Feb. 27, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 2 Florida State (4-0) took down Hofstra (0-4) 13-1 in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles scored in double figures for the fourth time in as many games this season en route to their eighth straight victory over the Pride.
Sophomore Sherman Johnson continued his hot hitting as he finished game one a triple short of hitting for the cycle. The Tampa, Fla., native drove in a career-high six runs, while tying a career-high with three hits. Johnson connected on a single in the fourth, a three run shot in the sixth and a double in the seventh.
James Ramsey, Stuart Tapley and Jayce Boyd each registered two hits a piece. Tapley scored four runs in game one tying a career-high and finished the afternoon 2-for-3 with two doubles and two walks. Tyler Holt went 1-for-2 with a double and three walks as the junior centerfield reached base on four of his five plate appearances.
The Seminoles once again got another strong outing from All-American Sean Gilmartin as the sophomore southpaw worked six scoreless innings to move to 2-0 on the young season. Gilmartin allowed five hits and one walk, while tying a season-high with seven strikeouts.
FSU came within one out of posting its first shutout since 2008 but an errant throw in the top of the ninth scored Scott A’Hara from second leading to Hofstra’s first and only run of the game.
The Garnet and Gold jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second as Johnson registered the first of six RBI on the afternoon driving in Tapley on a groundout to second.
The Seminoles exploded with five runs in the fourth to take a commanding 6-0 lead. Johnson once again started the scoring driving in Tapley for the second time on Saturday, this time on an RBI single through the right side. Ohmed Danesh laced a two-run single to left plating Boyd and Johnson. Ramsey drove in Danesh on an RBI single up the middle while Holt capped the scoring in the inning crossing the plate on a fielding error by the Pride shortstop.
Florida State followed with another big inning in the sixth increasing its lead to 12-0. The Seminoles sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning registering a pair of home runs, a triple and a double, while drawing four walks. Holt led off the sixth with the first of two walks in the inning and scored all the way from first on Ramsey’s double down the line in right. Cardullo cleared the bases thanks to his first home run of the season, a two-run blast over the fence in right center. Following a Hofstra pitching change which led to McGee being hit by a pitch and Tapley walking, Johnson took the first pitch he saw over the fence in right for his first home run of the season. Rafael Lopez hit a two-out triple in the inning, his first triple as a Seminole.
Johnson put the finishing touches on a career afternoon driving in his sixth run of the game in the seventh. After Tapley doubled to the gap in right center, Johnson brought him home two batters later on a double down the left field line to give FSU a 13-0 advantage. The six-RBI by Johnson were the most by a Seminole since Mike McGee drove in six against Wake Forest back on April 24, 2009 in a 15-6 FSU victory.
Parker worked around back-to-back walks to start the seventh to keep the Pride off the scoreboard. The junior right hander got Jared Hammer to pop up to second, Matt Ford swinging on strikes and John Kenny to ground out to second to end the inning.
After giving up a leadoff single to Matt Prokopowicz to start the eighth, Scantling took care of business striking out the side.
Everett worked the ninth, faced five batters and recorded a strike out in his second relief appearance of the season.