May 2, 2010

BSB: FOURTH-RANKED FLORIDA STATE CLOSES OUT THREE-GAME SERIES WITH DOLPHINS WITH 17-1 WIN

Tallahassee, Fla. – Sherman Johnson recorded three hits, five runs batted in and scored twice to lead fourth-ranked Florida State to a 17-1 victory over the Le Moyne College baseball team on Sunday after at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Field.

The Dolphins got on the board first for the third time in the series with a run on two hits in the third inning. Sophomore designated hitter Matthew Ciraco (White Plains, N.Y./Perkiomen School) singled to open the frame and moved to second on a ground out. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, Ciraco scored on a double to right center by senior left fielder Chris Edmondson (Johnson City, N.Y./Johnson City).

The Seminoles, who tied their season high with the 17 runs, answered back with five runs on four hits and a Le Moyne error in the bottom of the frame. James Ramsey singled to lead off the inning, advanced to second on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt and then stole third. Parker Brunelle followed with a ground out to plate Ramsey. Two batters later, Stephen Cardullo walked, stole second and scored on a single through the left side by Mike McGee. Following a walk by Stuart Tapley, a Le Moyne pitching change and a double-steal by McGee and Tapley, Jayce Boyd singled through the left side to drive in McGee and Boyd. Johnson then doubled to right center to knock in Boyd.

In the fourth inning, Florida State added a pair of runs on one hit. Tyler Holt, a second team All-American last year and a preseason first team All-American this year, and Cardullo walked with two outs and followed by executing a double-steal. McGee, the winning pitcher in last night's comeback victory, drove in Holt and Cardullo with a single to center field.

Florida State, which has lost a series only twice this season (Virginia, Virginia Tech), blew the game open with seven runs on just two hits in the seventh inning. After Cardullo walked and McGee was hit by a pitch to open the frame, Tapley doubled to center to plate Cardullo. Following a walk by Boyd to load the bases and a Le Moyne pitching change, Johnson doubled to right field to knock in McGee and Tapley. Pinch-hitter Justin Gonzalez, Ramsey and pinch-hitter Stephen McGee followed by drawing consecutive walks, with the walks by Ramsey and McGee forcing in Boyd and Johnson. A wild pitch to Ohmed Danesh allowed Gonzalez to score, while Ramsey crossed the plate on a ground out by Danesh.

The Seminoles scored three times on three hits in the eighth inning to complete the game's scoring. Following a leadoff walk to Robby Stahl and a strikeout, Johnson drilled a home run over the wall in center field. After another strikeout, a walk by Ramsey and a double by Stephen McGee, Danesh singled through the right side to plate Ramsey.

Scott Sitz recorded the win for the Seminoles after allowing just one run on five hits in five innings pitched. Three Florida State relievers combined to retire 12 of the 14 batters they faced to close out the final four innings. Junior lefty Tom McDermott (Amsterdam, N.Y./Amsterdam) suffered the loss after giving up four runs on two hits in two and two-thirds innings pitched.

Le Moyne (25-25), which went 5-7 on the season against teams that made last year's NCAA tournament, including a mark of 3-6 against Super Regional participants, returns to action for its final home game of the season on Tuesday against UAlbany at 4:00 p.m. Prior to the game, the six members of the senior class will be honored by the Gold Wave for their contributions to the program.

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#4 Florida State 17, Le Moyne 1

Le Moyne (25-25)                    001      000      000      -           1          6          1
#4 Florida State (33-11)          005      200      73X      -           17        10        2

Le Moyne (25-25): Tom McDermott (L, 3-2), Jerome Werniuk (3), Mike Anarumo (5), Casey Cannon (7), Luke Nellis (7), Kevin Carroll (7) and Kyle Kalaka.

#4 Florida State (33-11): Scott Sitz (W, 4-0), Tyler Everett (6), John Gast (8), Tye Buckley (9) and Parker Brunelle, Stephen McGee (8).