Tuesday March 12, 2013No. 5 Florida State Takes First Meeting Against Florida Baseball, 4-1
Sophomore right-hander Luke Weaver (3-0) gave up three hits and an unearned run over 6.1 innings and sophomore Giovanny Alfonzo (2-for-4) had a key two-run single as No. 5 Florida State (16-0) defeated Florida (8-10), 4-1, on Tuesday night in the first of the three regular-season meetings between the Sunshine State rivals. It was the Seminoles’ first win at McKethan Stadium since 2007, ending a stretch of five-straight losses.
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“Luke [Weaver] threw the ball really well tonight, so credit him,” Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “He did a really good job and he deserved to win tonight. I thought Danny [Young] threw the ball really well. He probably ran his pitch count up too high, but he threw strikes. I was really pleased with how he threw the ball.”
“Obviously, we didn’t do a very good job out of the bullpen. We had two inherited runners, we got two 0-2 counts with runners on second and third with first base open, and we make a mistake. I know 0-2 hits are part of this game and they happen from time to time, but in a situation like that with two runners in scoring position, they just can’t happen and us expect to win.”
The Seminoles opened the scoring in the first inning on a two-out double into right center field by redshirt junior Stephen McGee off of freshman left-hander Danny Young (Boca Raton, Fla.) (0-1), who was making his first career start. Sophomore Josh Delph had started the contest with a base-hit up the middle and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by redshirt junior Brett Knief. A fielder’s choice by junior Marcus Davis resulted in Delph being caught in a run-down and thrown out, with Davis taking second base on the play. McGee followed with his fifth double to drive in Davis.
Freshman John Sansone reached on a dropped fly ball by senior first baseman Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) in the third and Knief was hit by a pitch with one down for a pair of Seminoles aboard. Young worked out of trouble by having both Davis and McGee fly out.
Alfonzo provided FSU with a 3-0 lead with a two-run single in the fourth inning. Freshman DJ Stewart began the frame with a single through the right side of the infield and sophomore John Nogowski drew a walk before sophomore Jose Brizuela sacrificed his teammates into scoring position with a bunt. Harris replaced Young (3.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R) and Alfonzo plated both of his teammates with a base-knock into right field.
In the home part of the inning, freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) (2-for-4) led off with a single up the middle and stole second with one out for his team-leading fourth theft. Bader advanced to third base on a grounder by sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) and scored when Weaver dropped the relay throw on a grounder by Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) that would have been the final out of the stanza. Gushue later went to second base on a wild pitch and Ramjit earned a free pass before Weaver had sophomore Connor Mitchell (Tampa, Fla.) fly out to left field to end the inning.
Nogowski was hit by a pitch from Harris to open the sixth and Brizuela singled into right field before a fly ball to the warning track by Alfonzo pushed Nogowski to third base. Brizuela stole second and Sansone walked to fill the bags with one down. Harris plunked Delph to bring across Nogowski for a 4-1 score and junior Daniel Gibson (Lutz, Fla.) came in for Harris (2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R). The southpaw retired senior pinch hitter Seth Miller on a foul pop-up to Gushue and had Davis line out to center field to hold the Gators’ deficit at three runs.
Freshman Tucker Simpson (Oxford, Ala.) set down the Seminoles on eight pitches in the seventh in his first career relief appearance. Ramjit walked with one down in the bottom of the inning and moved to second when Weaver was charged with a balk. Mitchell legged out an infield single, ending the night for Weaver (6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER). Redshirt junior Gage Smith had a grounder by freshman pinch hitter Christian Dicks (Jacksonville, Fla.) force Mitchell at second base and then had freshman pinch hitter Kevin Stypulkowski (Lake Worth, Fla.) ground out to keep the score at 4-1.
Alfonzo roped a one-out single into left field in the eighth, bringing sophomore Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.) into the game for Simpson (1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K). The right-hander had Sansone and Delph fly out.
Bader had an infield single off of sophomore reliever Bryant Holtmann with one out and Shafer beat out a single to third base with two down to cause a pitching change. Junior Robby Coles hit Gushue to load the bases and had Ramjit ground out to preserve the three-run advantage for the Seminoles.
Miller started the ninth with a double to the gap in left center and went to third on a fly out by Davis. Magliozzi had McGee pop up and struck out Stewart to strand the runner 90 feet away. Coles retired the Gators in order to finish the game and collect his second save.
The Gators begin SEC play on Friday night with the opener of a three-game series with No. 10 Kentucky (14-2). The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be carried live on CSS with Rusty Ensor and Bernie Guenther. It can be viewed locally in Gainesville on Cox Sports, Channel 259 or 1259 (HD), and can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell.
· The loss was head coach Kevin O'Sullivan's first against Florida State at home in six meetings.
· Freshman left-hander Danny Young made his first career start Tuesday night against the Seminoles.
· Sophomore Connor Mitchell started in left field for the first time in his career.
· Redshirt sophomore Zack Powers returned to the lineup tonight after missing the Indiana series with a bruised hand.
· Young totaled a career-high three strikeouts in the game.
· With his theft of second base in the fourth inning, Harrison Bader stole his fourth bag of the season.
· Sophomore Ryan Harris made his team-leading 11th relief appearance of the season after replacing Young in the middle of the fourth inning.
· With his appearance in the seventh inning, freshman Tucker Simpson made his first relief appearance of his career. Simpson finished with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings pitched.
· Bader finished the game 2-for-4 (.500) with two singles. It's his third two-hit game of the year and fourth multi-hit game of the season.
· Sophomore Justin Shafer notched his team-leading 24th hit of the season in the eighth inning with a two-out single.
· Johnny Magliozzi pitched 1.2 innings in relief Tuesday and recorded one strikeout and no walks while only giving up one hit. Magliozzi has registered 15 strikeouts and not yielded any walks in 17.1 innings.