WEDNESDAY, MAY 05, 2010
Baseball falls to #5 Florida State, 11-10, in 13 innings
After five hours, another epic battle eventually came to an end when Mike McGee hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 13th as the JU baseball team fell to No. 5 Florida State, 11-10, Tuesday evening at Dick Howser Stadium.
JU (20-19), which tallied 10 runs in back-to-back games in Tallahassee for the first time in program history, could not overcome 20 walks, three wild pitches and a hit batsman by the pitching staff.
FSU (34-11), which left a game-high 19 batters on base, rallied from a three-run deficit in the 12th inning by taking advantage of two costly fielding errors by the Dolphins.
“There is not anything you can say with a loss like this,” said Alexander. “It hurts to go through it after all of that effort but it happens. Our job now is to forget and lace them up again tomorrow.”
Freshaman Matthew Gaine (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing a run on one hit with two walks in the 13th. Sophomore Clay Kollenbaum kept the Dolphins in the contest with 3.1 innings of scoreless relief. Senior Glenn Witkowski got the no-decision after allowing one run on two hits with a walk in two innings of work.
Robert Benincasa (2-0) got the win after despite allowing three runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Hunter Scantling also got the no-decision after allowing three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts in four innings.
Freshman designated hitter Adam Brett Walker led the Dolphin onslaught by going 4-for-7 with a double, a home run and a career-high five RBI. Freshman center fielder Dan Gulbransen added three hits while junior catcher Alex Swenson, senior first baseman Alex Martinez and sophomore left fielder Jonathan Murphy also finished with multiple hits.
Jayce Boyd led the Seminoles by going 3-for-6 with a double while McGee finished 2-for-6 with three RBI.
The Seminoles took a 1-0 lead in the first when Stuart Tapley drove in a run with a fielder’s choice to third.
The Dolphins opened up a 3-1 advantage in the fourth when Walker hit an RBI single and Swenson hit a two-run double.
Martinez led off the inning with a single up the middle and then advanced to second on a single to left center by Gulbransen. In the next at-bat, Walker pulled a ball through the left side to score Martinez. After senior second baseman Chuck Opachich advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt, Swenson followed with a double down the third base line.
FSU cut the deficit to 3-2 in the fifth whe McGee hit a sacrifice fly to deep center. The Seminoles appeared to tie the game with a shot off the bat of Tapley with a runner on third but the ball went directly at sophomore Baker Chapman and knocked his glove on the ground. The ball popped out of the glove when it hit the ground and Chapman was able to throw to first to end the inning.
The Seminoles took a 6-3 lead in the sixth after scoring four runs on only one hit while talking advantage of four walks, a hit batsmen and two sacrifice flies.
The Dolphins cut the margin to 6-4 in the seventh when Murphy hit an RBI grounder to second.
FSU made it 7-4 in the bottom of the seventh when James Ramsey hit a sacrifice fly to right.
JU evened the contest, 7-7, in the eighth when Walker hit a three-run homer.
Martinez and Gulbransen led off the inning with back-to-back singles before Walker hit his team-leading 13th round tripper over the right field wall.
The Seminoles threatened with runners on second and third with no outs in the bottom of the ninth but Kollenbaum got two strikeouts and fly to right by Stephen Cardullo to end the inning unscathed.
FSU had another bases loaded threat in the 10th but Kollenbaum got a grounder to junior third baseman Glen Johnson who snared it and forced the runner at second to end the threat.
With the contest tied, 7-7, in the 12th, Walker gave JU the lead with a double to right center. Swenson plated another run with a sacrifice fly to right before Murphy dropped in an RBI single to right.
The Seminoles evened the game, 10-10, in the bottom of the 12th when pinch-hitter Sean Gilmartin hit a two-run single to right and a run scored from third on a wild pitch.
The Dolphins will conclude their trip through Tallahassee against Florida A&M on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The contest can be followed through live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.