No. 7 Florida State Wins Series Opener over Wake Forest, 10-1
April 9, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Florida State starter Sean Gilmartin allowed just one run over seven strong innings and Parker Brunelle, Tyler Holt and Devon Travis each homered to lead the seventh-ranked Seminoles to a 10-1 win over Wake Forest on Friday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
With the loss, the Demon Deacons fall to 10-22 on the season and 2-11 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, while Florida State improves to 23-7 and 8-5 in league play.
Gilmartin improved his record to 5-2 on the season, tossing 7.0 innings and giving up a run on two hits, while striking out six. Wake Forest starter Michael Dimock suffered the loss, allowing eight runs, seven of them earned, on nine hits with six strikeouts in 6.0 innings.
Florida State relievers Hunter Scantling and Andrew Durden threw a scoreless eighth and ninth inning, respectively, to close the ballgame.
Holt led the Seminoles with three hits, including a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored. Travis homered and drove in two runs, while Mike McGee added a pair of RBIs. Brunelle also homered and scored two runs.
Florida State jumped on top early, scoring a run in the top of the first. Holt led off the game with a double to left-center field. After Sherman Johnson fouled out to third for the first out of the inning, McGee doubled to the left-center field alley to score Holt from second.
Wake Forest answered back, tying the score in the bottom of the first. With one out, Semeniuk drew a walk and moved to second on a stolen base. Murray singled up the middle with two outs to plate Semeniuk and tie the game at one.
The Seminoles regained the lead in the top of the second with a pair of home runs. After a leadoff single by Justin Gonzalez, Travis hit an opposite field home run over the wall in right field, his first homer of the season, to put Florida State in front 3-1. With one out, Brunelle homered down the right-field line, curling a ball around the foul pole in right field.
Florida State added on to its lead with three runs in the fourth. Jayce Boyd doubled to center field to start the inning. Boyd moved to third on a bunt single by Brunelle to third. A single through the left side by Holt scored Boyd from third to put the Seminoles on top 5-1 and moving Brunelle to second. Both Brunelle and Holt moved up a base on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt to second base by Murray. Johnson and McGee each drove in a run on an RBI groundout to make the score 7-1.
The Seminoles stretched the lead to seven with a run in the top of the seventh. Johnson and McGee walked to start the inning and a single by James Ramsey loaded the bases. Stephen Cardullo grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to score Johnson.
Florida State closed the scoring with two runs in the top of the eighth. Boyd walked to start the inning and was along for the ride on Holt's two run home run to left field.
Wake Forest had a chance to score in the bottom of the ninth. After the first two batters of the inning were retired, Murray and Mac Williamson drew back-to-back walks and Mike Lubanski was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Trenton Langston struck out looking to end the game and leave the bases full.
Wake Forest and Florida State continue the three-game series on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. (ET). Freshman LHP Tim Cooney (3-1, 3.00) will start for the Demon Deacons, while junior RHP Geoff Parker (1-0, 6.52) is the scheduled starter for the Seminoles.
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