No. 7 Florida State Clinches Series with 5-4 Win over Wake Forest

April 10, 2010

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Tyler Holt hit a go-ahead three run home run in the second inning and the Seminole bullpen threw 6.1 scoreless innings to lead No. 7 Florida State to a 5-4 win against Wake Forest on Saturday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

Wake Forest drops to 10-23 overall with the loss and 2-12 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, while Florida State improves to 24-7 and 9-5 in league play with the win. The victory also clinches the weekend series for the Seminoles.

All the scoring in the game occurred in the first three innings. Each team plated a run in the first. Florida State took the lead for good with three runs in the top of the second, but the Demon Deacons answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Each team added a run in the third inning to close the scoring.

The story of the night was the pitching from both bullpens. The Wake Forest bullpen combined to throw 4.2 hitless innings with two walks and three strikeouts. Ryan McGrath, Justin Van Grouw and Eli Robins combined for the fine work out of the Demon Deacon bullpen.

The Florida State relievers were equally as good. Four Seminole relievers combined to toss 6.1 scoreless innings, giving up three hits with nine strikeouts and three walks.

Seminole relief pitcher Tyler Everett (3-0) earned the victory, pitching 3.1 scoreless innings and recording six strikeouts. Demon Deacon starter Tim Cooney (3-2) suffered the loss, going 4.1 innings and giving up five runs, four earned, and recording four strikeouts. Mike McGee earned his fifth save of the season for Florida State, tossing a perfect ninth inning.

Florida State starter Geoff Parker received a no decision, giving up four runs on four hits with three strikeouts in 2.2 innings.

Mark Rhine led the Demon Deacons at the plate, going 2-3 with an RBI. Steven Brooks and Matt Conway also added an RBI for the Deacs.

Holt led the Seminoles offensively, going 1-4 with his seventh home run of the season and second of the series and three RBIs. Devon Travis had an RBI and went 1-for-4 at the plate.

Florida State got out to an early lead in the top of the first inning after a pair of Wake Forest errors. Holt reached base and advanced to second on an errant throw by third baseman Shane Kroker, and Sherman Johnson followed with a walk, putting runners at first and second with no outs. Mike McGee then hit a hard grounder to third which Kroker fielded cleanly. After tagging third for the first out of the inning, Kroker's throw to first was in the dirt and got past Conway, allowing Johnson to score from first and McGee to advance to third on the throw. Cooney was able to pitch his way out of the jam when he struck out James Ramsey and Stephen Cardullo to end the inning.

Wake Forest answered in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI single by Brooks. With one out, Ryan Lloyd walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Parker. Brooks singled to left field, scoring Lloyd from second and tying the game at 1-1.

The Seminoles regained the lead in the top of the second inning courtesy of Holt's second home run of the series. After Cooney recorded two quick outs to begin the inning, he gave up back-to-back singles to Jayce Boyd and catcher Rafael Lopez to put runners at first and second with two outs. Holt followed by hitting a home run over the left field fence, his seventh of the season.

The Demon Deacons responded again in the bottom of the second with two runs. Trenton Langston led off the inning with a walk, and Ryan Semeniuk doubled to right-center field, sending Langston to third. Kroker grounded out to second to score Langston and move Semeniuk to third. Rhine reached on an infield single to score Semeniuk and trim the lead to 4-3.

Florida State added one run to its lead in the top of the third inning, making the score 5-3. With two outs, Cardullo singled to right center and quickly stole second and third base. Justin Gonzalez was hit by a pitch to put runners at the corners. Travis singled to right-center field, scoring Cardullo and advancing Gonzalez to second.

Wake Forest cut the Florida State lead down to 5-4 in the bottom of the third inning. Lloyd led off the inning with a walk and stole second base with two outs. Conway doubled to the right-center field gap to score Lloyd.

The Demon Deacons threatened in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, but couldn't score the tying run. Wake left runners at first and second in the sixth, at the corners in the seventh and at second in the eighth.

McGee came on in the ninth and retired the Demon Deacons in order to give Florida State the victory.

Wake Forest and Florida State conclude the three-game series on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. Sophomore LHP Austin Stadler (1-2, 5.53) is scheduled to start for the Demon Deacons, while junior LHP John Gast (4-2, 5.20) will throw for the Seminoles.

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