BSB: FOURTH-RANKED FLORIDA STATE RALLIES FOR 8-5 WIN OVER LE MOYNE IN SECOND GAME OF SERIES
Tallahassee, Fla. – Preseason All-American Mike McGee hit a seventh-inning grand slam and got the win on the mound to lead fourth-ranked Florida State to a come-from-behind 8-5 win over the Le Moyne College baseball team on Saturday evening at at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.
The Dolphins scored the first run of the game in the second inning on one hit. Senior left fielder Chris Edmondson (Johnson City, N.Y./Johnson City) doubled down the left field line to open the frame and moved to third on a sac bunt. Edmondson then scored on a suicide squeeze by classmate Sean Paino (Wappinger Falls, N.Y./Roy C. Ketcham).
The Seminoles, who advanced to last year's NCAA Super Regional and currently lead the Atlantic Coach Conference's Atlantic Division, evened the score in the bottom of the third without recording a hit. Stephen Cardullo and McGee walked to begin the inning. After moving to third on a fly out by Stuart Tapley, Cardullo scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Jayce Boyd, a 19th round draft pick by the Texas Rangers last year.
Le Moyne regained the lead in the sixth on two hits and a Florida State error. Redshirt freshman third baseman Ryan Mahoney (Clay, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) reached on catcher's interference and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Freshman second baseman Zack Wiley (Toluca Woods, Calif./Crespi) then singled to left field to drive in Mahoney.
The Dolphins extended their lead to three runs by scoring twice on one hit and a Seminole error in the seventh inning. Edmondson led off the frame with his second home run of the series to right field. Freshman first baseman Brian Stinson (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) was then hit by a pitch and moved to second on a sac bunt by Paino. Following a ground out, Mahoney reached on a fielding error by the third baseman, which allowed Stinson to score.
Florida State, which has appeared in 32 consecutive NCAA tournaments, responded with four runs on three hits in the bottom of the inning. Rafael Lopez walked, Tyler Holt singled to center and Cardullo singled to left to load the bases with one out. McGee, who hit a walk-off home run in Florida State's 7-6 win over Miami last Sunday, blasted a 1-1 pitch over the fence in left field to give the Seminoles a 5-4 lead.
Le Moyne answered back with one run on one hit in the eighth inning to knot the score at five apiece. Sophomore right fielder Brett Botsford (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) singled up the middle with one out, stole second and moved to third on a ground out. After Edmondson was intentionally walked, Edmondson moved to second and Botsford scored on a passed ball.
The Seminoles took the lead for good in the eighth inning with three runs on one hit. Lopez walked with one out, but was retired at second as Holt reached on a fielder's choice. After Cardullo drew a walk and Holt and Cardullo each moved up a base on a wild pitch, McGee was intentionally walked to load the bases. Following a Le Moyne pitching change, Ohmed Danesh drew a walk on five pitches to force in Holt, a member of last summer's Team USA squad. Boyd then singled to right field to drive in Cardullo and McGee with the final runs of the evening.
The Dolphins loaded the bases in the ninth inning on a single to center by Paino and walks by Mahoney and Wiley, but McGee was able to induce a fly out to deep centerfield to end the game.
Senior southpaw Luke Nellis (Fonda, N.Y./Fonda-Fultonville) took the loss for the Dolphins after allowing three runs on four walks in one inning of work. McGee improved to 4-0 on the season by striking out two batters and allowing just an unearned run on two hits in two innings on the mound. Botsford and Edmondson had two hits each for the Dolphins, while Holt, Cardullo and McGee recorded two hits apiece for the Seminoles.
Le Moyne (25-24), which dropped to 20-6 on the season when leading after six innings, closes out the three-game series with the Seminoles on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
#4 Florida State 8, Le Moyne 5
Le Moyne (25-24) 010 001 210 - 5 6 3
#4 Florida State (32-11) 001 000 43X - 8 7 2
Le Moyne (25-24): Mark Kuzma, Luke Nellis (7, L, 2-5), Casey Cannon (8) and Kyle Kalaka.
#4 Florida State (32-11): Brian Busch, Daniel Bennett (7), Mike McGee (8, W, 4-0) and Rafael Lopez, Parker Brunelle (9)