WEDNESDAY, APRIL 02, 2008
Baseball fights but falls to No. 2 Florida State, 7-5
April 2, 2008
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior catcher Brad Simmons went 3-for-5 with two doubles and freshman Sean Green tossed six strong innings for the Dolphins but No. 2 Florida State scored five runs in the final three innings to down the JU baseball team, 7-5, on Wednesday night in front of 3,072 fans at John Sessions Stadium.
The Dolphins (16-11) fell despite tying the game twice and rallying within a run on two occasions. The Seminoles (25-3) added three runs in the seventh inning on just one hit which lead to the victory.
"The team came out and played a very spirited contest tonight," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "Our guys fed off the great crowd that we had tonight, but their big plays outnumbered our big plays. With that said, we need to bring this type of intensity and approach to every opponent we face."
JU reliever Carson Andrew (3-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on a hit and had three walks in just an inning of work. Green surrendered two runs on six hits and struck out four to earn a no-decision.
FSU starter Mike McGee (4-1) earned the win, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits and fanning four batters in 6.2 innings. Catcher Buster Posey pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his four save of the season.
Tony Delmonico, Tommy Oravetz and Ohmed Danesh paced the Seminoles offense with two hits and RBI on the night.
The Seminoles broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a RBI hits by Delmonico and Danesh to take 2-0 lead. Jack Rye drew a walk to lead off the inning from Green. After a fly out from Dennis Guinn, Rye stole second base. Delmonico followed with a sharp hit through the right side to score Rye and give the Seminoles the lead.
Green picked off Delmonico in the next at-bat, but Oravetz reached on a bunt single to keep the inning alive. Danesh delivered a double to the warning track in left field which scored Oravetz from first base to cap off the offense.
JU answered in the bottom of the fourth inning by tying the game from two run-scoring sacrifice flies. Gillan led off the inning with a single to right field. He moved to third on the next at-bat on Simmons' double to right field. Opachich scored Gillan with a sacrifice fly to center field. After the sac fly, Simmons moved to third on an errant pick off attempt by Posey. Matt Lopez followed with another sacrifice fly to center field to score Simmons and tie the game for the Dolphins.
The Seminoles broke the 2-2 stalemate in the seventh inning by scoring three runs on just hit and benefiting from a couple wild pitches to take a 5-2 advantage. Tyler Holt reached on a one-out single to start the inning. Jason Stidham followed with a four-pitch walk, while Posey moved over both runners the next at-bat with a groundout to third.
Andrew intentionally walked Rye to set up a force out, but everything fell apart soon after for the Dolphins. During the next at-bat to Guinn, all the runners broke on a suicide squeeze. Holt would score on the stolen base, while Stidham scored from second on the play because the pitch skipped away from Simmons and Rye moved to third. Guinn later walked and during the next at-bat to Delmonico, Andrew unleashed another wild pitch which scored Rye to end the scoring.
Like in the fourth inning, the Dolphins answered in the bottom of the inning by scoring runs on a consecutive RBI hits to left field from Ferreira and Kyle Fleming to make it a 5-4 ballgame.
Stidham plated pinch runner Luke Smierciak on a sacrifice fly to center in the eighth inning to give the Seminoles a two-run cushion at 6-4.
Simmons led off the bottom of the eighth inning with his second double of the night to right field off Bo O'Dell. Simmons moved on a ground out by Glen Johnson to shortstop. Lopez struck out in the next at-bat, but O'Dell walked Chris Connelly to put runners on the corners. After a walk to Myers to load the bases, O'Dell was relieved for Jimmy Marshall. Marshall walked pinch hitter Matt Dobbins which scored Simmons to make it a one-run deficit for JU, but struck out Ferreira in the next at-bat to end the JU rally.
It would be as close as the Dolphins would come after Oravetz hit solo home run in the top of ninth inning and Posey tallied a scoreless bottom of the ninth inning on the hill to secure the win for the Seminoles.
The Dolphins are back at home starting Friday to take on Mercer in three-game Atlantic Sun Conference series. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. Fans can follow the game live through gametracker on judolphins.com.