No. 7 Florida State Rallies for Wild 17-16 Win in Series Finale
April 11, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - No. 7 Florida State overcame a one-run deficit with three runs in the top of the ninth and rallied for a 17-16 win against Wake Forest on Sunday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
With the win, Florida State completes the series sweep, improving to 25-7 on the season and 10-5 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Wake Forest falls to 10-24 and 2-13 in league action.
Trailing 15-14 entering the ninth inning, Florida State grabbed the lead for good with three runs in the top of the inning. Mike McGee walked to start the inning. After a strikeout to Sean Gilmartin, Jayce Boyd singled to left center to advance McGee to third. Ohmed Danesh lined a double down the right field line to score McGee from third. Boyd also came around to score the go-ahead run and Danesh advanced to third when Mac Williamson booted the ball in right field. Danesh came in to score when Sherman Johnson hit a ground ball to Mark Rhine at second base. Rhine attempted to throw out Danesh at the plate, but he slid in ahead of the tag from Mike Lubanski to give FSU a 17-15 lead.
Wake Forest didn't go quietly in the bottom of the ninth. Shane Kroker led off the inning with a home run, his second of the season, over the left field wall. McGee was able to retire the next three batters to end the game and give the Seminoles the victory.
The offenses for both teams dominated the game as the two teams combined for 33 runs on 31 hits. The 16 runs for Wake Forest was the most this season and the most in a conference game since the Deacs scored 16 times against NC State on March 24, 2007.
Ryan Semeniuk led the Demon Deacons at the plate, finishing the game a perfect 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and four runs scored. The Charlotte, N.C., native set career highs in hits and runs scored. He also finished a double shy of the cycle and also drew two walks in the game. Williamson tied a career-high with four RBIs and went 1-for-4 at the plate. Steven Brooks and Kroker each added three hits, while Bentley Heyman and Lubanski contributed two hits apiece.
Boyd led Florida State offensively with a 3-for-5 day and a career-high five RBIs. Parker Brunelle drove in three runs and went 2-for-6 with three runs scored.
Daniel Bennett improved his record to 2-0 on the season, earning the win in relief. Bennett threw 2.0 shutout innings, giving up two hits with a strikeout and two walks. Joel Ernst saw his record drop to 1-1 with the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, on two hits with three strikeouts in 2.0 innings. McGee earned his sixth save of the season, throwing the ninth inning and giving up a run while fanning two Wake Forest batters.
Neither starting pitcher factored into the decision. Wake Forest starter Austin Stadler pitched 4.0 innings, allowing 11 runs, 10 earned, on nine hits with four strikeouts. Florida State starter John Gast lasted just 2.0 innings and surrendered eight runs, seven earned, on eight hits with two punchouts.
Florida State grabbed an early lead with three runs in the top of the first. Holt led off the game with a double to left field. After Stephen Cardullo was hit by a pitch, McGee singled through the left side to score Holt from second. A walk to James Ramsey loaded the bases. Boyd grounded into a fielder's choice to third base, scoring Cardullo from third. A throwing error by Stadler on a failed pickoff attempt at second base moved runners to second and third with one out. A well-executed suicide squeeze by Justin Gonzalez scored the third Florida State run of the inning with Ramsey coming in to score.
Wake Forest answered back with six runs of its own in the bottom of the first. With one out, Semeniuk lined a single to center field. A double to the right-center field gap by Brooks moved Semeniuk to third. After a strikeout by Mike Murray, Williamson plated a pair of runs with a single up the middle. A fielding error by the Florida State center fielder allowed Williamson to reach second. Conway tied the game with a single through the right side, scoring Williamson. Kroker singled to center to advance Conway to second. Lubanski cleared the bases with a double over the center fielder's head, scoring Conway and Kroker and putting Wake in front 5-3. Heyman drove home the sixth Wake Forest run of the inning with an RBI single to right center.
The Demon Deacons extended their lead with two runs in the bottom of the second. Semeniuk walked to start the inning and moved to second on an infield single by Brooks. Murray reached on a fielding error by the FSU first baseman that allowed Semeniuk to score from second and send Brooks to third. Williamson grounded into a fielder's choice to second to score Brooks from third and make the score 8-3.
The Seminoles tied the game with five runs in the top of the third. After the first two batters of the inning were retired, Boyd and Gonzalez hit consecutive singles to put runners at the corners. A walk to Johnson put a runner on every base. Devon Travis brought home two runs with a single up the middle. Brunelle trimmed the lead to one with a two-RBI double to the left-center field alley. A single to left center by Holt tied the game at eight. Holt was thrown out at second base trying to stretch the single to a double.
Wake Forest scored for the third straight inning in the bottom of the third, scoring four times. Kroker led off the inning with a single. Lubanski laid down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher, but the Florida State hurler misplayed the ball, allowing Lubanski to reach and moving Kroker to second. Heyman loaded the bases with a bunt single. Pat Blair struck out swinging, but the third strike was in the dirt and got past the catcher, scoring Kroker and moving Lubanski to third and Heyman to second. A walk to Semeniuk loaded the bases for the second time in the inning. Brooks drove home a run on a fielder's choice to second to score Lubanski. Murray was hit by a pitch to again put a runner on every base with two outs. Williamson drew a walk to score Heyman. Another bases loaded walk to Conway plated Brooks to put the Deacs in front 12-8.
Florida State again answered with three runs in the fourth. Cardullo walked to start the inning and moved to single on a single by McGee. After a strikeout of Ramsey, Boyd homered over the left-center field wall, a three-run shot that cut the lead to 12-11.
Wake Forest added two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Lubanski walked to start the inning and advanced to second on a groundout to third by Heyman. Lubanski moved to third on a stolen base. After Blair struck out looking for the second out of the inning, Semeniuk tripled to the right-center field gap to score Lubanski. A double by Brooks to the right-center field alley plated Semeniuk to put Wake ahead 14-11.
FSU tallied another run in the top of the fifth. With one out, Brunelle tripled to right center field and came in to score on a sacrifice fly to left field by Holt.
Wake Forest regained a three-run cushion with a run in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Semeniuk hit his fifth home run of the season, a solo blast to left field.
The Seminoles inched to within a run in the top of the seventh. Travis started the inning with a triple to center field. A fielding error by Conway at first allowed Brunelle to reach first and scored Travis. Holt walked to put runners at first and second with no out. Cardullo moved both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Mike McGee was intentionally walked to load the bases. Pinch hitter Steven McGee struck out looking for the second out of the inning. Boyd drew a bases loaded walk to score Brunelle from third. Gonzalez struck out looking to end the inning and leave the bases loaded.
Wake Forest returns to the field on Wednesday when it closes its five-game homestand with Elon. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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