MONDAY, MARCH 08, 2010
Baseball falls to No. 2 Florida State, 2-0, in pitcher’s duel
In a matchup between two of the hottest offenses in the country, pitchers were the story as junior Matt Loosen held the Seminoles to only one run through seven innings but the JU baseball team could not find its offense in a 2-0 loss to No. 2 Florida State, Monday evening in front of 3,112 fans at John Sessions Stadium.
JU (6-5), which scored 31 runs in the last two games, was held hitless through eight innings until senior first baseman Alex Martinez knocked a single back up the middle to lead off the ninth.
FSU (11-0), which has scored at least 10 runs in nine games this season, was held to only two runs on six hits and was held hitless through four innings by Loosen.
“As a fan, this was a great game to watch but when you’re on the losing end it doesn’t feel very good,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We started to put something together in the ninth but we just couldn’t get a ball to bounce our way. It’s a heartbreaker, but you have to be encouraged by the way we pitched tonight.”
Loosen (0-1) was tagged with the loss despite allowing only one run on four hits with one walk and a career-high 11 strikeouts. Junior Chris Kaminski allowed only one run on two hits as he gutted out two innings of relief after being struck on the leg by a line drive.
Mike McGee (1-0) got the win after hurling six innings of no-hit ball in which he walked four and struck out eight. Tyler Everett got the save by notching 2.2 innings of one-hit ball.
Sean Gilmartin led the Seminole offense by going 2-for-4 with an RBI. McGee was the only batter in the contest with an extra-base hit when he laced a double down the right-field line in the eighth inning.
The Seminoles broke the hitless, scoreless tie with a run and two hits in the top of the fifth. With one out, Sherman Johnson broke up the no-no with a single back up the middle. After Justin Gonzalez was hit by a pitch, Gilmartin put the first run on the board with a single through the right side. With runners still on first and third, Loosen locked in and got Parker Brunelle and Ohmed Danesh to each strike out swinging and end the inning.
FSU threatened again with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth but Kaminski got Stuart Tapley to ground into an inning-ending double play to end the inning.
The Noles made it 2-0 in the top of the eighth when Brunelle hit an RBI single off the leg of Kaminski to allow Johnson to score from second. Kaminski seemed to be hurt of the play but he took a few minutes to walk it off and proceeded to strike out Danesh swinging and get Tyler Holt to fly out to center with runners on first and second.
The Dolphins will continue its eight games in eight days mission tomorrow when JU begins a two-game series against USF on Tuesday at 6 p.m.