to the Deacs 4-2 in a rain delayed game.
“We were just dominated today offensively by a very good pitching staff,” said FSU Head Coach Mike Martin. “They didn’t let us get anything to hit. They kept the ball in spots. They have done a good job of scouting us. You really just have to take your hat off to (Wake Forest Head Coach) Rick (Rembielak). They did a great job today.”
Wake hurler Brad Kledzik (5-2) kept FSU off balance for six innings. The first-year pitcher set a new career high with eight strikeouts and he allowed just one hit. Two other Deacon pitchers combined to close out the game despite allowing FSU to put the tying run in scoring position in the ninth with one away.
“He was a good looking freshman,” said Martin of Kledzik. “He showed a lot of poise. He looked polished. These young men haven’t played in 11 days. They looked very good despite the layoff.
“We kept fighting. Come tomorrow at 1:00 nobody will remember that.”
After a rain delay of 1:28 minutes, Shane Robinson almost took the first pitch of the game from Kledzik out of the park. Ryne Malone followed the deep fly ball out by ripping a double down the right field line. After a strikeout, Buster Posey drew a walk putting two Seminoles on board but the freshman got caught off the bag and was thrown out to end the top of the first.
The first pitch of the game for the Seminoles did get taken out of the park by Wake but Robinson brought it back in. The junior leapt up and pulled the ball back from over the wall robbing Evan Ocheltree of a homerun.
An error and a wild pitch put Tony Thomas, Jr. in scoring position in the second. Another wild pitch moved Thomas to third. A walk to Ryan Strauss put runners on the corners but Kledzik’s fourth strikeout of the game ended the threat.
Chambliss walked his first batter of the day to open the bottom of the third. An error on a sac bunt put two runners on base and then a fly out moved the runner to third. With runners on the corners and just one out, Chambliss hit the next batter to load the bases for the ACC’s top homerun hitter in Allan Dykstra. Chambliss caught Dykstra on the leg forcing in the first run of the game. Matt Antonelli then made it a 3-0 game with a double deep down the right field line. A grounder plated the fourth run before Chambliss could get out of the inning.
Malone walked on four pitches to start the top of the sixth inning. After two deep fly outs to right field, Tommy Oravetz drew a walk putting a couple Seminoles on base. Thomas got to 3-2 versus Kledzik before a called third strike as the Deacon starter struck out his eighth batter of the game.
Florida State was quiet up until the eighth versus ace closer Ben Hunter. The Seminoles worked the bases loaded with just one away. They got their first run across on a ground out and then Thomas sent a single through the left side making it a 4-2 game.
Gildea gave the Seminoles hope when he led off the ninth getting hit by a Hunter pitch. The reliever got Wake’s 11th K of the game for the first out but a Robinson single put two on and brought the potential winning run to the plate. Both runners moved into scoring position on the next pitch, a passed ball, but a shallow fly to right got the Deacs one out away from the win and then the 12th strikeout of the day ended the game.
Florida State continues its series with Wake Forest Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Sunday’s series finale is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and will be shown on SUN Sports. Game Tracker will be available for every game this season along with a live radio broadcasts available on WFLA locally and free on the Internet at seminoles.com.