Florida State Baseball - 2012 Year In Review

Florida State Baseball - 2012 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Mike Martin, Head Coach
Chip Baker, Director of Operations
Mike Bell, Associate Head Coach, Pitchers
Mike Martin, Jr., Assistant Coach, Third Base, Catchers
Matt Matulia, Volunteer Assistant
Adam Ross, Strength and Conditioning

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2012 FSU Baseball Media Guide


7/1/2012 - Mike Martin was named Baseball America's Coach of the Year.

2011-12 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Giovanny Alfonzo, 5-11, 165, IF, Port Saint Lucie

Cody Alling, 5-11, 160, P, Pensacola

Mario Amaral, 6-1, 220, C, Miami

Grant Bigilin, 5-9, 160, IF-OF, Fleming Island

Kyle Bird, 6-2, 170, P, Orange Park

Jose Brizuela, 6-0, 182, IF-P, Weston

Michael Cetta, 6-0, 198, P, Miami

Mike Compton, 6-2, 195, P, Branson, MO

Josh Delph, 6-0, 175, OF, Bartow

Bert Givens, 6-1, 195, C-3B, Tallahassee

John Holland, 5-11, 175, IF, Johns Creek, GA

Bryant Holtmann, 6-5, 200, P, New Baden, IL

Lee Howard, 6-0, 190, C, Fleming Island

Brandon Leibrandt, 6-4, 190, P, Alpharetta, GA

John Nogowski, 6-1, 210, OF-1B-P, Tallahassee

Jordan Priddle, 6-2, 195, P, Tallahassee

Stephen Spradling, 6-0, 205, OF, Boynton Beach

Luke Weaver, 6-2, 150, P, Deland


2011-12 Roster - By Name

L
T                                                       PY
R No Name                  Pos     B-T  Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
*  1 Giovanny Alfonzo      IF      R-R  5-11  165  Fr        Port Saint Lucie (Lincoln Park Academy)
  12 Cody Alling           P       L-L  5-11  160  Fr        Pensacola (Pensacola Catholic)
* 27 Mario Amaral          C       R-R  6-1   220  Fr        Miami (Reagan-Doral)
* 22 Robert Benincasa      P       R-R  6-2   180  Jr   **   Tampa (Armwood)
  25 Grant Bigilin         IF-OF   L-R  5-9   160  Fr        Fleming Island (Fleming Island)
* 14 Kyle Bird             P       L-L  6-2   170  Fr        Orange Park (Clay)
* 16 Jayce Boyd            IF      R-R  6-3   200  Jr   **   Cantonment (Tate)
* 53 Jose Brizuela         IF-P    L-R  6-0   182  Fr        Weston (Archbishop McCarthy)
* 24 Brian Busch           P       L-L  6-2   237  Sr   ***  Boca Raton (West Boca Raton Community)
  42 Michael Cetta         P       R-R  6-0   198  Fr        Miami
* 17 Mike Compton          P       R-R  6-2   195  Fr        Branson, MO (Branson)
*  2 Josh Delph            OF      L-L  6-0   175  Fr        Bartow (Bartow)
* 15 Evan Geist            P       R-L  6-2   180  Fr-R      Roswell, GA (Marist School)
*  5 Bert Givens           C-3B    R-R  6-1   195  Fr        Tallahassee (Chiles)
* 10 Justin Gonzalez       IF      R-R  6-2   200  Jr   **   Miami (Columbus)
* 13 John Holland          IF      L-R  5-11  175  Fr        Johns Creek, GA (Northview)
* 33 Bryant Holtmann       P       R-L  6-5   200  Fr        New Baden, IL (Breese Central)
* 28 Lee Howard            C       R-R  6-0   190  Fr        Fleming Island (Fleming Island)
* 51 Brandon Johnson       P       L-L  6-2   200  So   *    Tampa (Alonso)
* 32 Sherman Johnson       IF      L-R  5-10  178  Sr   ***  Tampa (Alonso)
* 37 Brandon Leibrandt     P       L-L  6-4   190  Fr        Alpharetta, GA (Marist)
*  9 Stephen McGee         C       R-R  6-3   220  So-R *    Port Saint Lucie (Port Saint Lucie)
  31 Gary Merians          P       R-R  6-3   220  Sr   *    Ocala (Ocala/Santa Fe CC)
* 40 Peter Miller          P-IF    R-R  6-1   195  So   *    Lutz (Cambridge Christian)
* 18 Seth Miller           OF      L-L  6-2   205  Jr   *    Southport (Mosley/Northwest Florida State Coll)
*  3 John Nogowski         OF-1B-P R-L  6-1   210  Fr        Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
*  6 Sean O'Brien          OF      R-R  6-2   195  So   *    Clearwater (Clearwater)
  35 Jordan Priddle        P       L-L  6-2   195  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 23 James Ramsey          OF      L-R  6-0   190  Sr   ***  Alpharetta, GA (Wesleyan)
* 30 Hunter Scantling      P       R-R  6-8   270  Sr   ***  Jacksonville (Episcopal)
  38 Adam Simmons          P       R-R  6-0   195  Sr   *    Sebring (Sebring/South Florida CC)
* 26 Scott Sitz            P       R-R  5-10  210  Jr   **   Jacksonville Beach (Fletcher)
* 19 Gage Smith            P       R-R  6-0   180  So-R      Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
* 20 Stephen Spradling     OF      R-R  6-0   205  Jr        Boynton Beach (American Heritage/Broward CC)
*  8 Devon Travis          IF      R-R  5-9   175  Jr   **   Wellington (Palm Beach Central)
* 44 Mack Waugh            P       R-R  6-2   185  Sr   *    Naples (Barron Collier/Tallahassee CC)
*  7 Luke Weaver           P       R-R  6-2   150  Fr        Deland (Deland)

2011-12 Roster - By Number

L
T                                                       PY
R No Name                  Pos     B-T  Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
*  1 Giovanny Alfonzo      IF      R-R  5-11  165  Fr        Port Saint Lucie (Lincoln Park Academy)
*  2 Josh Delph            OF      L-L  6-0   175  Fr        Bartow (Bartow)
*  3 John Nogowski         OF-1B-P R-L  6-1   210  Fr        Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
*  5 Bert Givens           C-3B    R-R  6-1   195  Fr        Tallahassee (Chiles)
*  6 Sean O'Brien          OF      R-R  6-2   195  So   *    Clearwater (Clearwater)
*  7 Luke Weaver           P       R-R  6-2   150  Fr        Deland (Deland)
*  8 Devon Travis          IF      R-R  5-9   175  Jr   **   Wellington (Palm Beach Central)
*  9 Stephen McGee         C       R-R  6-3   220  So-R *    Port Saint Lucie (Port Saint Lucie)
* 10 Justin Gonzalez       IF      R-R  6-2   200  Jr   **   Miami (Columbus)
  12 Cody Alling           P       L-L  5-11  160  Fr        Pensacola (Pensacola Catholic)
* 13 John Holland          IF      L-R  5-11  175  Fr        Johns Creek, GA (Northview)
* 14 Kyle Bird             P       L-L  6-2   170  Fr        Orange Park (Clay)
* 15 Evan Geist            P       R-L  6-2   180  Fr-R      Roswell, GA (Marist School)
* 16 Jayce Boyd            IF      R-R  6-3   200  Jr   **   Cantonment (Tate)
* 17 Mike Compton          P       R-R  6-2   195  Fr        Branson, MO (Branson)
* 18 Seth Miller           OF      L-L  6-2   205  Jr   *    Southport (Mosley/Northwest Florida State Coll)
* 19 Gage Smith            P       R-R  6-0   180  So-R      Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
* 20 Stephen Spradling     OF      R-R  6-0   205  Jr        Boynton Beach (American Heritage/Broward CC)
* 22 Robert Benincasa      P       R-R  6-2   180  Jr   **   Tampa (Armwood)
* 23 James Ramsey          OF      L-R  6-0   190  Sr   ***  Alpharetta, GA (Wesleyan)
* 24 Brian Busch           P       L-L  6-2   237  Sr   ***  Boca Raton (West Boca Raton Community)
  25 Grant Bigilin         IF-OF   L-R  5-9   160  Fr        Fleming Island (Fleming Island)
* 26 Scott Sitz            P       R-R  5-10  210  Jr   **   Jacksonville Beach (Fletcher)
* 27 Mario Amaral          C       R-R  6-1   220  Fr        Miami (Reagan-Doral)
* 28 Lee Howard            C       R-R  6-0   190  Fr        Fleming Island (Fleming Island)
* 30 Hunter Scantling      P       R-R  6-8   270  Sr   ***  Jacksonville (Episcopal)
  31 Gary Merians          P       R-R  6-3   220  Sr   *    Ocala (Ocala/Santa Fe CC)
* 32 Sherman Johnson       IF      L-R  5-10  178  Sr   ***  Tampa (Alonso)
* 33 Bryant Holtmann       P       R-L  6-5   200  Fr        New Baden, IL (Breese Central)
  35 Jordan Priddle        P       L-L  6-2   195  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 37 Brandon Leibrandt     P       L-L  6-4   190  Fr        Alpharetta, GA (Marist)
  38 Adam Simmons          P       R-R  6-0   195  Sr   *    Sebring (Sebring/South Florida CC)
* 40 Peter Miller          P-IF    R-R  6-1   195  So   *    Lutz (Cambridge Christian)
  42 Michael Cetta         P       R-R  6-0   198  Fr        Miami
* 44 Mack Waugh            P       R-R  6-2   185  Sr   *    Naples (Barron Collier/Tallahassee CC)
* 51 Brandon Johnson       P       L-L  6-2   200  So   *    Tampa (Alonso)
* 53 Jose Brizuela         IF-P    L-R  6-0   182  Fr        Weston (Archbishop McCarthy)

2012 All-Americans

Name                     Organization
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Robert Benincasa         Baseball America - 1st Team All-American
                         Nat Collegiate Baseball Writers Assoc - 1st Team All-American
                         Perfect Game - 1st Team All-American
                         Collegiate Baseball - 3rd Team All-American

Jayce Boyd               American Baseball Coaches Association - 1st Team All-American
                         Perfect Game - 1st Team All-American
                         Collegiate Baseball - 2nd Team All-American
                         Nat Collegiate Baseball Writers Assoc - 2nd Team All-American

Mike Compton             Baseball America - 2nd Team Freshman All-American
                         Collegiate Baseball - Freshman All-American

Brandon Leibrandt        Baseball America - 1st Team Freshman All-American
                         Collegiate Baseball - Freshman All-American

James Ramsey             American Baseball Coaches Association - 1st Team All-American
                         Baseball America - 1st Team All-American
                         Collegiate Baseball - 1st Team All-American
                         Nat Collegiate Baseball Writers Assoc - 1st Team All-American
                         Perfect Game - 1st Team All-American
                         NCAA - Consensus All-American

Devon Travis             Collegiate Baseball - 2nd Team All-American

All-Americans -  6

2012 Noles in the Pros

Name                     No      Pos                Team
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Barret Browning          62      P                  St. Louis Cardinals
Randy Choate             36      P                  Miami Marlins
Randy Choate             50      P                  Los Angeles Dodgers
Matt Diaz                23      OF                 Atlanta Braves
Stephen Drew              6      SS                 Arizona Diamondbacks
Stephen Drew              5      SS                 Oakland Athletics
Buster Posey             28      C-1B               San Francisco Giants
Shane Robinson           43      OF                 St. Louis Cardinals

Noles in the Pros -  6

2011-12 Schedules and Results

           
GAME DAY
OPP EOY
DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
 SCORE 
CWS
FSU
CB
FSU
BA
FSU
USA
OPP
CB
OPP
BA
OPP
USA
CB
BA
USA
02/17
Ref
H
HOFSTRA
W 9-2
 
13
20
9
 
 
 
 
 
 
02/18
Ref
H
HOFSTRA
W 10-8
 
13
20
9
 
 
 
 
 
 
02/19
Ref
H
HOFSTRA
W 13-6
 
13
20
9
 
 
 
 
 
 
02/21
Ref
H
JACKSONVILLE
W 16-9
 
11
18
9
 
 
 
 
 
 
02/24
Ref
H
FL INTERNATIONAL
L 5-8
 
11
18
9
 
 
 
 
 
 
02/25
Ref
H
FL INTERNATIONAL
W 3-1
 
11
18
9
 
 
 
 
 
 
02/26
Ref
H
FL INTERNATIONAL
W 2-1
 
11
18
9
 
 
 
 
 
 
03/02
Ref
H
MAINE
W 6-0
 
10
13
9
 
 
 
 
 
 
03/04
Ref
H
MAINE
W 18-2
 
10
13
9
 
 
 
 
 
 
03/04
Ref
H
MAINE
W 10-0
 
10
13
9
 
 
 
 
 
 
03/06
Ref
A
CENTRAL FLORIDA
W 7-6
 
8
12
8
 
18
24
 
 
24
03/07
Ref
A
CENTRAL FLORIDA
W 1-0
 
8
12
8
 
18
24
 
 
24
03/09
Ref
A
DUKE
W 5-3
 
8
12
8
 
 
 
 
 
 
03/10
Ref
A
DUKE
W 5-0
 
8
12
8
 
 
 
 
 
 
03/11
Ref
A
DUKE
W 10-2
 
8
12
8
 
 
 
 
 
 
03/13
Ref
A
FLORIDA
L 2-9
7
6
7
6
1
1
1
7
3
6
03/17
Ref
H
VIRGINIA
W 12-3
 
6
7
6
 
 
 
 
25
23
03/18
Ref
H
VIRGINIA
W 4-3
 
6
7
6
 
 
 
 
25
23
03/19
Ref
H
VIRGINIA
W 7-5
 
5
6
4
 
 
 
 
25
23
03/20
Ref
H
STETSON
W 17-8
 
5
6
4
15
 
 
 
 
 
03/21
Ref
H
STETSON
W 9-1
 
5
6
4
15
 
 
 
 
 
03/24
Ref
A
WAKE FOREST
Started on 3/23 and suspended in the bottom of the 7th due to lightning
W 5-4
 
5
6
4
 
 
 
 
 
 
03/24
Ref
A
WAKE FOREST
W 3-2
 
5
6
4
 
 
 
 
 
 
03/25
Ref
A
WAKE FOREST
L 5-7
 
5
6
4
 
 
 
 
 
 
03/27
Ref
N
FLORIDA
Jacksonville, Fl
L 1-4
7
5
4
4
1
1
1
7
3
6
03/30
Ref
H
VIRGINIA TECH
W 5-2
 
5
4
4
 
 
 
 
 
 
03/31
Ref
H
VIRGINIA TECH
W 2-1
 
5
4
4
 
 
 
 
 
 
04/01
Ref
H
VIRGINIA TECH
W 11-4
 
5
4
4
 
 
 
 
 
 
04/04
Ref
H
FLORIDA GULF COAST
L 1-5
 
3
2
2
 
 
 
 
 
 
04/06
Ref
A
GEORGIA TECH
W 2-1
 
3
2
2
 
 
23
 
 
 
04/07
Ref
A
GEORGIA TECH
W 12-7
 
3
2
2
 
 
23
 
 
 
04/08
Ref
A
GEORGIA TECH
W 8-4
 
3
2
2
 
 
23
 
 
 
04/10
Ref
H
FLORIDA
L 3-6
7
2
1
1
4
7
4
7
3
6
04/13
Ref
A
BOSTON COLLEGE
W 6-5
 
2
1
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
04/14
Ref
A
BOSTON COLLEGE
W 6-3
 
2
1
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
04/15
Ref
A
BOSTON COLLEGE
L 6-17
 
2
1
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
04/18
Ref
H
NORTH GEORGIA COLL
W 6-0
 
5
1
2
 
 
 
 
 
 
04/20
Ref
H
MIAMI
W 11-2
 
5
1
2
15
18
12
 
 
 
04/21
Ref
H
MIAMI
W 6-1
 
5
1
2
15
18
12
 
 
 
04/22
Ref
H
MIAMI
W 8-7
 
5
1
2
15
18
12
 
 
 
04/27
Ref
H
RHODE ISLAND
W 17-6
 
5
1
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
04/28
Ref
H
RHODE ISLAND
W 2-0
 
5
1
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
04/29
Ref
H
RHODE ISLAND
W 6-5
 
5
1
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
05/02
Ref
A
JACKSONVILLE
W 3-0
 
2
1
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
05/05
Ref
H
MARYLAND
W 10-3
 
2
1
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
05/06
Ref
H
MARYLAND
W 9-2
 
2
1
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
05/07
Ref
H
MARYLAND
L 5-8
 
1
1
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
05/08
Ref
A
STETSON
W 9-1
 
1
1
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
05/09
Ref
A
STETSON
L 5-6
 
1
1
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
05/12
Ref
A
CLEMSON
L 2-7
 
1
1
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
05/14
Ref
A
CLEMSON
L 7-9
 
6
1
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
05/14
Ref
A
CLEMSON
W 9-5
 
6
1
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
05/17
Ref
H
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
L 5-10
 
6
1
1
14
13
15
12
12
13
05/18
Ref
H
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
W 3-2
 
6
1
1
14
13
15
12
12
13
05/19
Ref
H
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
W 6-2
 
6
1
1
14
13
15
12
12
13
05/23
Ref
N
GEORGIA TECH
ACC, Greensboro, NC
L 4-5
 
5
1
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
05/25
Ref
N
CLEMSON
ACC, Greensboro, NC
L 7-9
 
5
1
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
05/26
Ref
N
VIRGINIA
ACC, Greensboro, NC
L 0-7
 
5
1
1
24
17
19
 
25
23
06/01
Ref
H
ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM
NCAA
W 2-1
 
4
5
3
 
 
 
 
 
 
06/02
Ref
H
SAMFORD
NCAA
W 8-1
 
4
5
3
 
 
 
 
 
 
06/03
Ref
H
SAMFORD
NCAA Championship
W 5-2
 
4
5
3
 
 
 
 
 
 
06/08
Ref
H
STANFORD
NCAA Super Regional
W 17-1
 
4
5
3
9
19
13
14
13
12
06/10
Ref
H
STANFORD
NCAA Super Regional Championship
W 18-7
 
4
5
3
9
19
13
14
13
12
06/15
Ref
N
ARIZONA
CWS, Omaha, Ne
L 3-4
1
3
5
3
5
13
11
1
1
1
06/17
Ref
N
NEW YORK-STONY BROOK
CWS, Omaha, Ne
W 12-2
7
3
5
3
7
25
 
8
7
8
06/19
Ref
N
UCLA
CWS, Omaha, Ne
W 4-1
5
3
5
3
4
2
4
5
5
5
06/21
Ref
N
ARIZONA
CWS, Omaha, Ne
L 3-10
1
3
5
3
5
13
11
1
1
1
EOY Stats Ref

CB=Collegiate Baseball, BA=Baseball America, USA=USA Today/Coaches, CWS=College World Series

Conference games in bold

                Overall   Home     Away    Neutral
--------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS   50-17    33- 5    15- 6     2- 6
VS ACC          24- 6    13- 2    11- 4     0- 0
AGAINST TOP 25  16- 7     9- 2     5- 1     2- 4

FINAL COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL -  4
FINAL BASEBALL AMERICA POLL    -  4
FINAL USA TODAY/COACHES POLL   -  4
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES  - 3

2012 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE RESULTS
 
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 1  FLORIDA STATE        24- 6    50-17 
 2  NORTH CAROLINA STATE 19-11    43-20 
 3  CLEMSON              16-14    35-28 
 4  WAKE FOREST          13-17    33-24 
 5t MARYLAND             10-20    32-24 
 5t BOSTON COLLEGE       10-20    21-34 
 
COASTAL DIVISION
 1  NORTH CAROLINA       22- 8    46-16 
 2  VIRGINIA             18-12    40-18-1
 3  MIAMI                16-14    36-23 
 4  GEORGIA TECH         12-18    38-26 
 5  VIRGINIA TECH        11-19    34-21 
 6  DUKE                  9-21    21-34 

2012 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT, Greensboro, NC
   Date                    Score                                    Comments
==========  ==================================================  ==================================
05/23/2012  (8)GEORGIA TECH 5, (1)FLORIDA STATE 4               
05/23/2012  (3)NORTH CAROLINA STATE 3, (6)MIAMI 2               
05/23/2012  (2)NORTH CAROLINA 6, (7)WAKE FOREST 0               
05/24/2012  (4)VIRGINIA 3, (5)CLEMSON 2                         
05/24/2012  (6)MIAMI 5, (2)NORTH CAROLINA 3                     
05/24/2012  (7)WAKE FOREST 7, (3)NORTH CAROLINA STATE 3         
05/25/2012  (8)GEORGIA TECH 17, (4)VIRGINIA 5                   
05/25/2012  (5)CLEMSON 9, (1)FLORIDA STATE 7                    
05/25/2012  (6)MIAMI 6, (7)WAKE FOREST 3                        
05/26/2012  (8)GEORGIA TECH 5, (5)CLEMSON 1                     
05/26/2012  (4)VIRGINIA 7, (1)FLORIDA STATE 0                   
05/26/2012  (2)NORTH CAROLINA 4, (3)NORTH CAROLINA STATE 0      
05/27/2012  (8)GEORGIA TECH 8, (6)MIAMI 5                       

STARTING BATTING ORDER
DATE/OPPONENT123456789
02/17/2012
HOFSTRA
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
John
Nogowski
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
Stephen
McGee
Seth
Miller
02/18/2012
HOFSTRA
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
John
Nogowski
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
Stephen
McGee
Seth
Miller
02/19/2012
HOFSTRA
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
John
Nogowski
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
Stephen
McGee
Seth
Miller
02/21/2012
JACKSONVILLE
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
John
Nogowski
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
Stephen
McGee
Seth
Miller
02/24/2012
FL INTERNATIONAL
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
John
Nogowski
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
Stephen
McGee
Seth
Miller
02/25/2012
FL INTERNATIONAL
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
John
Nogowski
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
Stephen
McGee
Seth
Miller
02/26/2012
FL INTERNATIONAL
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
John
Nogowski
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
Stephen
McGee
Seth
Miller
03/02/2012
MAINE
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
John
Nogowski
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
Stephen
McGee
Seth
Miller
03/04/2012
MAINE
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
John
Nogowski
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
Stephen
McGee
Seth
Miller
03/04/2012
MAINE
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
John
Nogowski
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
Stephen
McGee
Seth
Miller
03/06/2012
CENTRAL FLORIDA
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
John
Nogowski
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
Stephen
McGee
Seth
Miller
03/07/2012
CENTRAL FLORIDA
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
John
Nogowski
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
Stephen
McGee
Seth
Miller
03/09/2012
DUKE
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
John
Nogowski
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
Stephen
McGee
Seth
Miller
03/10/2012
DUKE
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
John
Nogowski
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
Stephen
McGee
Seth
Miller
03/11/2012
DUKE
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
John
Nogowski
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
Stephen
McGee
Seth
Miller
03/13/2012
FLORIDA
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
John
Nogowski
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
Stephen
McGee
Seth
Miller
03/17/2012
VIRGINIA
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
John
Nogowski
Jose
Brizuela
Seth
Miller
03/18/2012
VIRGINIA
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
John
Nogowski
Josh
Delph
03/19/2012
VIRGINIA
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
John
Nogowski
Josh
Delph
03/20/2012
STETSON
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
John
Nogowski
Seth
Miller
03/21/2012
STETSON
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Josh
Delph
Seth
Miller
Jose
Brizuela
03/24/2012
WAKE FOREST
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Stephen
Spradling
Seth
Miller
Jose
Brizuela
03/24/2012
WAKE FOREST
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Seth
Miller
Josh
Delph
Jose
Brizuela
03/25/2012
WAKE FOREST
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Seth
Miller
Stephen
Spradling
Jose
Brizuela
03/27/2012
FLORIDA
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Seth
Miller
Justin
Gonzalez
John
Nogowski
Jose
Brizuela
03/30/2012
VIRGINIA TECH
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Seth
Miller
John
Nogowski
Jose
Brizuela
03/31/2012
VIRGINIA TECH
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Seth
Miller
John
Nogowski
Jose
Brizuela
04/01/2012
VIRGINIA TECH
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Seth
Miller
John
Holland
Jose
Brizuela
04/04/2012
FLORIDA GULF COAST
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Seth
Miller
John
Holland
Jose
Brizuela
04/06/2012
GEORGIA TECH
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Seth
Miller
John
Holland
Jose
Brizuela
04/07/2012
GEORGIA TECH
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
John
Holland
Seth
Miller
04/08/2012
GEORGIA TECH
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
Josh
Delph
John
Nogowski
04/10/2012
FLORIDA
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
John
Nogowski
Josh
Delph
04/13/2012
BOSTON COLLEGE
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Jose
Brizuela
Seth
Miller
Justin
Gonzalez
Josh
Delph
04/14/2012
BOSTON COLLEGE
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Jose
Brizuela
Seth
Miller
Justin
Gonzalez
Josh
Delph
04/15/2012
BOSTON COLLEGE
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Jose
Brizuela
Seth
Miller
Justin
Gonzalez
Josh
Delph
04/18/2012
NORTH GEORGIA COLL
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Stephen
McGee
John
Nogowski
Jose
Brizuela
Justin
Gonzalez
Stephen
Spradling
Josh
Delph
04/20/2012
MIAMI
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Jose
Brizuela
Justin
Gonzalez
John
Nogowski
Josh
Delph
04/21/2012
MIAMI
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Jose
Brizuela
Justin
Gonzalez
John
Holland
Seth
Miller
04/22/2012
MIAMI
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Jose
Brizuela
Justin
Gonzalez
John
Holland
Josh
Delph
04/27/2012
RHODE ISLAND
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
John
Holland
Josh
Delph
Giovanny
Alfonzo
Jose
Brizuela
04/28/2012
RHODE ISLAND
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Stephen
Spradling
Josh
Delph
Giovanny
Alfonzo
Jose
Brizuela
04/29/2012
RHODE ISLAND
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Josh
Delph
John
Holland
Seth
Miller
Jose
Brizuela
05/02/2012
JACKSONVILLE
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Josh
Delph
Justin
Gonzalez
Seth
Miller
Jose
Brizuela
05/05/2012
MARYLAND
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
John
Nogowski
Justin
Gonzalez
Stephen
Spradling
Jose
Brizuela
05/06/2012
MARYLAND
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
John
Nogowski
Justin
Gonzalez
Stephen
Spradling
Josh
Delph
05/07/2012
MARYLAND
Sherman
Johnson
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Josh
Delph
Stephen
Spradling
John
Holland
Jose
Brizuela
05/08/2012
STETSON
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Stephen
Spradling
Justin
Gonzalez
Seth
Miller
Jose
Brizuela
05/09/2012
STETSON
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Stephen
Spradling
Justin
Gonzalez
Josh
Delph
Jose
Brizuela
05/12/2012
CLEMSON
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Stephen
Spradling
Justin
Gonzalez
Josh
Delph
Jose
Brizuela
05/14/2012
CLEMSON
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
John
Nogowski
John
Holland
Josh
Delph
Jose
Brizuela
05/14/2012
CLEMSON
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Josh
Delph
John
Nogowski
Seth
Miller
Jose
Brizuela
05/17/2012
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
John
Nogowski
Josh
Delph
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
05/18/2012
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Josh
Delph
John
Nogowski
Seth
Miller
Jose
Brizuela
05/19/2012
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Josh
Delph
John
Nogowski
Seth
Miller
Jose
Brizuela
05/23/2012
GEORGIA TECH
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Josh
Delph
Justin
Gonzalez
John
Nogowski
Jose
Brizuela
05/25/2012
CLEMSON
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Josh
Delph
Seth
Miller
Jose
Brizuela
05/26/2012
VIRGINIA
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Josh
Delph
John
Nogowski
Jose
Brizuela
06/01/2012
ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Josh
Delph
John
Holland
Jose
Brizuela
06/02/2012
SAMFORD
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Josh
Delph
John
Holland
Jose
Brizuela
06/03/2012
SAMFORD
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Josh
Delph
John
Holland
Jose
Brizuela
06/08/2012
STANFORD
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Josh
Delph
John
Holland
Jose
Brizuela
06/10/2012
STANFORD
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Josh
Delph
Stephen
Spradling
Jose
Brizuela
06/15/2012
ARIZONA
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Josh
Delph
John
Holland
Jose
Brizuela
06/17/2012
NEW YORK-STONY BROOK
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Josh
Delph
John
Holland
Seth
Miller
06/19/2012
UCLA
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Josh
Delph
Seth
Miller
Jose
Brizuela
06/21/2012
ARIZONA
Sherman
Johnson
Devon
Travis
James
Ramsey
Jayce
Boyd
Stephen
McGee
Justin
Gonzalez
Josh
Delph
Seth
Miller
Jose
Brizuela

STARTING DEFENSE
DATE/OPPONENTPC1B2B3BSSLFCFRF
02/17/2012
HOFSTRA
Brandon
Leibrandt
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
02/18/2012
HOFSTRA
Peter
Miller
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
02/19/2012
HOFSTRA
Mike
Compton
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
02/21/2012
JACKSONVILLE
Luke
Weaver
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
02/24/2012
FL INTERNATIONAL
Brandon
Leibrandt
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
02/25/2012
FL INTERNATIONAL
Mike
Compton
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
02/26/2012
FL INTERNATIONAL
Peter
Miller
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
03/02/2012
MAINE
Brandon
Leibrandt
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
03/04/2012
MAINE
Mike
Compton
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
03/04/2012
MAINE
Peter
Miller
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
03/06/2012
CENTRAL FLORIDA
Luke
Weaver
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
03/07/2012
CENTRAL FLORIDA
Scott
Sitz
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
03/09/2012
DUKE
Brandon
Leibrandt
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
03/10/2012
DUKE
Mike
Compton
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
03/11/2012
DUKE
Peter
Miller
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
03/13/2012
FLORIDA
Luke
Weaver
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
03/17/2012
VIRGINIA
Brandon
Leibrandt
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
03/18/2012
VIRGINIA
Mike
Compton
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
03/19/2012
VIRGINIA
Peter
Miller
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
03/20/2012
STETSON
Scott
Sitz
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
03/21/2012
STETSON
Luke
Weaver
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
03/24/2012
WAKE FOREST
Brandon
Leibrandt
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
03/24/2012
WAKE FOREST
Mike
Compton
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
03/25/2012
WAKE FOREST
Peter
Miller
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
03/27/2012
FLORIDA
Scott
Sitz
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
03/30/2012
VIRGINIA TECH
Brandon
Leibrandt
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
03/31/2012
VIRGINIA TECH
Mike
Compton
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
04/01/2012
VIRGINIA TECH
Peter
Miller
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
04/04/2012
FLORIDA GULF COAST
Scott
Sitz
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
04/06/2012
GEORGIA TECH
Brandon
Leibrandt
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
04/07/2012
GEORGIA TECH
Mike
Compton
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
04/08/2012
GEORGIA TECH
Peter
Miller
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
04/10/2012
FLORIDA
Scott
Sitz
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
04/13/2012
BOSTON COLLEGE
Brandon
Leibrandt
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
04/14/2012
BOSTON COLLEGE
Mike
Compton
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
04/15/2012
BOSTON COLLEGE
Peter
Miller
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
04/18/2012
NORTH GEORGIA COLL
Scott
Sitz
Stephen
McGee
John
Nogowski
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
04/20/2012
MIAMI
Brandon
Leibrandt
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
04/21/2012
MIAMI
Mike
Compton
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
04/22/2012
MIAMI
Scott
Sitz
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
04/27/2012
RHODE ISLAND
Brandon
Leibrandt
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Giovanny
Alfonzo
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
04/28/2012
RHODE ISLAND
Mike
Compton
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Giovanny
Alfonzo
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
04/29/2012
RHODE ISLAND
Scott
Sitz
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
John
Holland
Sherman
Johnson
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
05/02/2012
JACKSONVILLE
Brian
Busch
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
05/05/2012
MARYLAND
Brandon
Leibrandt
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Stephen
Spradling
05/06/2012
MARYLAND
Mike
Compton
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Josh
Delph
James
Ramsey
Stephen
Spradling
05/07/2012
MARYLAND
Luke
Weaver
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
John
Holland
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
05/08/2012
STETSON
Scott
Sitz
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Seth
Miller
05/09/2012
STETSON
Peter
Miller
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
05/12/2012
CLEMSON
Brandon
Leibrandt
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
05/14/2012
CLEMSON
Mike
Compton
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
John
Holland
Sherman
Johnson
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
05/14/2012
CLEMSON
Luke
Weaver
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Jose
Brizuela
Sherman
Johnson
Seth
Miller
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
05/17/2012
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Scott
Sitz
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
05/18/2012
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Brandon
Leibrandt
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Jose
Brizuela
Sherman
Johnson
Seth
Miller
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
05/19/2012
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Mike
Compton
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Jose
Brizuela
Sherman
Johnson
Seth
Miller
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
05/23/2012
GEORGIA TECH
Scott
Sitz
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
05/25/2012
CLEMSON
Brandon
Leibrandt
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
05/26/2012
VIRGINIA
Mike
Compton
Stephen
McGee
John
Nogowski
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
06/01/2012
ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM
Scott
Sitz
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
06/02/2012
SAMFORD
Brandon
Leibrandt
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
06/03/2012
SAMFORD
Mike
Compton
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
06/08/2012
STANFORD
Brandon
Leibrandt
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
06/10/2012
STANFORD
Mike
Compton
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
06/15/2012
ARIZONA
Brandon
Leibrandt
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
06/17/2012
NEW YORK-STONY BROOK
Mike
Compton
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Seth
Miller
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
06/19/2012
UCLA
Scott
Sitz
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph
06/21/2012
ARIZONA
Brandon
Leibrandt
Stephen
McGee
Jayce
Boyd
Devon
Travis
Sherman
Johnson
Justin
Gonzalez
Jose
Brizuela
James
Ramsey
Josh
Delph

2012 Batting Statistics

Name AVG GP GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB ATT =========================================================================================================== Hunter Scantling 1.000 31 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1.000 0 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 0 0 James Ramsey .378 67 67 233 78 88 13 6 13 58 152 .652 63 9 42 1 .513 7 2 11 16 Jayce Boyd .376 66 66 255 47 96 21 0 4 61 129 .506 37 4 26 11 .452 7 0 8 9 Mario Amaral .333 3 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 .333 0 0 1 0 .333 0 0 0 0 Devon Travis .325 67 66 268 63 87 24 0 8 44 135 .504 30 5 40 12 .400 2 1 7 9 Sherman Johnson .283 67 67 247 64 70 18 0 5 38 103 .417 69 8 42 5 .450 3 0 4 5 Josh Delph .267 59 37 131 19 35 10 0 0 20 45 .344 12 5 36 5 .349 1 4 3 4 Stephen Spradling .262 35 11 42 11 11 1 0 0 4 12 .286 4 12 13 1 .466 0 0 0 1 Justin Gonzalez .256 61 60 211 42 54 11 0 9 42 92 .436 30 11 73 2 .374 2 2 13 15 John Nogowski .250 53 36 140 21 35 5 0 2 23 46 .329 21 4 26 5 .361 1 1 2 5 John Holland .243 41 16 74 17 18 8 0 0 10 26 .351 12 4 19 1 .378 0 0 1 1 Stephen McGee .230 67 67 204 35 47 9 0 0 41 56 .275 61 16 32 9 .428 9 3 2 6 Jose Brizuela .226 66 65 221 34 50 12 2 2 38 72 .326 26 7 44 5 .322 4 6 6 10 Seth Miller .212 60 43 146 20 31 7 2 3 29 51 .349 15 11 41 1 .328 2 4 4 5 Giovanny Alfonzo .107 29 2 28 7 3 0 0 0 4 3 .107 4 0 4 3 .219 0 2 2 2 Lee Howard .000 15 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 6 1 .000 0 0 0 0 Sean O'Brien .000 15 0 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 2 0 5 0 .143 0 0 0 0 Bert Givens .000 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 1 0 .000 0 0 0 0 Gage Smith .000 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 Robert Benincasa .000 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 Brian Busch .000 28 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 Bryant Holtmann .000 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 Kyle Bird .000 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 Brandon Leibrandt .000 19 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 Mike Compton .000 18 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 Mack Waugh .000 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 Scott Sitz .000 17 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 Peter Miller .000 16 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 Brandon Johnson .000 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 Luke Weaver .000 16 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 Evan Geist .000 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 ====================================================================================== FSU .281 67 67 2229 459 627 139 10 46 413 924 .415 386 96 451 62 .403 38 25 63 88 Opp .251 67 67 2271 275 569 93 9 36 248 788 .347 228 41 498 55 .328 13 29 64 94

2012 Pitching Statistics

Name ERA W L APP GS CG SHO CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/AVG WP HBP BK SFA SHA ======================================================================================================================== Robert Benincasa 1.32 4 2 32 0 0 0 4 16 41.0 24 8 6 7 58 4 0 2 147 .163 1 0 0 0 1 Mack Waugh 2.33 3 2 18 0 0 0 1 0 27.0 27 12 7 11 22 2 1 0 107 .252 0 0 0 0 1 Brandon Leibrandt 2.82 8 3 19 19 0 0 1 0 99.0 89 41 31 29 83 20 0 4 367 .243 4 5 0 3 8 Mike Compton 2.87 12 2 18 18 0 0 2 0 91.0 89 35 29 28 64 15 2 4 342 .260 0 8 1 1 4 Brandon Johnson 2.87 1 0 16 0 0 0 1 0 15.2 10 5 5 2 9 1 0 1 53 .189 0 2 0 0 0 Gage Smith 2.89 5 0 39 0 0 0 5 3 53.0 53 22 17 17 32 8 0 1 203 .261 3 3 0 0 3 Bryant Holtmann 3.20 2 0 24 0 0 0 2 0 25.1 24 10 9 9 17 4 0 0 99 .242 3 4 1 2 1 Scott Sitz 3.72 4 3 17 13 0 0 2 1 65.1 65 30 27 21 50 11 1 5 252 .258 3 5 0 1 4 Hunter Scantling 3.81 5 1 31 0 0 0 4 0 49.2 47 22 21 15 40 4 2 7 183 .257 4 0 0 1 2 Peter Miller 3.89 5 2 14 10 0 0 1 0 41.2 41 24 18 30 36 6 1 3 163 .252 8 5 1 1 0 Brian Busch 5.04 0 1 28 1 0 0 4 0 25.0 32 14 14 17 20 5 1 2 105 .305 1 3 0 0 3 Luke Weaver 5.93 1 0 16 6 0 0 1 1 41.0 41 31 27 21 40 6 0 6 156 .263 1 4 0 2 1 Kyle Bird 7.15 0 1 22 0 0 0 4 0 22.2 25 19 18 20 27 7 1 1 89 .281 2 2 1 2 1 Evan Geist 18.00 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1.0 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 5 .400 0 0 0 0 0 ==================================================================================================== FSU 3.47 50 17 296 67 0 7 7 21 598.1 569 275 231 228 498 93 9 36 2271 .251 30 41 4 13 29 Opp 6.04 17 50 67 67 1 1 1 10 577.0 627 459 387 386 451 139 10 46 2229 .281 61 96 16 38 25

2012 Fielding Statistics

Name PO AST E FLD% DP ============================================= Josh Delph 67 2 0 1.000 1 Lee Howard 12 1 0 1.000 0 Hunter Scantling 7 4 0 1.000 0 Peter Miller 4 4 0 1.000 0 Luke Weaver 3 4 0 1.000 1 Sean O'Brien 5 0 0 1.000 0 Kyle Bird 2 2 0 1.000 0 Brian Busch 0 3 0 1.000 0 Brandon Johnson 1 2 0 1.000 0 Stephen Spradling 2 0 0 1.000 0 Evan Geist 0 1 0 1.000 0 Mario Amaral 1 0 0 1.000 0 James Ramsey 155 4 1 .994 1 Jayce Boyd 526 44 7 .988 56 Seth Miller 77 3 1 .988 0 Stephen McGee 493 37 9 .983 3 Devon Travis 119 173 7 .977 41 John Nogowski 33 2 1 .972 6 Sherman Johnson 67 130 6 .970 15 Jose Brizuela 109 8 5 .959 2 John Holland 10 22 2 .941 5 Gage Smith 4 12 1 .941 1 Brandon Leibrandt 6 13 2 .905 1 Justin Gonzalez 74 157 25 .902 33 Scott Sitz 5 10 2 .882 1 Mike Compton 2 8 2 .833 0 Giovanny Alfonzo 8 16 6 .800 6 Bryant Holtmann 1 3 1 .800 0 Robert Benincasa 0 4 1 .800 0 Mack Waugh 2 4 2 .750 1 Bert Givens 0 0 0 .000 0 ======================== FSU 1795 673 81 .968 65 Opp 1731 617 99 .960 74
FLORIDA STATE 9, HOFSTRA 2
02/17/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Blasts Hofstra.

Florida State hits four home runs in defeating Hofstra in the season opener.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State (1-0) registered its 14-consecutive opening day victory defeating Hofstra (0-1) 9-2 in Friday's season opener in front of 4,849 fans on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

The Seminoles blasted four home runs and received a solid pitching performance from freshman starter Brandon Leibrandt (1-0) to remain undefeated all-time against the Pride in 14 all-time meetings.

"We are very pleased with the start," said head coach Mike Martin. "It was an exciting day. I was very impressed with the Hofstra team. It was a good game and I thought that our guys had some big hits. I am very, very proud with the way we played."

"It was definitely an atmosphere out there," said Leibrandt, who made history Friday night as the first freshman to start an opening day game at Florida State. "I didn't realize how big it was until I stepped out on the mound. I actually got the chills when I heard my name running out there; heard the crowd cheering, there was nothing like it.

Eight of the nine Seminole runs came off a home run as Jayce Boyd, Jose Brizuela, James Ramsey and Seth Miller all went yard on Friday. Sherman Johnson, Justin Gonzalez and Miller paced the Seminole offense with two hits apiece, while Miller led all players with a career-high four RBI.

"I can't tell you what that does for us, to see a mixture of veterans and new guys contributing on opening day," said Martin. "Brizuela is not a home run hitter, but if you leave the ball in the wrong spot, he will do damage. Rammer and Jayce, that is why they hit third and fourth in the line-up, we hope that is what they will do for us all season long."

Hofstra grabbed an early 1-0 lead off Leibrandt (1-0) in the first as Pride catcher Matt Reistetter brought home Matt Ford on a two-out RBI single through the left side. But the freshman southpaw settled in nicely allowing just two more hits over the next 4.0 innings to earn his first collegiate win in his first career start.

"He was pitching his first game at Florida State and was a little jittery," added Martin on Leibrandt making his first career start. "He did not locate as well as he can, but he had a great game in the way he took control of the situation. He did not panic; he did not start wondering if things were going to happen for him. He fought through it. Starting in the third inning he looked like Brandon Leibrandt."

After allowing a double to start the second, Leibrandt did not give up another hit until a two-out single in the fifth by Pride shortstop Dalton Rouleau. The Seminole starter finished the game working 5.0 innings allowing just one run on three hits as he walked four and struck out two.

"I felt like I was able to make pitches when I needed after finally calming down," said Leibrandt. "My fastball command was okay and I walked some guys but there were times that I needed to buckle down, hit my spots and get some outs."

With the Seminoles down 1-0 in the bottom of the second, Boyd took the first pitch he saw from Hofstra starter Jared Rogers (0-1) over the fence in right center for his 17th career round tripper to tie the game at one. Dating back to last season, the home run by Boyd was his fourth in the last five games. The hit also extended his hitting streak to seven games.

After a one-out single by Gonzalez, Brizuela gave the Seminoles the lead for good blasting a 1-1 offering from Rogers off the light pole in right center for a two-run shot. The hit was the freshman left fielders first of his career.

Ramsey added to FSU's lead in the fourth connecting on a solo shot to right for his 22nd career home run to give the Seminoles a 4-1 advantage.

Miller broke the game open in the sixth with one swing of the bat as he registered his first career grand slam unloading on a 0-1 pitch from Pride reliever David Jesch. Jesch found himself in trouble as he issued a walk to John Nogowski, a single to Gonzalez and a two-out walk to Stephen McGee.

"It felt good," said Miller on hitting his first career grand slam. "I was sitting dead red fastball. Eleven (Mike Martin) told me to take a breaking ball until I got two strikes, so I was looking fastball and he threw it right down the plate. I was able to square it up and hit it well."

Florida State added one more run in the sixth as Boyd drove in his second run of the game drawing a bases loaded walk to score Devon Travis and give the Seminoles a 9-1 lead.

Hofstra added its second run in the ninth off Seminole reliever Kyle Bird to cap off the scoring on Friday night. Reistetter drew a walk to open the top of the ninth and came all the way around to score on a double down the line in left off the bat of T.J. Thomas. Bird would settle down as he recorded a strike out, fly out and bunt groundout to Nogowski at first to close out the game.

Brian Busch worked the sixth and seventh innings and allowed just two hits. He struck out one and was quite effective in his first appearance throwing only 20 pitches.

Gage Smith made his first career appearance in the eighth and worked a scoreless inning retiring all three batters that he faced on groundouts.

Thomas registered half of Hofstra's hits on Friday to pace the Pride offense finishing the game 3-for-4 with an RBI.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Devon Travis            2B        4  1  1   0  0  0  0  3
  John Holland          2B        1  0  0   0  0  1  0  3
Sherman Johnson         3B        4  0  2   0  0  0  4  0
  Sean O'Brien          LF-RF     1  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
James Ramsey            CF        3  1  1   1  1  1  1  0
  Giovanny Alfonzo      SS        1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        2  1  1   2  2  0 10  1
  Kyle Bird             P         0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
John Nogowski           DH-1B     3  1  0   0  1  0  1  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        4  2  2   0  0  1  1  2
  Bert Givens           LF        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Jose Brizuela           LF-3B     3  1  1   2  1  1  2  0
Stephen McGee           C         2  1  0   0  1  0  3  1
  Mario Amaral          PH-C      1  0  0   0  0  1  1  0
Seth Miller             RF        3  1  2   4  0  0  0  0
  Josh Delph            RF-CF     1  0  0   0  0  0  2  0
Brandon Leibrandt       P                            1  2
  Brian Busch           P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            1  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              33  9 10   9  6  6 27 12
Opp                              31  2  6   2  5  4 24 11

E - FSU-Sherman Johnson (1)
2B - Opp-2
HR - FSU-James Ramsey (1), Jayce Boyd (1), Jose Brizuela (1), Seth Miller (1)
CS - Opp-1

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Brandon Leibrandt    W (1-0)    5.0  3  1  1  4  2
Brian Busch                     2.0  2  0  0  0  1
Gage Smith                      1.0  0  0  0  0  0
Kyle Bird                       1.0  1  1  1  1  1
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FSU                             9.0  6  2  2  5  4
Opp                  L          8.0 10  9  9  6  6


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FLORIDA STATE 10, HOFSTRA 8
02/18/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Hang On.

The Seminoles erase an early four-run deficit and then hang on for the victory.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - It wasn't the start or the finish that Florida State (2-0) was hoping for on Saturday afternoon but the Seminoles fought through an early season test and found a way to win in the end hanging on for the 10-8 victory in game two of the series against Hofstra (0-2).

The Seminoles erased an early four-run deficit and then survived a ninth inning rally by the Pride to remain undefeated against Hofstra in 15 all-time meetings. With the win on Saturday, Florida State ran its streak of consecutive opening weekend series victories to 31 in years in a row.

"A couple of fortunate things happened, unfortunate for us in the ninth inning, but yet we persevered, stayed tough and got it done," said head coach Mike Martin. "I learned a lot about our club today and to be honest with you, when we fell down by four, I was anxious to see how we would respond, and I thought we responded very well."

Hunter Scantling (1-0) came on in relief in the second to pick up the win as he worked 5.1 innings allowing just one run on six hits as he walked one and struck out two.

"He kept us in the ballgame and gave us a chance to win," added Martin on the performance of Scantling out of the bullpen today. "We felt like he was a guy that could come out of the bullpen and pitch well, and he certainly did today."

Four Seminoles registered two hits apiece on Saturday led by juniors Justin Gonzalez and Seth Miller, sophomore Stephen McGee and freshman John Nogowski. Nogowski picked up his first collegiate hit on a single to left in the third and recorded his first RBI on his second hit of the afternoon in the eighth.

"It was a great feeling," said Nogowski on picking up his first hit and RBI on Saturday. "I have never been that excited about a single before but it was awesome, I got the monkey off my back. I heard a cheer from the crowd; it was pretty special. Just to help out my team any way I can is what I need to do. Any time I can drive in runs, put together good at-bats, trying to protect JB and Rammer...it was a great experience today, I am just on top of the world right now."

Freshman Jose Brizuela led all players with a game-high three RBI as the leftfielder from Weston, Fla., finished 1-for-4 with a two-run double in the fifth and a sac-fly in the eighth. Senior James Ramsey scored three runs on Saturday and reached base on all five plate appearances as he drew three walks, singled in the fifth and was hit by a pitch.

"It's nice to get these games in and to see how our pitchers react and how our defense reacts and to see the new guys step up," said Gonzalez on the teams fight to come from behind early in the game. "Nogowski had a big hit in the eighth for us. We want to try and avoid (stressful situations) but we know we are going to be in those situations especially on the road, so a test like this early is a great learning experience for everybody."

Hofstra jumped out to an early 4-0 lead through the first two innings chasing FSU starter Peter Miller after just 1.2 innings of work in his first collegiate start. The Pride plated a run in the top of the first as Jared Hammer drove in Dalton Rouleau on an RBI groundout to short.

A Seminole error in the second led to three unearned runs for Hofstra as the Pride ran out to a four-run advantage. After Miller struck out T.J. Thomas for the first out in the second, Kenny Jackson drew a walk and advanced all the way to third on an errand throw by catcher Stephen McGee as he attempted to throw out Taylor Stuart at first after the Pride designated hitter swung at strike three in the dirt. Austin Nyman followed with an RBI single through the right side and two batters later Danny Poma came through with a two-run double down the line in left ending the afternoon for Miller.

Miller allowed four runs, one earned, on three hits as walked two and struck out four in earning the no decision.

"I don't know who that was; I haven't seen that all year long," said Martin on Miller's outing. "I don't know who that guy was, that's the only way I can answer your question, and I say that with respect to everyone, I don't know who that was. Peter Miller is much, much better than what we saw out there today."

The Seminoles cut the Pride lead to 4-3 in the third as Sherman Johnson and James Ramsey drew back-to-back walks to start the inning and came around to score on a double off the wall in left center by Boyd. A single by Nogowski put runners at the corners for Gonzalez, who plated Boyd on sac-fly to right.

The Pride answered with a run in the fifth to extend their lead to 5-3 as Rouleau led off the inning with an infield single to second. He would score two batters later on a single up the middle by Matt Ford.

Florida State sent nine batters to the plate in the fifth and scored four runs to grab its first lead of the ball game at 7-5. The Seminoles began the rally loading the bases off reliever Gregg Lettini (0-1) with a single up the middle by Ramsey, a hit by pitch to Nogowski and a throwing error on a groundball off the bat of Gonzalez. After a Hofstra pitching change, Brizuela greeted Andrew Barbarino by taking the first pitch he saw off the fence in right to score Ramsey and Nogowski and tie the game at five. Miller gave the Seminoles their first lead of the afternoon plating Gonzalez on an RBI groundout to first. Devon Travis added to the lead driving in Brizuela on an infield single to third.

Scantling did a good job in his first appearance of the season getting the Seminoles through the seventh by keeping the ball down all afternoon. Ten of his 16 outs were groundouts, while he allowed just one of the 20 batters that he faced passed second base.

"I was just trying to keep the ball down," said Scantling. "I missed up a couple of times, but keeping the ball down to get quick outs is important and to keep my pitch count low."

Brian Busch entered in the eighth and recorded two quick outs before a throwing error by Gonzalez at short extended the inning. After a walk to pinch hitter Scott Verbitsky, Martin went to the bullpen and brought on closer Scott Sitz. The junior right hander got Nyman to groundout to first to end the threat.

The Seminoles extended their lead to 10-5 with three important runs in the eighth. Ramsey led off the inning with a walk and moved to third as Boyd reached base on a fielding error in right. Nogowski brought home Ramsey on a single through the left side, while Boyd came home on an RBI double to left by Gonzalez. Brizuela rounded out the scoring for the Seminoles in the eighth plating pinch runner Josh Delph on a sac-fly to left.

The Pride would not go quietly in the ninth against Sitz as the first four batters to the plate reached on a walk, a single, a fielding error which drove in a run and an RBI single to center off the bat of Hammer. Sitz then got Matt Reistetter to fly out to center for the first out of the inning, but Thomas continued to add pressure with a single to center. Michael Ferranti legged out a fielder's choice groundout at third to score Ford and keep the inning alive. But Sitz would preserve the victory and earn his first save of the season by getting Verbitsky to strike out swinging for the final out of the game.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Devon Travis            2B        5  0  1   1  0  2  1  2
Sherman Johnson         3B        3  1  0   0  2  0  2  2
James Ramsey            CF        1  3  1   0  3  0  1  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        5  2  1   2  0  0 10  1
John Nogowski           DH        4  1  2   1  0  1  0  0
  Josh Delph            PR-RF     0  1  0   0  0  0  0  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        3  1  2   2  1  0  2  6
Jose Brizuela           LF        4  1  1   3  0  0  2  0
Stephen McGee           C         4  0  2   0  0  0  7  1
Seth Miller             RF        3  0  2   1  0  0  1  0
  Sean O'Brien          PH        1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Peter Miller            P                            0  0
  Hunter Scantling      P                            1  1
  Brian Busch           P                            0  0
  Scott Sitz            P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              33 10 12  10  6  3 27 13
Opp                              39  8 12   8  5  8 24 11

E - Opp-2, FSU-Devon Travis (1), Justin Gonzalez (1), Stephen McGee (1)
2B - Opp-1, FSU-Jayce Boyd (1), Justin Gonzalez (1), Jose Brizuela (1), Seth Miller (1)
HBP - FSU-James Ramsey (1), John Nogowski (1), Stephen McGee (1)
SH - FSU-Seth Miller (1)
SF - FSU-Justin Gonzalez (1), Jose Brizuela (1)
SB - Opp-6
CS - Opp-1

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Peter Miller                    1.2  3  4  1  2  4
Hunter Scantling     W (1-0)    5.1  6  1  1  1  2
Brian Busch                     0.2  0  0  0  1  1
Scott Sitz           Sv(1)      1.1  3  3  2  1  1
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0 12  8  4  5  8
Opp                  L          8.0 12 10  8  6  3


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FLORIDA STATE 13, HOFSTRA 6
02/19/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Series Sweep.

Mike Compton works 5.0 strong innings in his first start to earn his first collegiate victory.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Ninth-ranked Florida State (3-0) scored five runs in the first and never looked back in defeating Hofstra (0-3) 13-6 to complete the series sweep on Sunday in front of 4,651 fans on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

The Seminoles improved to 16-0 all-time against the Pride, while head coach Mike Martin moved to within 24 wins of reaching 1,700 career victories.

"It was really fun to see our guys play the way they are supposed to play against a team that is much improved from what we saw last year," said head coach Mike Martin. "I was very impressed with the Hofstra team, but at the same time very impressed with our guys by the way we played the game and took it to them. They kept coming back at us; you have to give them credit."

Making his first collegiate start, Mike Compton worked 5.0 solid innings to earn his first career win. The freshman right hander allowed two runs on four hits as he walked two and struck out three.

"I thought Michael threw the ball very well," added Martin. "He could have possibly gone another inning, but we didn't want to push him in his first start."

"It's a great feeling," added Compton on getting his first career win. "I just have to build off it and continue to get better."

After giving up a pair of runs with two outs in the top of the first, Compton faced the minimum over the next four innings. He allowed just two hits that never left the infield over those four innings while putting his infield to work inducing seven groundball outs including a fifth inning double play.

"Definitely, especially with the wind blowing out," said Compton on his ability to keep the ball down. "I was mainly focused on hitting my spots and getting a lot of groundball outs."

"Defensively, we turned four double plays today and that is certainly a big lift to get two outs on one pitch," said Martin. "But Compton had a very impressive outing today."

James Ramsey paced the Seminole offense on Sunday with three hits and three runs scored, while Devon Travis, John Nogowski, Jose Brizuela and Stephen McGee each registered two hits apiece. Jayce Boyd crushed an RBI double off the fence in right center in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to nine games dating back to last season.

For the second game in a row, Brizuela led the Garnet and Gold with three RBI. Nogowski drove in a pair of runs drawing a bases loaded walk in the first and then connecting on his first career home run blasting a solo shot over the fence in left in the sixth.

"I really liked the way Jose is playing the game," added Martin. "He will beat you with his legs; he is a very good outfielder. John Nogowski is a very good first baseman, but he is behind Jayce. I am just glad that we are able to get him some at-bats."

As was the case in the first two games of the series, Florida State had to come from behind as Hofstra struck first in the first inning after back-to-back two-out RBI doubles off the bat of Jared Hammer and Kenny Jackson.

This time the Seminoles answered in the bottom of the first with a five spot to take the lead they would never relinquish. The first five Seminole batters to the plate on Sunday reached as Hofstra starter John Schilt (0-1) gave up a walk to Sherman Johnson, a run scoring double down the line in left to Travis, an infield single to Ramsey and the back-to-back walks to Boyd and Nogowski. Brizuela brought home two on a single to center and after a walk to McGee, Seth Miller drove in Nogowski for the fifth run of the inning on a fielder's choice groundout to first.

"I got a little jammed on that swing," said Brizuela. "But I will take it. It was a slider and the pitcher made a good pitch, give credit to him. I feel really comfortable at the plate right now. When you're feeling good (at the plate), nothing feels better."

Florida State added to its lead in the fourth as McGee connected on a two-out double down the left field line scoring Brizuela, who reached after being hit by a pitch from reliever David Jesch.

The Seminoles increased their lead to 9-2 with three more runs in the sixth. Nogowski led off the inning with a solo shot to left. Gonzalez reached on a walk, went to second on a steal and scored on a single to center by Brizuela. Brizuela would come around to score three batters later on Johnson's sac-fly to center.

"Boy, that wasn't cheap, he got all of that one," said Martin on Nogowski's first career home run. "It was a big hit for him. I thought about it when he was trotting around the bases of what a thrill that has got to be for him having been a local boy and watching Florida State for many years."

FSU upped its lead to 10-2 when Ramsey led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk and scored all the way from first on Boyd's double to right center.

Robert Benincasa came on in relief of Compton in the sixth and worked two scoreless innings. The Tampa, Fla., native allowed just one hit and struck out two in his first appearance of the season.

The Pride cut into Florida State's lead with four runs in the eighth off freshman Bryant Holtmann. Holtmann worked 0.2 innings and faced seven batters as he allowed three hits and walked two. Brandon Johnson came on in relief and after giving up an RBI single to Jackson got T.J. Thomas to fly out to Ramsey in center to end the threat.

But as was the case in the first inning, the Seminoles once again answered the call scoring three more runs to take a 13-6 lead. Boyd recorded his second RBI of the game with a rare sac-fly to short scoring Josh Delph. Giovanny Alfonzo drove in his first career run drawing a bases loaded walk, while the third run of the inning scored when Sean O'Brien reached on a fielding error at shortstop.

Mack Waugh pitched the ninth and faced the minimum as he recorded a groundout back to the mound and a line out double play at first to end the game.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         3B        2  2  0   1  3  0  1  1
Devon Travis            2B        4  1  2   1  0  0  2  5
  John Holland          2B        1  0  0   0  0  0  1  1
James Ramsey            CF        4  3  3   0  2  0  2  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        4  1  1   2  1  0 13  1
John Nogowski           DH        4  2  2   2  2  1  0  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        3  1  0   0  2  1  3  5
  Giovanny Alfonzo      SS        0  0  0   1  1  0  0  1
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  2  2   3  0  0  1  0
  Lee Howard            PH        1  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
  Sean O'Brien          LF        1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Stephen McGee           C         4  0  2   1  1  0  4  2
  Mario Amaral          C         1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Seth Miller             RF        4  0  1   1  0  0  0  0
  Josh Delph            RF        0  1  0   0  1  0  0  0
Mike Compton            P                            0  1
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  0
  Bryant Holtmann       P                            0  0
  Brandon Johnson       P                            0  0
  Mack Waugh            P                            0  1
                                 ========================
FSU                              36 13 13  12 13  3 27 18
Opp                              30  6  9   5  5  5 24  7

E - Opp-1
2B - Opp-2, FSU-Devon Travis (1), James Ramsey (1), Jayce Boyd (2), Stephen McGee (1)
HR - FSU-John Nogowski (1)
HBP - Opp-1, FSU-Devon Travis (1), Jose Brizuela (1)
SF - FSU-Sherman Johnson (1), Jayce Boyd (1)
SB - FSU-James Ramsey (1), Justin Gonzalez (1), Seth Miller (1)
CS - Opp-2

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Mike Compton         W (1-0)    5.0  4  2  2  2  3
Robert Benincasa                2.0  1  0  0  0  2
Bryant Holtmann                 0.2  3  4  4  2  0
Brandon Johnson                 0.1  1  0  0  0  0
Mack Waugh                      1.0  0  0  0  1  0
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0  9  6  6  5  5
Opp                  L          8.0 13 13 12 13  3


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FLORIDA STATE 16, JACKSONVILLE 9
02/21/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Walks By Jacksonville.

Jayce Boyd ties a career-high five RBI, Mack Waugh records a career-high seven strikeouts in relief.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Eighth-ranked Florida State (4-0) came from behind for the fourth time in as many games this year to remain undefeated downing Jacksonville (0-4) 16-9 Tuesday evening on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

The Seminoles pounded out 14 hits and drew 13 walks en route to winning their fourth game in a row over the Dolphins. The 16 runs were the most scored by FSU in the series since the 2006 Athens Regional when the Seminoles defeated JU 18-0.

"It was a good win, it really was," said Florida State head coach Mike Martin. "When you fall behind by four, it was a game in which you could see the experienced players take charge of every opportunity that was provided to them. I was very pleased with our at-bats."

Jayce Boyd led all players on Tuesday with his first four-hit performance of the season. The junior first baseman registered a double, three singles, walked once, scored twice and tied a career-high with five RBI. Boyd quickly extended his hitting streak to 10-games with a two-run single down the left field line in the first.

"He certainly came to the plate with the idea that he was going to put the ball in play," added Martin. "It was a big lift for us when he drove that ball down the line in left to score a couple runs for us in the first inning."

"I felt pretty good out there tonight," said Boyd. "To keep the focus and to grind out at-bats is something that Mike Martin, Jr., preaches all the time and that is something that I was focusing in on when I was at the plate."

Freshman John Nogowski continued to swing a hot bat as he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a career-high three RBI.

Sherman Johnson and James Ramsey combined to reach base eight times on Tuesday as Johnson drew three walks and singled in the sixth, while Ramsey walked twice, was hit by a pitch in the sixth and singled in the eighth. Both Johnson and Ramsey are tied for the team lead in walks through the first four games with eight apiece.

Devon Travis celebrated his 21st birthday with a pair of doubles and two runs scored, while Justin Gonzalez registered his third two-hit game of the season with a pair of singles in the first and sixth innings.

Freshman Mario Amaral also got into the mix picking up his first collegiate hit and RBI as he singled back up the middle with two outs in the eighth. Overall, 10 of the 16 runs scored by the Seminoles on Tuesday came on two outs.

Mack Waugh (1-0) registered the win as he worked 3.1 innings allowing two runs on five hits as he walked two and struck out a career-high seven. The senior right hander entered the ballgame in relief of starter Luke Weaver with one out in the second and quickly found trouble as the first three Dolphins that he faced reached to load the bases. But Waugh registered a double play to end the inning as he got Jonathan Murphy to strike out swinging and then Stephen McGee to pick off Adam Brett Walker at first.

"Coming out of the bullpen in a situation like that you are just trying to get back in the dugout and let our offense do what they can do," said Waugh. "I just wanted to come in, throw strikes and get groundballs and I was able to do that tonight."

Waugh helped the Seminoles turn the momentum in their favor as he retired the Dolphins in order in the third and at one point struck out four JU batters in a row.

"A solid outing for Mack Waugh," said Martin. "He certainly deserved that win tonight. He came in and shut them down. His numbers were very impressive."

Weaver went just 1.1 innings in his college debut as he gave up six runs on three hits in earning the no decision. He walked four and struck out one.

Robert Benincasa was impressive in his two innings of work as he did not allow a hit and struck out four. He came on in relief of Brian Busch, who started the sixth and issued a hit-by-pitch and a single to Dan Gulbransen and Walker, respectively, but Benincasa kept FSU's two-run lead in tact as he struck out the next three batters that he faced.

"More than anything it is confidence," said Benincasa on his ability to come into a game out of the bullpen and with runners on base. "It's understanding how I can pitch and using that to my ability rather than giving in to hitters. I am standing on the mound with a little more confidence. I think being a junior, I have a little more experience, a little more poise out there; I feel I am really able to execute pitches."

Gage Smith worked the eighth and gave up an unearned run, but struck out three. Scott Sitz worked a scoreless ninth to close out the victory.

"(Robert) Benincasa and Gage Smith pitched very well," added Martin. "I was very excited to see Benny go out and again have a good outing. Coming in with first and second and nobody out and striking out the side was no doubt a key for us."

The Seminoles quickly fell behind on Tuesday as Jacksonville ran out to an early 6-2 lead thanks to a solo home run by Kevin Lehane in the first and a grand slam off the bat of Taylor Ratliff in the second. But FSU clawed its way back and after scoring two runs in the first and one in the second and third, took the lead for good with a five spot in the fourth. Florida State sent 11 batters to the plate that inning and showed great patience drawing five walks.

FSU widen its lead to 15-8 thanks to six more runs in the sixth. Ramsey opened the scoring driving in a run as he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Boyd stepped in with a two-run single followed by a two-run double to right off the bat of Nogowski.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         3B        3  2  1   1  3  0  0  0
  John Holland          3B        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Devon Travis            2B        6  2  2   0  0  1  1  0
  Giovanny Alfonzo      2B        0  0  0   0  0  0  1  0
James Ramsey            CF        3  4  1   1  2  1  2  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        5  2  4   5  1  0  5  0
John Nogowski           DH        4  2  2   3  1  0  0  0
  Josh Delph            PR-RF     1  1  0   0  0  1  0  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        3  0  2   1  2  0  0  2
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  1  1   0  1  0  2  0
  Sean O'Brien          PH-LF     1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Stephen McGee           C         2  1  0   2  2  1 16  2
  Mario Amaral          PH-C      1  0  1   1  0  0  0  0
Seth Miller             RF        3  1  0   0  1  0  0  0
  Stephen Spradling     PH        1  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
  Gage Smith            P         0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Bert Givens           PH        1  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
  Scott Sitz            P         0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Luke Weaver             P                            0  0
  Mack Waugh            P                            0  0
  Brian Busch           P                            0  0
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  1
                                 ========================
FSU                              37 16 14  14 13  6 27  5
Opp                              39  9 12   9  6 16 24  9

E - Opp-4, FSU-Jayce Boyd (1), Jose Brizuela (1), Stephen McGee (2), Scott Sitz (1)
2B - FSU-Devon Travis 2 (3), Jayce Boyd (3), John Nogowski (1), Jose Brizuela (2)
HR - Opp-2
HBP - Opp-1, FSU-James Ramsey (2), Jose Brizuela (2)
SF - FSU-Justin Gonzalez (2), Stephen McGee (1)
SB - Opp-1
CS - Opp-1

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Luke Weaver                     1.1  3  6  6  4  1
Mack Waugh           W (1-0)    3.1  5  2  2  2  7
Brian Busch                     0.1  2  0  0  0  1
Robert Benincasa                2.0  0  0  0  0  4
Gage Smith                      1.0  2  1  0  0  3
Scott Sitz                      1.0  0  0  0  0  0
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0 12  9  8  6 16
Opp                  L          8.0 14 16 14 13  6


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FL INTERNATIONAL 8, FLORIDA STATE 5
02/24/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Falls To FIU.

The Seminole drop their first game of the season.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Eighth-ranked Florida State (4-1) saw its win streak come to a halt at four as the Seminoles fell to FIU (1-3) Friday night 8-5 on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

For the fifth time in as many games to start the 2012 season, the Seminoles found themselves behind after the first inning as the Panthers struck for two runs to grab the early lead. Unlike the previous four games, Florida State could never manage to get over the hump and take the lead from FIU trailing the entire game.

"You have to take your hat off to FIU," said head coach Mike Martin. "They made four errors, but they kept scrapping and got the key hits when they needed them. We stranded too many runners tonight and could not take advantage of their mistakes. We are never satisfied when we get beat but some nights you just have to give the credit to the other club."

The Panthers' Pablo Bermudez and Adam Kirsch paced the offense with three hits apiece, while T.J. Shantz and Kirsch both drove in a pair of runs. Five of FIU's eight runs came on two outs including both runs scored in the first and second innings.

R.J. Fondon threw over 100 pitches to improve his record to 1-1 on the year. The senior southpaw went 5.1 innings allowing five runs, three earned, on eight hits as he walked four and struck out two. Eddy Pidermann and Michael Gomez did a solid job in relief in game one working a combined 3.2 innings allowing no runs on just one hit. Gomez worked the final 2.1 innings to earn his first save of the season.

FSU's Brandon Leibrandt (1-1) suffered the loss as the freshman left hander went 2.2 innings allowing four runs on five hits as he walked four and struck out four. The weather did not help matters for Leibrandt as he worked in the rain to start the game and then had to sit around during a 54-minute rain delay.

"He was making some pitches that he doesn't ordinarily make," added Martin. "He was ahead of a number of pitches but once again you have to give them credit as they fought back and found some pitches that he (Brandon) wishes that he could get back."

Florida State certainly had their chances to come from behind on Friday night but could not take advantage of a season-high four errors committed by FIU en route to leaving 15 men on base including seven in the last three innings.

"Our guys fought tonight, there was never any give-up," said Martin. "We had a couple chances. We made some mental mistakes that put us behind the eight ball. But give them credit for executing and doing the job and taking advantage of our mental mistakes."

Sherman Johnson, Devon Travis and Jayce Boyd each registered two hits each, while Boyd led the 'Noles with two RBI. Senior captain James Ramsey continues to cause havoc on the base paths reaching base on all five plate appearances Friday night. Ramsey reached on a single and an error in his first two at-bats and then drew three straight walks. Stephen McGee was also on base three times as he drew a season-high three walks.

The win for the Panthers was their first in the series since 1990 snapping FSU's two-game win streak.

Trailing 2-0 early, the Seminoles cut into the lead with an unearned run in the first as Ramsey drove in Johnson on a single through the right side.

FIU answered with two more runs off Leibrandt in the top of second as Shantz came through with a clutch two-out double to right center to score Julius Gaines and Bermudez.

FSU drew within one of the lead at 4-3 with two runs in the third. Travis led off the inning with a double down the line in left and moved to third when Ramsey reached on a fielding error by Jabari Henry in left. Boyd brought them both home with a two-run single to left center to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. After Justin Gonzalez drew a one-out walk, Fondon got out of the jam as he got Jose Brizuela and McGee on back-to-back fly outs.

FIU upped its lead to 6-3 with two runs in the fourth off reliever Gage Smith. The Seminoles responded with two runs in the fifth to once again draw within one at 6-5.

Ramsey and Boyd set the table at the start of the inning with a walk and a single, respectively, followed by an RBI double down the line in left by John Nogowski. After a walk to Gonzalez loaded the bases, Brizuela legged out a fielder's choice groundout to second scoring Boyd and putting runners at first and third. But Fondon threw over to first on a 3-2 count to McGee and got Brizuela in a run down. Nogowski tried to score from third but was thrown out at the plate for the second out of the inning. McGee then grounded out to third on the very next pitch from Fondon to end the inning.

The Panthers added a run in the sixth off Scott Sitz putting together three straight two-out singles capped off by David Vazquez' RBI single to center.

The Seminoles put together a rally in the seventh loading the bases off Pidermann courtesy of FIU's fourth error of the game, a walk and a hit by pitch. After a pitching change brought in Gomez, Johnson put a good swing on the first pitch from the lefty sending the ball on a line drive right to Nathan Burns in right for out number three.

Florida State put runners on in the eighth as Travis led off the inning with his second double of the game and Ramsey walked, but Gomez struck out the next three batters he faced to end the threat.

In the ninth, the Seminoles threatened once again as McGee and Johnson drew a walk. With Travis at the plate and two outs, Gomez made a nice defensive play on a sharp groundball hit back up the middle by the junior second baseman, throwing on to first for the final out of the game.

Sitz worked 3.0 innings in relief allowing a run on four hits as he walked one and struck out three. Bryant Holtmann pitched the seventh and eighth innings on Friday and gave up a run on two hits as he struck out three. Brandon Johnson worked a scoreless ninth retiring all three batters that he faced.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        5  1  2   0  1  0  1  1
Devon Travis            2B        6  1  2   0  0  0  4  3
James Ramsey            CF        2  2  1   1  3  0  0  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        5  1  2   2  0  2  6  1
John Nogowski           DH        5  0  1   1  0  2  0  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        3  0  0   0  2  2  1  1
Jose Brizuela           LF        5  0  1   1  0  0  1  0
Stephen McGee           C         2  0  0   0  3  0 10  1
Seth Miller             RF        1  0  0   0  0  1  2  0
  Giovanny Alfonzo      PH        1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Josh Delph            RF        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Stephen Spradling     PH        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Sean O'Brien          PR-RF     1  0  0   0  0  0  1  0
Brandon Leibrandt       P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
  Scott Sitz            P                            1  0
  Bryant Holtmann       P                            0  0
  Brandon Johnson       P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              36  5  9   5  9  7 27  7
Opp                              40  8 13   6  5 10 27 12

E - Opp-4, FSU-Gage Smith (1)
2B - Opp-3, FSU-Devon Travis 2 (5), John Nogowski (2)
HBP - Opp-1, FSU-Stephen Spradling (1)
SH - FSU-Seth Miller (2)
SB - Opp-3
CS - Opp-1, FSU-John Nogowski (1)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Brandon Leibrandt    L (1-1)    2.2  5  4  4  4  4
Gage Smith                      0.1  2  2  1  0  0
Scott Sitz                      3.0  4  1  1  1  3
Bryant Holtmann                 2.0  2  1  1  0  3
Brandon Johnson                 1.0  0  0  0  0  0
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0 13  8  7  5 10
Opp                  W-Sv       9.0  9  5  3  9  7


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FLORIDA STATE
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Attendance: 4,292

FLORIDA STATE 3, FL INTERNATIONAL 1
02/25/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Compton, Ramsey Pace Noles To Victory.

Mike Compton throws six shutout innings, while James Ramsey drives in all three runs.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Pitching and timely hitting were the keys to victory Saturday afternoon as eighth-ranked Florida State (5-1) evened the weekend series with a 3-1 victory over FIU (1-4) in front of a crowd of 5,117 on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

Freshman Mike Compton (2-0) put together another strong outing in his second straight start blanking the Panthers over six innings allowing only two hits. The two hits came in the first two innings, both singles, as the Branson, Mo., native did not allow a runner to advance past first base during his outing. He faced the minimum in an inning four times and benefited from a solid defensive effort that did not commit any errors while recording two double plays. Compton finished the game with four strikeouts.

"Mike Compton gave us what we were looking for today and that was six strong innings," said head coach Mike Martin. "Hunter pitched well and Benny pitched well. He (Benincasa) did a very good job in that role as our closer today."

"I just tried to focus on hitting my spots," said Compton. "The defense was great today; they turned a couple double plays. I didn't make a lot of great pitches, but I was able to get out of it. I just felt a lot more comfortable then the last time out."

"I can't tell you how encouraged I was," added Martin on the performance from his freshman starter. "Michael throws a very heavy baseball; hitters don't like it. He had great control today."

James Ramsey provided the offensive fireworks in game two driving in all three Seminole runs. Two of the four hits from the Seminoles in game two came off the bat of the senior captain as he connected on a two-run single in the second and a solo shot in the eighth.

"It is fun to see us play this kind of baseball because this is what we are going to be faced with most of the year," added Martin. "FIU has a good ball club. They did a great job today. We had our chances early but again they made some crucial pitches and denied us opportunities to score.

"Offensively, one guy drove in all the runs and you don't see that every day," said Martin. "James certainly played great baseball as did our entire team."

After leaving the bases loaded in the first, the Seminoles responded with two runs in the second to take the early lead at 2-0. Stephen McGee got things going in the second inning against FIU starter Mason McVay (0-1) with a single to left. Sherman Johnson drew a two-out walk followed by an infield single off the bat of Devon Travis. Ramsey stepped in and worked the count in his favor before lacing a 3-1 offering from McVay through the left side of the infield to score McGee and Johnson.

"Stephen did a good job, had a good hit," said Ramsey. "Dev smoked a ball that knocked off the guy's glove at third. As soon as that happened, I knew they had no room to put me so I knew that they were going to have to come after me. I swung at a ball but it was a fastball down and I was able to take it the other way. Just to be able to do that for my team was key."

The three singles in the second would be the only hits for the Seminoles until the seventh inning when Ramsey connected on a solo home run to right to give FSU a 3-0 lead. The Alpharetta, Ga., native took a 1-0 pitch from Alberto Cardenas over the fence in right for his second home run of the season.

FIU finally broke through with a run in the eighth when catcher Iosmel Leon took the first pitch he saw from Hunter Scantling out of the park to right for his first home run of the season.

Scantling worked the seventh and eighth innings and allowed just the one run on three hits as he did not walk a batter and struck out one.

Robert Benincasa pitched the ninth to earn his first career save. The junior right hander got the first two outs on a fly out to right and then a called third strike. After Mike Martinez reached on a single up the middle, Benincasa got Panther designated hitter Adam Kirsch to pop out to Travis who made a nice running catch in the outfield toward the right field foul line for the final out of the game.

"Definitely to have the first (out of the way) but I don't think the first will be any different than the second or the third," said Benincasa on earning his first career save in his new role as the Seminole closer. "I wanted to go out there and make sure I threw first pitch strikes on everybody I faced and I did that with all four batters that I faced."

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         3B        3  1  0   0  1  2  1  3
Devon Travis            2B        3  0  1   0  1  1  5  1
James Ramsey            CF        3  1  2   3  1  0  3  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        1  0  0   0  3  1  6  0
John Nogowski           DH        3  0  0   0  1  3  0  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        4  0  0   0  0  1  2  5
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  0  0   0  1  2  1  1
Stephen McGee           C         4  1  1   0  0  0  7  0
Seth Miller             RF        2  0  0   0  1  2  1  0
  Stephen Spradling     PH        1  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
  Josh Delph            RF        0  0  0   0  0  0  1  0
Mike Compton            P                            0  0
  Hunter Scantling      P                            0  0
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              27  3  4   3  9 13 27 10
Opp                              29  1  6   1  2  6 24  4

HR - Opp-1, FSU-James Ramsey (2)
HBP - Opp-1
CS - FSU-Seth Miller (1)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Mike Compton         W (2-0)    6.0  2  0  0  2  4
Hunter Scantling                2.0  3  1  1  0  1
Robert Benincasa     Sv(1)      1.0  1  0  0  0  1
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0  6  1  1  2  6
Opp                  L          8.0  4  3  3  9 13


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FLORIDA STATE 2, FL INTERNATIONAL 1
02/26/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Holds Off FIU.

Peter Miller allows just one hit in five innings to earn his first career win.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Eighth-ranked Florida State (6-1) received another stellar performance from its pitching staff on Sunday in taking the weekend series from FIU (1-5) with a 2-1 victory on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

Cold temperatures and light rain could not dampen the spirits of the Seminole pitching staff as five pitchers combined to limit the Panthers to just one run on seven hits. The staff also benefited from some great defensive plays as the Seminoles posted a goose egg in the error column for the second straight game.

"I thought our pitching today was excellent," said head coach Mike Martin. "We are facing a ball club that if you make a bad pitch they have the ability to do something with it. FIU had an RPI of 21 last year. They know how to play; they are well coached. They pitched us tough, they played us tough, they made us earn everything this weekend.

"Our guys approached this game like it was a conference game and that is impressive," added Martin. "You've got terrible weather. This is not an easy day to play this game and our guys really got after it today and got the job done. They are to be commended for that and they were rewarded by the way they played to get this win. I congratulate them on a great weekend."

FSU starter Peter Miller (1-0) kept the FIU hitters off-balanced the entire game allowing just one hit in 5.0 innings of work to earn his first career win. He finished the game with four strikeouts and five walks.

"It was real enjoyable seeing Peter Miller have the outing he had," added Martin. "He looked like Peter Miller today. It started in the first inning, coach Bell changed sides of plate. We were going away and in for a couple pitches and he said, 'let's go in.' it was great. It got him in a better rhythm. He turned around and pitched great baseball."

"The curve going along with the fastball and getting ahead in the count was key for me today," said Miller. "I was trying to keep the ball low today and was really just rocking and firing."

After walking Pablo Bermudez to open the game, Miller settled down and struck out the next two batters that he faced. But after walking Mike Martinez, Miller got Iosmel Leon to fly out to center for the third out of the inning. For the next four innings, the sophomore right hander allowed just one runner to reach second while facing the minimum in the second and fifth innings.

James Ramsey once again provided the offensive fire power for the Seminoles as he broke a scoreless game with a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the fourth. The senior captain pounced on a 2-0 offering from FIU starter Michael Ellis (0-1) taking the ball out of the park to right for his third home run of the season and 24th of his career. Ramsey finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk.

"He is just a guy that is always in the game," said Martin. "He enjoys the game and loves to compete."

"I loved being looked to in these types of situations," said Ramsey. "Just to be put into a situation to succeed is a testament to my teammates. A lot of guys did a great job today. Pete was great, our defense was fantastic, it was really a full team effort today."

The Panthers looked to tie the game at one in the top of seventh when David Vazquez tried to score from second on a single to right by Bermudez. But Seth Miller made an outstanding one hop throw to the mound to get Vazquez for the final out of the inning and to keep the Seminoles' one-run lead intact.

Building off the momentum in the top of the inning, the Seminoles added a run in the bottom of the seventh taking advantage of a Panther throwing error by reliever John Costa.

Stephen McGee got things going as he beat out an infield single that went off the glove of a diving Vazquez at third. After a wild pitch moved McGee to second, Seth Miller stepped in a laid down a perfect bunt single to the left side of the pitcher's mound. McGee advanced to third on the play and scored as Costa threw errantly over to first in effort to throw out Miller.

The run would prove to be huge for the Seminoles as FIU finally got on the scoreboard with a run in the eighth to cut the deficit to 2-1.

With Mack Waugh on the mound to open the eighth, T.J. Shantz took the first pitch he saw back up the middle for a single. The Panthers second baseman advanced to second on a one-out single by Martinez and scored on a two-out single back up the middle by designated hitter Adam Kirsch.

Hunter Scantling entered and needed just two pitches and a bizarre defensive play to record the third out of the inning. Left fielder Jabari Henry smoked a groundball that caromed off the glove of third baseman Sherman Johnson and right to Devon Travis, who simultaneously picked up the ball and stepped on second base to record the out and maintain FSU's lead at 2-1.

"That play was sick," said Travis. "I really don't know, at first I didn't think I would have a shot but when the ball went up in the air it was hard to read at first. But as I was running toward it, I was saying to myself, 'I think I have a chance at this ball,' and it literally hopped right up to me. It was crazy, a very big play for us."

"That was college baseball at its best," said Martin. "As long as I have been in this business, I have never seen a ball ricochet romance like that thing did off of Sherman's arm to the second baseman, who had to be where he was for us to get an out. That was, in case you were wondering, not planned. We were very fortunate right there and there is no question that it was a big play in the game."

For the second straight game, the ninth inning belonged to Robert Benincasa. The junior right hander struck out the first two batters that he faced before giving up a two-out single to Bermudez. But Benincasa bounced right back and got Shantz to pop up to Johnson at third for the final out of the game.

Brian Busch pitched two shutout innings on Sunday as he allowed one walk and two hits. Seth Miller finished with his third, two-hit performance of the year, while Jayce Boyd picked up a single in the eighth.

"Brian Busch pitched great and of course Benny did an excellent job of closing the game," said Martin.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        2  0  0   0  2  0  1  4
Devon Travis            2B        3  0  0   0  1  1  3  3
James Ramsey            CF        3  1  2   1  1  0  3  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        4  0  1   0  0  1  8  0
John Nogowski           DH        3  0  0   0  1  0  0  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        4  0  0   0  0  2  1  2
Jose Brizuela           LF        2  0  0   0  1  0  1  0
  Sean O'Brien          PH-LF     0  0  0   0  1  0  0  0
Stephen McGee           C         3  1  1   0  1  1  8  0
Seth Miller             RF        3  0  2   0  0  1  2  1
  Stephen Spradling     PH        1  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
  Josh Delph            RF        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Peter Miller            P                            0  0
  Brian Busch           P                            0  0
  Mack Waugh            P                            0  0
  Hunter Scantling      P                            0  0
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              28  2  6   1  8  7 27 10
Opp                              32  1  7   1  6  7 24  6

E - Opp-2
2B - Opp-1
HR - FSU-James Ramsey (3)
SB - Opp-1, FSU-Jayce Boyd 2 (2), Seth Miller (2)
CS - FSU-James Ramsey (1)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Peter Miller         W (1-0)    5.0  1  0  0  5  4
Brian Busch                     2.0  2  0  0  1  0
Mack Waugh                      0.2  3  1  1  0  1
Hunter Scantling                0.1  0  0  0  0  0
Robert Benincasa     Sv(2)      1.0  1  0  0  0  2
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0  7  1  1  6  7
Opp                  L          8.0  6  2  1  8  7


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FLORIDA STATE 6, MAINE 0
03/02/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Blanks Maine.

Leibrandt, Scantling and Bird combine to throw FSU's first shutout of the year.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Eighth-ranked Florida State (7-1) recorded its first shutout of the year blanking Maine (3-3) 6-0 Friday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. Brandon Leibrandt, Hunter Scantling and Kyle Bird combined to four-hit the Black Bears to stay unbeaten against Maine in seven all-time meetings.

For the third straight game, the Seminole pitching staff put together a solid outing recording a shutout for the first time since May 6, 2011 (vs. UCF). The trio of pitchers finished Friday night's game retiring the last 15 Maine batters in order. Over the last 27 innings, Florida State has given up just two runs on 17 hits while collecting 24 strikeouts.

"That was a good ball game today," said head coach Mike Martin. "We had excellent pitching, solid defense and beat a good baseball team. That ball club is talented and will be anxious to play again on Sunday."

Leibrandt (2-1) worked five innings on Friday to earn his second win of the season. The freshman southpaw gave up four hits, issued one walk and struck out a career-high six batters. After allowing a single to Maine leadoff hitter Colin Gay, Leibrandt struck out the next three batters that he faced to retire the side. The Black Bears did not get more than one hit in each of Leibrandt's five innings and did not have more than one runner on base the whole game.

"It was definitely nice to come out here especially after last week and erase the bad taste in my mouth," said Leibrandt. "I just wanted to do what I could to give my team the best chance to win."

Scantling came on in the sixth and threw three perfect innings in relief. The senior right hander finished with a season-high three strikeouts. Kyle Bird pitched the ninth and was just as impressive retiring all three batters that he faced while recording a career-high two strikeouts.

"Leibrandt had a good outing, there is no doubt about it," added Martin. "He was throwing all three pitches well. I thought he changed speeds extremely well and kept the hitters off-balanced. It was a very good job of pitching.

"Hunter came in and was really impressive. Kyle Bird certainly pitched well there at the end. I am just very pleased with the way that we approached the game and the way we got after it."

"I just wanted to go out there and make them hit my pitches," said Scantling. "I fell behind on a couple of guys, but I was able to battle back. I did not want to issue any walks and that was a big thing, one that Coach Bell mentioned to us in the locker room after the game. He held them to four hits today and in the last four innings didn't allow a base runner. To be able to get in and off the field quickly is always key."

Leibrandt received all the run support he would need in the bottom of the second inning thanks to Seth Miller's two-out bases clearing triple. The Seminoles loaded the bases on a single by John Nogowski, a bloop single to right by Jose Brizuela and a walk to Stephen McGee. With the count at 2-1, Miller went opposite field off Maine starter Steve Perakslis (0-1) finding the gap in left center for the team's first triple of the season to give FSU a 3-0 lead.

"I was looking for a fastball and he threw one over the plate," said Miller. "I was behind the first one, swung late and fouled it off. I started a little sooner, squared it up and luckily hit it in the gap and cleared the bases."

The Seminoles added to their lead with a run in the fourth and fifth innings taking advantage of a couple Maine errors. Justin Gonzalez led off the bottom of the fourth with a single to center, stole second and advanced to third on a combined fielding and throwing error by Maine third baseman Alex Calbick. McGee sent a line drive that went in and out of the glove of Calbick at third. He retrieved the ball and threw high over to first allowing the runners to advance a base. After Miller was plunked on the arm to load the, one of two hit-by-pitches recorded by the junior right fielder on Friday, Sherman Johnson drove in a run as he drew a bases loaded walk.

A throwing error by Maine right fielder Brian Doran set up the Seminoles' fifth run of the afternoon. With James Ramsey on at first after drawing a walk, Jayce Boyd bounced a single through the right side. Boyd would end up at third as the throw from Doran, who was trying to throw out Ramsey, sailed high over to third. Ramsey tried to score on the play but was thrown out at the plate. Nogowski brought home Boyd a batter later after blasting a base hit past a drawn in infield at second base.

Florida State finished the scoring in the seventh as Josh Delph drove in his first collegiate run on a well-executed sacrifice bunt to bring home Devon Travis from third. Travis led off the inning with a walk, advanced to second on a stolen base and moved to third on a wild pitch.

The Black Bears finished Friday's game with a season-high five errors.

Nogowski and Gonzalez each finished with two hits in game one to lead all players, while Miller recorded his second multi-RBI game of the season as he drove in three. Travis recorded his team leading sixth double of the season in the third making that No. 40 for his career.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        4  0  0   1  1  0  2  1
Devon Travis            2B        3  1  1   0  1  0  2  2
James Ramsey            CF        3  0  0   0  1  0  3  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        3  1  1   0  1  0  6  1
John Nogowski           DH        3  1  2   1  0  0  0  0
  Josh Delph            PH-RF     0  0  0   1  0  0  0  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        4  1  2   0  0  1  0  2
Jose Brizuela           LF        4  1  1   0  0  1  1  0
Stephen McGee           C         3  1  1   0  1  0 10  1
Seth Miller             RF        1  0  1   3  0  0  2  0
  John Holland          PH        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Kyle Bird             P         0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Brandon Leibrandt       P                            0  0
  Hunter Scantling      P                            1  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              28  6  9   6  5  2 27  7
Opp                              31  0  4   0  1 11 24 12

E - Opp-5
2B - Opp-2, FSU-Devon Travis (6)
3B - FSU-Seth Miller (1)
HBP - FSU-Seth Miller 2 (2), John Holland (1)
SH - FSU-Josh Delph (1)
SB - Opp-1, FSU-Devon Travis (1), Justin Gonzalez (2)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
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Brandon Leibrandt    W (2-1)    5.0  4  0  0  1  6
Hunter Scantling                3.0  0  0  0  0  3
Kyle Bird                       1.0  0  0  0  0  2
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FSU                             9.0  4  0  0  1 11
Opp                  L          8.0  9  6  4  5  2


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FLORIDA STATE 18, MAINE 2
03/04/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Blisters Maine.

The Seminoles registered season-highs in runs and hits in game one.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Eighth-ranked Florida State (8-1) pounded out season-highs in runs and hits en route to an 18-2 victory over Maine (3-4) in game one of a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles finished with 17 hits as eight went for extra bases including a season-high seven doubles.

Jayce Boyd, Justin Gonzalez, Sherman Johnson, James Ramsey and Devon Travis all recorded multiple hits in game one including a perfect 4-for-4 performance from Boyd and a perfect 3-for-3 performance from Ramsey. Gonzalez, Johnson and Travis each had two hits, drove in two and scored twice for the Seminoles.

Boyd and Ramsey scored three runs apiece to lead all players on Sunday afternoon, while Boyd drove in three runs for his sixth multi-RBI game of the season.

John Holland picked up his first career hit in the sixth on a single to left. John Nogowski, Stephen McGee and Seth Miller each finished with a hit in the win.

The Seminoles received another solid outing from Mike Compton as the freshman right hander went 5.1 innings to move to 3-0 on the year. Compton kept the Black Bears in check through the first five innings allowing just two runners past second base. After giving up a two out single in the second, the Branson, Mo., native retired nine straight Maine hitters before giving up a two out single in the fifth.

"It felt good," said Compton on earning his third victory in as many starts. "I just tried to do the same thing as I did in my first couple starts, just trying to keep the ball in play, don't walk any one, hit my spots and get a lot of groundballs. The defense was spectacular as normal. I know if I let the hitters put the ball in play I am going to have a shot (to get outs)."

The Black Bears clawed out their only runs in the series scoring twice off Compton in the sixth. The runs brought to a close Compton's consecutive scoreless innings streak to 15.2 innings dating back to the first inning of the opening weekend series against Hofstra.

Florida State wasted very little time to take a commanding lead in game one scoring six runs in the bottom of the second off Maine starter Jeff Gibbs (0-2). The Seminoles sent 10 batters to the plate in the second with doubles from Gonzalez, McGee and Miller. Travis registered an infield single to third and Ramsey brought him home on a triple off the fence in right. Boyd closed out the scoring in the inning with a sac-fly to center.

The Seminoles added six more runs in the fourth as the Garnet and Gold batted around for the second time in the game sending 11 batters to the plate. Johnson recorded a pair of singles in the inning with his second hit driving in two. Travis laced a double down the line in left, while Gonzalez roped his second double of the game to left to plate a pair.

FSU pushed its lead to 14-0 in the fifth as Ramsey and Boyd opened the inning with back-to-back doubles. After a fly out moved Boyd to third, Giovanny Alfonzo brought home Boyd on a groundball that the Maine shortstop could not handle.

The Seminoles took advantage of three Black Bear errors in the sixth to add to their lead. Sean O'Brien drew a one out walk and scored, Holland singled to left, Stephen Spradling with hit by a pitch and Boyd drove in his third run of the game on a single to right. A fielding error and throwing error at short on a groundball off the bat of Nogowski led to run, while an error at second base on a groundball by Alfonzo led to the fourth Seminole run of the inning.

Bryant Holtmann worked the remainder of the seven inning game as the freshman southpaw pitched 1.2 scoreless innings. Making his third appearances of the season, Holtmann faced eight batters and allowed three hits.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        3  2  2   2  1  1  0  1
  Sean O'Brien          LF        0  1  0   0  1  0  2  0
Devon Travis            2B        4  2  2   2  0  1  0  2
  John Holland          2B        1  1  1   0  0  0  0  0
James Ramsey            CF        3  3  3   1  1  0  2  0
  Stephen Spradling     RF        0  1  0   0  0  0  0  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        4  3  4   3  0  0  7  2
John Nogowski           DH-1B     4  1  1   1  1  1  1  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        3  2  2   2  0  1  0  2
  Giovanny Alfonzo      PH-SS     2  0  0   1  0  0  2  0
Jose Brizuela           LF-3B     3  0  0   0  1  0  1  1
Stephen McGee           C         1  1  1   1  0  0  3  1
  Lee Howard            C         2  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
Seth Miller             RF        3  1  1   1  0  1  2  0
  Josh Delph            CF        1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Mike Compton            P                            1  0
  Bryant Holtmann       P                            0  1
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FSU                              34 18 17  14  5  6 21 10
Opp                              28  2  8   2  3  3 18  5

E - Opp-6
2B - Opp-2, FSU-Devon Travis (7), James Ramsey (2), Jayce Boyd (4), Justin Gonzalez 2 (3), Stephen McGee (2), Seth Miller (2)
3B - FSU-James Ramsey (1)
HBP - FSU-Stephen Spradling (2), Stephen McGee 2 (3)
SH - Opp-1, FSU-Jose Brizuela (1)
SF - FSU-Jayce Boyd (2)
SB - FSU-Sherman Johnson (1), Devon Travis (2), Seth Miller (3)
CS - FSU-Stephen McGee (1)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
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Mike Compton         W (3-0)    5.1  5  2  2  3  3
Bryant Holtmann                 1.2  3  0  0  0  0
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FSU                             7.0  8  2  2  3  3
Opp                  L          6.0 17 18 16  5  6


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FLORIDA STATE 10, MAINE 0
03/04/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Sweep Doubleheader.

The Seminoles registered their second shutout of the series in game two to sweep the weekend series.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Eighth-ranked Florida State (9-1) posted its second shutout of the series blanking Maine (3-5) 10-0 in game two of the doubleheader on Sunday to complete the series sweep and remain perfect in nine all-time meetings against the Black Bears.

After pounding out 17 hits in game one, the Seminoles countered with 15 hits in game two as five Florida State hitters finished with multiple hits. Jayce Boyd and John Nogowski finished with a game-high three hits, while Justin Gonzalez, James Ramsey and Devon Travis each had two hits apiece.

"I just can't say enough about how we approached the game," said head coach Mike Martin. "We played very well on Friday and got excellent pitching. Then we come out today and get 18 in a seven-inning ball game. And then in the first inning of the third game we get five. That's the mark of a team that has got their heads in the game."

Ramsey led all players with three RBI and three runs scored in the second game of the doubleheader. The Alpharetta, Ga., native connected on a two-run home run in the second, good for his fourth round tripper of the season. Nogowski, Gonzalez and Stephen McGee all finished with two RBI.

Peter Miller worked 5.0 scoreless innings for the second straight outing as the sophomore right hander moved to 2-0 on the year. After allowing one hit in his last outing against FIU, Miller gave up just two hits to Maine on Sunday and lowered his team leading ERA among starters to 0.77.

The Lutz, Fla., native settled down after issuing three walks in the first inning and finished with a career-high five strikeouts.

"This just tells myself that I can go out and do this every start," said Miller after his pitching performance on Sunday. "This is a big time confidence builder. I really feel in the zone. I have to get rid of the walks, but I feel really confident out there."

Brian Busch, Gage Smith, Brandon Johnson and Robert Benincasa each threw a scoreless inning in relief to preserve the shutout. Smith and Benincasa faced the minimum, while Busch allowed a hit and struck out two and Johnson gave up a hit and recorded a strikeout.

"We got a good pitching performance from Peter Miller and the bullpen," added Martin.

The Seminole jumped out to an early 7-0 lead plating five runs in the first and two more in the second. Sherman Johnson opened the scoring in the first by singling to center, moved to second on a groundout by Travis and scored on a single up the middle by Ramsey. Ramsey would later score on a double to left by Gonzalez. Black Bears starter Shaun Coughlin (0-1) was the victim of two Maine errors in the inning as three of the five runs scored by the Seminoles were unearned. Boyd singled and scored in the inning, while Nogowski reached on a fielder's choice and later scored. McGee capped off the scoring in the inning plating Gonzalez on a two-out single to center.

Ramsey made the score 7-0 in the second as he blasted a two-run home run for his fourth of the season and 25th of his career. With Travis on at first after a one out single to center, Ramsey took a 3-1 pitch from Coughlin over the fence in right center.

FSU pushed its lead to 10-0 with three more runs in the sixth. Travis reached for the third time in as many at-bats with a single to left center. Ramsey followed with a walk and Boyd loaded the bases with his third hit of the game on a single to right. Back-to-back RBI singles by Nogowski and Gonzalez gave the Seminoles a nine-run lead. McGee drove in the 10th run of the game as he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Boyd.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         3B        3  1  1   0  1  0  0  0
  Sean O'Brien          LF        1  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
  Stephen Spradling     PH-LF     1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Devon Travis            2B        4  2  2   0  0  0  0  3
  John Holland          PH-2B     1  0  0   0  0  0  1  3
James Ramsey            CF        4  3  2   3  1  2  2  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        5  2  3   0  0  0  8  2
  Robert Benincasa      P         0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
John Nogowski           DH-1B     5  1  3   2  0  0  1  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        5  1  2   2  0  0  2  0
  Giovanny Alfonzo      SS        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  1
Jose Brizuela           LF-3B     4  0  1   0  0  1  2  0
Stephen McGee           C         3  0  1   2  1  1  9  0
Seth Miller             RF        3  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
  Josh Delph            PH-RF     2  0  0   0  0  1  1  0
Peter Miller            P                            1  2
  Brian Busch           P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
  Brandon Johnson       P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              41 10 15   9  3  7 27 11
Opp                              29  0  4   0  5  9 24  3

E - Opp-4
2B - Opp-2, FSU-Jayce Boyd (5), Justin Gonzalez (4)
HR - FSU-James Ramsey (4)
HBP - FSU-John Holland (2), James Ramsey (3), Jose Brizuela (3), Stephen McGee (4)
SB - Opp-1

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Peter Miller         W (2-0)    5.0  2  0  0  4  5
Brian Busch                     1.0  1  0  0  0  2
Gage Smith                      1.0  0  0  0  0  1
Brandon Johnson                 1.0  1  0  0  0  1
Robert Benincasa                1.0  0  0  0  1  0
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0  4  0  0  5  9
Opp                  L          8.0 15 10  7  3  7


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FLORIDA STATE 7, CENTRAL FLORIDA 6
03/06/2012, ORLANDO, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Passes First Road Test, Downs UCF.

The Seminoles erase a four-run deficit and hold on for the one-run victory.

ORLANDO, FL - Eighth-ranked Florida State (10-1) passed its first road test of the season defeating No. 18 UCF (10-3) 7-6 Tuesday night at Jay Bergman Field. The Seminoles stormed back after being down four runs scoring all seven runs in the top of the sixth and then hung on for their first victory over a ranked opponent this year.

James Ramsey tied a career-high with four hits on Tuesday night finishing the game 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Devon Travis registered a pair of singles in the win.

"It was a good win for us," said head coach Mike Martin. "We played some baseball that we weren't real pleased about but the key was that we took advantage of a couple of situations that was given to us.

"That was impressive," said Martin on the resilience of FSU to fight after being down four in its first road game of the season. "That is what excited me the most. We kept our poise; we kept plugging and didn't feel sorry for ourselves. We continued to fight and got it done."

Making his second career start, Luke Weaver went 3.0 innings in earning the no decision. The freshman right hander ran into some trouble in the third as UCF tagged him for four runs on four hits to run out to a 4-0 lead. Weaver allowed one walk and struck out three.

The bullpen came through for the Seminoles in game one as five pitchers combined to work 6.0 innings allowing just two runs on five hits as they did not allow a walk and struck out three.

"Tonight, it all boiled down to the pitching," added Martin. "We did a great job of that going to the bullpen and using five guys. It was just a great job on everyone's part."

Mack Waugh (2-0) came on in relief of Weaver in the fourth and worked two scoreless innings to earn the win. The senior right hander faced seven batters and allowed just one hit as he struck out one. Hunter Scantling pitched 1.2 innings and Brian Busch worked 0.1 of an inning.

Gage Smith worked a perfect eighth inning retiring the Knights in order on three ground outs and just six pitches. Robert Benincasa pitched the ninth and retired the side in order to earn his third save in as many chances. Benincasa faced the top of the UCF order and recorded consecutive fly outs and then got D.J. Hicks to strike out swinging to end the game.

Playing in their first game at UCF since 1988, FSU improved to 4-2 in Orlando and 2-0 in one-run games this year.

After leaving a runner in scoring position through the first two innings, UCF made sure it would not happen a third time in the third inning scoring four times off Weaver including three runs coming with two outs. Ronnie Richardson broke the scoreless tie by finding the whole through the left side to bring home Travis Shreve who was hit by a pitch to start the bottom half of the inning. The Knights then registered three consecutive two-out hits including an RBI single to right by Chris Taladay and a two-run double that went off the out stretched glove of Seth Miller in right.

The Seminoles put runners at first and second with one out in the fifth but could not get a run across as UCF starter Brian Adkins struck out pinch hitter Sean O'Brien and then got Johnson to fly out to left. Justin Gonzalez led off the inning with a single to left and moved to second two batters later as Stephen McGee drew a walk.

Florida State exploded for seven runs in the sixth taking advantage of two errors by the Knights to grab its first lead of the game. Three of the first four batters reached for the Seminoles chasing Adkins from the game after 5.1 innings of work. Travis and Ramsey opened the inning with back-to-back singles and two batters later, John Nogowski brought home the first Seminole run of the game singling back up the middle.

Roman Madrid (1-1) entered and the wheels came off for the Knights as he hit Gonzalez on a 3-1 pitch and then Jose Brizuela plated two as his groundball went under the glove of Darnell Sweeney at short. McGee then brought home the tying run on a well-executed sacrifice bunt to bring home Gonzalez from third. The Seminole shortstop slid under the tag in plenty of time to tie the game at four. A second fielding error gave the Noles a 5-4 lead and Ramsey made it 7-4 as he roped a two-run single to center.

Hunter Scantling worked 1.2 innings before being relieved by Brian Busch with two outs in the seventh. After retiring the side in order in the sixth, Scantling gave up a double to Shreve to start the seventh. The senior second baseman would come around to score on a two-out single to right by Hicks. Hicks moved to second on a wild pitch and advance to third on a passed ball. He would score a batter later on an infield single to second by Taladay. Ryan Breen greeted Busch with a single to left, but the senior southpaw kept the Seminoles' lead intact as he got James Vasquez to ground to Gonzalez at short, who stepped on second for the third out of the inning.

Scantling also made a plate appearance in the top of the seventh and registered his first career hit. The senior right hander led off the inning with a single back up the middle on a 1-2 pitch off Madrid. It marked Scantling's first hit in four career at-bats.

Florida State missed a golden opportunity to extent its lead in the eighth as the Seminoles loaded the bases with two outs as Johnson was hit by a pitch and Travis and Ramsey followed with back-to-back singles. Pinch hitter Stephen Spradling came to the plate and on the first offering from Jimmy Reed blasted an inside fastball just foul of the left field foul pole. After a tough battle, Reed got Spradling to groundout to second to keep FSU lead at one.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         3B        3  1  0   0  1  1  1  3
Devon Travis            2B        4  1  2   0  1  0  0  4
James Ramsey            CF        5  1  4   2  0  1  2  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        2  0  0   0  0  0  3  0
  Mack Waugh            P         0  0  0   0  0  0  0  2
  Giovanny Alfonzo      PH        1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Hunter Scantling      P         1  0  1   0  0  0  1  1
  Brian Busch           P         0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Stephen Spradling     PH        1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Gage Smith            P         0  0  0   0  0  0  1  0
  Robert Benincasa      P         0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
John Nogowski           DH-1B     5  1  1   1  0  0  8  2
Justin Gonzalez         SS        4  1  1   0  0  3  2  1
Jose Brizuela           LF        5  1  0   1  0  0  3  0
Stephen McGee           C         2  1  0   1  1  0  6  0
Seth Miller             RF        1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Sean O'Brien          PH        1  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
  Josh Delph            RF        2  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
Luke Weaver             P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              37  7  9   5  3  7 27 13
Opp                              37  6 10   6  1  6 27 11

E - Opp-2, FSU-Mack Waugh (1)
2B - Opp-2
HBP - Opp-1, FSU-Sherman Johnson (1), Justin Gonzalez (1)
SH - FSU-Stephen McGee (1)
SB - Opp-2

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Luke Weaver                     3.0  5  4  4  1  3
Mack Waugh           W (2-0)    2.0  1  0  0  0  1
Hunter Scantling                1.2  3  2  2  0  1
Brian Busch                     0.1  1  0  0  0  0
Gage Smith                      1.0  0  0  0  0  0
Robert Benincasa     Sv(3)      1.0  0  0  0  0  1
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0 10  6  6  1  6
Opp                  L          9.0  9  7  3  3  7


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FLORIDA STATE 1, CENTRAL FLORIDA 0
03/07/2012, ORLANDO, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Boyd's Home Run, Dominant Pitching Lifts FSU Over UCF.

The Seminoles sweep the mid-week series over the Knights.

ORLANDO, FL - One home run and a dominant pitching performance was all eighth-ranked Florida State (11-1) needed in sweeping the mid-week series over No. 18 UCF (10-4) as the Seminoles defeated the Knights 1-0 Wednesday night at Jay Bergman Field.

Jayce Boyd provided all the offense the Seminoles would need on Wednesday night blasting a solo home run in the fourth inning for the only run of the game. The junior first baseman registered half of Florida State's hits in game two finishing 3-for-4 for his fifth multi-hit game of the season.

Four Seminole pitchers combined to post the third shutout of the season and their third shutout in the last five games.

"You have to credit both clubs, it was a well-played game decided by a home run," said head coach Mike Martin. "But yet exceptional pitching, I thought we had again a great outing by our starter and our entire staff. It was a good win for us."

Making his first start of the season, Scott Sitz worked 5.0 plus innings allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out one to earn his first victory of the season. The junior right hander allowed just one UCF hitter to reach third base with that coming in the third inning as Darnell Sweeney reached on a bunt single up the line at first.

Two of the three hits allowed by Sitz were of the infield variety.

"First inning, I felt like I was throwing hard," said Sitz. "That is the longest I have gone all season and I didn't know how long I was going to last. I was just going out there and trying to give it my all tonight."

Kyle Bird entered in the sixth with a runner on to face D.J. Hicks and got the Knight's pre-season All-American to ground into a double play at first. He followed by striking out Chris Taladay to retire the side.

Bird worked around a lead-off single by Ryan Breen in the bottom of the seventh to keep the Knights off the scoreboard. The freshman southpaw faced the minimum over his 2.0 innings of work as he allowed just one hit and struck out two.

Gage Smith came on to work the eighth inning for the second straight night and faced the minimum for the second night in a row. After recording a groundout for the first out of the inning on his first pitch of the game, Smith gave up an infield single to Sweeney. But the side arm right hander got out of the inning getting Ronnie Richardson to ground into an inning ending double play.

Robert Benincasa worked the ninth and picked up his fourth save in as many tries. For the second night in a row, the junior right hander faced the meat of the UCF batting order and duplicated his performance from Tuesday night retiring the Knights in order. Benincasa induced a pair of fly outs and a strikeout to give the Seminoles their seventh win in a row.

"Phenomenal," said Benincasa on the pitching staff's performance on Wednesday night. "All we needed tonight was one run. I am happy that Scotty came in and got the win; I am glad we were all able to contribute tonight especially in a one-run game. It was a big game. We didn't want to leave Orlando with a split."

"The main thing I am seeing is poise," said Martin on the performance of his bullpen. "They are going out there and thinking. They are going out there and pitching under control; there isn't any rushing. They are just going out there and taking control of the situation. Scotty also gave us five good ones tonight"

The last 1-0 victory for FSU dates back to May 16, 2008 against NC State when Elih Villanueva, Jimmy Marshall and Buster Posey combined for a three-hit shutout.

The Seminole defense was stellar once again recording three double plays.

FSU was the first to strike in game two as Boyd hammered a solo home run to left field off UCF starter Ray Hanson (0-1). The junior first baseman took a 2-1 pitch over the fence in left for his second round tripper of the season to stake FSU to a 1-0 lead.

"First at-bat I hit a hard line drive right to the third baseman and I knew he wanted to work me in," said Boyd. "But the pitch I hit was actually a fastball on the outer third. I was sitting fastball, got a good pitch, got a good swing and it got out of here."

The Knights put the leadoff batter on in the fourth and sixth innings but could not get anything going as Sitz got James Vazquez to ground back to the pitcher's mound to begin a double play. Richardson reached on a fielding error to start the sixth but was quickly eliminated as Bird got UCF's D.J. Hicks to ground into a double play at first.

Florida State got Boyd to third in the top of the seventh as the Cantonment, Fla., native led off the inning with a single. He moved to second on a sac-bunt by John Nogowski and advanced to third on a deep fly out to center off the bat of Justin Gonzalez. But the Knights left Boyd at third as Joe Rogers came on and got Jose Brizuela to groundout to short for the final out of the inning.

Sherman Johnson, Devon Travis and Stephen McGee all registered a hit in Wednesday night's victory.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        4  0  1   0  0  0  1  2
Devon Travis            2B        4  0  1   0  0  1  2  2
James Ramsey            CF        3  0  0   0  1  0  3  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        4  1  3   1  0  0  8  1
John Nogowski           DH        2  0  0   0  1  2  0  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        3  0  0   0  0  0  2  5
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  0  0   0  0  1  5  0
Stephen McGee           C         3  0  1   0  0  1  4  0
Seth Miller             RF        3  0  0   0  0  3  2  0
Scott Sitz              P                            0  1
  Kyle Bird             P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              29  1  6   1  2  8 27 11
Opp                              30  0  5   0  2  4 27  9

E - FSU-Sherman Johnson (2)
HR - FSU-Jayce Boyd (2)
SH - FSU-John Nogowski (1)
SB - Opp-2

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Scott Sitz           W (1-0)    5.0  3  0  0  2  1
Kyle Bird                       2.0  1  0  0  0  2
Gage Smith                      1.0  1  0  0  0  0
Robert Benincasa     Sv(4)      1.0  0  0  0  0  1
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0  5  0  0  2  4
Opp                  L          9.0  6  1  1  2  8


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FLORIDA STATE 5, DUKE 3
03/09/2012, DURHAM, NC
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Downs Duke To Open ACC Play.

James Ramsey gives the Noles the lead for good with a two-run triple in the eighth.

DURHAM, NC - A two-run triple in the top of the eighth by James Ramsey gave eighth-ranked Florida State (12-1, 1-0 ACC) the lead for good Friday night against Duke (7-9, 0-1 ACC) as the Seminoles opened ACC play with a 5-3 victory over the Blue Devils inside the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

With the Seminoles trailing 3-2 in the eighth, Ramsey stepped to the plate with one out and runners at second and third and drilled a 3-2 pitch from Duke starter Marcus Stroman to the gap in right center for his second triple of the game to give FSU a one-run lead. He scored a batter later on an RBI groundout off the bat of Jayce Boyd for the winning margin.

"He really didn't have a great pitch to hit," said head coach Mike Martin on Ramsey's two-run triple in the eighth. "He just hit a pitch that if I could throw the ball there and expect someone to hit it, if they are going to swing at it, we are going to get people out 95 percent of the time. But Ramsey is just one of those guys that are uncanny when it comes to having fun in a fun situation."

"It was a slider," said Ramsey on the pitch he hit to give the Seminoles the lead for good on Friday night. "He is a great pitcher. Two competitors going at it, trying to lead their team to a victory; the biggest thing is trying to keep a simple approach. You have to shorten up in big situations and that is what I tried to do tonight. I thought if he was going to throw a strike I was going to try and doing something with it, if not I was going to pass the bat to Jayce, he is a great guy to hit behind."

Ramsey finished the game 2-for-4 with a pair of triples, two runs scored and two RBI. He was the last Seminole to hit two triples in a game as he registered two against Georgia State in Tallahassee back on February 21, 2010. Boyd also drove in a pair for his team leading seventh multi-RBI game of the season.

What began as a pitcher's duel in the ACC opener for both teams, both starting pitchers were dominant in the early going keeping their opponent hitless through the first four innings.

FSU starter Brandon Leibrandt did not factor into the decision as he worked 5.2 innings allowing two runs on three hits as he walked one and tied a career-high with six strikeouts. The freshman southpaw was perfect through three innings before Duke's Jeff Kremer drew a walk to start the bottom of the four. The Blue Devils' first hit did not come until the fifth when Grant McCabe singled to right.

"He spotted everything very well tonight," said Martin on Leibrandt's performance. "It was his best outing of the year. It was a shame that he did not get to factor into the decision."

Duke's Marcus Stroman was equally impressive despite suffering the loss as he dropped to 1-2 on the year. The senior right hander went 7.1 innings allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits as he walked three and struck out nine. He kept the Seminoles bats at bay until one out in the sixth when Ramsey gave the Garnet & Gold their first hit of the game connecting on his first of two triples to right center.

"What a great ball game," said Martin. "Leibrandt was right there with Marcus for five innings. It was a beautiful pitcher's duel going.

"You had to credit Duke; they did a great job of getting the key hits to put themselves in the lead and then we had some very, very good at-bats when we scored three in the eighth, a credit to our ball club."

The Seminoles took advantage of a Blue Devil error in the top of the first to grab the early lead. Devon Travis scored the first run of the game as he took a 1-1 pitch from Stroman off the brim of his helmet. He advanced to third on a throwing error by Blue Devil second baseman Matt Berezo on a ground ball off the bat of Ramsey and scored the first run of the game as Stroman unleashed a wild pitch.

McCabe registered the first hit of the game for either team in the bottom of the fifth lacing a sharp single to right center, but he was quickly erased from the base paths as Leibrandt picked him off first base. The freshman southpaw then recorded a line out and strikeout to retire the side.

Florida State added to its lead in the sixth when Ramsey hit a triple to right center for the first Seminole hit of the game. He scored a pitch later on a groundout to second by Boyd. John Nogowski followed with a single through the right side but was thrown out trying to steal second for the final out of the inning.

The Blue Devils came roaring back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game. Angelo LaBruna led off the inning with a double off the blue monster in left. He moved to third on a single to right by Kremer and scored Duke's first run of the game as Berezo legged out what ended up being a fielder's choice groundout to short instead of an inning ending double play. After a Seminole pitching change brought on Hunter Scantling, Will Piwnica-Worms wasted little time in the batter's box taking the first pitch from the senior right hander to deep center for a triple scoring Berezo for the tying run.

Duke grabbed its first lead of the game in the seventh on a two-out single through the left side of the infield by Mike Rosenfeld. The Blue Devils posted three singles off Scantling in the inning, but the Jacksonville, Fla., native struck out the side to close the seventh inning.

Scantling (2-0) finished game one against the Blue Devils working 1.1 innings allowing one run on four hits and he did not walk a batter and struck out three.

After Florida State scored three in the bottom of the eighth off Stroman to take a 5-3 lead, Martin looked to Gage Smith and Robert Benincasa to pitch the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.

Smith worked a perfect eighth as he struck out two and ended the inning on a groundout to short. It marked the third straight game that Smith has appeared in the eighth and faced the minimum.

Benincasa pitched the ninth and allowed just one hit but struck out the side for his fifth save in as many chances on the year.

With the victory on Friday, Florida State secured its fifth straight win over Duke, while improving to 22-8 when playing in Durham.

"This game showed a lot about the character of our team," added Ramsey. "We are growing up real fast on the road this week."

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        3  0  1   0  1  0  0  1
Devon Travis            2B        3  2  0   0  0  1  5  0
James Ramsey            CF        4  2  2   2  0  1  1  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        4  0  0   2  0  0  8  2
John Nogowski           DH        3  0  1   0  1  0  0  0
  Josh Delph            PR        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        4  0  0   0  0  2  1  4
Jose Brizuela           LF        4  0  0   0  0  2  0  0
Stephen McGee           C         4  0  0   0  0  3 12  2
Seth Miller             RF        3  1  1   0  1  1  0  0
Brandon Leibrandt       P                            0  1
  Hunter Scantling      P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              32  5  5   4  3 10 27 10
Opp                              33  3  8   3  1 14 27 10

E - Opp-2
2B - Opp-1
3B - Opp-1, FSU-James Ramsey 2 (3)
HBP - FSU-Devon Travis (2)
SH - Opp-1
SB - Opp-3
CS - Opp-1, FSU-James Ramsey (2), John Nogowski (2)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Brandon Leibrandt               5.2  3  2  2  1  6
Hunter Scantling     W (2-0)    1.1  4  1  1  0  3
Gage Smith                      1.0  0  0  0  0  2
Robert Benincasa     Sv(5)      1.0  1  0  0  0  3
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FSU                             9.0  8  3  3  1 14
Opp                  L          9.0  5  5  4  3 10


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FLORIDA STATE 5, DUKE 0
03/10/2012, DURHAM, NC
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Blanks Duke 5-0.

The Seminoles register their fourth shutout of the season to move to 2-0 in the ACC.

DURHAM, NC - Eighth-ranked Florida State (13-1, 2-0 ACC) received another outstanding performance from its pitching staff in defeating Duke (7-10, 0-2 ACC) 5-0 Saturday afternoon inside the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Mike Compton (4-0) worked a career-high 7.0 innings, the longest outing by a starting pitcher this year, to stay perfect on the year in four starts. The freshman right hander did not give up a run and allowed just three hits as he walked three and recorded a career-high five strikeouts. All three hits that Compton allowed came in the first two innings and after issuing a walk with two outs in the third, the Branson, Mo., native retired the next 13 batters that he faced before departing after the seventh.

"The first couple innings were rough, I felt a little shaky on the control," said Compton. "My fastball wasn't really working and I had to rely on my slider a lot. Coach Bell saw that and we took advantage of that today. I just kept the same mentality of throwing strikes, letting the opposing team hit the ball and letting the defense go to work. Stephen (McGee) was great behind the plate and we were able to pull out the win."

"Michael pitched seven strong innings," said head coach Mike Martin. "It was a great lift for us. He gave us what we needed today as we were limited in the bullpen after we decided to give both Benny and Hunter the day off because they have pitched a lot for us these last few games."

Compton has been impressive on the mound for the Seminoles in his four starts as he lowered his ERA to 1.54 in 23.1 innings of work. Over his last three starts, Compton has allowed just two runs in 18.1 innings pitched.

Brian Busch and Gage Smith worked the final two innings to preserve the shutout. Busch started the eighth and recorded an out before giving up back-to-back singles to Jeff Kremer and Mark Lumpa. Smith entered and kept FSU's lead in tact recording a fielder's choice groundout and a strikeout. With Robert Benincasa given the day off, the Tallahassee, Fla., native stayed in to pitch the ninth and retired the Blue Devils in order to earn his first collegiate save.

"I am just going out there and throwing strikes," said Smith. "It has been working for me; throwing strikes and letting my defense behind me do the work. I know I have one of the best infields in the country, so I'm not too worried about it when the ball is put in play."

"Gage Smith is just pitching beautiful baseball," said Martin. "More than anything it is the poise that's impressive and he showed that again today. He fields his position well and he is not the least bit intimidated by any situation. He has been a great addition to our staff."

The shutout was the Seminoles' fourth of the season, while the pitching staff has allowed no more than three runs in eight of their last night games.

The win also locked up the series for Florida State as the Seminoles have never dropped a three-game series to the Blue Devils in Durham in 11 trips.

"Anytime you get a win anywhere is a great feeling," said Devon Travis. "Our guys did a great job today of bringing the energy to get the win. It's crazy what our pitchers are doing right now. We have had a lot of good arms during my time here at Florida State, but I have never seen so many zeros put up in a year. It's awesome; we just tell them to keep it coming."

Sherman Johnson and Devon Travis each recorded two hits, scored a run and drove in one to pace the Seminole offense. Justin Gonzalez and Stephen McGee also registered a hit.

Jayce Boyd broke up a two-run Seminole lead in the ninth as he roped a bases clearing double to the gap in right center to give FSU a 5-0 advantage.

James Ramsey finished the game reaching in his final three at-bats as he was intentionally walked three times.

"I am just very happy with the way we played the game," added Martin. "The lefty from Duke (Swart) did a great job; we kept our poise, we pecked away, got a couple and of course Jayce came through with the big double in the ninth to break it open."

Duke threatened in the bottom of the first with consecutive two-out hits from Will Piwnica-Worms and David Perkins, but Compton got Grant McCabe looking at a called third strike to end the inning.

The Blue Devils put two runners on in the second with one out and left them stranded as Compton recorded back-to-back strikeouts to keep the game knotted at zero.

The Seminoles were the first to strike in game two plating a run in the top of the third without recording a hit. McGee reached on a fielder's choice, moved to second on a balk and advanced to third on a wild pitch. After a walk to Seth Miller, Johnson brought home McGee on a fielder's choice grounder to third. Duke third baseman Jordan Betts threw home to get McGee but the ball hit the Seminole catcher in the back allowing him to slide safely into home for the first run of the game.

Gonzalez registered the first Seminole hit of the game in the fourth roping a two-out double down the third base line. After a balk moved Gonzalez to third, Duke starting pitcher Trent Swart (2-2) got Jose Brizuela to fly out to left for out number three.

Florida State increased its lead to 2-0 on consecutive two-out hits from Johnson and Travis. Johnson legged out an infield single to short to extend the inning and scored a batter later when Travis hit a double down the line in left for his team leading eighth double of the year.

The Seminoles wasted a golden opportunity to add to their lead in the seventh leaving the bases loaded. McGee led off the inning as he was hit by a pitch. Johnson singled to left and Ramsey was intentionally walked. With Boyd due up, Duke went to the pen and brought on Andrew Istler. The freshman right hander got Boyd to fly out to right to keep FSU's lead at 2-0.

Boyd came through with two outs in the top of the ninth as Duke once again issued an intentional walk to Ramsey to face the junior first baseman. Boyd cleared the bases as he ripped a double to the gap in right center to give FSU a five-run lead.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         3B        5  1  2   1  0  1  1  6
Devon Travis            2B        5  1  2   1  0  0  2  2
James Ramsey            CF        2  1  0   0  3  1  2  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        5  0  1   3  0  0 10  0
John Nogowski           DH        3  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
  John Holland          PH-DH     2  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        4  0  1   0  0  2  2  1
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  0  0   0  1  1  2  0
Stephen McGee           C         3  1  1   0  0  0  6  1
Seth Miller             RF        3  1  0   0  1  1  2  0
Mike Compton            P                            0  0
  Brian Busch           P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            0  2
                                 ========================
FSU                              35  5  7   5  5  8 27 12
Opp                              31  0  5   0  3  6 27  7

E - FSU-Devon Travis (2)
2B - FSU-Devon Travis (8), Jayce Boyd (6), Justin Gonzalez (5)
HBP - FSU-Stephen McGee (5)
CS - Opp-1

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Mike Compton         W (4-0)    7.0  3  0  0  3  5
Brian Busch                     0.1  2  0  0  0  0
Gage Smith           Sv(1)      1.2  0  0  0  0  1
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0  5  0  0  3  6
Opp                  L          9.0  7  5  5  5  8


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FLORIDA STATE 10, DUKE 2
03/11/2012, DURHAM, NC
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Sweep Duke.

The middle of the Seminole batting order records nine of the 11 hits on Sunday.

DURHAM, NC - Eighth-ranked Florida State (14-1, 3-0 ACC) registered his 10th straight win by completing the series sweep of Duke (7-11, 0-3 ACC) Sunday afternoon with a 10-2 victory inside the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

"It's all about discipline and this ball club showed great discipline today," said head coach Mike Martin. "The starter Huber was effective early and we stayed tough and got some good at-bats along about the third. We did what we needed to do today to get the win. I am very, very proud of this baseball team. It was one heck of a road trip."

The Seminoles out hit the Blue Devils 11-9 in the series finale while FSU's four-five-six-seven-eight hitters accounted for nine of the 11 hits.

Jayce Boyd, Justin Gonzalez, Jose Brizuela and Stephen McGee all had two hits a piece on Sunday afternoon, while Sherman Johnson, John Nogowski and Josh Delph each had one hit.

Boyd, Gonzalez and Brizuela also scored three runs each, while McGee and Delph led all players with two RBI. Gonzalez had a nice day at the plate as he reached base on all four plate appearances going 2-for-2 with a double, two walks and an RBI. Boyd reached base on four of his five plate appearances.

Both Brizuela and McGee went 2-for-3 in game three. McGee picked up a pair of doubles and walked once, while Brizuela recorded his first career triple and a single. Delph registered his first career hit in the fifth as he drove in two on a two-out double to left.

"Meat has spent a lot of time with those guys because we know it takes nine guys to be successful," added Martin. "We can't rely on Ramsey, Boyd, Devon and Sherman, we got to get production out of Nogowski and Gonzo and Steve McGee, who is having a very good year. Brizuela is starting to see the ball better, let's just hope that we can continue to hit well."

Peter Miller went 5.0 innings to earn the win and move to 3-0 on the year. The sophomore right hander allowed one run on six hits as he walked two and tied a career-high with five strikeouts.

Bryant Holtmann, Brandon Johnson and Mack Waugh pitched the final four innings to complete the sweep.

Florida State was the first to strike in game three on an RBI double by Gonzalez in the top of the second. Boyd drew a walk to open the inning off Duke starter Robert Huber (2-2) and came all the way around to score on Gonzalez' double down the line in left. FSU looked to add more as McGee and Seth Miller drew back-to-back walks with two outs to load the bases but Huber would get out of the jam allowing just one run as he got Johnson to groundout to first for the final out of the inning.

The lead was short lived as Duke tied the game at one on a two-out RBI single to right by Angelo LaBruna. After Miller recorded consecutive strikeouts to open the inning, Jordan Betts drew a walk and moved to second on a single to left by Andy Perez. Betts scored a batter later on LaBruna's single to right. Miller escaped further damage as he got Blue Devil catcher Mike Rosenfeld looking on strikes to end the inning.

The Seminoles wasted very little time retaking the lead on Sunday scoring four runs all on two outs in the third. Huber looked like he was on his way to a quick inning recording a pair of fly outs but Boyd began the two-out rally with a double to left. Boyd's hit started a string of five consecutive two-out hits for the Seminoles as Nogowski registered an RBI double to right center, Gonzalez reached on an infield single to the pitcher, Brizuela hit a triple down the line in right to score a run and McGee doubled off the blue monster in left to plate a run and give FSU a 5-1 advantage.

Duke got its first two batters to reach in the fourth on singles by Betts and Perez, but Miller gets LaBruna to ground into a double play and then struck out Rosenfeld for the second time in the game.

Florida State took advantage of two Duke errors in the fifth to extend its lead to 8-1. All three runs scored by the Seminoles in that inning were unearned. Boyd reached on a fielding error by the Blue Devils first baseman to open the inning and scored on a fielding error in left on a base hit by Brizuela. Delph rounded out the scoring in the inning doubling to left to plate both Gonzalez and Brizuela.

A leadoff double by Duke's Matt Berezo to start the bottom of the fifth went to no avail as Miller set down the next three Blue Devil hitters to put the finishing touches on his fourth start of the season.

Holtmann came on in relief to start the sixth and gave up a run on three hits. Duke strung together three consecutive one-out hits off Holtmann to load the bases before plating a run on an infield groundout to first off the bat of Rosenfeld. Holtmann held the Blue Devils to just one run in the inning as he got Berezo to groundout to third.

FSU extended its lead to 10-2 in the seventh courtesy of Duke's third error of the game and an RBI double by McGee. With Gonzalez and Brizuela aboard following a walk and hit by pitch, respectively, both runners successfully stole second and third, while Gonzalez scored as the throw from Rosenfeld behind the plate sailed into centerfield. A batter later McGee doubled to the blue wall in left to plate Brizuela for the 10th run of the game.

Johnson pitched a perfect eighth inning as he retired the Blue Devils in order on a strikeout, fly out and groundout. Waugh followed suit by facing the minimum in the ninth throwing just five pitches.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         3B        5  0  1   0  1  0  0  2
Devon Travis            2B        4  0  0   0  0  0  1  2
  John Holland          2B        1  0  0   0  1  0  1  1
James Ramsey            CF        4  0  0   0  0  0  2  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        4  3  2   0  1  0  9  1
John Nogowski           DH        4  1  1   1  0  0  0  0
  Stephen Spradling     PH-DH     0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        2  3  2   1  2  0  0  4
  Giovanny Alfonzo      PH-SS     1  0  0   0  0  0  0  1
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  3  2   1  0  0  3  0
  Sean O'Brien          PH-LF     1  0  0   0  0  0  1  0
Stephen McGee           C         3  0  2   2  1  0  6  0
  Lee Howard            PH-C      1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Seth Miller             RF        1  0  0   0  1  0  1  0
  Josh Delph            RF        3  0  1   2  0  1  2  0
Peter Miller            P                            0  1
  Bryant Holtmann       P                            1  0
  Brandon Johnson       P                            0  0
  Mack Waugh            P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              37 10 11   7  7  1 27 12
Opp                              35  2  9   2  2  6 27 10

E - Opp-3
2B - Opp-1, FSU-Jayce Boyd (7), John Nogowski (3), Justin Gonzalez (6), Stephen McGee 2 (4), Josh Delph (1)
3B - FSU-Jose Brizuela (1)
HBP - Opp-1, FSU-Stephen Spradling (3), Jose Brizuela (4)
SH - FSU-James Ramsey (1)
SB - FSU-Justin Gonzalez (3), Jose Brizuela (1), Stephen McGee (1)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Peter Miller         W (3-0)    5.0  6  1  1  2  5
Bryant Holtmann                 2.0  3  1  1  0  0
Brandon Johnson                 1.0  0  0  0  0  1
Mack Waugh                      1.0  0  0  0  0  0
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0  9  2  2  2  6
Opp                  L          9.0 11 10  7  7  1


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Attendance: 437

FLORIDA 9, FLORIDA STATE 2
03/13/2012, GAINESVILLE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Falls At Florida.

The Seminoles see their 10-game win streak come to an end in Gainesville Tuesday night.

GAINESVILLE, FL - Sixth-ranked Florida State (14-2) saw its 10-game win streak come to an end Tuesday night as the Seminoles fell to top-ranked Florida (16-1) 9-2 in front of a record crowd of 6,005 inside McKethan Stadium.

With the victory, the Gators pushed their win streak to a school record 14 in a row, while the loss marked FSU's fifth straight in Gainesville.

After the Seminoles grabbed a 2-0 lead in the third, the Gators came right back in the bottom half of the inning scoring three runs to take the lead for good. Florida added single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings and three more in the eighth to account for the winning margin.

"It was just a great atmosphere, the best night for baseball we have had all year and we got whipped, plain and simple," said head coach Mike Martin. "It was a very good job of baseball on Florida's part. We didn't do anything wrong, we just got beat. It was one of those situations they deserved to win; they took advantage of every mistake that we made."

Luke Weaver made his third start of the year on Tuesday night and worked two plus innings in earning the no decision. The DeLand, Fla., native allowed two runs on one hit as he walked three and struck out one.

Scott Sitz (1-1) suffered the loss as he allowed two runs on two hits in two innings of work. The junior right hander gave up the three-run home run to Preston Tucker in the third which gave the Gators the lead for good.

Five Seminoles recorded one hit a piece as five Gator pitchers did not allow an extra base hit on Tuesday. Sherman Johnson, Devon Travis, James Ramsey, Jayce Boyd and Stephen McGee all register a single in the loss.

"It was just one of those days," said Johnson. "We had a couple of good at-bats; we lined out a couple times and it just happens. They beat us in all facets of the game tonight. Those guys are good; they are No. 1 for a reason and they proved that tonight."

Johnson reached base on two of his four plate appearances against the Gators as the senior from Tampa, Fla., has now reached base in all 16 games this year.

Weaver worked out of a jam in the bottom of the first as the Gators put two aboard on a leadoff single by Nolan Fontana and a hit by pitch to Tucker. The freshman right hander then retired the next two batters getting Mike Zunino to fly out to left center and Brian Johnson to ground out to third to end the inning.

Boyd opened the top of the second with a single to right center but Bobby Poyner struck out the side to keep the game scoreless.

Florida State was the first to strike on Tuesday taking advantage of a Gator throwing error in the third which lead to a pair of runs giving FSU a 2-0 lead. With McGee and Johnson on base courtesy of a single and walk, respectively, Travis came to the plate and laid down a bunt single to third. The throw from third baseman Josh Tobias was high and wide of the bag at first bringing home McGee and Johnson for the first two runs of the game.

The lead for the Seminoles was short lived as the Gators came right back with three runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-2 advantage. Weaver issued back-to-back walks to open the third which led to an FSU pitching change as Martin brought on Sitz. The junior right hander got Daniel Pigott looking on strikes but then gave up a three run shot to Tucker for his sixth home run of the season. Florida looked to add more as Zunino drew a walk and Johnson reached on a fielding error at third, but Sitz registered a fly out and a strikeout to keep the deficit at one.

Florida added a run in the fourth on an RBI groundout by Fontana to increase its lead to 4-2. Tobias, who scored the run in the fourth, led off the inning with a double down the left field line.

The Gators add a run in the sixth and seventh off Kyle Bird to take a 6-2 lead. Fontana took a 2-2 offering from the freshman southpaw out of the park to right for his fourth home run of the year. Tucker led off the seventh with a triple down the line in right and scored a batter later when Zunino hit a sac-fly to center.

The Seminoles missed a golden opportunity to cut into the Gator lead in the eighth leaving two on as Austin Maddox came on in relief of Daniel Gibson to get the third out. Boyd battled Maddox fouling off several pitches before ripping a line drive right to Casey Turgeon at second for the final out of the inning. Johnson's single with one out in the eighth was the first base hit for the Seminoles since the third inning. The Gator pitching staff had retired 12 straight Florida State hitters before the single by Johnson. Ramsey continued the inning with a single to left.

Bird worked a career-high 3.0 innings allowing two runs on four hits as he walked one and struck out two.

Greg Larson picked up the win as he threw 1.1 scoreless innings to move to 3-0 on the year. Maddox worked the final 1.1 innings to earn his sixth save.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        3  1  1   0  1  0  1  3
Devon Travis            2B        4  0  1   0  0  1  2  3
James Ramsey            CF        4  0  1   0  0  1  3  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        3  0  1   0  1  0  6  2
John Nogowski           DH        4  0  0   0  0  2  0  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        3  0  0   0  0  2  1  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        4  0  0   0  0  2  2  0
Stephen McGee           C         3  1  1   0  0  0  7  2
Seth Miller             RF        1  0  0   0  0  0  1  0
  Stephen Spradling     PH        1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Josh Delph            RF        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Luke Weaver             P                            0  0
  Scott Sitz            P                            0  0
  Kyle Bird             P                            1  0
  Brian Busch           P                            0  1
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              30  2  5   0  2  8 24 11
Opp                              30  9 10   9  7  7 27  9

E - Opp-1, FSU-Sherman Johnson (3), Seth Miller (1)
2B - Opp-1
3B - Opp-1
HR - Opp-2
HBP - Opp-1, FSU-Justin Gonzalez (2)
SH - Opp-2, FSU-Seth Miller (3)
SF - Opp-1
SB - Opp-1
CS - Opp-2

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Luke Weaver                     2.0  1  2  2  3  1
Scott Sitz           L (1-1)    2.0  2  2  2  1  2
Kyle Bird                       3.0  4  2  2  1  2
Brian Busch                     0.2  2  3  3  2  1
Gage Smith                      0.1  1  0  0  0  1
                               ===================
FSU                             8.0 10  9  9  7  7
Opp                  W-Sv       8.0  5  2  1  2  8


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FLORIDA STATE 12, VIRGINIA 3
03/17/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Stay Perfect In ACC Play.

The Seminoles erase a three-run deficit scoring 12 unanswered runs against the Cavaliers.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Sixth-ranked Florida State (15-2, 4-0) erased a three-run deficit scoring 12 unanswered runs over the final five innings to remain perfect in the ACC with a 12-3 victory over visiting Virginia (11-6-1, 2-2) Saturday night on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

"It was a ball game that we showed great composure, got good pitching, played good defense and got some timely hitting," said head coach Mike Martin. "Obviously, I am very pleased to get a win but we don't get to enjoy it very long, we are right back here in a couple hours trying to do it again."

Four Seminoles registered multiple hits while Devon Travis and Justin Gonzalez led all hitters with three hits apiece. James Ramsey and Jose Brizuela added two hits each in the win.

"I was very pleased with the at-bats that we had tonight," said Martin. "It was a good win for us over a very good Virginia team."

Travis was a perfect 3-for-3 on the night as the junior second baseman reached base on all five plate appearances recording three singles and two walks. Gonzalez tied a career-high with three hits. Ramsey connected on his team leading fifth home run of the season in the seventh hitting a three-run shot to left center.

Ramsey led Florida State's RBI barrage with three on the night, while Sherman Johnson, Travis, John Nogowski and Brizuela each drove in two runs. Stephen McGee drew a team season-high four walks.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        5  1  1   2  0  2  2  3
Devon Travis            2B        3  1  3   2  2  0  1  0
  Giovanny Alfonzo      PH        1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  John Holland          2B        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
James Ramsey            CF        5  1  2   3  0  1  2  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        4  0  0   0  0  1  7  0
Stephen McGee           C         1  2  0   0  4  1  8  2
  Lee Howard            C         0  0  0   0  0  0  1  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        5  3  3   0  0  1  1  2
John Nogowski           DH        2  0  1   2  1  0  0  0
  Josh Delph            PR-DH     1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Stephen Spradling     PH-DH     0  1  0   0  0  0  0  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        4  2  2   2  0  0  5  1
Seth Miller             RF        2  1  0   0  0  1  0  0
  Sean O'Brien          PH-RF     1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Brandon Leibrandt       P                            0  1
  Hunter Scantling      P                            0  0
  Brandon Johnson       P                            0  2
                                 ========================
FSU                              34 12 12  11  7  7 27 11
Opp                              34  3 10   3  1  9 24  8

E - Opp-1
2B - Opp-2
HR - FSU-James Ramsey (5)
HBP - FSU-Jayce Boyd (1), Stephen Spradling (4), Jose Brizuela (5), Seth Miller (3)
SH - Opp-1, FSU-Seth Miller (4)
SF - FSU-Sherman Johnson (2)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Brandon Leibrandt               4.0  8  3  3  1  4
Hunter Scantling     W (3-0)    4.0  2  0  0  0  4
Brandon Johnson                 1.0  0  0  0  0  1
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FSU                             9.0 10  3  3  1  9
Opp                  L          8.0 12 12  8  7  7


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FLORIDA STATE 4, VIRGINIA 3
03/18/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Three-Run Eighth Leads FSU To Victory.

The Seminoles capture their first series victory over Virginia since 2008.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Sixth-ranked Florida State (16-2, 5-0) registered its second straight come-from-behind victory over Virginia (11-7-1, 2-3) scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth to defeat the Cavaliers 4-3 Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

After being held in check through the first seven innings in game two, the Seminole offense erupted for three runs in the eighth to capture their first series victory over the Cavaliers since 2008.

"That was a game we needed badly with the league the way it is right now," said head coach Mike Martin. "Virginia is very good baseball team and we were very fortunate to win the game. There was a lot of composure showed by our guys when we fell behind. There was no panic, no one trying to hit a six-run home run. Everyone stayed poised; it was a good win for us."

With FSU trailing 3-1, Sherman Johnson started the rally in the eighth as he drew a one-out walk off Kyle Crockett (0-1). On the very next pitch, Crockett hit Devon Travis on the leg and then gave up a bloop single to left to James Ramsey. The Cavaliers went to the bullpen with the bases loaded and brought on closer Justin Thompson.

Jayce Boyd stepped in and registered the hit of the game taking a 1-2 slider away from Thompson off the fence in right center for a two-run double to tie the game at three. Stephen McGee followed with an RBI groundout to third to give the Seminoles their first lead of the afternoon. Ramsey, who scored on the groundout, was running on contact and got a great jump on the ball hit by McGee leaving Virginia third baseman Stephen Bruno no choice but to throw on to first for the out.

"It felt very good especially struggling a little bit this weekend," said Boyd on coming through with the big two-run double. "I have had some good swings here and there and to finally get one in a crucial situation felt really good."

"I think Jayce really felt challenged," said Martin. "He could see how they were pitching Ramsey; they weren't giving him anything and trying to get him to chance. Of course, Ramsey fought like crazy and got the base hit. It was great to see Jayce have success.

"Stephen hung in there against a tough pitcher. He stayed tough and kind of got the right hop (on the groundball) to allow Ramsey to score. You have to credit Ramsey for scoring that game-winning run."

The ninth inning belonged to Robert Benincasa who retired the Cavaliers in order with three strikeouts for his sixth save in as many chances.

Bryant Holtmann (1-0) picked up his first collegiate victory as he worked a scoreless eighth inning. The freshman southpaw gave up a one-out double, but left the runner stranded as he got a pop out to third and a groundout to third to retire the side.

McGee led all players with the only multi-hit performance on Sunday as the redshirt sophomore went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

"I have been seeing the ball real well," said McGee. "He (Thompson) threw all sliders. On the last pitch I was a split second ahead of it but it ended up working out for us, so I will take it."

Johnson doubled in the third to extend his streak of reaching base to all 18 games this year.

"It was a game in which our starting pitcher pitched extremely well and all he got for it was six innings of a couple runs scored, no 'W,' no 'L' but he certainly pitched beautiful baseball," said Martin.

Mike Compton was once again impressive in just his fifth career start as the freshman right hander held the Cavaliers to just three runs, two earned, on three hits in 6.1 innings of work. Compton finished with three strikeouts and walked two in earning the no decision.

UVa starter Branden Kline did not factor in the decision but kept the Seminole bats at-bay during his 6.1 innings of work on Sunday. The junior right hander tied a career-high with six strikeouts as he gave up an unearned run on four hits and no walks.

Virginia ran out to the early lead for the second straight game scoring two runs in the top of the third. Mitchell Shifflett led off the inning with a single through the left side, moved to second on a stolen base and advanced to third on a fielding error by Compton which allowed Keith Werman to reach following a sacrifice bunt attempt. After a hit by pitch loaded the bases, Reed Gragnani gave the Cavaliers a 1-0 lead on an RBI groundout to first. Bruno followed with a two-out single through the right side scoring Werman for a 2-0 lead. Compton escaped further damage when he got Mike Papi to ground into an inning ending double play.

The Seminoles answered right back with a run in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to 2-1. John Nogowski reached to lead off the inning on a fielding error at second and moved to third on Johnson's double down the line in right. Nogowski would score a batter later on a sac-fly to right by Travis.

The Cavaliers pushed their lead to 3-1 on two-out single to center by Gragnani. Shifflett drew a one-out walk from Compton ending the afternoon for the Branson, Mo., native. Brian Busch came on faced just one batter as he gave up a bunt single to Werman. The Seminoles went to the bullpen again and brought on Gage Smith, who gave up the RBI single to Gragnani.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        3  1  1   0  1  1  1  2
Devon Travis            2B        2  1  0   1  0  1  3  2
James Ramsey            CF        4  1  1   0  0  0  4  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        4  0  1   2  0  1  8  0
Stephen McGee           C         4  0  2   1  0  1  6  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        4  0  0   0  0  2  0  4
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  0  0   0  0  1  2  0
John Nogowski           DH        3  1  1   0  0  1  0  0
Josh Delph              RF        2  0  0   0  0  0  3  0
  Stephen Spradling     PH        1  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
  Seth Miller           RF        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Mike Compton            P                            0  0
  Brian Busch           P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
  Bryant Holtmann       P                            0  0
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              30  4  6   4  1  9 27  8
Opp                              33  3  6   3  2  6 24  5

E - Opp-1, FSU-Mike Compton (1), Justin Gonzalez (2)
2B - Opp-2, FSU-Sherman Johnson (1), Jayce Boyd (8), Stephen McGee (5)
HBP - Opp-1, FSU-Devon Travis (3)
SH - Opp-1
SF - FSU-Devon Travis (1)
SB - Opp-1

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Mike Compton                    6.1  3  3  2  2  3
Brian Busch                     0.0  1  0  0  0  0
Gage Smith                      0.2  1  0  0  0  0
Bryant Holtmann      W (1-0)    1.0  1  0  0  0  0
Robert Benincasa     Sv(6)      1.0  0  0  0  0  3
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0  6  3  2  2  6
Opp                  L          8.0  6  4  3  1  9


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FLORIDA STATE 7, VIRGINIA 5
03/19/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Late Inning Heroics Lift FSU To Series Sweep.

Seth Miller's two-run single breaks a 5-5 tie and caps FSU's three-run eighth.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Fourth-ranked Florida State (17-2, 6-0) scored three runs in the eighth inning for the second straight night as the Seminoles capped off another come-from-behind win over Virginia (11-8-1, 2-4) defeating the Cavaliers 7-5 Monday evening on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

Seth Miller's two-run single in the bottom of the eighth broke a 5-5 tie to help the Seminoles complete the sweep of Virginia and remain the only undefeated team in the ACC through the first two weeks of league play.

"It was a big win for our baseball team especially the way we did it," said head coach Mike Martin. "That was a great accomplishment early in the year to beat a team like Virginia. We are just proud that we were able to pull it off.

"Seth's hit was huge because you are facing one of the best closer's in the country in Justin Thompson. I was just elated that we got it done tonight."

Jayce Boyd began the eighth inning rally on Monday night singling up the middle off reliever Kyle Crockett (0-2). After a walk to Stephen McGee, the Cavaliers went to the bullpen and brought on Austin Young. On the very first pitch, the sophomore right hander hit Justin Gonzalez on the left side of his neck as the Seminole shortstop had squared to bunt. Gonzalez remained on the ground for a few moments before getting to his feet and taking first base. With the bases loaded, Jose Brizuela followed with a sac-fly to center to tie the game at five. After a strikeout to John Nogowski, Virginia went to the bullpen for the second time in the inning and brought on Justin Thompson to face Miller.

"One of the scariest moments of my coaching career," said Martin on the hit-by-pitch to Gonzalez. "When I went out there and Gonzo was on the ground, that scared me. It scared the life out of me. Thank God he is okay."

With McGee at third and Gonzalez at second, Miller took the first pitch he saw from Thompson and singled through the hole on the right side of the infield to give FSU a 7-5 lead.

"It was a team win tonight, everyone did their part," said Miller. "For me, it was more of a timely thing. I was able to make the most of my opportunity and hopefully I will be able to build off it."

Robert Benincasa pitched the ninth and picked up his seventh save in as many chances this year as the junior right hander retired the Cavaliers in order. Benincasa is now tied for the league lead in saves and has not allowed a run in 12.0 innings of work this year.

"It's awesome for us to keep believing," said Johnson. "To get a come-from-behind victory early in the season against a great ACC team in Virginia is great."

Gage Smith (1-0) earned his first career win as he need just one pitch to record the third out in the top of the eighth. The Tallahassee, Fla., native entered the inning with runners at second and third and got Colin Harrington to pop up to second to retire the side.

Boyd led the Seminole offense on Monday night going 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored. Sherman Johnson picked up a pair of hits and scored a run, while Brizuela doubled and drove in a pair.

The Seminoles grabbed the early lead in game three on a two-run single by Boyd in the bottom of the first. Devon Travis drew a one out walk off UVa starter Whit Mayberry and moved to third on a double down the line in right off the bat of James Ramsey. Boyd brought them both home on a two-run single to right.

The Cavaliers answered with a run in the top of the second off FSU starter Peter Miller. Jared King led off the inning with a double to right center and scored on a two-out single to center by Mitchell Shifflett.

Virginia sent nine batters to the plate in the third and scored four runs to take a 5-2 lead. The Cavaliers took advantage of a couple Seminole errors as two of the four runs scored by the 'Hoos were unearned.

Miller would not make it through the third inning as the sophomore right hander worked 2.1 innings allowing five runs, three earned, on four hits. He finished with two walks and two strikeouts.

The Seminole bullpen did its part as Kyle Bird, Mack Waugh, Brian Busch, Smith and Benincasa kept the Cavaliers off the scoreboard the rest of the night. The five Seminole relievers worked 6.2 shutout innings allowing five hits and five walks while striking out two.

"We didn't get a good outing from our starter and that was disappointing, but the other guys came in and picked him up. You talk about Bird, Waugh, Busch, Smith and Benincasa, it was nice to see them come in and get the job done."

The work by the bullpen allowed Florida State to slowly chip away at the Virginia lead as the Seminoles scored a run in the fourth and fifth innings to cut the deficit to 5-4.

In the fourth, the Seminoles loaded the bases on a double by Boyd and back-to-back walks to McGee and Gonzalez. Brizuela drove in Boyd on a groundout to first.

Johnson and Travis put together back-to-back doubles to start the fifth for FSU's fourth run of the game. Johnson doubled down the line in right and scored on Travis' double to the gap in left center.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        4  1  2   0  1  0  0  2
Devon Travis            2B        3  1  1   1  1  0  3  3
James Ramsey            CF        4  1  1   0  0  2  2  1
Jayce Boyd              1B        4  2  3   2  0  0 12  1
Stephen McGee           C         2  1  0   0  2  0  5  3
Justin Gonzalez         SS        2  1  0   0  1  2  1  5
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  0  1   2  0  0  2  0
John Nogowski           DH        4  0  0   0  0  2  0  0
Josh Delph              RF        2  0  0   0  0  2  2  0
  Sean O'Brien          PH        1  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
  Seth Miller           RF        1  0  1   2  0  0  0  0
Peter Miller            P                            0  0
  Kyle Bird             P                            0  0
  Mack Waugh            P                            0  0
  Brian Busch           P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              30  7  9   7  5  9 27 15
Opp                              35  5 10   5  7  4 24 10

E - Opp-1, FSU-Stephen McGee (3), Justin Gonzalez (3)
2B - Opp-2, FSU-Sherman Johnson (2), Devon Travis (9), James Ramsey (3), Jayce Boyd (9), Jose Brizuela (3)
HBP - FSU-Justin Gonzalez (3)
SF - FSU-Jose Brizuela (2)
SB - Opp-1, FSU-Justin Gonzalez (4)
CS - Opp-2

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Peter Miller                    2.1  5  5  3  2  2
Kyle Bird                       2.2  4  0  0  2  1
Mack Waugh                      2.0  0  0  0  2  1
Brian Busch                     0.2  1  0  0  1  0
Gage Smith           W (1-0)    0.1  0  0  0  0  0
Robert Benincasa     Sv(7)      1.0  0  0  0  0  0
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FSU                             9.0 10  5  3  7  4
Opp                  L          8.0  9  7  7  5  9


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FLORIDA STATE 17, STETSON 8
03/20/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Downs Stetson 17-8.

The Seminoles break open a one-run game with eight runs in the bottom of the seventh.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Fourth-ranked Florida State (18-2) pushed its win streak to four in a row after defeating No. 15 Stetson (15-5) 17-8 Tuesday night on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

The Seminoles scored eight runs in the bottom of the seventh to break open a one-run ball game and take game one of a two-game mid-week series against the Hatters.

Florida State out hit Stetson 16-12 Tuesday night, while both teams drew a combined 20 walks including 12 by the Seminole hitters. The 12 walks were the most allowed by the Hatters pitching staff since March 24, 2010 in a game against the Seminoles in Tallahassee. Tuesday night marked the fourth straight game for the Seminoles.

"Tonight's game was one that you look at what this ball club accomplished Saturday, Sunday and Monday and you wonder if they are a little tired," said head coach Mike Martin. "But they went out there tonight and really got after it. They played solid baseball and it makes me proud to be a Seminole."

Seth Miller had a night to remember posting career-highs for at-bats (6), hits (4), RBI (6) and runs scored (2). The junior right fielder capped the eight-run seventh by connecting on his second grand slam of the season. Miller took the first pitch he saw from Jake Boyd over the fence in right for his second home run of the year. Miller finished the night with a single, two doubles and a home run. He doubled in the first Seminole run in the second and registered his sixth RBI of the night lining a single off the leg of Stetson pitcher Justin Pickens in the eighth. The six RBI were the most by a Seminole hitter this season.

"I felt really comfortable tonight," said Miller. "You can say that tonight was a big confidence boost for me. I was seeing the ball great from the start. I was recognizing every pitch. I built off that all game long."

"The top of the order certainly had some great at-bats," added Martin. "That is what we have got to continue to preach throughout our line-up. Seth certainly picked us up and don't forget about Rammer, he had that three-run ding too. We had a lot of good at-bats tonight."

Devon Travis also had a career night with four hits recording two doubles and two singles. The junior second baseman tied a career-high with three runs scored, while he drove in a season-high three runs. "I saw the ball pretty good tonight," said Travis. "I actually have been seeing it pretty good the last couple of weeks but I haven't been getting too many hits. The coaches continue to stress to keep grinding it out and they will fall; luckily tonight they did."

Sherman Johnson and James Ramsey each registered two hits in the win. Johnson reached base in his first five plate appearances as the Tampa, Fla., native drew three walks and doubled twice. It marked his third, three-walk performance of the season. He has now reached base in all 20 games this year.

Ramsey went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. The senior captain connected on a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth to break a 2-2 tie and give the Seminoles the lead for good. The home run was his team best sixth of the season. Ramsey also had two singles and drew a walk.

Josh Delph, Justin Gonzalez, John Nogowski and Stephen Spradling all had one hit a piece. Spradling's base hit in the eighth was his first as a Seminole.

On the mound for Florida State, Scott Sitz made his second start of the season and went 4.0 plus innings in earning the no decision. The junior right hander allowed two runs, both unearned, on five hits as he walked two and struck out three.

Brandon Johnson got the Seminoles out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the fifth. The sophomore southpaw struck out the first batter he faced and then got Robert Crews to ground into an inning ending double play.

Johnson (1-0) would finish his outing working 1.1 innings as he allowed three runs on two hits as he walked one and struck out one to earn his first career win.

Gage Smith entered in relief of Brian Busch in the seventh and worked the final 2.1 innings to earn his second save of the season. With the Seminoles ahead 8-6 and the Hatters threating with runners at second and third and two outs, Smith gave up a walk and an RBI single to the first two batters that he faced before picking off Mark Jones trying to steal third base to maintain FSU's one-run lead at 8-7.

The Seminoles answered with an eight-run seventh, the most runs scored by the Seminoles in an inning this year, to claim the victory.

Stetson had three hitters with two hits a piece on Tuesday night as all eight runs scored by the Hatters came with two outs in an inning.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        3  3  2   0  3  0  1  2
  John Holland          PH-3B     1  0  0   0  0  0  1  0
Devon Travis            2B        5  3  4   3  1  0  2  4
  Giovanny Alfonzo      2B        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
James Ramsey            CF        4  2  2   3  1  1  2  1
  Josh Delph            PH-CF     1  0  1   0  0  0  1  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        4  2  0   0  1  0  9  1
Stephen McGee           C         1  1  0   1  3  0  6  0
  Lee Howard            C         0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        6  0  1   0  0  0  1  3
Jose Brizuela           LF        4  2  0   1  2  1  2  0
John Nogowski           DH        3  1  1   0  1  1  0  0
  Stephen Spradling     PH-DH     1  1  1   1            
Seth Miller             RF        6  2  4   6  0  1  1  0
Scott Sitz              P                            0  0
  Brandon Johnson       P                            0  0
  Hunter Scantling      P                            0  0
  Brian Busch           P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            1  2
                                 ========================
FSU                              39 17 16  15 12  4 27 13
Opp                              36  8 12   7  8  5 24  8

E - Opp-2, FSU-Scott Sitz (2), Justin Gonzalez (4)
2B - Opp-2, FSU-Sherman Johnson 2 (4), Devon Travis 2 (11), Seth Miller 2 (4)
HR - FSU-James Ramsey (6), Seth Miller (2)
HBP - FSU-Jayce Boyd (2), Stephen McGee 2 (7), Stephen Spradling (5)
SB - FSU-Sherman Johnson (2), Devon Travis (3), John Nogowski (1)
CS - Opp-1

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Scott Sitz                      4.0  5  2  0  2  3
Brandon Johnson      W (1-0)    1.1  2  3  3  1  1
Hunter Scantling                0.1  0  0  0  2  0
Brian Busch                     1.0  1  2  2  2  1
Gage Smith           Sv(2)      2.1  4  1  1  1  0
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FSU                             9.0 12  8  6  8  5
Opp                  L          8.0 16 17 16 12  4


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FLORIDA STATE 9, STETSON 1
03/21/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Weaver Paces Noles Past Stetson.

The freshman right hander works a career-high seven innings against the hometown team for his first career win.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Fourth-ranked Florida State (19-2) wrapped up its fifth game in five days with a 9-1 victory over No. 15 Stetson (15-6) Tuesday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

The Seminoles went a perfect 5-0 during its stretch of five consecutive home games outscoring the opposition 49-20 with sweeps over Virginia and Stetson. FSU posted a .331 batting average, while the pitching staff was equally impressive posting a 2.80 ERA in 45.0 innings of work.

"You play five games in a row and your wonder," said head coach Mike Martin. "It was so encouraging for me as a coach to see Luke Weaver go out there and do what he is capable of doing when members of our bullpen were unavailable. I am just very, very proud of what Luke was able to accomplish.

"The way we played (during this five-game stretch) is what excites me so much. The winning and the losing, there are so many things that can happen when you are playing that caliber of competition. But we kept our poise and we got the key hits when we fell behind, so I am very pleased with how we played over this stretch."

On Wednesday, the Seminole rode the arm of freshman right hander Luke Weaver, who had his best start of his young career. The DeLand, Fla., native went a career-high 7.0 innings allowing just one run, unearned, on four hits. He walked only one batter and struck out a career-high four Stetson hitters. Two of the four hits allowed by Weaver on Wednesday were infield hits, while he faced the minimum in an inning four times.

"Mike Bell deserves the credit," added Martin on the outing by Weaver on Wednesday night. "He took him down there and went over some things. Luke really got it done today."

Heading into Wednesday's start against Stetson, Weaver had made three starts and had worked a combined 6.1 innings against Jacksonville, UCF and Florida.

"Everything was on key today," said Weaver. "I just felt really good. When I was in the bullpen warming up all the pitches were hitting really good on the inside-outside corners. I had a lot of confidence; I was just really pumped and had some extra motivation playing Stetson because it was my hometown team."

Offensively, Florida State was led by Jose Brizuela, who registered a career-high three hits. The freshman left fielder recorded singles in each of his first three at-bats, as he scored once and drove in a pair of runs.

"I felt pretty good, but my main goal is to just get on base and to have good at-bats," said Brizuela.

Jayce Boyd and James Ramsey each had two hits, scored a run and collected one RBI. Seth Miller continued to swing a hot bat as he went 1-for-3 with a triple and an RBI. Devon Travis left the yard in the fifth for his first home run of the season. Sherman Johnson added to his league leading walk total drawing two more on Wednesday and now has 26 on the year. The senior from Tampa, Fla., has now reached base in all 21 games this year.

Bryant Holtmann and Mack Waugh both worked an inning in relief to help the Seminoles complete the two-game mid-week sweep of Stetson.

FSU opened the scoring in the third plating three against Stetson starter Josh Powers (1-1) to take a 3-0 lead. Miller opened the inning with a triple to right center and scored a batter later on a single to center by Brizuela. After a fielding error in right on a fly ball off the bat of Sherman Johnson put runners on at second and third, Travis and Ramsey put together back-to-back sac-flies to give the Seminoles a three-run advantage.

The Seminoles upped their lead to 4-0 in the fourth as Justin Gonzalez started the inning with a double, moved to third on a sac-bunt by Josh Delph and scored on a sac-fly to center off the bat of Miller.

Florida State blew the game open with five runs in the fifth to take a commanding 9-0 lead. Travis started things off with a home run to left for his first round tripper of the season. The next three batters reached on a double by Ramsey and back-to-back singles from Boyd and Stephen McGee. Delph doubled in a run and Brizuela picked up his third hit of the afternoon with an RBI single to right.

The Hatters took advantage of three Seminole errors in the eighth to plate their only run of the game. Trey Blackman reached on a fielding error and moved into scoring position on a two-base throwing error. He later scored on a sac-fly off the bat of Spence Theisen.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        3  1  0   0  2  0  2  5
Devon Travis            2B        3  1  1   2  0  0  2  2
  John Holland          2B        1  0  0   0  0  0  1  0
James Ramsey            CF        3  1  2   1  0  0  1  0
  Sean O'Brien          LF        1  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        4  1  2   1  0  1  6  0
  John Nogowski         1B        1  0  0   0  0  1  1  0
Stephen McGee           C         4  1  1   1  0  1  4  0
  Lee Howard            C         0  0  0   0  0  0  2  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        4  1  1   0  0  1  1  1
  Giovanny Alfonzo      SS        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Josh Delph              DH        2  1  1   1  1  0  0  0
Seth Miller             RF        3  1  1   1  0  1  4  0
Jose Brizuela           LF-CF     4  1  3   2  0  0  3  0
Luke Weaver             P                            0  0
  Bryant Holtmann       P                            0  0
  Mack Waugh            P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              33  9 12   9  3  6 27  8
Opp                              31  1  4   1  1  6 24  6

E - Opp-3, FSU-John Holland (1), Giovanny Alfonzo 2 (2)
2B - FSU-James Ramsey (4), Justin Gonzalez (7), Josh Delph (2)
3B - FSU-Seth Miller (2)
HR - FSU-Devon Travis (1)
SH - FSU-Josh Delph (2)
SF - Opp-1, FSU-Devon Travis (2), James Ramsey (1), Seth Miller (1)
SB - FSU-James Ramsey (2), Jayce Boyd (3), Jose Brizuela (2)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
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Luke Weaver          W (1-0)    7.0  4  1  0  1  4
Bryant Holtmann                 1.0  0  0  0  0  0
Mack Waugh                      1.0  0  0  0  0  2
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FSU                             9.0  4  1  0  1  6
Opp                  L          8.0 12  9  7  3  6


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FLORIDA STATE 5, WAKE FOREST 4
03/24/2012, WINSTON-SALEM, NC, Started on 3/23 and suspended in the bottom of the 7th due to lightning
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Miller's RBI Leads FSU Past Wake In 11 Innings.

Seth Miller comes through with the game-winning hit in the top of the 11th as FSU remains undefeated in the ACC.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - For the second time in as many ACC games, Seth Miller came through with the game-winning hit as fourth-ranked Florida State (20-2, 7-0 ACC) defeated Wake Forest (16-8, 3-4 ACC) 5-4 in 11 innings in the continuation of game one Saturday afternoon on Gene Hooks Field inside Wake Forest Baseball Stadium.

"It was a great win, there is no doubt about it," said head coach Mike Martin. "It was a well-played ball game on both sides."

Miller laced a two-out RBI single to left center in the top of the 11th to score Josh Delph from second to give FSU a one-run lead. Delph drew a two-out walk off Michael Dimock (0-2), stole second to get into scoring position and scored on Miller's base hit.

"Seth has had some good at-bats," said Martin. "He really looks relaxed at the plate and I am very pleased with what I am seeing from Seth Miller."

"I have to give credit to Josh Delph for stealing that bag and getting into scoring position," said Miller. "That was key; I mean otherwise he is not going to score on that (base hit). I just really wanted us to stay perfect in the ACC."

Robert Benincasa (1-0) pitched the final 1.2 innings to earn his first victory of the season and keep the Seminoles as the only undefeated team in the ACC.

The bullpen once again came through for the Seminoles as Hunter Scantling, Gage Smith, Brian Busch and Benincasa worked 6.1 innings in game one to pace Florida State to its fifth straight win over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem.

"Brian Busch's relief work was big for us today," added Martin. "I thought Gage Smith had a good outing also and Benincasa came in to pick up his first victory of the season."

Smith, Busch and Benincasa kept the Demon Deacons scoreless over the final 5.2 innings allowing just four hits and four walks, while striking out seven.

Smith tied a career-high working 2.1 innings, while allowing a season-high three walks. Busch was impressive in his 1.2 innings of relief as he did not walk a batter and struck out a season-high three. Benincasa struck out three in 1.2 innings as the Tampa, Fla., native now has 20 strikeouts on the year while running his scoreless innings streak to 13.2 innings.

"They have been there all season long," said Miller on the work of the bullpen. "As soon as Benincasa got into the game, we knew they were not going to score. That is comforting for us because all we have to do is score one and we are going to win."

The Demon Deacons out hit the Seminoles 9-5 in game one, but the Deacs could not break through with a key hit leaving the bases loaded in the seventh and eighth innings while finishing the game with 12 runners left on base.

James Ramsey and Miller each drove in two runs apiece in a game that featured an 18 hour and 35 minute weather delay. Ramsey connected on his team leading seventh home run of the season in the sixth. Sherman Johnson's single to leadoff the game in the first extended his streak of reaching base to 22 straight games.

Florida State put runners on in the first two innings but both were removed from the base paths as Wake Forest starter Tim Cooney recorded a pair of pick-offs. Johnson singled through the left side to lead-off the ball game and was picked off at second, while Stephen McGee drew a walk in the second and was picked off at first.

Wake Forest recorded its first hit of the game off FSU starter Brandon Leibrandt with two outs in the third when Pat Blair singled back up the middle. But the freshman southpaw got Conor Keniry to groundout to second to retire the side.

The Deacs broke through with the first run of the game in the fourth as Mac Williamson took the first pitch of the inning from Leibrandt off the scoreboard in right center to give Wake Forest a 1-0 lead. The home run was Williamson's sixth of the season, while it was the first home run allowed by Leibrandt this year.

Wake's lead was short lived as the Seminoles responded with two runs in the top of the fifth to take a 2-1 advantage. McGee led off the inning with a double down the line in right and moved to third on a sac-bunt by Justin Gonzalez. Cooney put runners at the corners when he hit Stephen Spradling with a 1-0 pitch. Miller then moved both runners 90 feet and tied the game at one on an RBI groundout to first. Jose Brizuela followed with a two-out double to right center scoring Spradling to give the Noles their first lead of the evening.

The Demon Deacons answered right back with a run in the fifth to tie the game at two. Leibrandt registered two quick outs before giving up a walk but a fielding error at short kept the inning alive. Keniry made the Seminoles pay for the mistake lacing a single back up the middle scoring Evan Stephens from second to tie the game for the second time Friday night. Ramsey made a great throw to the plate on the ball hit by Keniry but Stephens slid in just ahead of the tag. The hit would end the night for Leibrandt as Scantling came on to get the Noles out of the jam. He would do just that as McGee threw out Keniry trying to steal second for the third out of the inning.

Leibrandt lasted 4.2 innings in his sixth start allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits as he walked two and struck out three in earning the no decision.

Ramsey gave the lead right back to the Seminoles in the sixth connecting on a two-run shot to right. Travis opened the inning with a walk and scored on Ramsey's team leading seventh home run of the season. The Alpharetta, Ga., native took a 2-2 offering from Cooney out of the park to right to give FSU a 4-2 lead.

Wake Forest came right back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at four. Williamson led off the inning with his second home run of the evening taking the first pitch from Scantling out of the park to right to cut the deficit to one. Carlos Lopez drew a walk and later scored on a groundout to short by Mark Rhine to equalize the game for the third time Friday night.

Play was suspended in the bottom of the seventh with a runner on and one out due to lightning in the area.

When play resumed Saturday afternoon following an 18-hour weather delay, the Deacs drew two walks, one intentional to Williamson, off Smith to load the bases. But the side arm right hander escaped the jam getting Lopez to fly out to right for the final out of the inning.

Wake Forest loaded the bases for the second straight inning but could not get the go-ahead run across in the eighth as Busch and Pat Blair battled in a 13-pitch at-bat with the edge going to the Seminole left hander as he got the Demon Deacon shortstop to fly out to center to end the threat.

Both teams went in order in the ninth for the first extra-inning game of the year for either school.

Wake's Jack Fischer had retired 12 Seminoles in row after recording the final out in the sixth before issuing consecutive two-out walks to Travis and Ramsey in the top of the 10th. Michael Dimock got the call out of the bullpen and got Boyd to pop up to second for the third out.

Fischer tossed 4.0 shutout innings as he did not give up a hit. He finished with three walks and struck out four.

Busch recorded a strikeout for the first out in the 10th before giving up back-to-back singles to Rhine and Brett Armour. Martin called on Benincasa and the junior right hander did not disappoint striking out pinch hitter James Harris and then getting Stephens to ground back to the pitcher's mound for the final two outs of the inning.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        5  0  1   0  0  1  0  1
Devon Travis            2B        3  1  0   0  2  2  2  4
James Ramsey            CF        3  1  1   2  2  1  5  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        5  0  0   0  0  0 10  0
Stephen McGee           C         3  1  1   0  2  0 10  1
Justin Gonzalez         SS        4  0  0   0  0  0  0  3
Stephen Spradling       DH        1  1  0   0  0  1  0  0
  Josh Delph            PH-DH     1  1  0   0  2  1  0  0
Seth Miller             RF        5  0  1   2  0  0  3  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        5  0  1   1  0  1  3  0
Brandon Leibrandt       P                            0  0
  Hunter Scantling      P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            0  1
  Brian Busch           P                            0  0
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  1
                                 ========================
FSU                              35  5  5   5  8  7 33 11
Opp                              41  4  9   4  7 10 33 13

E - FSU-Justin Gonzalez (5)
2B - FSU-Stephen McGee (6), Jose Brizuela (4)
HR - Opp-2, FSU-James Ramsey (7)
HBP - Opp-1, FSU-Stephen Spradling (6)
SH - FSU-Justin Gonzalez (1)
SB - FSU-Josh Delph (1)
CS - Opp-1, FSU-Stephen McGee (2)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Brandon Leibrandt               4.2  4  2  1  2  3
Hunter Scantling                0.2  1  2  2  1  0
Gage Smith                      2.1  1  0  0  3  1
Brian Busch                     1.2  3  0  0  0  3
Robert Benincasa     W (1-0)    1.2  0  0  0  1  3
                               ===================
FSU                            11.0  9  4  3  7 10
Opp                  L         11.0  5  5  5  8  7


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FLORIDA STATE 3, WAKE FOREST 2
03/24/2012, WINSTON-SALEM, NC
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Ramsey, Gonzalez Pace Noles To Victory.

The Seminoles improve to 6-0 in one-run games this year.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (seminoles.com) - Two home runs and a solid pitching performance from the Seminoles Saturday evening led fourth-ranked Florida State (21-2, 8-0 ACC) to a 3-2 victory over Wake Forest (16-8, 3-4 ACC) on Gene Hooks Field inside Wake Forest Baseball Stadium.

James Ramsey and Justin Gonzalez both left the yard on Saturday accounting for all three runs in game two as the Seminoles registered their second straight one-run victory over the Deacs, while improving to 6-0 in one-run games on the year.

"It was a well-played game," said head coach Mike Martin. "I am just very, very pleased with the fact that we were able to come out with the win. It is always tough to play on the road."

Jayce Boyd went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, while Sherman Johnson drew two walks as the senior from Tampa, Fla., has now reached base in all 23 games this year.

Stephen McGee, Stephen Spradling and Jose Brizuela also singled in the win.

"Fortunately tonight we were blessed that Rammer hit a shot and I was able to provide a timely hit," added Gonzalez.

Mike Compton (5-0) gave Florida State another solid outing as the freshman right hander worked 5.0 plus innings allowing two runs on six hits as he walked two and struck out a pair. Both runs for Wake Forest came in the second inning as Carlos Lopez and Charlie Morgan connected on back-to-back solo home runs.

"When they hit back-to-back home runs, I thought Compton kept his poise, settled down and pitched well," added Martin.

The Seminole bullpen was stellar once again as Kyle Bird, Bryant Holtmann and Robert Benincasa pitched the final 4.0 innings. The trio blanked the Demon Deacons giving up just four hits and no walks while combining to strike out seven.

Bird struck out a career-high three batters, while Benincasa worked around two singles in the ninth retiring the side on three strike outs to record his eighth save in as many chances this year.

"All three guys pitched well tonight," said Martin. "Compton pitched well and deserved the win. Of course, Bird, Holtmann and Benincasa did a very good job. I was very pleased with their effort tonight."

"Compton faced a lot of adversity tonight, but he came through for us which shows a lot from a freshman," said Gonzalez. "The bullpen - Bird, Holtmann and Benincasa - they have all been great, keeping us in each game. Benny was awesome again tonight."

Florida State ran out to an early lead in game two courtesy of a solo home run off the bat of Ramsey. The senior center fielder took the first pitch he saw from Justin Van Grouw (1-2) out of the park to left field for his eighth home run of the season and second of the series.

Wake Forest registered back-to-back home runs in the second to grab the lead at 2-1. Lopez started the inning taking a 2-2 pitch from Compton over the fence in left for his seventh round tripper of the season. Morgan followed with a solo shot to right for his second home run of the season. It was the first two home runs allowed by Compton this year, while it was the first time an opponent hit back-to-back home runs off an FSU pitcher since Miami performed the feat in the second inning back in 2010.

Gonzalez gave the lead back to the Seminoles in the top of the fourth hitting a two-run shot out to right for his first home run of the season. The home run was set up after McGee battled back from being down 0-2 in the count to draw a walk. On the very next pitch, Gonzalez hit a line drive off Van Grouw that just cleared the right field wall for a two-run home run to give FSU a 3-2 lead.

"I was looking for a fastball that I could drive," said Gonzalez. "The previous at-bat he threw me a first pitch slider. I swung at it and drove it pretty good to the opposite way but got under it. I figured they would come after me strong with a fastball, they did, I got it and was able to do some damage with it."

The Demon Deacons put runners on in the third, fourth and fifth innings but could not push a run across off Compton in any of the three innings. With runners at second and third after consecutive two-out singles, Wake Forest attempted a double steal with Lopez at the plate but McGee threw out Conor Keniry at third to end the threat.

Wake Forest once again put together another two-out rally with singles by Mark Rhine and Kenny Jordan. Compton once again escaped without giving up a run as he got James Harris to fly out to right.

In the fifth, Evan Stephens drew a walk to start the inning and moved to second a groundout to third by Pat Blair. The Wake Forest right fielder advanced to third on an errant throw by Compton on a failed pick-off attempt at second. With the tying run just 90 feet away, Compton got Brett Armour swinging on strikes and then Mac Williamson to ground out to short but not before an outstanding defensive play by Gonzalez to get to the ball up the middle and then a great pick by Boyd at first to get the out.

The Seminoles put two on in the sixth on singles by Boyd and McGee but could not add to their lead as Gonzalez and Miller lined out to right and center, respectively.

A walk to Lopez to start the bottom of the sixth ended the evening for Compton. Bird came on and retired the next three batters that he faced to keep FSU's one-run lead intact.

Wake Forest left two runners on in the seventh after stringing together a pair of two-out singles off Bird. After collecting two quick outs, Bird gave up consecutive singles to Blair and Armour. Holtmann came on and needed just one pitch to retire the side as he got Williamson to ground into a fielder's choice put out at second.

The Seminoles looked to add to their lead in the ninth as Miller and Spradling reached base on a walk and single, respectively. But Nate Jones got Brizuela to groundout to second to keep FSU's lead at 3-2.

Benincasa entered in the bottom of the ninth and gave up two singles in an inning for the first time this year, but the Tampa, Fla., native struck out the side to preserve the win.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        2  0  0   0  2  0  1  4
Devon Travis            2B        4  0  0   0  0  2  1  4
James Ramsey            CF        4  1  1   1  0  2  2  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        4  0  2   0  0  2 11  0
Stephen McGee           C         3  1  1   0  1  0  9  1
Justin Gonzalez         SS        4  1  1   2  0  0  0  3
Seth Miller             RF        2  0  0   0  2  0  1  0
Josh Delph              DH        2  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
  Stephen Spradling     PH-DH     2  0  1   0  0  0  0  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  0  1   0  1  1  1  0
Mike Compton            P                            1  0
  Kyle Bird             P                            0  0
  Bryant Holtmann       P                            0  0
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              30  3  7   3  6  8 27 12
Opp                              36  2 10   2  2  9 27 11

E - FSU-Mike Compton (2)
HR - Opp-2, FSU-James Ramsey (8), Justin Gonzalez (1)
CS - Opp-1, FSU-Sherman Johnson (1)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Mike Compton         W (5-0)    5.0  6  2  2  2  2
Kyle Bird                       1.2  2  0  0  0  3
Bryant Holtmann                 1.1  0  0  0  0  1
Robert Benincasa     Sv(8)      1.0  2  0  0  0  3
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FSU                             9.0 10  2  2  2  9
Opp                  L          9.0  7  3  3  6  8


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WAKE FOREST 7, FLORIDA STATE 5
03/25/2012, WINSTON-SALEM, NC
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Falls At Wake Forest, 7-5.

The Seminoles suffer their first loss in the ACC this year.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Fourth-ranked Florida State (21-3, 8-1 ACC) fell to Wake Forest (17-9, 4-5 ACC) 7-5 in the series finale Sunday afternoon on Gene Hooks Field inside Wake Forest Baseball Stadium.

The loss snapped FSU's seven-game win streak, while it was the first for the Seminoles in league play this year. It also marked Florida State's first loss in Winston-Salem since 2008.

The Seminoles trailed all afternoon and made a valiant effort to pick-up the come-from-behind win but fell just short in their quest to stay undefeated in the league. After trailing by as many as six runs on Sunday, Florida State scored two in the seven "I am pleased with this baseball team," said head coach Mike Martin. "Accomplishing what we did playing eight games in nine days and earning seven wins is a credit to our baseball team."

In the ninth, the Seminoles had the go-ahead run at the plate in John Holland, but Wake Forest closer Michael Dimock got Holland to fly out in foul territory to Demon Deacon third baseman Carlos Lopez for the final out of the game.

Florida State made all its noise in the ninth with two outs as John Nogowski began the rally with a single to right. Giovanny Alfonzo pinch ran for Nogowski at first and moved to second on a walk by Jose Brizuela. Sherman Johnson kept the inning alive w "I am proud of our guys," added Martin. "We had a chance to go-ahead in the ninth. We had the winning run at the plate. After getting a run in the ninth, we kept chipping away. A credit to our baseball team the way we fought to get back in it."

James Ramsey and Nogowski led the Seminoles with two hits each in the loss. Ramsey homered in the fifth for his team leading ninth home run of the season and his third of the series. Johnson finished 1-for-3 on Sunday as the senior third baseman reached Peter Miller (3-1) suffered the loss as the sophomore right hander went 2.2 innings giving up three runs on five hits as he walked one and struck out three. All three runs allowed by Miller came off two home runs, the first two allowed by Miller this ye Wake's Brian Holmes (5-0) remained perfect on the year as the junior southpaw went 5.0 innings allowing a run on two hits. He finished with eight strikeouts but walked a career-high six.

Florida State threatened in the first when Holmes issued three walks to load the bases, but the junior lefty got Justin Gonzalez swinging on strikes for the third out to keep the game scoreless.

Johnson was one of those three Seminoles to draw a walk in the first inning to extend his streak of reaching base safely to all 24 games this year.

The Demon Deacons took the early lead in game three on a solo home run by Lopez to start the bottom of the second. The Wake third baseman took a 1-1 pitch from Miller out of the park to right for his eighth home run of the season. The Deacs threatened t Wake increased its lead to 3-0 on its second home run of the afternoon. Pat Blair reached on a single to left and scored a batter later on Mac Williamson's home run to right. The Demon Deacon center fielder took advantage of the short perch in right as Brandon Johnson was charged with a run in the fourth as he retired the first two batters to start the inning on a pair of fly outs before hitting Evan Stephens on the arm. Mack Waugh entered the game and gave up a two-out RBI double to Blair as Stephens Ramsey got the Seminoles on the board in the fifth as he connected on a solo shot to right. The senior captain hit a line drive out of the park to right on a 2-1 pitch from Holmes to cut into the Wake Forest lead at 4-1.

The Deacs responded with two more runs in the fifth to push their lead to 6-1. With runners at second and third and two outs, designated hitter Jack Carey bounced a base hit back up the middle off Waugh to plate a pair.

Wake Forest added an unearned run in the sixth for a 7-1 lead. Blair drew a one-out walk off Waugh, stole second and third and scored on an errant throw by Stephen McGee from behind the plate on the steal attempt at third.

Florida State cut the deficit to 7-3 scoring twice in the seventh. Ramsey opened the inning reaching on a walk and moved to second on a single through the left side by Jayce Boyd. Both runners advanced 90 feet on a passed ball. Gonzalez drove in the fir The Seminoles added a run in the eighth when Johnson walked for the third time on Sunday, moved to third on a double by Ramsey and scored on a sac-fly to right off the bat of Boyd.

Brian Busch looked impressive in his 1.2 innings of work as the senior lefty allowed one hit and struck out three. Hunter Scantling pitched a perfect ninth as he faced the minimum and struck out two.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        3  1  1   1  3  0  1  0
Devon Travis            2B        1  0  0   0  1  0  1  0
  John Holland          2B        4  0  0   0  0  2  0  3
James Ramsey            CF        4  2  2   1  1  0  1  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        3  1  1   1  1  0  3  0
Stephen McGee           C         3  0  0   0  2  2 10  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        5  0  0   1  0  4  4  2
Seth Miller             RF        3  0  0   0  2  1  2  0
Stephen Spradling       DH        2  0  0   0  0  2  0  0
  John Nogowski         PH-DH     3  0  2   1  0  0  0  0
  Giovanny Alfonzo      PR        0  1  0   0  0  0  0  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  0  1   0  2  1  1  0
Peter Miller            P                            0  0
  Brandon Johnson       P                            0  0
  Mack Waugh            P                            0  1
  Brian Busch           P                            0  0
  Hunter Scantling      P                            1  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              34  5  7   5 12 12 24  6
Opp                              33  7  9   6  3 10 27  7

E - Opp-1, FSU-Stephen McGee (4)
2B - Opp-1, FSU-James Ramsey (5)
HR - Opp-2, FSU-James Ramsey (9)
HBP - Opp-2
SF - FSU-Jayce Boyd (3)
SB - Opp-4

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
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Peter Miller         L (3-1)    2.2  5  3  3  1  3
Brandon Johnson                 1.0  0  1  1  0  0
Mack Waugh                      1.2  3  3  1  2  2
Brian Busch                     1.2  1  0  0  0  3
Hunter Scantling                1.0  0  0  0  0  2
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FSU                             8.0  9  7  5  3 10
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FLORIDA 4, FLORIDA STATE 1
03/27/2012, Jacksonville, Fl
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida Downs FSU In Jacksonville.

The Seminoles fall to the Gators in Jacksonville for the first time since 2007.

JACKSONVILLE, FL - Fourth-ranked Florida State (21-4) fell to No. 1 Florida (23-2) 4-1 Tuesday evening in front of a standing room only crowd of 10,751 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

The Gators scored four unanswered runs to claim their first season series over the Seminoles since 2009. The win for UF also snapped FSU's four-game win streak in Jacksonville, while it was the Seminoles first loss to the Gators on neutral soil, spanning seven games, since Florida's 16-7 victory over FSU in their inaugural game in Jacksonville in 2007.

"It was a great night it's just unfortunate that we got beat," said head coach Mike Martin. "Florida played well, they deserved to win. We played well, had our chances and could not capitalize. Tip your hat to them."

Florida State held a 1-0 lead until the sixth when the Gators tallied all the runs they would need Tuesday night scoring three runs all on two outs. UF would add a run in the eighth for the winning margin.

Casey Turgeon's two-run triple in the sixth was the difference maker in the game spoiling a fantastic outing by FSU starter Scott Sitz.

Sitz, making his third start of the season and third career start against Florida, kept the Gator bats at bay allowing just two hits in 5.1 innings as he did not factor into the decision. He was charged with one earned run as he walked three and tied a career-high with five strikeouts. Sitz did not allow a hit until two outs in the fourth when Brian Johnson dropped a bloop single to left.

"Scotty really pitched well," said Martin. "It's a shame, he deserved a better fate but you have to credit Florida.

Brian Busch (0-1) suffered the loss as the senior southpaw entered in relief of Sitz in the sixth and issued the two-run triple to Turgeon.

Florida out hit Florida State 6-5 in the game as Devon Travis led the Noles with two hits on Tuesday. Sherman Johnson went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and scored the only Seminole run. In the process, Johnson has now reached base in all 25 games this year.

"They hit the ball where we couldn't get to it that's the only way you can describe it," added Martin. "I thought our pitching was excellent. I thought we played an excellent ball game."

Stephen McGee registered the game's first hit in the top of the second lacing a sharp single off the glove of the diving Nolan Fontana at short. He was quickly retired from the base paths as Florida starter Greg Larson got Seth Miller to ground into an inning ending double play on the very next pitch.

Sitz worked around a one-out walk to Brian Johnson in the bottom of the second getting Taylor Gushue and Turgeon out on strikes to retire the side.

The Seminoles struck first on Tuesday night plating a run in the top of the fourth on an RBI groundout by James Ramsey. Johnson led off the inning with a double down the line in right, moved to third on a bunt single by Travis and scored on the groundout by Ramsey to give FSU a 1-0 lead. After a walk to Jayce Boyd, both Travis and Boyd moved up 90 feet converting on a double steal. The Gators would get out of the inning without further damage as Larson struck out McGee and Daniel Gibson came on and got Miller to groundout to short.

Florida puts two on in the fourth as Preston Tucker reached on a walk and Johnson collected the Gators' first hit of the game on a bloop single to left. But Sitz would keep UF off the scoreboard as Gushue grounded to second to end the inning.

The Gators left two more on in the fifth as Turgeon led off the inning with a walk. Sitz looked on his way to retiring the next three batters but a fielding error at first kept the inning alive. The Jacksonville Beach, Fla., would escape the jam as Daniel Pigott flew out to Ramsey in right center.

The Seminoles squandered a golden opportunity to add to their lead in the sixth loading the bases with just one out as Gibson gave up two walks and an infield single to Ramsey. Johnny Magliozzi (3-0) became the third Gator pitcher of the evening and after falling behind 3-0 to McGee, the freshman right hander got McGee to ground into an inning ending double play to keep FSU's lead at 1-0.

Florida grabbed the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth on a two-out, two-run triple by Turgeon. The Gator second baseman blasted a shot to dead center field as the ball tipped off the diving glove of Ramsey. Zunino and Gushue scored on the play to give UF a 2-1 advantage.

Zunino opened the inning with a single off Sitz, just the second hit allowed by the junior right hander Tuesday night. It would also end the outing for Sitz after 5.1 innings. Brian Busch entered and got Johnson to fly out center but then issued a walk to Gushue and the go-ahead triple to Turgeon. The Gators would add one more in the inning as Vickash Ramjit singled to right center off Hunter Scantling scoring Turgeon from third for a 3-1 Florida lead.

Florida left two aboard in the eighth as Bryant Holtmann kept the deficit at two getting Zunino to groundout to third and Johnson to fly out to left.

The Gators added their fourth run of the game on Ramjit's second RBI of the evening lacing a run scoring single to left center. He was thrown out at second trying to extend his single to a double.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         3B        3  1  1   0  1  1  0  1
Devon Travis            2B        4  0  2   0  0  1  0  6
James Ramsey            CF        4  0  1   1  0  0  2  1
Jayce Boyd              1B        2  0  0   0  2  1  8  0
Stephen McGee           C         4  0  1   0  0  2  7  0
Seth Miller             RF        4  0  0   0  0  2  2  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        3  0  0   0  0  1  1  0
John Nogowski           DH        3  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  0  0   0  0  1  4  0
Scott Sitz              P                            0  1
  Brian Busch           P                            0  0
  Hunter Scantling      P                            0  0
  Bryant Holtmann       P                            0  0
  Luke Weaver           P                            0  0
  Kyle Bird             P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              30  1  5   1  3  9 24  9
Opp                              30  4  6   4  6  6 27 11

E - Opp-1, FSU-Jayce Boyd (2)
2B - FSU-Sherman Johnson (5)
3B - Opp-2
SB - FSU-Devon Travis (4), Jayce Boyd (4)
CS - FSU-Jose Brizuela (1)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Scott Sitz                      5.1  2  1  1  3  5
Brian Busch          L (0-1)    0.1  1  2  2  1  0
Hunter Scantling                0.2  2  0  0  0  0
Bryant Holtmann                 0.2  0  0  0  1  0
Luke Weaver                     0.2  1  1  1  1  0
Kyle Bird                       0.1  0  0  0  0  1
                               ===================
FSU                             8.0  6  4  4  6  6
Opp                  W-Sv       9.0  5  1  1  3  9


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FLORIDA STATE 5, VIRGINIA TECH 2
03/30/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Clips Virginia Tech.

Brandon Leibrandt works a career-high seven scoreless innings in the win Friday night.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Behind a dominant pitching performance from freshman Brandon Leibrandt, fourth-ranked Florida State (22-4, 9-1 ACC) snapped its two-game skid with a 5-2 victory over Virginia Tech (18-10, 2-8 ACC) Friday night on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

The Florida State bats also broke out for 13 hits on Friday as three Seminoles registered three hits each to claim their third straight victory over the Hokies and their 12th win in the last 15 games in the series.

Devon Travis, Jayce Boyd and Jose Brizuela all went 3-for-4 in the game one victory. Justin Gonzalez recorded two hits with a bunt single and a double, while James Ramsey and Sherman Johnson each picked up a hit. Ramsey and Boyd drove in a game-high two runs each and Travis scored twice.

"We did get some timely hits," said head coach Mike Martin. "Jayce Boyd had two RBI and had some great at-bats. You also have to credit Sherman Johnson again for doing his job as a lead-off hitter, he was really impressive."

"Keeping a good approach, the guys in front of me keep doing their job of getting on base," said Boyd. "They make it pretty easy on me to just put the ball in play and get things going."

Despite a 42-minute rain delay, Leibrandt (3-1) worked the longest outing of his career Friday night as the Alpharetta, Ga., native went 7.0 scoreless innings allowing just five hits and one walk while striking out four. Three of the five hits he allowed came in the first two innings, while he worked out of a bases loaded jam with no outs in the fourth.

"A quality start for Brandon Leibrandt," added Martin. "That was important to us. It was a crucial inning for him to get out of that bases loaded no outs. He hit very well with his fastball and made a couple of very quality pitches to get himself out of that inning."

"I felt like my mechanics were a lot better tonight," said Leibrandt. "I was able to establish my fastball on both sides of the plate and that was huge for me tonight."

Leibrandt was tested early as the Hokies put runners at the corners with one out in the first, but the freshman southpaw would keep Virginia Tech off the scoreboard as he recorded a pair of fly outs to retire the side.

The leadoff batter would reach on a fielding error to open the third, but Leibrandt retired the next three batters as the Hokies could not muster a run.

Virginia Tech loaded the bases in the fourth with no outs and Leibrandt responded with three straight outs without giving up a run. He sandwiched a fielder's choice groundout back to the mound with a pair of strikeouts to end the inning.

"I was just trying to bare down and limit the damage the best I could," said Leibrandt. "I thought if I could limit them to just one run that would be a win for us, but luckily I was able to get two strikeouts and get a zero on the board."

Leibrandt and the Seminoles would get all the run support they would need in the first and third innings as Florida State ran out to an early 3-0 lead.

"Brandon has done really well all season," added Boyd. "Coming out as a freshman, he is throwing the ball really, really well. He is throwing strikes and getting people out. You can't ask for anything more than that."

Johnson led off the first with a single up the middle to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 26 straight games. He moved to second on a wild pitch by Joe Mantiply (3-2) and advanced to third on a sac-bunt by Travis. Johnson would score a batter later on a sac-fly to center by Ramsey to give the Noles the early 1-0 advantage.

The Seminole strung together three consecutive hits in the third to push their lead to 3-0. Travis doubled down the line in right and scored on the run scoring double to right center by Ramsey. Ramsey would score on Boyd's RBI single up the middle.

Florida State made it 4-0 in the seventh on Boyd's second run scoring single of the evening. Travis led off the inning with a single up the middle and moved into scoring position at second when Ramsey laid down a sacrifice bunt. Boyd followed with a single up the middle.

FSU's fifth run of the evening came in the eighth as Brizuela reached on a bunt single, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on a two-out, RBI single to right by Travis.

Virginia Tech added an unearned run in the eighth and ninth innings to account for the scoring Friday night. The Hokies took advantage on a throwing error in the eighth to extend the inning paving the way for an RBI single to left by pinch hitter Brendon Hayden.

Gage Smith worked the eighth and gave up two hits while recording a strikeout.

A throwing error in the ninth which accounted for the Seminoles' fourth error of the game, led to Virginia Tech's second run of the night. With Robert Benincasa on the mound, pinch hitter Sean Keselica led off the top of the ninth with an infield single to second. After stealing second, Keselica would score on a throwing error at short. Benincasa would settle down and retire the next three batters that he faced on two strikeouts and a groundout to preserve the victory.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        5  1  1   0  0  1  1  1
Devon Travis            2B        4  2  3   1  0  1  3  3
James Ramsey            CF        2  1  1   2  1  1  1  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        4  0  3   2  0  0  8  0
Stephen McGee           C         3  0  0   0  1  0  8  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        4  0  2   0  0  0  3  3
Seth Miller             RF        3  0  0   0  0  1  1  1
  Giovanny Alfonzo      PH        1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Josh Delph            RF        0  0  0   0  0  0  1  0
John Nogowski           DH        3  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  John Holland          PH        1  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        4  1  3   0  0  0  1  0
Brandon Leibrandt       P                            0  1
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              34  5 13   5  2  5 27  9
Opp                              35  2  8   1  1  7 24  5

E - FSU-Brandon Leibrandt (1), Devon Travis (3), Stephen McGee (5), Justin Gonzalez (6)
2B - Opp-1, FSU-Devon Travis (12), James Ramsey (6), Jayce Boyd (10), Justin Gonzalez (8)
HBP - Opp-1
SH - Opp-2, FSU-Devon Travis (1), James Ramsey (2)
SF - FSU-James Ramsey (2)
SB - Opp-1

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Brandon Leibrandt    W (3-1)    7.0  5  0  0  1  4
Gage Smith                      1.0  2  1  0  0  1
Robert Benincasa                1.0  1  1  0  0  2
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0  8  2  0  1  7
Opp                  L          8.0 13  5  4  2  5


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FLORIDA STATE 2, VIRGINIA TECH 1
03/31/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Compton Throws Gem Against Hokies.

The freshman southpaw posts career-highs for innings pitched and strikeouts to move to 6-0 on the year.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Fourth-ranked Florida State (23-4, 10-1 ACC) received another stellar outing from its freshman starter Mike Compton as the Seminoles defeated Virginia Tech (18-11, 2-9 ACC) 2-1 Saturday night on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

Compton (6-0) went 7.2 innings, the longest stint of any Seminole starter this year, and recorded a career-high eight strikeouts to become the first six-game winner in the ACC this year. Compton out dueled Virginia Tech starter Marc Zecchino (2-4), who worked 7.0 innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits as he struck out six and walked three.

"It was an outstanding performance by Michael Compton," said head coach Mike Martin. "You got to complement their guy (Zecchino), he did a very good job. It was just a well-played college baseball game tonight."

"It was a fastball, slider combination (working for me), I got ahead of hitters a lot tonight and did not walk anyone," said Compton. "I just let the defense play as usual. Stephen McGee was awesome behind the plate, giving me a lot of strikes. I felt really good about my outing tonight."

Florida State scored both of its runs in the fourth as Devon Travis led off the inning with a double to right center and advanced to third on a single to center by James Ramsey. The senior captain would move into second on a fielding error by Virginia Tech first baseman Brendon Hayden. Travis scored the game's first run on an RBI groundout to second by Jayce Boyd and Ramsey would follow with the second run on a sac-fly to right off the bat of Stephen McGee.

"We happened to have a series of outstanding at-bats by Devon, Rammer, Jayce and McGee in the fourth," added Martin. "Jayce does a good job of hitting to drive in a run and then we get another run driven in by McGee. That's it. I don't remember a game this year in which we had so few base runners. You really have to credit Virginia Tech; they came out and played a good ball game. I am just very pleased that we were able to pull that one off tonight."

Travis' double was his team leading 13th of the season, while Ramsey's single extended his hitting streak to a team-high 12 games. Sherman Johnson recorded a walk in the first inning to extend his streak of reaching base to 27 straight games. Jose Brizuela also registered a single in the third and is now hitting .316 in 10 league games this year.

The runs in the fourth would be all the run support Compton would need as the freshman right hander retired the first six Hokie batters that he faced while facing the minimum in an inning four times Saturday night. He did not walk a batter and became the first Seminole starter to not issue a walk this year. Florida State did not surrender a walk Saturday night for the first time in a game this season.

"We know we have a rested bullpen," said Martin on getting back-to-back 7.0 plus inning performances from his starters this weekend.

Virginia Tech put pressure on Compton in the third as the first two batters reached on a pair of infield singles, but the Branson, Mo., native struck out Sean Keselica and then forced Mark Zagunis to ground into an inning ending double play.

The only run for the Hokies on Saturday night came on a solo shot to right by Tyler Horan in the fifth. The redshirt sophomore left fielder led off the inning taking a 2-0 pitch from Compton out of the park to right for his seventh home run of the season to cut the Florida State lead to 2-1.

Compton would then give up a one-out double to Hayden in the fifth, but would retire the next two Hokie hitters on strikeouts to maintain FSU's one-run advantage.

"He plays in advance of a freshman," added Martin on Compton's poise on the mound. "I am very pleased with that. He and Leibrandt both seem to be in total control of their emotions and of the situation. They have a good baseball head on their shoulders."

Virginia Tech looked to push across the tying run in the sixth as Zagunis led off the inning with a single to center, stole second and advanced to third on a sac-bunt by Alex Perez. Compton would leave Zagunis at third as he struck out Chad Pinder and got Johnny Morales to groundout to Justin Gonzalez at short for the final out of the inning.

Compton retired the next five batters before giving up a two-out bloop single to right to Zagunis in the eighth. That would be the final batter he would face as Compton left the game to a standing ovation in front of a packed crowd of 6,158, the largest crowd of the season and 18th largest in school history.

Bryant Holtmann came on and threw just two pitches as McGee threw a bullet down to Gonzalez at second to catch Zagunis stealing for the final out in the eighth.

The ninth inning belonged to Robert Benincasa as the junior right hander retired the side in order to pick up his league leading ninth save of the season. The Tampa, Fla., native added a strikeout in the inning and is now a perfect 9-for-9 in save situations this year.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         3B        2  0  0   0  1  1  1  0
Devon Travis            2B        3  1  1   0  0  0  2  3
James Ramsey            CF        2  1  1   0  1  0  1  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        3  0  0   1  0  0  9  1
Stephen McGee           C         1  0  0   1  0  0 10  1
Justin Gonzalez         SS        3  0  0   0  0  2  2  6
Seth Miller             RF        3  0  0   0  0  2  1  0
John Nogowski           DH        1  0  0   0  1  0  0  0
  Josh Delph            PH        1  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  0  1   0  0  1  1  0
Mike Compton            P                            0  1
  Bryant Holtmann       P                            0  0
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              22  2  3   2  3  7 27 12
Opp                              30  1  6   1  0  9 24 12

E - Opp-1
2B - Opp-1, FSU-Devon Travis (13)
HR - Opp-1
HBP - FSU-Stephen McGee (8)
SH - Opp-1
SF - FSU-Stephen McGee (2)
SB - Opp-1, FSU-Jose Brizuela (3)
CS - Opp-1, FSU-James Ramsey (3), Stephen McGee (3)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Mike Compton         W (6-0)    7.2  6  1  1  0  8
Bryant Holtmann                 0.1  0  0  0  0  0
Robert Benincasa     Sv(9)      1.0  0  0  0  0  1
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0  6  1  1  0  9
Opp                  L          8.0  3  2  1  3  7


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FLORIDA STATE 11, VIRGINIA TECH 4
04/01/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Sweep Hokies.

The Seminoles pound out 11 runs on 14 hits to complete the sweep of the Hokies.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Fourth-ranked Florida State (24-4, 11-1 ACC) pounded out 14 hits including seven of the extra base variety en route to an 11-4 victory over Virginia Tech (18-12, 2-10 ACC) Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

Florida State completed the sweep of the Hokies on Sunday marking its third series sweep of a Coastal Division opponent this year. The Seminoles have won all four league series this year and are off to their best start in the ACC since 2008 when the Garnet & Gold won 11 of their first 12 games in the league.

"That was an excellent weekend of baseball," said head coach Mike Martin. "When you win two games, the third game is always so difficult because the other club is fighting like crazy not to lose three ball games. They know the trip going back is not going to be any fun and I have been in that situation. For our guys to accomplish what they did is certainly a tip of the hat from our coaching staff because they went out there today and got it done. Our guys did not hold back, they didn't take anything for granted, they weren't complacent, they didn't go through the motions and that is a credit to them."

The Seminoles brought out the lumber in game three registering five doubles, a triple and a grand slam home run off the bat Justin Gonzalez. Six Florida State hitters registered multiple hits on Sunday led by freshman John Holland who went a perfect 3-for-3 with two doubles, a single and two walks in his first collegiate start. Holland scored three times and finished the game reaching base on all five of his plate appearances.

Devon Travis, James Ramsey, Jayce Boyd, Gonzalez and Seth Miller each recorded two hits, while Ramsey and Jose Brizuela both drove in two runs. Gonzalez led all players on Sunday with four RBI as he connected on his first career grand slam in the first inning.

Sherman Johnson drew three walks for his fifth three-walk game of the season to extend his streak of reaching base to 28 games. Stephen McGee also drew three walks in the win.

The Seminoles provided plenty of run support for starter Peter Miller who tied a career-high with 5.0 innings pitched and five strikeouts to move to 4-1 on the year. The sophomore right hander allowed just two runs on five hits and three walks.

"It was struggle today, I felt like I was scratching and clawing a few times," said Miller. "I definitely did not have my best stuff but to only allow two runs, I will take that every time."

Florida State sent 12 batters to the plate in the first scoring all six runs on two outs to knock Virginia Tech starter Andrew Aizenstadt (2-2) from the game after recording just two-thirds of an inning on Sunday.

The Hokies looked as if they were on their way to matching Peter Miller's three up, three down performance in the top half of the first after Aizenstadt recorded a strikeout and a groundout. But the next nine batters reached on five hits and four walks.

Ramsey drew a walk to begin the two-out, first inning rally followed by a Boyd single and a walk to McGee. Gonzalez stepped in and ripped a 2-1 offering from Aizenstadt over the fence in left for a grand slam good for his second home run of the season. It marked the third grand slam hit by a Seminole this year.

"Any time you are in the position to help your team and get a comfortable lead is key," said Gonzalez. "I was just fortunate to get a good pitch to hit and it went out. I couldn't be happier."

After Gonzalez gave the Seminoles a 4-0 lead, Seth Miller drew a walk and moved to third on double by Holland. Both runners would score on Brizuela's double down the line in left to cap off FSU's six-run first.

"I don't think there is any question the first inning was the key to the ball game," added Martin. "Sure we got solid pitching from everyone today, but for us to get six in the first was deflating for them."

Virginia Tech cut into the lead in the third plating a run on an RBI groundout to short off the bat of Johnny Morales to score Gabe Ortiz who reached on a fielder's choice.

The Seminoles answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 10-1 advantage. Miller and Holland opened the inning with back-to-back doubles as the latter scored Miller for the first run in the third. With runners at the corners after a groundout and walk to Johnson, Travis brought home Holland on an infield single to short. Ramsey cleared the bases with a two-run triple down the line in right.

The Hokies added their second run off Miller when Chad Pinder connected on the first of his two home runs on Sunday afternoon. The sophomore third baseman took a 1-2 offering from Miller over the fence in right for his third round tripper of the season.

FSU pushed its lead to 11-2 as Holland scored his third run of the afternoon on a wild pitch from Hokie reliever Eddie Campbell.

Virginia Tech pushed a run across in the sixth and seventh innings off Hunter Scantling and Brian Busch, respectively. Pinder went yard for the second time in game three taking the first pitch he saw from Scantling over the fence in right center.

Mark Zagunis connected on an RBI single to right off Busch in the seventh to score Ortiz, who reached on a fielder's choice.

Kyle Bird and Mack Waugh pitched the eighth and ninth innings to complete the sweep of the Hokies as both Seminole pitchers registered a strikeout.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        2  1  0   0  3  2  0  1
  Giovanny Alfonzo      PH        1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Mack Waugh            P         0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Devon Travis            2B        5  1  2   1  0  1  3  1
James Ramsey            CF        4  1  2   2  1  0  3  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        5  1  2   0  0  0  7  1
Stephen McGee           C         2  1  0   0  3  0 10  1
Justin Gonzalez         SS        5  1  2   4  0  2  1  4
Seth Miller             RF        4  2  2   0  1  1  1  0
John Holland            DH-3B     3  3  3   1  2  0  0  1
Jose Brizuela           LF        5  0  1   2  0  0  1  0
Peter Miller            P                            1  0
  Hunter Scantling      P                            0  0
  Brian Busch           P                            0  0
  Kyle Bird             P                            0  1
                                 ========================
FSU                              36 11 14  10 10  6 27 10
Opp                              35  4  7   4  5 11 24 10

E - Opp-1, FSU-Justin Gonzalez (7)
2B - FSU-Justin Gonzalez (9), Seth Miller (5), John Holland 2 (2), Jose Brizuela (5)
3B - FSU-James Ramsey (4)
HR - Opp-2, FSU-Justin Gonzalez (2)
HBP - Opp-1

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Peter Miller         W (4-1)    5.0  5  2  2  3  5
Hunter Scantling                1.0  1  1  1  0  2
Brian Busch                     1.0  1  1  1  1  2
Kyle Bird                       1.0  0  0  0  1  1
Mack Waugh                      1.0  0  0  0  0  1
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FSU                             9.0  7  4  4  5 11
Opp                  L          8.0 14 11 10 10  6


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FLORIDA GULF COAST 5, FLORIDA STATE 1
04/04/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FGCU Upsets FSU.

The Seminoles tie a season-low with three hits in suffering their first loss to the Eagles.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Second-ranked Florida State (22-5) suffered a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Florida Gulf Coast (11-18) Wednesday evening on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

The Eagles stymied the Seminole bats all evening long as Florida State was held to just three hits to tie a season-low. The loss was just the second of the season at home for FSU snapping a 13-game home winning streak, while it marked the first loss in five all-time meetings against Florida Gulf Coast.

"You just have to tip your hat to Florida Gulf Coast," said head coach Mike Martin. "They did a great job tonight. We did things that we needed to do to get ourselves back in the ball game, but we just happened to hit some balls at people. It was a good baseball game. I am proud of our club for fighting all night long but obviously disappointed with the outcome."

Florida State received a solid pitching performance from starter Scott Sitz (1-2), who settled down after giving up two first inning runs. The junior right hander worked a season-high 6.0 innings as all two runs and three hits he allowed against the Eagles came in the first inning. Sitz finished the outing with a career-high nine strikeouts while not issuing a walk for the fourth time in 18 career starts.

After the Eagles strung together consecutive two-out, RBI hits from Sean Dwyer and Brandon Bednar in the first, Sitz proceeded to retire the next 16 batters that he faced before leaving the game after striking out the side in the sixth.

"I didn't even realize that," said Martin on Sitz finishing the game retiring 16 straight. "I was sitting there knowing that he was cooking. But I had no idea he had retired 16 in a row. He was spotting his fastball well and we kept trying to get the change-up going which is going to be a very important pitch for him down the road."

The Seminoles could muster just three hits on Wednesday with two of those coming with two outs in the sixth resulting in the only Florida State run. James Ramsey laced a single to right and scored on a double off the fence in right center by Jayce Boyd.

John Holland, who made his second straight start at DH, recorded the first hit of the game in the third reaching on an infield single to second.

Florida Gulf Coast added to its lead in the seventh pushing across three runs to take a 5-1 advantage. Dwyer drew a walk off Kyle Bird and moved to third on single to right by Bednar. After a strikeout to Mike Reeves, Gage Smith entered the ball game and gave up an RBI single to Zack Tillery and a single through the right side of the infield by Alex Diaz before giving way to Bryant Holtmann. Bednar would score the second run of the inning on a wild pitch from Holtmann. The third run came on a sac-fly off the bat of Brady Anderson.

Justin Gonzalez came within a few feet of tying the ball game with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the eighth. With the bases loaded following walks to Sherman Johnson, Devon Travis and Stephen McGee, Gonzalez hammered a 3-1 offering from Jason Forget to the deepest part of Mike Martin Field but FGCU centerfielder Ryan Gebhart made the catch at the wall for the final out of the inning.

"Justin Gonzalez hits that ball to the deepest part of the yard," added Martin. "They had their outfielders deep and their guy makes the play."

Forget retired the Seminoles in order in the ninth to register his first save of the season.

Harrison Cooney (1-2) earned the win for Florida Gulf Coast in a controlled start as the sophomore right hander worked 4.0 scoreless innings allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out three.

Sherman Johnson drew three walks on Wednesday night to extend his streak of reaching base to 29 games. Ramsey's single in the sixth pushed his hitting streak to a season-best 14 games.

Hunter Scantling and Brian Busch worked a scoreless inning in relief pitching the eighth and ninth innings, respectively. After allowing back-to-back hits, Scantling bounced back to strikeout the side. Busch faced five batters and allowed one hit in the ninth.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         3B        1  0  0   0  3  1  0  2
Devon Travis            2B        2  0  0   0  2  0  0  1
James Ramsey            CF        4  1  1   0  0  1  1  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        4  0  1   1  0  0  5  0
Stephen McGee           C         2  0  0   0  1  1 14  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        3  0  0   0  0  1  1  0
Seth Miller             RF        3  0  0   0  1  0  4  0
John Holland            DH        4  0  1   0  0  0  0  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        4  0  0   0  0  0  2  0
Scott Sitz              P                            0  1
  Kyle Bird             P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
  Bryant Holtmann       P                            0  0
  Hunter Scantling      P                            0  0
  Brian Busch           P                            0  1
                                 ========================
FSU                              27  1  3   1  7  4 27  5
Opp                              34  5  9   4  1 14 27 11

2B - Opp-1, FSU-Jayce Boyd (11)
HBP - Opp-1, FSU-Stephen McGee (9), Justin Gonzalez (4)
SH - Opp-1
SF - Opp-1
CS - FSU-Justin Gonzalez (1)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Scott Sitz           L (1-2)    6.0  3  2  2  0  9
Kyle Bird                       0.1  1  2  2  1  1
Gage Smith                      0.0  2  1  1  0  0
Bryant Holtmann                 0.2  0  0  0  0  1
Hunter Scantling                1.0  2  0  0  0  3
Brian Busch                     1.0  1  0  0  0  0
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0  9  5  5  1 14
Opp                  W-Sv       9.0  3  1  1  7  4


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FLORIDA STATE 2, GEORGIA TECH 1
04/06/2012, ATLANTA, GA
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Clip Jackets In Extra Innings.

Justin Gonzalez singles in the game-winning run in the top of the 10th.

ATLANTA, GA - Justin Gonzalez drove in the game-winning run in the top of the 10th inning as second-ranked Florida State (25-5, 12-1 ACC) defeated No. 23 Georgia Tech (19-12, 6-7 ACC) 2-1 in the opening game of a three-game series Friday evening inside Russ Chandler Stadium.

After the Yellow Jackets tied the game with a run in the ninth, the Seminoles put together a two-out rally in the 10th culminating with Gonzalez' go-ahead RBI single through the left side of the infield to score Jayce Boyd from second. Boyd started the rally singling back up the middle off Alex Cruz (1-1) and moved into scoring position after Stephen McGee drew a walk. Gonzalez then found the hole through the left side to plate Boyd to give the Noles a 2-1 lead.

"I struggled all game, but I stayed confident and was able to come through with the hit when we needed it the most," said Gonzalez. "Eleven told me that I was going to get a chance and to just stayed poised and fortunately I was able to come through for my team. I fell behind with two strikes. I got a good pitch to hit and was able to take advantage of it."

Robert Benincasa (2-0), who suffered his first blown save of the year when Georgia Tech tied the game at one in the ninth, returned to pitch the 10th and retired the side in order to secure the win for the Seminoles. The Tampa, Fla., native finished the game throwing 2.1 innings allowing a run on two hits as he walked one and struck out two.

"A good win, no doubt about it," said head coach Mike Martin. "Every win on the road is a good win in this league. It was a classic ballgame. I was just so excited for the great job that Leibrandt did. He has just pitched great baseball for us all year. I am just very proud of what we were able to accomplish tonight.

"Justin has worked so hard and I am just excited that he stayed closed and put the ball in play. Good things happen when you put the ball on the ground and put it in play."

With the win, Florida State improved to 8-0 in one-run games this year.

"I just can't say enough about what a good, well-played game that was; we made some very good plays defensively tonight," added Martin. "It was fun; a great win for us tonight."

Boyd and Jose Brizuela combined for five of FSU's seven hits in the game one victory. Boyd was a perfect 3-for-3 with three singles as he reached base on all five plate appearances adding a pair of walks on Friday. Brizuela went 2-for-4 and drove in the first Seminole run in the second.

James Ramsey went 1-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to a season-best 15 games. For the first time in 30 games, Sherman Johnson did not reach base snapping his streak of reaching base at 29 straight games.

The big story on Friday night occurred on the mound as fans inside Russ Chandler Stadium were treated to pitcher's duel between FSU's Brandon Leibrandt and Georgia Tech's Buck Farmer but neither pitcher would factor into the decision.

Leibrandt worked a career-high 7.1 shutout innings scattering three hits and one walk while striking out four. Pitching in front of the hometown crowd Friday night, Leibrandt would not give up a hit after the third and had retired 15 straight Yellow Jackets until issuing a walk to Daniel Palka with one out in the eighth. All three hits off Leibrandt were singles, while the freshman southpaw did not allow a runner past first base in his 7.1 innings of work.

"I had the adrenaline going tonight," said Leibrandt on throwing in front of a lot of friends and family Friday night in his hometown. "Really I was able to mix my pitches equally. They gave me some easy outs on some pitches and the defense behind me played extremely well."

Farmer was equally impressive throwing 8.0 innings allowing one run on five hits as he walked three and struck out eight. He finished the game throwing a career-high 126 pitches.

Florida State threatened right out of the gates on Friday night putting a couple runners on with two outs in the first. Ramsey reached on an infield single to short and advanced to second when Boyd drew a walk. Farmer would get out of the inning unscathed when McGee flew out to left to retire the side.

After Leibrandt retired the Jackets in order in the bottom of the first, the Seminoles returned the favor by plating a run in the second on an RBI single by Brizuela to give Florida State the early 1-0 lead. Gonzalez reached to lead off the inning on a hit by pitch and moved to second when John Holland drew a walk. The Seminole shortstop would come around to score one batter later when Brizuela laced a single to right center. Brizuela was thrown out at second on the play trying to stretch his base hit into a double.

The Jackets recorded two hits in the second but Leibrandt faced the minimum to keep the one-run lead intact. Jake Davies singled up the middle but was retired on a double play groundout by Zane Evans. Palka followed with a single through the right side. He was then picked off at first by Leibrandt to close out the second inning.

Neither team would produce much after the second inning as Leibrandt and Farmer kept the bats in check until Florida State looked to add to its lead in the eighth.

The Seminoles put together a two-out rally in the eighth when Boyd and McGee reached on a walk and hit-by-pitch, respectively. But Farmer kept the deficit at one striking out Gonzalez on his 126th pitch of the game.

The Yellow Jackets recorded their first base runner since the third when Palka drew a one-out walk in the eighth. Leibrandt had retired 15 in a row before issuing his first walk of the game to Palka. That would end the night for the freshman southpaw as Gage Smith came in and faced just one batter striking out Connor Lynch. Palka stole second on the play to move into scoring position for the Jackets.

Benincasa came in to get the final out in the eighth but not before an outstanding defensive play by Devon Travis at second to record the final out of the inning. Pinch hitter Paul Kronenfeld hit a ground ball in between first and second, but Travis dove to his left to field the ball in the outfield, jumped to his feet and threw on to Boyd at first to get Kronenfeld for the third out.

Georgia Tech plated the tying run in the ninth off Benincasa to force extra innings. Kyle Wren reached on an infield single and scored all the way from first on an RBI double down the right field line from Brandon Thomas. Benincasa settled down to get the final two outs on a pair of fly outs to keep the game tied at one. It marked the first blown save for Benincasa in 10 chances this year.

After the Seminoles retook the lead in the top of the 10th, Benincasa looked as confident as ever in the bottom half of the inning retiring the side in order on a strikeout and back-to-back groundouts.

"He was disappointed of course that the game got tied, but hey you learn a lot about a guy when that happens," said Martin. He didn't feel sorry for himself and fold his tent up, he battled, got the next two outs and then of course went out and pitched a very good 10th."

"Coming in with two outs in the eighth, my main goal was to get us out of that inning," said Benincasa. "In the ninth inning, I got the first guy out and you feel like things are going to go according to plan but things happen, its baseball. They didn't go according to plan and in the end it's not about me, it's about the team getting the win. I was just glad that we did score another run in the 10th that way I was able to come in and finish the job."

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         3B        5  0  0   0  0  2  0  2
Devon Travis            2B        5  0  0   0  0  0  0  5
James Ramsey            CF        5  0  1   0  0  1  2  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        3  1  3   0  2  0  9  1
Stephen McGee           C         3  0  0   0  1  0  7  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        4  1  1   1  0  2  3  2
Seth Miller             RF        4  0  0   0  1  1  6  0
John Holland            DH        3  0  0   0  1  1  0  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        4  0  2   1  0  1  2  0
Brandon Leibrandt       P                            1  1
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              36  2  7   2  5  8 30 11
Opp                              33  1  5   1  2  7 30 14

2B - Opp-1
HBP - FSU-Stephen McGee (10), Justin Gonzalez (5)
SB - Opp-1

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Brandon Leibrandt               7.1  3  0  0  1  4
Gage Smith                      0.1  0  0  0  0  1
Robert Benincasa     W (2-0)    2.1  2  1  1  1  2
                               ===================
FSU                            10.0  5  1  1  2  7
Opp                  L         10.0  7  2  2  5  8


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FLORIDA STATE 12, GEORGIA TECH 7
04/07/2012, ATLANTA, GA
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Slam Jackets, 12-7.

Jose Brizuela and John Nogowski hit back-to-back home runs in the nine-run fifth inning.

ATLANTA, GA - Second-ranked Florida State (26-5, 13-1 ACC) used a nine-run fifth inning to erase a five-run deficit Saturday night and never looked back in defeating No. 23 Georgia Tech (19-13, 6-8 ACC) 12-7 inside Russ Chandler Stadium.

The win gave FSU its fifth straight conference series victory to open the season as the Seminoles improved to a league-best 13-1 in the ACC and now hold a four-game lead atop the Atlantic Division over NC State.

"Well it was a clear display of determination and poise, things weren't going our way early," said head coach Mike Martin. "There was nobody feeling sorry for themselves and folding up their tent. We were down five runs and obviously I'm not going to sit here and tell you that I thought we would score nine, but I did feel like we could get a couple, cut the lead down and keep fighting. I am just very proud of this baseball team."

Florida State connected on three home runs Saturday night including two in the nine-run fifth. Jose Brizuela had the game-changing hit in the fifth inning as he connected on his first career grand slam to give the Seminoles their first lead at 7-6. John Nogowski followed with a solo shot to left and Devon Travis capped the inning with a two-run single to left. All nine runs in the inning came on two outs as it was the most runs scored by the Seminoles in an inning this year.

Travis was responsible for the third home run on Saturday blasting a two-run shot in the eighth for his second home run of the season.

Brizuela and Travis each finished with a game-high three hits and four RBI, while Jayce Boyd went 2-for-5 with a single and a run scored. Sherman Johnson, Stephen McGee, John Holland and Jose Delph all record one hit apiece as the Seminoles finished the evening with 13 hits. James Ramsey drew three walks and scored twice in the win.

"Breezy had another good night," added Martin. "I am pleased with what I am seeing out of him. Devon had some very good swings tonight. He hit the ball hard three or four times, he did indeed have a very good night."

Despite committing four errors in game two, the Seminoles turned four double plays while McGee gunned down two Yellow Jacket runners attempting to steal second base.

The momentum began to shift in favor of the Seminoles in the bottom of the fourth when Justin Gonzalez made an outstanding defensive play on a blazing groundball off the bat of Zane Evans to turn an inning ending double play with the bases loaded and Georgia Tech leading 6-1. The play by the Seminole shortstop came at a key moment as it saved at least two runs from scoring while keeping the deficit at five.

"That was a tremendous play when it was 6-1," said Martin on Gonzalez' play at short. "That ball goes through; it's 8-1 because they had the bases loaded."

Mack Waugh entered the game in the fourth and induced the groundball double play from Evans. The senior right hander finished the game working a season-high 4.1 innings allowing just one run on six hits as he walked one and struck out one to improve to 3-0 on the year.

Brian Busch closed the door on the Yellow Jackets working the final 1.1 innings to preserve the win. The senior southpaw retired all four batters that he faced while recording a pair of strikeouts.

Georgia Tech was the first to strike in game two on an RBI single by Jake Davies. Brandon Thomas ripped a triple down the line in right and scored two batters later on Davies' two-out single to left center. The Yellow Jackets looked to add to their lead when Evans singled to left to put runners at the corners, but FSU starter Mike Compton would get Daniel Palka swinging on strikes to retire the side.

The Seminoles got their first hit of the game in the third when Holland led off the inning with a single through the right side of the infield. After a great leaping catch at the wall in right on a fly ball from Seth Miller, Yellow Jackets starter Dusty Isaacs got Johnson to ground into an inning ending double play.

Georgia Tech pushed across four runs in the third to extend its lead to 5-0. The first four batters reached off Compton on three consecutive hits and a hit-by-pitch. Kyle Wren led off the inning with a triple to the gap in right center and scored a batter later on an RBI single by Thomas. Sam Dove then laced a single off the leg of Compton and Davies reached when he was hit on the foot to load the bases. Thomas would score the second run of the inning on a passed ball. After throwing consecutive balls to Evans, Martin went to bullpen and brought on Hunter Scantling, who finished Evans off with a strikeout. After an intentional walk reloaded the bases for the Jackets, Dove scored on an RBI groundout by Connor Lynch and Davies scored on a wild pitch.

Compton worked 2.0 plus innings on Saturday marking his shortest outing in eight starts this year. The freshman right hander was tagged for five runs on seven hits as he struck out two and did not walk a batter. It was the most runs and hits allowed by Compton this year.

Florida State responded with a run in the fourth to cut the deficit to 5-1 but the Seminoles wasted a golden opportunity to add more loading the bases with only one out. McGee drove in the run on a bloop single to right center to score Ramsey from second. Gonzalez was hit by a pitch to load the bases but Isaacs recorded back-to-back strikeouts to limit FSU to just one run in the inning.

Georgia Tech answered with a run in the bottom of the inning to extend its lead back to five at 6-1. Bryant Holtmann, who started the fourth inning, hit Davies with the bases loaded scoring Wren from the third. Holtmann faced just five batters and recorded one out as the freshman southpaw could not find his rhythm walking two and hitting a pair of batters.

The Yellow Jackets looked to add to their lead in the fourth but the great defensive play by Gonzalez led to an inning ending double play.

Florida State erupted for nine runs all on two outs in the top of the fifth to surge in front for the first time on Saturday at 10-6. The Seminoles collected five hits in the inning but none bigger than Brizuela's grand slam which gave FSU its first lead of the evening at 7-6. Nogowski followed with a solo shot to right and Travis brought home the final two runs of the inning on a single through the left side of the infield.

Brizuela and Nogowski became the first two Seminoles to hit back-to-back home runs on the year, while it marked the second time this season that Florida State has registered two home runs in an inning and the first since opening day when Ramsey and Brizuela went yard in the second against Hofstra. The grand slam by Brizuela was the fourth hit by the Seminoles in 2012.

Waugh returned to pitch the fifth and allowed two hits but erased Palka from the base paths as he induced a groundball double play off the bat of Connor Lynch. Thomas Smith then reached on an infield to second and Mott Hyde kept the inning alive reaching on a fielding error at short. Waugh would keep the four-run lead intact as Wren grounded into a fielder's choice putout at second.

Georgia Tech cut into the Seminole lead with a run in the seventh on a two-out pinch-hit triple by Paul Kronenfeld. Smith reached on an infield single in front of the mound and scored all the way from first on the Jackets' third triple of the game. Brizuela went hard into the left field wall on the play trying to make a spectacular over-the-head catch. He would eventually get to his feet and remain in the game.

The Seminoles increased their lead to 12-7 on a two-run home run off the bat of Travis in the eighth. With Davies on the hill for the Jackets, Johnson opened the inning with a single to center and scored on Travis' second home run of the season. The junior second baseman took a 3-1 pitch from Davies out of the park to left to give FSU a five-run advantage.

Georgia Tech's Dusty Isaacs did not factor into the decision Saturday night as he allowed six runs on five hits in 4.2 innings. He finished the outing with six strikeouts and five walks. Josh Heddinger, who gave up the back-to-back home runs in the fifth, suffered the loss and fell to 1-4 on the year.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         3B        4  2  1   0  2  1  0  0
Devon Travis            2B        6  1  3   4  0  0  3  3
James Ramsey            CF        2  2  0   0  3  0  1  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        5  1  2   1  0  2  9  1
Stephen McGee           C         3  1  1   1  2  0  7  2
Justin Gonzalez         SS        3  1  0   1  1  1  4  5
Jose Brizuela           LF        5  1  3   4  0  2  0  0
John Holland            DH        2  0  1   0  0  1  0  0
  John Nogowski         PH-DH     3  1  1   1  0  1  0  0
Seth Miller             RF        1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Josh Delph            RF        2  2  1   0  0  0  1  1
  Stephen Spradling     PH-RF     0  0  0   0  0  0  1  0
Mike Compton            P                            0  2
  Hunter Scantling      P                            0  0
  Bryant Holtmann       P                            0  1
  Mack Waugh            P                            1  0
  Brian Busch           P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              36 12 13  12  8  8 27 15
Opp                              38  7 13   5  4  7 27 10

E - FSU-Mack Waugh (2), Sherman Johnson 2 (5), Justin Gonzalez (8)
2B - FSU-Jose Brizuela (6)
3B - Opp-3
HR - FSU-Devon Travis (2), Jose Brizuela (2), John Nogowski (2)
HBP - Opp-3, FSU-Justin Gonzalez (6), Josh Delph (1), Stephen Spradling (7)
SB - Opp-1, FSU-Stephen McGee (2), Jose Brizuela (4)
CS - Opp-2

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Mike Compton                    2.0  7  5  5  0  2
Hunter Scantling                1.0  0  0  0  1  2
Bryant Holtmann                 0.1  0  1  1  2  0
Mack Waugh           W (3-0)    4.1  6  1  1  1  1
Brian Busch                     1.1  0  0  0  0  2
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0 13  7  7  4  7
Opp                  L          9.0 13 12 11  8  8


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Attendance: 3,271

FLORIDA STATE 8, GEORGIA TECH 4
04/08/2012, ATLANTA, GA
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Martin Earns Career Win No. 1,700 As Noles Sweep Jackets.

Stephen McGee has a career afternoon with four hits and three RBI in pacing the Seminole offense.

ATLANTA, GA - Second-ranked Florida State (27-5, 14-1 ACC) led from start to finish Sunday afternoon in Atlanta defeating No. 23 Georgia Tech (19-14, 6-9 ACC) 8-4 to complete the series sweep of the Yellow Jackets inside Russ Chandler Stadium. The win also gave Hall of Fame head coach Mike Martin career-win No. 1,700 making him just the third head coach in Division I history to reach the historic milestone.

With the win, the Seminoles recorded their fourth series sweep of an ACC opponent this year, while it marked the second three-game sweep of the Jackets in Atlanta since 2007.

"It was a weekend in which we played extremely well," said head coach Mike Martin. "Really, a weekend that you never expect to go on the road and win three ball games in the Atlantic Coast Conference against a good Georgia Tech team. I am just very proud of how our guys kept their poise, we had a bump in the road in the eighth, but we stayed tough this afternoon."

"I will be very honest with you, what means everything to me is seeing our guys have the opportunity to get to Omaha," said Martin on collecting his 1,700 career victory on Sunday. "These numbers are just that, numbers, but I am proud of the weekend that we just had. That was a great accomplishment on their part."

"Honestly, it's an honor for all of us to be a part of this," said Travis on Martin winning his 1,700 career victory.

The top five hitters in the Seminole line-up registered 12 of the 15 hits on Sunday led by Stephen McGee who had a perfect afternoon at the plate going 4-for-4 with two doubles and two singles. McGee also drew a walk and drove in three runs. The Seminole catcher finished the game posting career-highs in hits and RBI.

"I felt real good," said McGee. "I was seeing the pitches really well and getting good swings on the ball. I've been hitting the ball well (lately) but just kind of right at people. But I was thankful for today to have those hard hit balls drop in and find some places in the field."

Devon Travis recorded his second straight three-hit game finishing 3-for-4 with a double, one RBI and three runs scored. James Ramsey, Jayce Boyd and Josh Delph each registered two hits in the win. It was the first two-hit game for Delph, who earned the start in right field on Sunday.

"That is a darn good team," added Travis. "Anytime you can go on the road and get a win, yet a lone a sweep, is definitely very big for our ball club."

Peter Miller (5-1) put together an impressive outing for the Seminoles working into the seventh inning for the first time in his career. The sophomore right hander threw 6.0 plus innings allowing two runs on four hits as he walked just one and struck out four.

"He was really sharp today," said Martin on Miller's performance. "He was throwing three pitches for strikes. To me, it was his best outing of the year."

Miller started the game retiring the first 10 batters that he faced while facing the minimum in five of the six innings he completed.

"I felt pretty good today," said Miller. "I had really good fastball command early on, my curveball was there too. As 11 said, it was one of my sharpest outings and I think it was."

Florida State struck first with two runs in the third to take the early lead. John Nogowski led off the inning with a single to left and scored two batters later when Travis doubled down the line in left and Yellow Jacket left fielder Brandon Thomas had trouble fielding the ball cleanly. Boyd then brought home Travis on a two-out single through the right side to give FSU a 2-0 advantage.

The Seminoles added to their lead in the fourth scoring four runs on two outs as three of the four runs scored in the inning were unearned. Delph doubled to right center to open the run scoring inning for his second hit in as many at-bats. Johnson then drew a two-out walk followed by an RBI single to left by Travis. The inning continued when Ramsey reached on a fielding error after hitting a hard one hopper to second. Sherman Johnson scored on the play with Travis taking third. After Ramsey stole second, the Jackets intentionally walked Boyd to load the bases for McGee. The Seminole catcher would come through lacing a double inside the bag at third to drive in a pair and give the Seminoles a 6-0 lead.

Georgia Tech starter Cole Pitts (4-2) would last just 3.2 innings on Sunday allowing six runs, three earned, on nine hits as he walked four and struck out three.

The Yellow Jackets would cut into the lead with a run in the fourth. Thomas became the first base runner of the afternoon drawing a one-out walk off Miller, who retired the first 10 batters to start the game. Thomas moved to third on a single to right by Sam Dove and scored on Jake Davies' RBI single to right. Miller would hold the Jackets to just the one run in the fourth getting Daniel Palka to fly out to right and Zane Evans to ground into a fielder's choice putout at second to end the inning.

Florida State answered in the sixth with two more runs to extend its lead to 8-1. The Seminoles opened the inning with three consecutive singles off Evans, who entered the game in the fourth, as Johnson, Travis and Ramsey all reached. Ramsey drove in Johnson with a single through the left side and Travis scored on McGee's second double of the afternoon, a ground rule double that hoped the fence down the line in left.

Georgia Tech pushed across a run in the seventh to cut the deficit to 8-2. Davies led off the inning with his second hit of the afternoon, a double to right center, and moved to third on a sharp single to center off the bat of Palka. Davies would score two batters later on an RBI fielder's choice groundout off the bat of pinch hitter Daniel Spingola.

Kyle Bird entered and struck out the only batter that he faced, while Gage Smith came on to record the final two outs in the seventh.

The Yellow Jackets scored twice in the eighth to draw within four of the lead but Hunter Scantling closed the door on any thoughts of a come-from-behind victory for Georgia Tech retiring the side in order in the ninth.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        4  2  1   0  2  1  2  1
Devon Travis            2B        4  3  3   1  1  0  0  6
James Ramsey            CF        5  1  2   1  0  1  3  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        4  0  2   1  1  1  8  2
Stephen McGee           C         4  0  4   3  1  0  8  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        5  0  0   0  0  3  2  1
Jose Brizuela           LF        5  0  0   0  0  2  1  0
Josh Delph              RF        5  1  2   0  0  2  2  0
John Nogowski           DH        4  1  1   0  0  1  0  0
  Stephen Spradling     PH        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Peter Miller            P                            1  0
  Kyle Bird             P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
  Brian Busch           P                            0  0
  Hunter Scantling      P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              40  8 15   6  5 11 27 10
Opp                              34  4  6   3  3  8 27  7

E - Opp-2, FSU-Justin Gonzalez (9)
2B - Opp-1, FSU-Devon Travis (14), Stephen McGee 2 (8), Josh Delph (3)
HBP - FSU-Stephen Spradling (8)
SB - Opp-1, FSU-James Ramsey 2 (4)
CS - FSU-Devon Travis (1)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Peter Miller         W (5-1)    6.0  4  2  2  1  4
Kyle Bird                       0.1  0  0  0  0  1
Gage Smith                      1.1  2  2  1  0  2
Brian Busch                     0.1  0  0  0  2  0
Hunter Scantling                1.0  0  0  0  0  1
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FSU                             9.0  6  4  3  3  8
Opp                  L          9.0 15  8  5  5 11


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FLORIDA 6, FLORIDA STATE 3
04/10/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida Downs FSU.

The Gators sweep the regular season series for the first time since 1958.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Top-ranked Florida State (27-6) fell to No. 4 Florida (26-7) 6-3 Tuesday night on Mike Martin Field in front of a sell-out crowd of 6,730 inside Dick Howser Stadium. It marked the fourth largest crowd in school history and the second largest attended game against the Gators in Tallahassee.

For the third time this year, the Seminoles watched an early lead diminish as the Gators staged a come-from-behind victory. With Florida State leading 3-0 after three, Florida scored six unanswered runs to sweep the three-game regular season series for the first time since 1958 when the Gators won both regular season games in Gainesville.

"It's a game that anything can happen and some nights it does," said head coach Mike Martin. "The University of Florida did an excellent job of getting key hits and having good at-bats. They just did a very good job, plain and simple. They beat us; they deserved to win. They pitched well, they hit well and they didn't lose their poise when they got behind. Tip your hat to them; they are a good baseball team."

Devon Travis once again led the Seminole offense as he registered his third straight three-hit game. The junior second baseman gave the crowd something to cheer about early in the game as he launched a solo home run to centerfield in the first inning to give the `Noles the early 1-0 lead. Travis finished the game a triple shy of hitting for the cycle recording a single in the third and a double in the eighth.

James Ramsey finished with two hits and a run scored, while Jayce Boyd and Josh Delph each recorded a hit a piece.

"We have some things that we need to improve on and that is our goal for the rest of the year is to work on our weakness and strive to get better," added Martin. "It was just a night that Florida whipped us, no excuses."

Following Travis' third home run of the season in the first, the Seminole added two more runs off Florida starter Brian Johnson in the third. Travis led off the inning with a single to right and advanced to second on a single through the right side by Ramsey. Both runners advanced a base on a double steal, while Travis came across to score as Mike Zunino's throw down to second sailed into centerfield. With Ramsey at third after the throwing error, Stephen McGee sent a sac-fly to left to give FSU a 3-0 lead.

After Johnson issued a walk to Justin Gonzalez, the Seminoles would have just one hitter reach base after the third as the Gator bullpen gave up just one hit over the final 6.0 innings. Ryan Harris and Steven Rodriguez combined to retire 13 straight Seminoles before Travis laced a double to right field to open the eighth.

Ryan Harris (1-0) threw three perfect innings in relief to pick-up his first win of the season. Austin Maddox entered with one out in the eighth and retired all five batters that he faced to earn his ninth save of the season.

"He had a very heavy baseball," said Martin on the performance of Harris. "He sunk the ball well; he was all around the strike zone. He made some very good pitches and got some groundballs. Florida is a very good defensive club and if you hit the ball on the ground they are going to make the play."

Making his second start of the season against the Gators, Scott Sitz allowed three runs on eight hits as he walked two and struck out one in 5.0 innings of work. After retiring the side in order in the first, the junior right found himself in trouble over the next four innings.

Sitz worked out of a bases loaded, one-out jam twice in the second and third innings before the Gators finally pushed a run across in the fourth. Nolan Fontana drew a walk to open the fourth and scored on Daniel Pigott's two-out RBI bloop single to right.

Zunino atoned for his throwing error in the third launching a two-run shot off the scoreboard in left in the fifth inning to tie the game at 3-3. The junior catcher took a 1-2 offering from Sitz out of the park for his 10th home run of the season.

"Scotty threw very well tonight," said Martin. "I was very proud of that bulldog."

The Gators grabbed their first lead of the evening scoring a run of Kyle Bird (0-1) in the sixth. Fontana once again led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a fielding error at first. He would later score on an RBI single to left by Casey Turgeon off reliever Brian Busch.

Luke Weaver entered with one-out and the bases loaded in the sixth and kept the deficit at one striking out Zunino for the second time on Tuesday and then getting Preston Tucker to pop up to short.

Florida added a pair of solo shots in the seventh and ninth innings to account for the winning margin. Fontana went deep off Weaver for his seventh home run of the season, while Johnson hit his third home run of the season off Robert Benincasa in the ninth.

"Luke learned a lot tonight," said Martin. "He pitched very well. That was a very positive part of the game for us is that Luke Weaver went out there and was poised, comfortable and really did a good job."

Weaver finished his outing striking out a career-high five batters in 2.2 innings of work. The home run given-up by Benincasa was the first one he allowed this year.

"There is certainly a lot of frustration in here, but I know we have a good baseball team," said Martin. "Florida got it done three times against us. We didn't give them anything; they went out and got it done. When that happens you just roll to the next day."

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        4  0  0   0  0  1  3  1
Devon Travis            2B        4  2  3   1  0  0  0  1
James Ramsey            CF        4  1  2   0  0  1  3  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        4  0  1   0  0  1  7  1
Stephen McGee           C         3  0  0   1  0  0  8  2
Justin Gonzalez         SS        3  0  0   0  1  2  2  2
Jose Brizuela           LF        4  0  0   0  0  2  2  0
John Nogowski           DH        2  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
  Seth Miller           PH        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Giovanny Alfonzo      PH        1  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
  John Holland          PH        1  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
Josh Delph              RF        3  0  1   0  0  1  1  0
Scott Sitz              P                            1  3
  Kyle Bird             P                            0  0
  Brian Busch           P                            0  0
  Luke Weaver           P                            0  0
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  1
                                 ========================
FSU                              33  3  7   2  1 11 27 11
Opp                              37  6 12   6  4  6 27  9

E - Opp-1, FSU-Jayce Boyd (3)
2B - Opp-1, FSU-Devon Travis (15)
HR - Opp-3, FSU-Devon Travis (3)
SH - Opp-2
SF - FSU-Stephen McGee (3)
SB - FSU-Devon Travis (5), James Ramsey (5)
CS - Opp-1

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Scott Sitz                      5.0  8  3  3  2  1
Kyle Bird            L (0-1)    0.0  0  1  1  1  0
Brian Busch                     0.1  1  0  0  1  0
Luke Weaver                     2.2  2  1  1  0  5
Robert Benincasa                1.0  1  1  1  0  0
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FSU                             9.0 12  6  6  4  6
Opp                  W-Sv       9.0  7  3  2  1 11


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FLORIDA STATE 6, BOSTON COLLEGE 5
04/13/2012, CHESTNUT HILL, MA
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Two-Run Ninth Lifts No. 1 FSU Past Boston College.

The Seminoles improve to 9-0 in one-run games on the year.

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - Top-ranked Florida State (28-6, 15-1 ACC) erased a late one-run deficit scoring two runs in the ninth to defeat Boston College (13-21, 4-12 ACC) 6-5 Friday afternoon on Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Shea Field.

With the Seminoles trailing 5-4 in the ninth, Jayce Boyd hit a game-tying double down the line in right to score Devon Travis from first and then scored the go-ahead run on an RBI fielder's choice groundout by Jose Brizuela to give FSU a 6-5 lead.

"Anytime you are playing anybody on the road and you win, you're happy," said head coach Mike Martin. "We showed a lot of mental toughness today. I was very proud of the way the guys got it done after falling behind in the eighth inning."

Boston College threatened in the bottom of the ninth putting runners at the corners with two outs but Robert Benincasa shut the door on the Eagles getting Rob Moir to fly out to Seth Miller in right for the final out of the game.

Benincasa worked 1.2 innings to move to 3-0 on the year as the junior right hander allowed two hits and two walks, while tying a season-high with four strikeouts.

"Benny did a very good job of getting us out of a trouble spot in the eighth," added Martin. "I was very proud of what he did today. He is proving every time he goes out there that he is one of the best closers in the country and I am proud that he is on our team."

FSU moved to 15-1 in the ACC and 9-1 on the road, while improving to 9-0 in one-run games on the year.

Nate Bayuk (2-2) suffered the loss for BC as the senior left hander gave up the two runs in the ninth.

The Seminoles received production from their entire line-up on Friday as the starting nine either recorded a hit or drove in a run. James Ramsey, Boyd and Miller led the Garnet & Gold with two hits apiece, while Josh Delph drove in a team-high two runs on a double in the sixth.

Justin Gonzalez reached base on all four plate appearances finishing 1-for-1 with an RBI single, two walks and a hit-by-pitch. The junior shortstop scored twice and stole a season-high three bases in the win. "It's something that Martin, Jr. is working very hard with our hitters," said Martin on getting production from everyone in today's line-up. "He is trying to get everybody contributing and that is what we know we have to have as we go through the season."

Brandon Leibrandt did not factor into the decision Friday afternoon as the freshman southpaw allowed three runs on seven hits as he walked two and struck out three in 5.2 innings of work.

"Leibrandt gave us what we needed and that was almost six innings," said Martin. "You really have to take your hat off to him. He has been one of the so called hard luck pitchers in that he hasn't gotten a decision in three of his last four starts."

BC grabbed the early lead on Friday plating a run in the bottom of the first courtesy of a solo home run off the bat of Tom Bourdon. The Eagle centerfielder took the first pitch he saw from Leibrandt over the fence in right for his seventh home run of the season. It was the first run allowed by Leibrandt in his last three starts snapping his scoreless innings streak at 15.0 innings.

The lead was short lived as the Seminoles answered with two runs both on two-outs to take their first lead of the afternoon at 2-1. Brizuela drew a walk and scored on an RBI single to left by Gonzalez. After a stolen base and balk put Gonzalez at third, Delph battled to draw a walk and Sherman Johnson followed with an RBI single through the right side to plate Gonzalez for the second run of the inning.

Boston College registered a lead-off single from Moir to the start the bottom of the second, but Leibrandt kept the one-run lead in tact recording back-to-back strikeouts and a groundout to retire the side.

The Eagles put runners at the corners with one out in the third on a walk and a single by Travis Ferrick and Blake Butera, respectively, but could not plate a run as Leibrandt posted consecutive fly outs to keep Florida State's lead at 2-1.

FSU put two on in the fourth but BC starter Eric Stevens left them stranded getting Johnson looking on strikes to end the inning. Miller hit a double down the line in right for his second hit of the afternoon and Gonzalez drew a walk. Both runners moved up a base on a groundout to first by Delph.

The Seminoles added to their lead in the sixth on a two-run double off the bat of Delph. With Miller and Gonzalez aboard following a hit-by-pitch and walk, respectively, Delph ripped a double down the line in right off Stevens to score both Seminole runners to give FSU a 4-1 lead. The hit ended the afternoon for Stevens, who was charged with four runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings, as he walked four and struck out three.

BC got the two runs back in the bottom of the inning on a two-out double off the wall in center by Spenser Payne to cut the Seminole lead to 4-3. The Eagles strung together a two-out rally in the sixth on three consecutive hits off Leibrandt. Anthony Melchionda and Moir posted back-to-back singles and came around to score on Payne's two-run double.

Martin went to the bullpen and called on Brian Busch, who walked the only batter he faced before going back to the pen and bringing on Gage Smith. Smith got the final out of the inning getting Marc Perdios to ground into a fielder's choice putout at second.

After the entering the game with two outs in the sixth, Boston College's John Gorman retired seven straight hitters before hitting Gonzalez on the arm. BC went the bullpen and brought on Bayuk. The senior southpaw walked pinch hitter John Nogowski, but got Johnson swinging on strikes to end the inning.

The Eagles retook the lead on another two-out hit as Perdios singled to center to bring home Melchionda and Moir to give BC a 5-4 lead. Smith allowed back-to-back base hits ending the afternoon for the redshirt sophomore right hander. Benincasa entered and issued a walk to Payne but came back to strikeout Matt Pare. Perdios stepped in and needed just one pitch to give the Eagles the lead lacing a base hit back up the middle to plate two and give BC a one-run lead. Benincasa bounced back to get Eagle pinch hitter John Hennessy looking on strikes to end the eighth.

Smith was charged with two runs on two hits in 1.2 innings as he struck out one.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        5  0  1   1  0  2  0  2
Devon Travis            2B        5  1  1   0  0  1  1  3
James Ramsey            CF        5  0  2   0  0  1  6  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        5  1  2   1  0  1  6  1
Stephen McGee           C         5  0  1   0  0  1  8  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        4  1  0   1  1  0  0  0
Seth Miller             DH-RF     4  1  2   0  0  1  1  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        1  2  1   1  2  0  4  2
Josh Delph              RF        2  0  1   2  1  0  1  0
  John Nogowski         PH        0  0  0   0  1  0  0  0
  John Holland          PR        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Robert Benincasa      P         0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Brandon Leibrandt       P                            0  1
  Brian Busch           P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              36  6 11   6  5  7 27  9
Opp                              36  5 11   5  5  8 27 12

E - Opp-1
2B - Opp-1, FSU-Jayce Boyd (12), Seth Miller (6), Josh Delph (4)
HR - Opp-1
HBP - FSU-Seth Miller (4), Justin Gonzalez (7)
SB - FSU-Jayce Boyd (5), Justin Gonzalez 3 (7)
CS - Opp-1

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Brandon Leibrandt               5.2  7  3  3  2  3
Brian Busch                     0.0  0  0  0  1  0
Gage Smith                      1.2  2  2  2  0  1
Robert Benincasa     W (3-0)    1.2  2  0  0  2  4
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FSU                             9.0 11  5  5  5  8
Opp                  L          9.0 11  6  6  5  7


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FLORIDA STATE 6, BOSTON COLLEGE 3
04/14/2012, CHESTNUT HILL, MA
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 1 FSU Downs Boston College, 6-3.

Jayce Boyd leads the Seminole offensive attack on Saturday with three hits.

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - Top-ranked Florida State (29-6, 16-1 ACC) scored five of its six runs in the first three innings en route to a 6-3 victory over Boston College (13-22, 4-13 ACC) Saturday afternoon on Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Shea Field.

With the win, the Seminoles registered their sixth ACC victory of the season and fourth on the road as FSU improved to 10-1 away from Tallahassee in league play this year. Florida State also ran its win streak over Boston College to eight in a row while it marked the Seminoles' sixth series victory over the Eagles in seven regular season meetings.

"It was like I was telling the guys after the game, it is just a very difficult thing to do," said head coach Mike Martin on FSU winning on the road. "They are to be commended for playing the kind of baseball that they have played on the road this year."

Jayce Boyd led the offensive attack for the Seminoles on Saturday posting his sixth three-hit game of the season as the junior first baseman finished the afternoon 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI.

Sherman Johnson and Devon Travis each recorded two hits, while Jose Brizuela, Seth Miller, Justin Gonzalez and Josh Delph all had a hit apiece as the Seminoles out hit the Eagles 11-7 in the game two victory.

"It was a good day for them no doubt about it," said Martin on the performance of Johnson, Travis and Boyd. "They had some very good at-bats. It was a very good win for our baseball team."

Johnson reached base on four of his five plate appearances recording a pair of doubles and two walks. Travis went 2-for-5 with two singles, a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base.

"It was very important that we set the tone early," said Martin. "We did that this afternoon and we got some key pitching out of Hunter Scantling and Gage Smith."

Hunter Scantling worked 4.1 innings in relief to improve to 4-0 on the year. The Jacksonville, Fla., native allowed a run on four hits as he struck out three and did not issue a walk.

Robert Benincasa worked a perfect ninth inning to pick-up his ACC leading 10th save of the season. The junior right hander out of Tampa, Fla., registered three consecutive fly outs to preserve the victory.

The Seminoles wasted very little time cracking the scoreboard in game two as Boyd ripped a two-run double to center plating Johnson and Travis to give FSU an early 2-0 lead. Johnson led off the game with a walk and Travis followed with a single up the middle.

FSU added to its lead with two more runs in the second. Gonzalez drew a walk, moved into scoring position after swiping second and scored a batter later on an RBI single up the middle by Delph. Delph would come around to score on a two-out base hit back up the middle by Travis to give the Seminoles a 4-0 advantage.

Back-to-back two-out hits off Hunter Gordon (1-4) in the third gave Florida State a 5-0 lead. Brizuela reached on a double off the diving glove of Eagle third baseman Travis Ferrick and scored a batter later on an RBI base hit to right by Miller.

Boston College cut the Seminole lead to 5-2 with two runs in the third as four straight Eagles reached off FSU starter Mike Compton. After retiring the first seven batters that he faced, Compton seemed to lose his rhythm as Marc Perdios recorded the first BC hit of the afternoon with a single to left. After two straight walks loaded the bases, Blake Butera dropped a bloop single to short left to score two.

The two-run single would end the afternoon for Compton after 2.1 innings of work.

Scantling came on and got the Seminoles out of the inning getting Tom Bourdon to line into an inning ending double play to Boyd at first.

Compton would not factor into the decision on Saturday allowing two runs on two hits as he walked two and struck out one.

"He turned around and walked a couple of guys and that just put him in a tough situation," added Martin. "When you have the bullpen that we have, you are not going to mess around."

The Seminoles added an unearned run off Gordon in the fifth to push their lead to 6-2. James Ramsey led off the inning reaching on a fielding error at second and moved to third on a perfectly executed hit-and-run with Boyd at the plate as the junior first baseman singled through the right side for his second hit of the afternoon. Ramsey scored a batter later on a sacrifice bunt by Brizuela, who reached first as the throw from BC catcher Matt Pare hit the freshman left fielder in the back on his way down to first.

Scantling was cruising into the seventh retiring six straight Boston College hitters until the Eagles put together a string of three consecutive base hits. Pinch hitter Andrew Lawrence reached on a check swing single that stayed in fair territory down the third base line ending the afternoon for Scantling. Brian Busch entered with the bases loaded to face the left handed swinging Matt McGovern. The junior right fielder cut the Seminole lead to 6-3 on an RBI infield single to short. With the bases still loaded, Gage Smith entered the game and got the Seminoles out of the jam getting Butera to groundout to second for the final out of the inning.

Kyle Bird worked a perfect eighth inning recording a strikeout and two groundouts.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        3  1  2   0  2  0  0  0
Devon Travis            2B        5  1  2   1  0  0  0  6
James Ramsey            CF        5  1  0   0  0  1  3  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        5  0  3   2  0  1 12  0
Stephen McGee           C         5  0  0   0  0  0  5  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  1  1   1  0  1  4  0
Seth Miller             RF        3  0  1   1  0  0  3  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        2  1  1   0  1  1  0  2
Josh Delph              DH        3  1  1   1  0  0  0  0
  John Nogowski         PH        1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Mike Compton            P                            0  1
  Hunter Scantling      P                            0  0
  Brian Busch           P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
  Kyle Bird             P                            0  1
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              35  6 11   6  3  4 27 10
Opp                              33  3  7   3  2  5 27  6

E - Opp-3
2B - Opp-1, FSU-Sherman Johnson 2 (7), Jayce Boyd (13), Jose Brizuela (7)
HBP - FSU-Seth Miller (5), Justin Gonzalez (8)
SH - FSU-Jose Brizuela (2)
SB - Opp-1, FSU-Devon Travis (6), Justin Gonzalez (8)
CS - FSU-Justin Gonzalez (2)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
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Mike Compton                    2.1  2  2  2  2  1
Hunter Scantling     W (4-0)    4.1  4  1  1  0  3
Brian Busch                          1  0  0  0  0
Gage Smith                      0.1  0  0  0  0  0
Kyle Bird                       1.0  0  0  0  0  1
Robert Benincasa     Sv(10)     1.0  0  0  0  0  0
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FSU                             9.0  7  3  3  2  5
Opp                  L          9.0 11  6  4  3  4


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BOSTON COLLEGE 17, FLORIDA STATE 6
04/15/2012, CHESTNUT HILL, MA
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Falls At Boston College.

The Seminoles fall to 29-7 overall and 16-2 in the ACC.

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - Top-ranked Florida State (29-7, 16-2 ACC) could not complete the road sweep of Boston College (14-22, 5-13 ACC) Sunday afternoon on Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Shea Field as the Seminoles fell to the Eagles 17-6.

After scoring four runs in the first two innings, Boston College held Florida State to just one run the rest of the way snapping the Seminoles' eight-game win streak in the series. The loss was just the second for FSU in ACC play this year as both have come on the road.

The Eagles out hit the Seminoles 19-11 on Sunday afternoon as it marked the largest margin of victory for Boston College in the series. The 17 runs and 19 hits recorded by Boston College were the most given up by the Seminoles this year.

"It was just one of those games in which we made some mistakes and they capitalized on every mistake we made," said head coach Mike Martin. "Literally, BC took us to the wood shed this afternoon."

BC's bullpen kept the Seminole offense in check after Eagles starter Taylor Lasko lasted just 1.1 innings. Kyle Prohovich, Nate Bayuk and Matt Brazis combined to work the 6.2 innings allowing just one run on six hits as they walked two and struck out nine. Prohovich earned the win moving to 1-1 after working 3.2 shutout innings. Jay Jeannotte worked the ninth and allowed a run on one hit and three walks as he struck "This happened to be their day," added Martin. "We got to be strong enough to throw it away and be ready to go on Wednesday and that is what we intend to do."

Mack Waugh suffered the loss as he fell to 3-1 on the year. The senior right hander worked 2.2 innings in relief allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits. Waugh came on in relief of FSU starter Peter Miller, who lasted just 0.2 innings, his shortest outing in nine starts this year.

Jayce Boyd, Josh Delph and Sherman Johnson each had two hits apiece to pace the Seminoles. Boyd drove in a pair of runs, while Boyd, James Ramsey and Delph all recorded a double in the loss.

Similar to Saturday's game, the Seminoles struck first with a pair of runs in the first inning courtesy of a two-run double by Boyd to take an early 2-0 lead. Sherman Johnson led off the game with a walk and moved to third on a double to left by Ramsey. Both Seminole base runners came around to score on Boyd's double off the wall in right.

Boston College answered right back with three runs in the bottom of the first to grab a 3-2 lead. The Eagles would knock out FSU starter Peter Miller after facing just six batters on Sunday. Miller had trouble finding the strike zone in his ninth start of the season issuing three walks and giving up an RBI single before being lifted for Waugh.

Blake Butera drew the first walk of the inning and plated the first Eagle run on two wild pitches scoring from second on the second wild pitch from Miller. Anthony Melchionda and Rob Moir reached on consecutive walks and Marc Perdios singled to right scoring Melchionda to end the afternoon for Miller.

Waugh would give up a walk to load the bases and then an RBI infield single to Matt Pare as Moir scored from third to give BC a 3-2 advantage. The senior right hander would get out of the inning without further damage as Travis Ferrick would fly out to right for out number three.

Florida State retook the lead at 4-3 scoring twice in the top of the second. The first three Seminole batters to the plate reached as Justin Gonzalez was hit by a pitch, Delph ripped a double to the gap in right center and Johnson followed with an RBI single to left scoring Gonzalez for the first run of the inning. Delph gave the Seminoles their second lead of the afternoon scoring on an RBI groundout by Ramsey.

The Eagles tied the game at 4-4 after three when Pare registered a two-out single through the right side scoring Melchionda, who led off the inning with a single up the middle. BC would load the bases on bunt single by Ferrick, but Waugh would hold the Eagles to just one run as Gonzalez made a nice defensive play on a groundball up the middle by Matt McGovern, flipping over to Travis to get the force out at second to end the inning.

Boston College grabbed its second lead of the afternoon on a groundball off the bat of Moir. With runners at second and third following a single and double by Tom Bourdon and Melchionda, respectively, Moir brought them both home on his groundball to short as the throw from Gonzalez went wild over to first.

Luke Weaver entered the ball game following the play and recorded a double play to end the inning getting Perdios looking on strikes, while McGee threw out Moir trying to steal third.

The Seminoles threatened in the sixth putting two aboard with just one out but Nate Bayuk got out of the jam getting Johnson looking on strikes and Travis to ground back to the mound to keep BC's 6-4 lead in tact. In the inning, Gonzalez dropped a bloop single to right and pinch hitter John Nogowski was hit on the arm.

The Eagles added to their lead in the bottom of the inning as Bourdon connected on a two-out home run to right. The sophomore centerfielder took a 2-2 pitch from Weaver out of the park for his eighth round tripper of the season to give Boston College a 7-4 advantage.

Florida State cut the deficit to 7-5 on a two-out RBI single by Jose Brizuela in the seventh. Boyd reached on a single up the middle, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored two batters later on Brizuela's single to right center.

BC pushed its lead to 9-5 taking advantage of a Seminole error to score a pair of unearned runs. The Eagles loaded the bases against Weaver on a single, hit-by-pitch and walk as Martin went to the bullpen and brought on Bryant Holtmann. The freshman southpaw got Ferrick to ground back to the mound, but the throw from Holtmann went high over the head of Stephen McGee at the plate scoring two to give Boston College a four-run advantage.

The Seminoles left two more on in the eighth as Matt Brazis struck out the side to keep the BC lead at 9-5. After getting Gonzalez swinging on strikes, Nogowski drew a walk and Johnson reached on a bloop single to left. But Brazis came right back with strikeouts to Travis and Ramsey to close the eighth inning.

Boston College put the game out of reach in the bottom of the eighth sending 14 batters to the plate scoring all eight runs on two outs to extend its lead to 17-5.

FSU added one more run in the ninth when Gonzalez drew a bases loaded walk off Jay Jeannotte to score Stephen Spradling from third, who led off the inning with a walk.

Florida State had its chances to score runs all afternoon as the Seminoles left 13 runners on base in the loss.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         3B        5  1  2   1  1  2  1  3
Devon Travis            2B        5  0  0   0  0  3  3  0
James Ramsey            CF        5  1  1   1  0  1  2  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        4  1  2   2  0  0  5  2
  Stephen Spradling     PH        0  1  0   0  1  0  0  0
Stephen McGee           C         3  0  0   0  1  0  7  1
  Lee Howard            PH        1  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  0  1   1  1  1  2  0
  Giovanny Alfonzo      PH        0  0  0   0  1  0  0  0
Seth Miller             RF        4  0  1   0  0  2  2  0
  John Holland          PH        1  0  1   0  0  0  0  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        3  1  1   1  1  2  0  3
Josh Delph              DH        2  1  2   0  0  0  0  0
  John Nogowski         PH-DH     1  0  0   0  1  0  0  0
Peter Miller            P                            1  0
  Mack Waugh            P                            1  0
  Luke Weaver           P                            0  0
  Bryant Holtmann       P                            0  0
  Brian Busch           P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
  Brandon Johnson       P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              37  6 11   6  7 12 24  9
Opp                              44 17 19  13  6  7 27  3

E - FSU-Bryant Holtmann (1), Justin Gonzalez (10)
2B - Opp-3, FSU-James Ramsey (7), Jayce Boyd (14), Josh Delph (5)
HR - Opp-2
HBP - Opp-2, FSU-Justin Gonzalez (9), John Nogowski (2)
CS - Opp-1, FSU-Josh Delph (1)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Peter Miller                    0.2  1  3  3  3  1
Mack Waugh           L (3-1)    2.2  7  3  2  1  1
Luke Weaver                     3.0  2  3  1  1  4
Bryant Holtmann                 0.2  0  0  0  0  1
Brian Busch                     0.2  3  4  4  1  0
Gage Smith                      0.0  6  4  4  0  0
Brandon Johnson                 0.1  0  0  0  0  0
                               ===================
FSU                             8.0 19 17 14  6  7
Opp                  W          9.0 11  6  6  7 12


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FLORIDA STATE 6, NORTH GEORGIA COLL 0
04/18/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Blanks North Georgia College.

Eight Seminole pitchers combine to post their fifth shutout of the season.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Eight Florida State pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout as top-ranked Florida State (30-7) rolled to a 6-0 victory over North Georgia College (20-22) Wednesday night on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

The Seminoles pitching staff faced just one batter over the minimum Wednesday night in reaching the 30-win plateau for the 48th year in a row.

"I was very happy with everyone's focus tonight," said head coach Mike Martin. "I thought everybody understood the importance of the game. I was very excited with the way we approached the game, the way we got after it and of course we were doing it without the leading hitter in the ACC tonight."

Scott Sitz (2-2) earned the win in a controlled start as he worked 2.0 innings and allowed two hits while facing six Saints hitters.

"They are good team; they went up there hacking tonight," said Sitz. "We only had three strikeouts all night, so they were putting the ball in play and were very aggressive."

Hunter Scantling, Luke Weaver, Kyle Bird, Bryant Holtmann, Mack Waugh, Evan Geist and Gage Smith all pitched an inning in relief in the win. Bird struck out two of the three batters that he faced, while Scantling struck out one.

"It was good that we were able to get our pitchers their work tonight," said Martin. "Scotty Sitz got his and is ready to go Sunday against Miami. I thought he pitched very well."

The only other hit allowed by the Seminoles came off Holtmann in the sixth when Andrew Gordon led off the inning with a single to right field.

Geist, who made his first collegiate appearance in the eighth inning, retired all three batters that he faced on a fly out and a pair of groundouts.

"It felt good," said Geist. "I wanted to go out there and pound the zone and that is what they have been preaching for me to do. I wanted to get ahead, get groundballs and get quick outs."

James Ramsey paced the Florida State offense with three hits as he drove in half the Seminoles' runs on Wednesday night. The senior captain finished the game 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored. The triple was his team leading fifth of the season and 14th of his career moving him into a tie for third place all-time at Florida State.

Justin Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a home run, while Sherman Johnson, Devon Travis, Stephen McGee, Jose Brizuela and Stephen Spradling all registered a hit.

The Seminoles did not waste time putting runs on the board scoring four runs over the first two innings. Johnson led off the first with an infield single to second and moved to second when Travis drew a walk. Both runners would come around to score on Ramsey's two-run triple down the line in right. Ramsey crossed the plate for the third run of the inning on a sac-fly off the bat of McGee.

Gonzalez added to the Seminole lead in the second connecting on a 1-0 pitch from Saints starter Jacob Beauchamp (4-2) sending it out of the ballpark to left for his third home run of the season.

"When we get going early as an offense it takes a lot of pressure off our pitchers and our defense," said Gonzalez.

Florida State pushed its lead to 6-0 with two more runs in the fifth. Travis registered a one-out double down the right field foul line for his team leading 15th double of the season. After a wild pitch moved Travis to third, Ramsey would bring home the junior second baseman on a single through the right side. McGee singled up the middle to put runners at the corners followed by a sac-fly to center off the bat of John Nogowski to score Ramsey from third.

GAME NOTES


       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         3B        4  1  1   0  0  0  0  2
Devon Travis            2B        2  2  1   0  1  1  2  1
  John Holland          PH-2B     1  0  0   0  0  0  1  1
James Ramsey            CF        4  2  3   3  0  0  1  0
Stephen McGee           C         2  0  1   1  0  1  3  1
John Nogowski           1B        3  0  0   1  0  0 12  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  0  1   0  1  0  4  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        3  1  2   1  1  0  0  5
  Giovanny Alfonzo      SS        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  1
Stephen Spradling       DH        2  0  1   0  1  0  0  0
  Lee Howard            PH-DH     1  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
Josh Delph              RF        2  0  0   0  0  0  2  0
  Seth Miller           RF        1  0  0   0  0  0  2  0
Scott Sitz              P                            0  0
  Hunter Scantling      P                            0  0
  Luke Weaver           P                            0  1
  Kyle Bird             P                            0  0
  Bryant Holtmann       P                            0  1
  Mack Waugh            P                            0  0
  Evan Geist            P                            0  1
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              28  6 10   6  4  3 27 14
Opp                              28  0  3   0  0  3 24 16

E - Opp-1, FSU-Giovanny Alfonzo (3)
2B - FSU-Devon Travis (16), Stephen Spradling (1)
3B - FSU-James Ramsey (5)
HR - FSU-Justin Gonzalez (3)
HBP - FSU-Stephen McGee (11)
SF - FSU-Stephen McGee (4), John Nogowski (1)
SB - FSU-Justin Gonzalez (9)
CS - Opp-1, FSU-Jose Brizuela 2 (3)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Scott Sitz           W (2-2)    2.0  2  0  0  0  0
Hunter Scantling                1.0  0  0  0  0  1
Luke Weaver                     1.0  0  0  0  0  0
Kyle Bird                       1.0  0  0  0  0  2
Bryant Holtmann                 1.0  1  0  0  0  0
Mack Waugh                      1.0  0  0  0  0  0
Evan Geist                      1.0  0  0  0  0  0
Gage Smith                      1.0  0  0  0  0  0
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0  3  0  0  0  3
Opp                  L          8.0 10  6  6  4  3


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FLORIDA STATE 11, MIAMI 2
04/20/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Powers Past Miami.

The Seminoles explode for 11 runs on 13 hits in the game one victory against the Canes.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Top-ranked Florida State (31-7, 17-2 ACC) cruised to an 11-2 victory over No. 18 Miami (26-12, 12-7 ACC) in game one of a three-game conference series Friday night on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

The Seminoles held a two-run lead after the fourth inning but broke the game open with three runs in the fifth and five more in the seventh to register the most run in the series since FSU posted a 14-4 victory in Miami back on April 3, 2009. It was the most runs put up against the Hurricanes in Tallahassee since a 16-1 victory in 2006.

"I was very proud of the way we played the game tonight," said head coach Mike Martin. "It was a surprise that the game ended this way, but I assure you tomorrow will be different. That is the nature of this game, you can't get up, you can't get down.

The top three hitters in the Florida State line-up went 7-for-13 with four runs scored, two RBI and two walks. Sherman Johnson led all players on Friday night with his first three-hit game of the season. The senior third baseman finished 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI as all three hits were doubles. Johnson is the first Seminole to hit three doubles in a game since Mike McGee recorded three against Alabama in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional in June of 2011.

"I don't know what he ate for lunch, but we all need to eat it," said Martin on Sherman's performance Friday night. "He smoked those balls. I was just very pleased with the way the entire game was played by everyone tonight."

Devon Travis and James Ramsey both registered two hits apiece in the win.

Four Seminoles finished with multiple RBI including Justin Gonzalez who went 2-for-4 with three runs driven in. The junior shortstop left the yard twice on Friday night including a monster two-run home run that landed in the second row of the parking lot in left field. It marked the first multi-home run game for a Seminole this year and the first since Stuart Tapley hit two against Texas A&M in game two of the 2011 Super Regional in Tallahassee.

"I am very, very proud of him," said Martin on Gonzalez. "He's a guy that has never carried his bat out to his position. He's always in the game. He's just such a big part of this ball club."

"It was pretty special," said Gonzalez on his offensive explosion against the hometown team. "I love playing against these guys (Miami). When Miami comes to town it is always an exciting game. To be able to come out like that today and put in some good swings felt pretty good."

Stephen McGee and Jose Brizuela added two RBI each.

Brandon Leibrandt got all the run support he would need after the third when the Seminoles took the lead for good at 2-1. The freshman southpaw allowed just one run on two hits as he walked two and struck out three in 5.0 innings of work to improve to 4-1 on the year.

"He battled out there tonight," added Martin. "He showed a lot of composure as he didn't have his best stuff. He struggled with the change-up but was able to get by as he was able to spot his fastball. Leibrandt showed what he was all about to get the job done."

After recording two quick outs in the first, Leibrandt found himself in a jam as the next three Hurricane batters reached on a pair of walks and catcher's interference. But the Alpharetta, Ga., native kept the Hurricanes off the scoreboard getting Rony Rodriguez to fly out to right for the third out of the inning.

The only run for the Hurricanes off Leibrandt came in the third when Tyler Palmer led off the inning with a double down the line in left and scored two batters later on a sac-fly to right off the bat of Chantz Mack.

Leibrandt allowed just one runner to reach base over the final 10 batters that he faced before giving way to Hunter Scantling in the top of the sixth.

"I didn't feel like I had my best stuff tonight," said Leibrandt. "I usually come out there and have my change-up, but luckily I still had my fastball command tonight and was able to make enough pitches to get me through five innings."

Scantling and Bryant Holtmann both registered two innings in relief in game one. Scantling faced the minimum as he walked two but induced a pair of groundball double plays in the sixth and seventh innings.

Holtmann allowed an unearned run in the ninth on three hits as he struck out three and did not walk a batter.

The Seminoles wasted very little time getting on the scoreboard against Miami starter Eric Erickson on Friday night plating a run on three hits in the first. Johnson, Travis and Ramsey all picked up hits to start the inning on a double, single and single, respectively. After Erickson got Jayce Boyd to pop up to the catcher in foul territory, McGee brought home Johnson for the first run of the game on a fielder's choice groundout to short. Ramsey went in with a hard slide at second base to break up would could have been an inning ending double play as the throw from second baseman Jarred Mederos carried Esteban Tresgallo off the bag at first.

After the Hurricanes tied the game at one in the third, the Seminoles responded with a run of their own compliments of a fielding error by the Hurricanes. Johnson opened the inning with a double to the gap in left center and scored when Travis single to left and leftfielder Chantz Mack could not field the ball cleanly.

Gonzalez pushed FSU's lead to 3-1 in the fourth when he connected on a 0-1 pitch from Erickson for his first home run of the night.

Florida State broke the game open with a three spot in the fifth. Ramsey drew a one-out walk and scored on an RBI double to straight away center by Boyd. After Boyd stole third, McGee brought him home on a well-executed bunt single to the pitcher. McGee would score the third run of the inning on an RBI single back up the middle by Brizuela.

The Seminoles put the game out of reach in the seventh with five more runs to take a commanding 11-1 lead. Ramsey and Boyd drew back-to-back walks to open the inning of relievers Christian Diaz and Alex San Juan. Brizuela drove in his second run of the game plating Ramsey on a sac-fly to center.

Two pitches later, Gonzalez would clear the bases for the second time Friday night as he hammered a two-run shot out of the stadium to left.

Johnson would add his third double of the game later that inning to drive home John Holland and Seth Miller as the Seminoles took a 10-run advantage after the seventh. Holland recorded a pinch hit double to left, while Miller was hit by a pitch.

Erickson (6-4) suffered the loss Friday night as the senior left hander allowed six runs on nine hits in 5.0 innings of work. It marked the first loss for Erickson against the Seminoles in seven career starts.

"Eric Erickson is one of the top pitchers in our game," said Martin. "For us to hit him early was a surprise. He is poised; he has three pitches that he can all throw for strikes and he works both sides of the plate. He is the real deal. It just happened to be our night tonight."

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         3B        5  2  3   2  0  0  0  5
Devon Travis            2B        5  0  2   0  0  1  3  4
James Ramsey            CF        3  2  2   0  2  0  2  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        2  2  1   1  1  0 10  0
  Giovanny Alfonzo      PH        1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Lee Howard            C         0  0  0   0  0  0  1  1
Stephen McGee           C-1B      5  1  1   2  0  1  5  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  0  1   2  0  1  1  0
  Sean O'Brien          LF        0  0  0   0  0  0  1  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        4  2  2   3  0  2  1  4
John Nogowski           DH        3  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  John Holland          PH-DH     1  1  1   0  0  0  0  0
Josh Delph              RF        1  0  0   0  0  0  1  0
  Seth Miller           RF        2  1  0   0  0  1  2  0
  Stephen Spradling     RF        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Brandon Leibrandt       P                            0  0
  Hunter Scantling      P                            0  0
  Bryant Holtmann       P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              35 11 13  10  3  6 27 14
Opp                              28  2  5   1  4  6 24  8

E - Opp-2, FSU-Stephen McGee 2 (7)
2B - Opp-3, FSU-Sherman Johnson 3 (10), Jayce Boyd (15), John Holland (3)
HR - FSU-Justin Gonzalez 2 (5)
HBP - FSU-Seth Miller (6)
SH - Opp-1
SF - Opp-1, FSU-Jose Brizuela (3)
SB - FSU-Jayce Boyd (6), Jose Brizuela (5)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Brandon Leibrandt    W (4-1)    5.0  2  1  1  2  3
Hunter Scantling                2.0  0  0  0  2  0
Bryant Holtmann                 2.0  3  1  0  0  3
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FSU                             9.0  5  2  1  4  6
Opp                  L          8.0 13 11 11  3  6


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FLORIDA STATE 6, MIAMI 1
04/21/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Downs Miami, 6-1.

The Seminoles capture their seventh straight ACC series with the win over the Hurricanes on Saturday.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Top-ranked Florida State (32-7, 18-2 ACC) received some timely hitting and solid pitching, while withstanding a one hour and 37 minute rain delay en route to a 6-1 victory over No. 18 Miami (26-13, 12-8 ACC) Saturday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

The win gave the Seminoles their seventh consecutive series victory in the ACC, while it marked the third straight series victory over the Hurricanes. With the win, FSU maintained its six-game lead over NC State in the Atlantic Division.

"There are a lot of things you can say about today's victory, but it starts with the guy on the mound," said head coach Mike Martin. "I thought Mike Compton had a very good outing. I thought Weaver really gave us a lift, coming in and accomplishing what he did. Obviously, a good win for us, I am just proud of our young men."

A day after the veterans paced the Seminole offense to a win over their intra-state rival it was the young faces that did the damage on Saturday.

John Holland tied a career-high with his second three-hit game of the season as he drove in two runs during FSU's four-run second inning. He finished with two singles, a double, two RBI and a run scored. After play resumed following the rain delay, John Nogowski broke the game open in the eighth with a two-out, two-run single to give the Seminoles a 6-1 lead.

Sherman Johnson and Seth Miller each drove in a run, while James Ramsey, Stephen McGee and Johnson all picked up a hit. Ramsey finished the afternoon reaching base on four of his five plate appearances recording a single, two walks and a hit-by-pitch.

Mike Compton worked 5.0 plus innings allowing a run on five hits as he walked one and struck out three to remain perfect on the year at 7-0. The freshman right hander did not allow a runner to advance past second through the first five innings as all five hits he allowed were singles.

"It was definitely a good feeling, going out there and getting some shutout innings especially after the two shaky starts I had the previous weeks," said Compton. "I think it was very important to come out and put up a lot of zeros on the board especially against a good team like Miami."

Compton got into trouble in the sixth with the Seminoles leading 4-0 as the first three Hurricane batters to the plate reached to load the bases with nobody out.

But Luke Weaver came on and allowed just one run to score on a sac-fly by Chantz Mack to preserve the lead. After the fly out, the freshman from DeLand, Fla., got Rony Rodriguez looking on strikes and then Brad Fieger to pop up to Devon Travis at second to end the inning.

"That is why I am so glad that coach Bell wanted to be sure we got these freshmen in ball games early in the year to prepare them for that moment," said Martin on Weaver coming in with the bases loaded. "When Luke went out there, he had been in situations like that. It was very good for him to have success again in that situation."

Weaver finished the afternoon working 3.0 scoreless innings allowing just one hit and no walks while striking out four.

Robert Benincasa closed the door on Miami in the ninth as he retired the side in order on a pair of strikeouts and a pop up.

The Seminoles gave Compton all the run support he would need in the second inning taking advantage of two Miami errors to score four times off Hurricane starter Eric Whaley (3-3). Florida State sent nine batters to the plate that inning with Holland providing the big hit. With the bases loaded and no outs, Holland laced a single to center plating McGee and Jose Brizuela to give the Seminoles a 2-0 lead. Holland and Justin Gonzalez would end up on second and third on the play as the throw from centerfielder Dale Carey one hopped Miami catcher Garrett Kennedy at the plate and skipped into the Hurricane dugout.

Back-to-back sac-flies by Miller and Johnson gave the Seminoles a 4-0 advantage.

Three of the four runs scored off Whaley in the second were unearned. The Hurricane starter lasted just 4.0 innings on Saturday as he allowed three hits and a career-high six walks.

"There were people that got on for me to allow me to come through today," said Holland. "It was a total team effort today. I was just fortunate to come up at a good time and capitalize."

The score stayed that way until the sixth when Kennedy singled off Compton to open the inning and eventually scored on the sac-fly from Mack off Weaver.

After play resumed following the rain delay, Nogowski came through with his two-out, two-run single to account for the winning margin.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        4  1  1   1  0  0  2  0
Devon Travis            2B        4  0  0   0  1  2  4  3
James Ramsey            CF        2  0  1   0  2  0  5  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        3  0  0   0  0  1  4  0
  John Nogowski         1B        2  0  1   2  0  0  1  0
Stephen McGee           C         4  1  1   0  1  0  9  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  1  0   0  0  0  1  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        2  1  0   0  2  1  0  4
John Holland            DH        4  1  3   2  0  0  0  0
Seth Miller             RF        3  1  0   1  0  2  1  0
Mike Compton            P                            0  0
  Luke Weaver           P                            0  0
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              31  6  7   6  6  6 27  7
Opp                              31  1  6   1  1  9 24  9

E - Opp-4
2B - FSU-John Holland (4)
HBP - FSU-James Ramsey (4)
SH - FSU-Jose Brizuela (3)
SF - Opp-1, FSU-Sherman Johnson (3), Seth Miller (2)
SB - Opp-3, FSU-Sherman Johnson (3), Seth Miller (4)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Mike Compton         W (7-0)    5.0  5  1  1  1  3
Luke Weaver                     3.0  1  0  0  0  4
Robert Benincasa                1.0  0  0  0  0  2
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0  6  1  1  1  9
Opp                  L          8.0  7  6  3  6  6


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FLORIDA STATE 8, MIAMI 7
04/22/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Johnson's Walk-off In Extras Leads FSU to Series Sweep.

The Seminoles sweep the Hurricanes for the first time since 2002.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Sherman Johnson's walk-off base hit in the 10th inning scored Giovanny Alfonzo from second base to give top-ranked Florida State (33-7, 19-2 ACC) an 8-7 come-from-behind victory over No. 18 Miami (26-14, 12-9 ACC) Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

The Seminoles trailed by as many as three runs on Sunday but slowly chipped away at the Hurricane lead scoring two in the sixth and one more in the seventh to force extra innings.

"That's the typical Florida State, Miami baseball game," said head coach Mike Martin. "Miami did such a good job of coming back from a four-run deficit to go up by three. I was just very, very proud of our young men for keeping their poise and getting back in the ball game with a couple key hits."

Alfonzo led off the 10th with a single to right of Miami closer E.J. Encinosa (2-3) for his first collegiate hit. The freshman from Port St. Lucie, Fla., would move into scoring position after successfully swiping second base for his first career steal. Seth Miller then reached after getting hit on the knee bringing up Johnson. The senior third baseman took a 2-1 sinker from Encinosa through the right side of the infield for a base hit scoring Alfonzo for the game-winning run.

"We knew he was going to go sinker," said Johnson on his at-bat against Encinosa in the 10th. "First pitch was a sinker for a strike and then he threw another sinker off the plate for a ball and then another sinker down for a ball. I figured I would see a sinker the next pitch and it was, so I put a good swing on it and found the hole. I was turning back looking to see if he (Alfonzo) was going to score and when I realized he did it was all happiness from there."

"It couldn't have come at a better time," said Alfonzo on getting his first career hit. "Against Miami, definitely, I'm from South Florida so it felt good. It was a fastball. It didn't tail like his fastballs normally do, I was able to keep my hands inside and hit it to right field."

The win completed a perfect weekend for Florida State as the Seminoles swept the regular-season series from the Hurricanes for the first time since 2002 and for the first time in Tallahassee since 2000.

"I am very proud of this team for what they accomplished this weekend," added Martin. "It's something that hasn't happened in a while and I am just very proud to be a part of it. Our ball club played very well."

With the win, FSU remained perfect at home in the ACC this year improving to 9-0. At 19-2 in the league, the Seminoles tied the school record (19-2 in 1999) for their best league record through 22 games, while maintaining their six-game lead over NC State atop the Atlantic Division. The Seminoles also finished the regular season with a perfect 15-0 record against schools from the Coastal Division.

Florida State improved to 10-0 in one-run games this year and 3-0 when playing in extra innings. The loss was the first in three games for the Hurricanes in extra innings in 2012.

"It's awesome," said Johnson. "Anytime you can sweep Miami, which hasn't been done in a while, is awesome. Gage Smith threw well today just to keep us in the ball game and then Gio got his first base hit which was a good time to get one. I am just proud of everyone."

The Seminoles ran out to the early lead on Sunday scoring four runs in the bottom of the first off Miami starter Steven Ewing. The Seminoles opened the game with consecutive base hits by Johnson and Devon Travis followed by a James Ramsey walk to load the bases. Stephen McGee brought home the first run of the game when he was hit on the foot. Justin Gonzalez made it 2-0 with a two-out RBI bunt single down the third base line. John Holland rounded out the scoring with a two-run double down the line in left to give FSU a 4-0 lead.

Gonzalez would leave the game after reaching third on Holland's double as he suffered a hamstring strain to his right leg after legging out his bunt base hit. Alfonzo would enter the game to play short to start the top of the second.

"Alfonzo came in and played shortstop extremely well for us," said Martin.

The four-run lead for the Seminoles quickly evaporated in the fourth when the Hurricanes sent 12 batters to the plate scoring seven times to take a 7-4 lead. The first four batters to the plate in the fourth reached on three singles and a walk off FSU starter Scott Sitz. Rony Rodriguez and Dale Carey both recorded RBI singles ending the afternoon for Sitz after just 3.0 plus innings of work.

Hunter Scantling came on and issued a walk to Brad Fieger before Michael Broad gave the Hurricanes their first lead of the series connecting on a grand slam to left. The junior second baseman took a 2-1 offering from Scantling off the scoreboard for his second home run of the season and fourth career grand slam.

Kyle Bird became the third pitcher of the inning and recorded the first two outs but gave up an RBI double to Tyler Palmer scoring Julian Santos to make the score 7-4.

Gage Smith came on and got the Seminoles out of the inning getting Rony Rodriguez looking at a called third strike.

Smith would shut down the Hurricanes for the next four innings giving the offense a chance to claw its way back into the ballgame. Smith allowed just two hits, both coming with two outs in the seventh, and one walk while striking out four. The Tallahassee, Fla., native recorded career-highs in innings pitched (4.1) and strikeouts on Sunday.

"He was the key to the ball game," said Martin on Smith delivering 4.1 shutout innings on Sunday. "Gage Smith came in and settled everything down for us to give us a chance to get back in it."

"Honestly, I was just trying to go in and throw strikes," said Smith. "I have the best defense in the country behind me so I just try and get groundballs and get outs."

Florida State drew within one of the lead at 7-6 scoring twice in the sixth. McGee led off the inning with a single to center off Ewing and moved to third after a pair of groundouts. He would later score on a two-out double down the right field foul line off the bat of Holland. Pinch hitter John Nogowski followed with a base hit back up the middle to score Holland.

The Seminoles scored the equalizer in the seventh on a double off the wall in right center off the bat of Jayce Boyd. Travis led off the inning drawing a walk off Ewing and scored all the way from first on the RBI double from Boyd.

Ewing went 6.1 innings on Sunday allowing seven runs on nine hits as he walked two and struck out seven in earning the no decision.

"We went and got Benny a little bit before we would normally get him and he really pitched beautifully," said Martin.

Robert Benincasa worked the ninth and 10th innings to pick-up the victory and move to 4-0 on the year. The junior right hander gave up a two-out single to Mack in the ninth, but struck out Rodriguez to retire the side.

Miami made some noise in the 10th putting together consecutive two-out singles by Broad and Santos, but Benincasa closed the door on the rally getting Garrett Kennedy swinging on strikes.

Benincasa worked two scoreless innings in the series finale finishing with three strikeouts.

Johnson, Boyd, McGee and Holland each recorded two hits apiece, while Holland tallied a career-high three RBI in the win. McGee finished the afternoon reaching base on all five plate appearances as the redshirt sophomore catcher went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, two walks and reached on his first at-bat courtesy of a hit-by-pitch.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        6  1  2   1  0  2  2  2
Devon Travis            2B        4  2  1   0  1  1  3  4
James Ramsey            CF        4  1  0   0  1  3  0  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        5  0  2   1  0  0 11  0
Stephen McGee           C         2  2  2   1  2  0  7  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        4  0  0   0  0  3  2  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        1  0  1   1  0  0  0  0
  Peter Miller          PR        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Giovanny Alfonzo      SS        4  1  1   0  0  0  2  4
John Holland            DH        5  1  2   3  0  2  0  0
Josh Delph              RF        2  0  0   0  0  1  3  0
  John Nogowski         PH        1  0  1   1  0  0  0  0
  Seth Miller           PR-RF     1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Scott Sitz              P                            0  0
  Hunter Scantling      P                            0  0
  Kyle Bird             P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              39  8 12   8  4 12 30 10
Opp                              38  7 11   7  6  7 28  8

2B - Opp-3, FSU-Jayce Boyd (16), John Holland 2 (6)
HR - Opp-1
HBP - FSU-Stephen McGee (12), Seth Miller (7)
SH - Opp-1, FSU-Jose Brizuela (4)
SB - FSU-Giovanny Alfonzo (1)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
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Scott Sitz                      3.0  4  4  4  2  0
Hunter Scantling                0.0  1  2  2  1  0
Kyle Bird                       0.2  1  1  1  2  0
Gage Smith                      4.1  2  0  0  1  4
Robert Benincasa     W (4-0)    2.0  3  0  0  0  3
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FSU                            10.0 11  7  7  6  7
Opp                  L          9.1 12  8  8  4 12


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FLORIDA STATE 17, RHODE ISLAND 6
04/27/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Pounds Rhode Island.

Jayce Boyd ties a career-high with five hits in the win over the Rams.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Top-ranked Florida State (34-7) scored 11 runs in the first three innings en route to a 17-6 victory over Rhode Island (26-17) in the first meeting between both schools Friday evening on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

The Seminoles tallied 28 base runners in game one against the Rams recording 14 hits, nine walks and three hit by pitches, while two more runners reached on an error and a fielder's choice.

Florida State and Rhode Island each finished the night with 14 hits, while both clubs struggled a little bit defensively making a combined five errors.

"That is a good Rhode Island ball club," said head coach Mike Martin. "I was very impressed with the talent on that club. For a majority of the game, we played extremely well. They took advantage of every mistake we made in the fourth. But we kept our poise and I thought Leibrandt kept his poise as well. I am very proud of our guys. It was a good win for us tonight."

Jayce Boyd led all hitters on Friday night as he tied a career-high with five hits. The junior first baseman went 5-for-6 with four RBI and two runs scored. Boyd was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle collecting three singles, a double and a home run. He recorded hits in his first four at-bats with an RBI double in the first, a two-run home run in the second and singles in the fourth and sixth innings.

"It was good offensive night, for our team as well," said Boyd. "We got some runs early which helped settle us down a little bit. They are a good ball team. They fought hard and made it tough on us all night. To keep grinding it out and scoring runs against them was big."

The top of the Seminole line-up did a bulk of the offensive damage in game one as Sherman Johnson, Devon Travis, James Ramsey and Boyd went a combined 10-for-18 with nine RBI, 11 runs, five walks, two doubles, a triple and two home runs.

Travis joined Boyd with a game-high four RBI, his second four RBI game of the season and fourth of his career. He connected on his fourth home run of the season in third inning, a two-out, three-run shot to left to give FSU a commanding 11-2 lead.

Ramsey finished the evening 2-for-3 with a double and a triple, while tying a career-high with four runs scored. He recorded a RBI triple in the second, his sixth of the season and 15th of his career moving him into sole possession of third place all-time for career triples.

Johnson registered a base hit in the first inning, walked twice and was hit by a pitch.

Making his first career start at shortstop Friday night, Giovanny Alfonzo went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in his first two at-bats. He drove in a run with his single in the second inning for his first career RBI. Alfonzo would drive in his second run of the night drawing a walk with the bases loaded in the sixth.

John Holland and John Nogowski both picked up an RBI in the win.

Brandon Leibrandt got all the run support he needed after the first two innings as the freshman southpaw improved to 5-1 on the year. Leibrandt allowed six runs, four earned, on 10 hits in 5.0 innings of work. He struck out a career-high eight batters, while he did not issue a walk for the first time in 11 starts this year.

Gage Smith, Brandon Johnson and Bryant Holtmann all saw relief action on Friday night working scoreless baseball. Smith faced seven batters in 2.0 shutout innings allowing just one hit. Both Johnson and Holtmann worked a scoreless eighth and ninth inning, respectively.

The Rams got Johnson for three hits in the eighth but a nice throw from Seth Miller in center field to Lee Howard gunned down Dan Haverstick at the plate for the third out of the inning.

Holtmann faced the minimum in the ninth and struck out Greg Annarummo for the final out of the game.

Rhode Island's Chris Pickering (5-6) was charged with the loss as he allowed 11 runs on 11 hits in 5.0 innings of work.

The Rams drew within five of the lead after the fourth thanks to a four-run inning in which they scored all four runs on two outs. But the Seminoles got the four runs back in the sixth taking advantage of four walks, a hit-by-pitch and a single.

The Seminoles added a run in the seventh and eighth inning for the winning margin.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        3  2  1   0  2  2  1  1
Devon Travis            2B        6  3  2   4  0  1  0  1
James Ramsey            CF        3  4  2   1  2  0  4  0
  Stephen Spradling     RF        0  0  0   0  1  0  0  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        6  2  5   4  0  0  7  1
Stephen McGee           C         3  1  0   0  2  0  8  0
  Lee Howard            C         0  0  0   0  0  0  2  0
John Holland            DH        4  2  1   1  0  3  0  0
Josh Delph              RF        2  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  John Nogowski         PH        0  0  0   1  1  0  0  0
  Seth Miller           RF-CF     0  0  0   0  0  0  0  1
Giovanny Alfonzo        SS        4  2  2   2  1  0  1  2
Jose Brizuela           LF        4  1  1   0  0  0  3  0
  Sean O'Brien          LF        1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Brandon Leibrandt       P                            1  1
  Gage Smith            P                            0  1
  Brandon Johnson       P                            0  0
  Bryant Holtmann       P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              36 17 14  13  9  6 27  8
Opp                              42  6 14   5  0  9 24  9

E - Opp-2, FSU-Giovanny Alfonzo 2 (5), Jose Brizuela (2)
2B - Opp-2, FSU-James Ramsey (8), Jayce Boyd (17)
3B - FSU-James Ramsey (6)
HR - FSU-Devon Travis (4), Jayce Boyd (3)
HBP - FSU-Sherman Johnson (2), John Holland (3), Seth Miller (8)
SH - FSU-Josh Delph (3)
SB - Opp-1, FSU-Sherman Johnson (4), Giovanny Alfonzo (2), Jose Brizuela (6)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Brandon Leibrandt    W (5-1)    5.0 10  6  4  0  8
Gage Smith                      2.0  1  0  0  0  0
Brandon Johnson                 1.0  3  0  0  0  0
Bryant Holtmann                 1.0  0  0  0  0  1
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FSU                             9.0 14  6  4  0  9
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FLORIDA STATE 2, RHODE ISLAND 0
04/28/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Blanks Rhode Island.

Four Seminole pitchers combined for the two-hit shutout Saturday night.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Top-ranked Florida State (35-7) recorded its sixth shutout of the season blanking Rhode Island (26-18) 2-0 Saturday evening on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

Four Seminole pitchers combined for the two-hit shutout in game two, the fewest hits allowed by Florida State this year, while the six shutouts equaled the total from last year. With the win on Saturday night, Florida State has now won all 11 weekend series.

"Any way you look at this game, it starts with the guy on the bump," said head coach Mike Martin. "We got four guys that went out there and pitched extremely well. From Compton, to Scantling, to Busch, to Benincasa, it was an encouraging lift for us to see the six innings out of Compton and to see Busch look a little bit like the Brian Busch that's been here for three years.

"That was a good win for us against a very good team. Our team knows that's a good club. We know we have to play well."

FSU starter Mike Compton (8-0) remained perfect on the year as the freshman right hander allowed just two hits in 6.0 innings of work. He walked three and struck out two while facing the minimum in an inning three times Saturday night. The Branson, Mo., native allowed just two runners to reach second base during his outing.

"It has definitely been a step forward since the last couple of outings," said Compton. "It's all about getting back to my fastball command and keeping the ball low. Things definitely started to click tonight especially as the game went on. I ran into some trouble early, but had a great defense behind me to help me out tonight. Our defense makes our jobs as pitchers so much easier."

Brian Busch, Hunter Scantling and Robert Benincasa all worked a scoreless inning in relief. Busch struck out two and walked one batter in the seventh. Scantling retired the side in order on just six pitches in the eighth. Benincasa worked the ninth and posted two strikeouts and a groundout for his league leading 11th save of the season.

A night after both teams combined for 28 hits, the Seminoles and Rams combined for just six hits in game two. Four different Seminoles recorded a hit as Josh Delph had the lone extra base hit with a double in the second inning. Devon Travis, James Ramsey and Jayce Boyd all registered a single in the win.

"Playing Rhode Island is a tremendous challenge," added Martin. "Those guys know how to play. They are a well-coached team. Jim Foster does a great job with that team."

Florida State registered a run in each of the first two innings for the only scoring Saturday night. Sherman Johnson drew a lead-off walk in the first, moved to second on a single through the right side by Travis and advanced to third on a passed ball. After URI starter Nick Narodowy (1-6) hit Ramsey with a pitch to load the bases, Boyd brought home Johnson for the first run of the game on a sac-fly to right.

The Seminoles would add an unearned run in the second when Stephen Spradling reached on a hit-by-pitch to open the inning and scored on a passed ball. The junior designated hitter moved into scoring position on Delph's double down the right field line.

"I've been hit by a lot of pitches (this year) but as long as it helps out the team, I will do it every time," said Spradling. "That's how you win games is by getting on base, so if that's what it takes, then that is what I will do."

Narodowy would exit the game after 5.1 innings allowing only two runs, one earned, on three hits as he walked one and struck out three.

URI pitchers would finish the game issuing six hit-by-pitches, the most recorded by the Seminole offense since getting hit six times against UCF in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional on June 6, 2004.

Both Ramsey and Boyd would finish the evening 1-for-2 at the plate. Ramsey reached base in three of his four plate appearances with two hit-by-pitches. Delph also reached base three times getting hit twice.

The Seminoles also turned in a solid defensive performance turning a pair of double plays including an outstanding play by Johnson on a tough one-hopper off the bat of catcher Milan Adams in the fourth. Johnson made a shoe string grab running to his left to start the 5-4-3 inning ending double play.

"The play Sherman made was a big league play," said Martin. "That was just as good as it gets. We just got it done tonight."

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        3  1  0   0  1  0  0  3
Devon Travis            2B        4  0  1   0  0  0  4  6
James Ramsey            CF        2  0  1   0  0  1  2  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        2  0  1   1  1  0  8  2
Stephen McGee           C         2  0  0   0  0  0  6  1
Stephen Spradling       DH        1  1  0   0  0  1  0  0
  John Holland          PH-DH     1  0  0   0  1  0  0  0
Josh Delph              RF        2  0  1   0  0  0  3  0
Giovanny Alfonzo        SS        4  0  0   0  0  1  2  2
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  0  0   0  0  1  1  0
Mike Compton            P                            0  0
  Brian Busch           P                            0  0
  Hunter Scantling      P                            1  0
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  0
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FSU                              24  2  4   1  3  4 27 14
Opp                              27  0  2   0  4  6 24 11

E - FSU-Jayce Boyd (4)
2B - FSU-Josh Delph (6)
HBP - Opp-1, FSU-James Ramsey 2 (6), Stephen McGee (13), Stephen Spradling (9), Josh Delph 2 (3)
SH - FSU-Stephen McGee (2)
SF - FSU-Jayce Boyd (4)
SB - FSU-Jayce Boyd (7)
CS - Opp-1

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
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Mike Compton         W (8-0)    6.0  2  0  0  3  2
Brian Busch                     1.0  0  0  0  1  2
Hunter Scantling                1.0  0  0  0  0  0
Robert Benincasa     Sv(11)     1.0  0  0  0  0  2
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FSU                             9.0  2  0  0  4  6
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FLORIDA STATE 6, RHODE ISLAND 5
04/29/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Boyd Delivers A Walk-off Double As Noles Sweep Rams.

Jayce Boyd finishes the weekend 8-for-12 with two doubles, one home run and seven RBI.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The only lead for Florida State on Sunday afternoon came at the end of the ball game as Jayce Boyd delivered a two-out, two-run walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth to lead the top-ranked Seminoles (36-7) to a 6-5 victory over Rhode Island (26-19) on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

It marked the second walk-off victory for the Seminoles this year and the second straight walk-off win on Sunday at home.

"That never gets old," said Sherman Johnson. "It was great to win like that, a big team win."

The Rams committed two crucial errors in the bottom of the ninth which lead to three unearned runs including two off of Boyd's first career walk-off hit.

"Well, sometimes it's good to be lucky," said head coach Mike Martin. "That's about the only way you can describe it. We certainly got a couple breaks there in the ninth inning, but we still had to produce and our guys did that."

Stephen Spradling started the ninth inning rally with a pinch hit single to left off URI closer Mike Bradstreet (2-2). After Seth Miller flied out to center, Bradstreet looked as if he was on his way to his 10th save of the season when Jose Brizuela hit a groundball to short for what looked like a game-ending double play, but Tim Caputo could not field the ball cleanly as Spradling scampered to third on the play. The second error of the inning came one batter later when the Rams second baseman Pat Fortunato muffed a ground ball off the bat of Johnson. Spradling scored on the play to cut the deficit to 5-4.

Bradstreet settled down to get Devon Travis swinging on strikes for the second out of the inning but then walked James Ramsey on four pitches to load the bases. On the very next pitch, Boyd came through with the game-winning hit doubling off the screen in right center to score Brizuela and Johnson as the Seminoles completed the sweep of URI.

"It is just one of those situations that's just fun," said Boyd. "The pressure is on you. The game is riding on your shoulders; it's you against the pitcher. A base hit either ties it or wins it. When they pitched around Ramsey, I saw it as a challenge.

"I noticed that he (Bradstreet) was trying to work the strike zone a lot. We got some good swings earlier in the inning on first pitch fastballs. I took that same approach for my at-bat and put it off the screen."

"I am just elated," added Martin. "I am just proud of this ball club. We just went through a tough week of final exams. I am just proud of the fight by the entire team. It was a good win.

"When Jayce stepped to the plate after Rammer was technically pitched around, it's one of the reasons why Jayce Boyd is who he is. He enjoys opportunities to help his team. He is not intimidated by any of that. He was very comfortable in that situation and he let the game come to him. He certainly put a very good swing on that ball."

The hit capped off an outstanding weekend for Boyd as the junior first baseman hit .667 going 8-for-12 at the plate with two doubles, a home run, two runs scored and seven RBI.

Despite being out hit by URI 13-7 in the series finale, Florida State extended its win streak to seven in a row and has now recorded 12 straight home victories on Sunday.

"Certainly Jayce Boyd's double off the screen to drive in the winning runs was dramatic, but there were a lot of things that occurred during the game that led us to this victory," said Martin.

Not to be ignored on Sunday were several key defensive plays made by the Seminoles which held the Rams offense in check. The first came in the top of the first when Seth Miller climbed the right field wall with a runner on first to record the third out of the inning on a ball hit by catcher Milan Adams.

Ramsey delivered two key defensive plays with the first coming in the second when Greg Annarummo lined out to center and Ramsey threw a bullet to first to double off Pat Quinn. The second came in the fifth when the senior captain made a great diving catch on a ball headed to the gap in left center off the bat of Jeff Cammans.

Brizuela made a great diving catch of his own in the sixth robbing Dan Haverstick of a base hit on a ball that was headed to the gap in left center.

"Anytime you can make the other club feel like 'what have I got to do,' is always important," said Martin on the key defensive plays made by the Seminoles on Sunday. "That was a great play by Ramsey. He is really getting good jumps out there. The other two catches were big for us."

Making his first career start at short, Johnson made a big out at the plate in the seventh with runners at second and third and one out. Fortunato hit a groundball to Johnson who threw on to Stephen McGee to get Adams out at the plate and to keep the Rams lead at 5-3.

"It was a real credit to our infielders," said Martin. "We put them in a little different alignment. We are either in or back, but they didn't have great speed at third. We gambled and put our middle infielders at halfway. We got lucky and the ball was hit right at Sherman. He did a great job of throwing to the plate to get the out.

Rhode Island struck first on Sunday scoring four runs in the top of the third off starter Scott Sitz. The first three batters to the plate that inning reached on a pair of singles and a hit-by-pitch to load the bases. Chris Famiglietti gave the Rams a 1-0 lead plating Haverstick on a sac-fly to right. Cammans cleared the bases on the very next pitch lacing a three-run home run over the fence in left for his first round tripper of the season to give URI a 4-0 lead.

The Seminole cut the deficit to 4-1 when Johnson brought home John Holland on an RBI groundout to first. Holland led off the inning with a walk.

The Rams got the run back in the top of the fourth on back-to-back two out base hits off Seminole reliever Luke Weaver. Caputo singled to left, stole second and scored on Jeff Roy's RBI single to center, one of five hits on the afternoon for the Rams centerfielder.

Florida State continued to chip away at URI's lead with a run in the fourth and fifth inning. Ramsey was hit by a pitch to lead off the fourth and scored three batters later on Josh Delph's RBI double down the line in right.

Brizuela led off the fifth with a double to straight away center, moved to third on a long fly out to center by Johnson and scored on an RBI groundout to short by Travis.

The Florida State bullpen did its job of keeping the Seminoles within striking distance holding the Rams without a run after the fourth inning.

Weaver finished his outing working 2.2 innings allowing a run on three hits as he walked one and struck out three.

Gage Smith scattered three hits over 2.0 shutout innings as he struck out one and did not issue a walk.

Mack Waugh followed with a scoreless eighth inning striking out the first two batters that he faced before giving up a two-out single to Roy. But the senior right hander would get out of the inning as Famiglietti would groundout to second for the third out.

Hunter Scantling pitched the ninth to pick-up the victory moving the senior right hander to 5-0 on the year. Scantling gave up a two-out hit but ended the inning getting Fortunato to strike out swinging.

"Gage Smith came in and kept it close," said Martin on the work of his bullpen. "Mack Waugh pitched well, Hunter Scantling pitched well. We just kept trying to keep the game within reach and our guys did a very good job of getting it done. That was a game to remember. It was a fun atmosphere; a lot of good memories from that one."

Boyd was the only Seminole with multiple hits on Sunday finishing the game 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Johnson recorded two RBI and scored the winning run, while Brizuela scored twice.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         SS        5  1  0   2  0  0  2  1
Devon Travis            2B        5  0  1   1  0  2  0  4
James Ramsey            CF        2  1  0   0  2  1  3  1
Jayce Boyd              1B        4  0  2   2  1  0  9  0
Stephen McGee           C         3  0  1   0  1  0  9  2
Josh Delph              DH        3  0  1   1  0  1  0  0
  John Nogowski         PH        1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
John Holland            3B        2  1  0   0  1  1  0  2
  Stephen Spradling     PH        1  1  1   0  0  0  0  0
Seth Miller             RF        3  0  0   0  0  1  2  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  2  1   0  0  1  2  0
Scott Sitz              P                            0  0
  Luke Weaver           P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            0  1
  Mack Waugh            P                            0  0
  Hunter Scantling      P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              32  6  7   6  5  7 27 11
Opp                              38  5 13   5  1  8 26  8

E - Opp-2, FSU-Devon Travis (4)
2B - Opp-1, FSU-Jayce Boyd (18), Josh Delph (7), Jose Brizuela (8)
HR - Opp-1
HBP - Opp-2, FSU-James Ramsey (7), Seth Miller (9)
SH - FSU-Jose Brizuela (5)
SF - Opp-1
SB - Opp-1, FSU-Devon Travis (7), James Ramsey (6)
CS - Opp-1

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Scott Sitz                      2.1  5  4  4  0  1
Luke Weaver                     2.2  3  1  1  1  3
Gage Smith                      2.0  3  0  0  0  1
Mack Waugh                      1.0  1  0  0  0  2
Hunter Scantling     W (5-0)    1.0  1  0  0  0  1
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0 13  5  5  1  8
Opp                  L          8.2  7  6  3  5  7


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FLORIDA STATE 3, JACKSONVILLE 0
05/02/2012, JACKSONVILLE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Posts Shutout In Jacksonville.

Six Seminole pitchers combine for a four-hit shutout Wednesday night.

JACKSONVILLE, FL - Pitching and defense was the name of the game Wednesday night as top-ranked Florida State (37-7) posted its seventh shutout of the season with a 3-0 victory over Jacksonville (14-32) in front of a crowd of 2,876 inside John Sessions Stadium.

"When you can go on the road and win a ball game, you have to be excited and I am very excited after tonight's performance," said head coach Mike Martin. "We used six pitchers tonight and beat a club whose record is not what is usual for a Jacksonville team. But it was a very good display of baseball on our part and I am very proud of the way our guys played tonight."

Six Seminole pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout as Florida State won for the eighth game in a row. Brian Busch, Hunter Scantling and Bryant Holtmann all worked two innings on Wednesday, while Kyle Bird, Gage Smith and Robert Benincasa turned in an inning a piece.

Holtmann (2-0) picked up the win as he retired all six batters that he faced registering a pair of strikeouts. Benincasa worked the ninth to earn his ACC-leading 12th save of the season.

"We got quality innings out of our pitchers tonight," said Martin.

The Florida State pitching staff was also the beneficiary of a stellar defensive performance as the Seminoles robbed the Dolphins of base hits on multiple occasions. From a leaping catch at the wall in right field by Seth Miller, to several outstanding plays by Devon Travis and Justin Gonzalez on balls up the middle, the Seminoles posted a zero in the error column to complete the regular season sweep of JU.

"I have been around here a long time and I saw that play Devon made up close and personal, Luis Alicea didn't make that play when he was in school," added Martin. "Gonzo made a great play in the ninth and luckily he is ok and will be ready to go Saturday against Maryland."

Travis provided all the run support FSU would need Wednesday night driving in Sherman Johnson on an RBI single up the middle in the top of the sixth. The Seminoles would add two more runs in the ninth for the winning margin.

Johnson and James Ramsey both registered two hits in the win, while Ramsey collected his ninth double of the season in the sixth. Johnson would reach base on four of his five plate appearances on a pair of singles, a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Josh Delph, Gonzalez and Jose Brizuela all picked singles as FSU outhit JU 8-4.

Johnson drew his ACC-leading 50th walk of the season to open Wednesday's contest against JU starter Steven Eagerton, but was left stranded on the base paths as the Dolphin right hander retired the next three batters that he faced.

Miller robbed Dan Gulbransen of an extra base hit to start the bottom of the second making a great leaping catch up against the wall for the first out of the inning. FSU starter Brian Busch then recorded back-to-back groundouts at short to end the second and keep the game tied at zero.

Busch faced the minimum in his two innings of work retiring the side on four groundouts and a pair of fly outs.

The Seminoles put together consecutive base hits in the third but came away empty handed thanks in large part to a great throw from right fielder Adam Brett Walker to throw out Brizuela at third after a base hit from Johnson. Both Brizuela and Johnson singled off Eagerton as the base hit from Brizuela was the first hit for either team.

Bird came on in relief of Busch to start the bottom of the third. The freshman southpaw registered two quick outs on back-to-back groundouts to second including a spectacular play by Travis on a groundball headed up the middle off the bat of Garrett Ruckel to rob the Dolphin designated hitter of a base hit.

The next three JU batters reached off Bird on a double by Ethan Loosen, a single by Jonathan Murphy and a walk to Alex McRae to load the bases for Walker, the biggest hitting threat in the Dolphin line-up. But Bird would get Walker on a check swing third strike to keep the game scoreless after three innings of play.

Delph registered a single off Wes Torrez to start the fifth and moved to second on a stolen base. After a two-out walk to Brizuela, Torrez would get out of the inning thanks to a base running miscue by Delph at second. On a ball in the dirt to Johnson, Delph jumped out to a big lead and could not get back to the bag as JU catcher Matt Frank picked him off at second for the third out.

For the fifth time in the first six innings the Seminoles got the leadoff hitter aboard on a single to left by Johnson. After a wild pitch by Corben Madden (1-3) moved Johnson to second, Travis came through with a single back up the middle to plate Johnson for the first run of the game. Ramsey doubled to the gap in right center to put runners at second and third and end the evening for Madden.

Sean Green entered for the Dolphins and after issuing an intentional walk to Jayce Boyd to load the bases retired the next three batters that he faced to keep the Seminole lead at 1-0. Green struck out Stephen McGee and Delph before getting Gonzalez to fly out to first in foul territory to end the threat.

The Seminole pitching staff retired 11 straight hitters after getting Walker swinging on strikes to end third until Chris Anderson doubled down the line in right off Hunter Scantling with one out in the seventh. The Jacksonville, Fla., native would keep the Seminole lead in tact retiring the next two batters on a pop out and a strikeout.

Scantling faced seven batters over two innings allowing a hit and striking out one.

JU pinch hitter Zachary Houck led off the bottom of the eighth drawing a walk off Smith and moved to second on a stolen base. Houck would advance no further as Smith recorded consecutive strikeouts and a fly out to keep FSU's lead at 1-0.

Florida State broke the game open in the ninth as a wild pitch on ball four to Brizuela scored two to give FSU a 3-0 lead. Delph reached to open the inning after getting hit on a 0-2 pitch from Green. Gonzalez followed with a single to left and both runners advanced 90 feet on a pinch hit sacrifice bunt off the bat of Giovanny Alfonzo. Green then delivered the ball four, wild pitch with Brizuela at the plate that scored Delph and Gonzalez to give the Seminoles a three-run lead. The second run scored on the play as Frank's throw to the plate went into the JU dugout.

Benincasa pitched a scoreless ninth giving up a hit and striking out Jake Huxtable for the final out of the game. After Gulbransen registered a one-out hit in the ninth, Gonzalez made a great defensive play on a ball hit back up the middle by Anderson to save a base hit throwing out the Dolphin first baseman at first for the second out. Benincasa then got Huxtable swinging on strikes to complete the shutout.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         3B        3  1  2   0  1  1  1  0
Devon Travis            2B        5  0  1   1  0  0  0  4
James Ramsey            CF        4  0  2   0  0  0  1  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        3  0  0   0  1  0 11  1
Stephen McGee           C         4  0  0   0  0  1  7  0
Josh Delph              DH-RF     3  1  1   0  0  2  2  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        4  1  1   0  0  1  0  6
Seth Miller             RF        2  0  0   0  0  2  2  0
  John Holland          PH        1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Gage Smith            P         0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Giovanny Alfonzo      PH        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Robert Benincasa      P         0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        2  0  1   0  2  0  2  0
Brian Busch             P                            0  1
  Kyle Bird             P                            0  0
  Bryant Holtmann       P                            0  0
  Hunter Scantling      P                            1  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              31  3  8   1  4  7 27 12
Opp                              31  0  4   0  2  7 27 14

E - Opp-2
2B - Opp-2, FSU-James Ramsey (9)
HBP - FSU-Sherman Johnson (3), Josh Delph (4)
SH - FSU-Giovanny Alfonzo (1)
SB - Opp-1, FSU-Josh Delph (2)
CS - FSU-Stephen McGee (4)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Brian Busch                     2.0  0  0  0  0  0
Kyle Bird                       1.0  2  0  0  1  1
Bryant Holtmann      W (2-0)    2.0  0  0  0  0  2
Hunter Scantling                2.0  1  0  0  0  1
Gage Smith                      1.0  0  0  0  1  2
Robert Benincasa     Sv(12)     1.0  1  0  0  0  1
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0  4  0  0  2  7
Opp                  L          9.0  8  3  2  4  7


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FLORIDA STATE 10, MARYLAND 3
05/05/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Batter Terrapins.

Devon Travis and James Ramsey hammered back-to-back homers in the first inning as No. 1 Florida State jump on Maryland quickly and cruised to a 10-3 win for their 20th ACC victory of the season.

By Bob Thomas, Seminoles.com

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Back-to-back first inning home runs by Devon Travis and James Ramsey staked freshman starter Brandon Leibrandt and top-ranked Florida State to an early-lead, en route to Saturday's 10-3, series-opening victory over Maryland at Dick Howser Stadium.

Travis and Ramsey belted the first of four homers on the day for the Seminoles (38-7, 20-2 ACC), who extended their winning streak nine game; their longest of the season. It was FSU's first four-homer game since the Feb. 17 season-opener against Hofstra.

"It was a fun day for us," FSU coach Mike Martin said. "I'm just elated that we played like we did."

Meanwhile, it was a costly loss for Maryland (29-21, 8-17), which is in a six-team battle for the final two spots in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Florida State knocked out 12 hits, including three doubles, as they built a 10-0 lead through five innings. The big cushion enabled Martin to turn to his reserves early on a sweltering afternoon before a crowd of 4,283.

The early power surge provided more than enough cushion for Leibrandt (6-1), who turned in six shutout innings of four-hit work. The freshman left-hander struck out four and issued just one walk as the Seminoles extended their season-best winning streak to nine games.

"I just tried to go out there, keep pitching and do what I can," Leibrandt said, after the 'Noles gave him a three-run lead in the first. "Fortunately, luck was on my side this time around. Balls they hit hard stayed in the park and found gloves of our guys and made the plays."

The Seminoles didn't waste any time jumping on Maryland starter Jimmy Reed, who had not surrendered a homer in 50 innings this season when Travis jumped on his 1-2 fastball with one out in the first. Travis' blast, his fifth of the season, landed in the Terrapins' bullpen in left field.

"That kid [Reed] has a good arm," Travis said. "That was real big. We knew we had to come out here early and get it done. We know they were going to be bringing a lot of intensity and we had to match it."

Two pitches later, Ramsey slammed an 0-1 Reed offering over the right field screen for a 2-0 cushion. It was the senior captain's 10th homer of the season - the 31st of his career - but his first since March 25 at Wake Forest.

Consecutive walks to Jayce Boyd and Stephen McGee kept inning going. Boyd scored from third when John Nogowski, who had reached on a fielder's choice, put the brakes on while attempting to steal second after drawing a throw from catcher Jack Cleary. The 3-0 cushion was more than enough for Leibrandt, who yielded only a second inning single to Kyle Convissar through the first five innings.

"Going out there pitching with the lead, it's a lot more stress-free," Leibrandt said. "You just pound the zone the best you can, get the team back in the dugout and let them swing the bats and put more runs on the board."

Leibrandt's approach certainly sat well with Martin.

"He kept command of all of his pitches," said Martin, whose team has now won 21 consecutive home games against the Terrapins. "He didn't lose command of one and it really helped him to go through six innings, because he was able to spot his fastball and throw his changeup in the strike zone."

The Seminoles never let off the gas, tacking on four runs in the third. Senior Sherman Johnson led off the inning by launching a down-an-in Reed fastball over the right field fence. Johnson's first homer of the season - also his first since April 17 last season at Virginia Tech - came on a day when he was coping with flu-like symptoms. The four-bagger, his first at Dick Howser Stadium since 2010, made him feel a lot better.

"I was just really happy," said Johnson, who took a substantial amount of ribbing from his teammates. "I hit it and I was like, 'Finally I got one high enough that it's not going to go off the screen, that's not going to foul. ... Everybody was laughing about it in here.

"I finally got to do the hat tip and it was fun."

Stephen McGee delivered a two-run single with the bases loaded, then scored from third on Justin Gonzalez's grounder to short that was boosted by Maryland's Alfredo Rodriguez for a 7-0 lead.

FSU's offensive barrage didn't stop there. Justin Gonzalez closed out the power surge with a two-run homer in the fifth off Maryland relieve Jamie Pashuk as the 'Noles tacked on three more runs, capped by Johnson's RBI double into the right field corner.

The Terrapins foiled FSU's bid for an eighth shutout win with a run in the eighth inning and two in the ninth, which merely reduced the final deficit.

Stephen Spradling was one of five Seminoles with two hits, joining Johnson, Travis, Ramsey and Nogowski. It was Spradling first, two-hit ACC game of the season.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         3B        4  1  2   2  0  0  1  2
  Josh Delph            LF        0  0  0   0  1  0  2  0
Devon Travis            2B        3  2  2   1  1  1  1  1
  John Holland          PR-2B     1  0  0   0  0  1  1  2
James Ramsey            CF        3  2  2   1  1  0  1  0
  Seth Miller           CF        1  0  0   0  0  1  2  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        3  1  0   0  2  1 10  1
Stephen McGee           C         2  1  1   2  1  0  4  0
  Lee Howard            PH-C      2  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
John Nogowski           DH        4  1  2   0  0  0  0  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        3  1  1   3  0  0  0  1
  Giovanny Alfonzo      SS        1  0  0   0  1  0  0  2
Stephen Spradling       RF        4  1  2   0  0  1  0  0
Jose Brizuela           LF-3B     3  0  0   0  1  0  4  2
Brandon Leibrandt       P                            0  1
  Brandon Johnson       P                            1  0
  Peter Miller          P                            0  0
  Evan Geist            P                            0  0
  Mack Waugh            P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              34 10 12   9  8  6 27 12
Opp                              31  3  7   3  3  4 24 11

E - Opp-1, FSU-Giovanny Alfonzo (6)
2B - FSU-Sherman Johnson (11), James Ramsey (10), John Nogowski (4)
HR - FSU-Sherman Johnson (1), Devon Travis (5), James Ramsey (10), Justin Gonzalez (6)
HBP - Opp-2, FSU-John Nogowski (3)
SF - Opp-1
SB - Opp-1
CS - Opp-1, FSU-John Nogowski (3)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Brandon Leibrandt    W (6-1)    6.0  4  0  0  1  4
Brandon Johnson                 1.0  0  0  0  0  0
Peter Miller                    1.0  1  1  0  0  0
Evan Geist                      0.0  2  2  2  1  0
Mack Waugh                      1.0  0  0  0  1  0
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FSU                             9.0  7  3  2  3  4
Opp                  L          8.0 12 10 10  8  6


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FLORIDA STATE 9, MARYLAND 2
05/06/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Slam Terps.

The Seminoles secure their eighth ACC series victory of the season with a win on Sunday.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - A pair of four-run innings in the second and third provided top-ranked Florida State (39-7, 21-2 ACC) a lead they would not relinquish Sunday afternoon as the Seminoles rolled to a 9-2 victory over Maryland (39-22, 8-18 ACC) in front of 4,242 on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

Behind a four-hit performance from Jayce Boyd and Justin Gonzalez' second grand slam of the season, the Seminoles tied a season-best with their 10th straight win, while running their home win streak over the Terps to 22 in a row.

The win also marked FSU's eighth ACC series victory of the season reducing its magic number to clinch the league's regular season title to two.

"It was a very well played baseball game on our part," said head coach Mike Martin. "I am very proud of the way our guys played all day long."

Boyd finished the afternoon with his third four-hit game of the season as the junior first baseman went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. The bottom third of the order did a bulk of the damage on Sunday as Gonzalez, Stephen Spradling and Josh Delph combined for five of FSU's 10 hits while driving in eight of the nine runs.

"That is what we are striving for to get everyone involved," added Martin. "That undoubtedly was huge; they drove in eight of the nine runs for us this afternoon. I am just pleased with this baseball team's approach to the game. They come out here every day ready to play baseball."

"That's been the mentality of this offense to be aggressive, attack and win every inning," said Gonzalez. "Fortunately, that is something that we have been able to do throughout this season. We can't always let the top of the order have all the fun, so luckily over the last couple of game we have been able to put it together."

Florida State gave FSU starter Mike Compton all the run support he would need spotting the freshman right hander with an eight-run lead after three innings of play. Compton, who improved to 9-0 on the season, worked 5.0 innings allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits as he walked two and struck out six.

"Getting a big lead early makes things a lot easier because you can really focus on hitting your spots," said Compton. "Whenever you get a lead like that you don't want to become complacent and let them feel like they can get back in the game."

The Seminoles wasted little time cracking the scoreboard on Sunday as Spradling and Delph drove in a pair of runs on back-to-back hits in the second. Florida State started the inning loading the bases off Maryland starter Michael Boyden (2-3) on a single by Boyd and walks to Stephen McGee and Gonzalez. Spradling found the hole through the right side of the infield to plate a pair, while Delph cleared the bases with a two-run double to left.

FSU doubled its lead thanks to a monster grand slam off the bat of Gonzalez in the third. Boyd ripped a single back up the middle, followed by a walk to McGee and a hit-by-pitch to John Nogowski to load the bases. Gonzalez then took a 1-0 pitch from Boyden over the fence in left center for his seventh home run of the season and second grand slam this year. It marked the second straight game in which the junior shortstop has left the yard.

"We took advantage of our scoring opportunities (early in the game)," said Martin. "Of course, you don't expect to see one of your guys hit it out of the ballpark with the bases loaded, but we did a good job of taking advantage of our opportunities."

"I tried to be aggressive early in the count," said Gonzalez. "I just let the game come to me and was fortunate enough to get a good pitch and put a good swing on it."

Maryland cut into the deficit in the fifth plating two runs off Compton to narrow the margin to 8-2. With the bases loaded and one out, Tim Kiene hit a groundball to Boyd, who went to second in search of an inning ending double play. But Gonzalez mishandled the ball allowing Kyle Convissar and Matt Bosse to score the only Terrapin runs of the game. Compton shut the door on any further runs scoring as he struck out Tomo Delp and KJ Hockaday to end the inning.

The Seminole bullpen kept the Maryland bats at bay the rest of the way as Gage Smith and Bryant Holtmann each delivered two shutout innings in relief. Smith allowed a hit and a walk, while striking out one of the eight batters that he faced. Holtmann worked the eighth and ninth innings as he walked one and struck out two.

FSU added to its lead in the eighth on an RBI single by Boyd scoring John Holland, who reached on a fielder's choice.

The Garnet & Gold improved to 11-0 at home in the ACC, while it marked their 12th consecutive series victory this year.

"It is just such a huge honor to do that," said Boyd on not dropping a series this year. "It is just a pride thing. There is a lot of maturity, a lot of good leaders on this team. We do a good job of keeping our composure and play the game."

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        3  0  0   0  1  0  1  5
Devon Travis            2B        2  0  0   0  0  1  1  0
  John Holland          2B        3  1  0   0  0  0  2  3
James Ramsey            CF        3  0  1   0  1  1  3  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        5  2  4   1  0  0  8  0
Stephen McGee           C         3  2  0   0  2  1  9  2
John Nogowski           DH        4  1  0   0  0  2  0  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        2  2  2   4  2  0  1  1
Stephen Spradling       RF        4  1  1   2  0  0  0  0
  Seth Miller           RF        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Josh Delph              LF        4  0  2   2  0  2  2  0
Mike Compton            P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
  Bryant Holtmann       P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              33  9 10   9  6  7 27 11
Opp                              29  2  5   1  4  9 24  8

E - Opp-1, FSU-Justin Gonzalez (11)
2B - Opp-1, FSU-Josh Delph (8)
HR - FSU-Justin Gonzalez (7)
HBP - Opp-4, FSU-Sherman Johnson (4), James Ramsey (8), John Nogowski (4)
SH - Opp-1
SB - Opp-1
CS - Opp-2

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Mike Compton         W (9-0)    5.0  4  2  1  2  6
Gage Smith                      2.0  1  0  0  1  1
Bryant Holtmann                 2.0  0  0  0  1  2
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FSU                             9.0  5  2  1  4  9
Opp                  L          8.0 10  9  9  6  7


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MARYLAND 8, FLORIDA STATE 5
05/07/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Maryland Clips Florida State.

The Seminoles see their 10-game win streak come to an end Monday night.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Top-ranked Florida State (39-8, 21-3 ACC) ran out to an early four-run lead only to see Maryland (30-22, 9-18) claw its way back for an 8-5 victory Monday night on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

Maryland cut the deficit to one with three runs in the fourth and then added five runs over the last three innings to snap FSU's 22-game home winning streak in the series marking the Terrapins first victory in Tallahassee since March 26, 1998.

"Well you tip your hat to Maryland," said head coach Mike Martin. "They did a good job and got the key hits there at the end when they needed them. They did everything they needed to do to get the win."

Florida State wasted little time cracking the scoreboard on Monday night plating two runs in each of the first two innings to rush out to an early 4-0 advantage. Sherman Johnson led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run over the fence in right center for his second home run of the season and second of the series. Justin Gonzalez brought home James Ramsey for the second run of the inning on an RBI bloop single to center.

In the second, Florida State chased Maryland starter David Carroll after the senior right hander gave up a single to Stephen Spradling and a hit-by-pitch to John Holland. Brett Harman, who was scratched as the starting pitcher on Sunday, came in and gave up a one-out RBI single to Johnson as Spradling scored from second. Holland would also score on the play courtesy of a throwing error by centerfielder Korey Wacker.

Harman proceeded to shut down the Seminole bats allowing just two hits after the second inning. He finished the outing working 5.0 innings giving up a run on three hits as he walked one and struck out three.

Harman's work on the mound allowed the Maryland bats to cut into the deficit as the Terps scored three off FSU starter Luke Weaver in the fourth to narrow the margin to 4-3. The Terrapins sent nine batters to the plate that inning recording four hits and a pair of walks, while taking advantage of a key throwing error by Jayce Boyd at first base. KJ Hockaday drove in the first run on an RBI infield single to third. A walk to Ryan Holland ended the evening for Weaver after the freshman right hander worked 3.0 plus innings in his first start against an ACC opponent this year.

Hunter Scantling came on and gave up a sac-fly to Tomo Delp and an RBI single off the bat of Jack Cleary that dropped into fair territory after a diving attempt by Jose Brizuela in left. Scantling then followed with a strikeout and a fly out to keep the Seminoles one-run lead intact.

FSU ran themselves out of a potential run scoring inning in the sixth when Holland was caught leaning toward second base on a throw over by Harman. With Holland in a run down, Spradling tried to score from third, but was picked off for the second out of the inning.

The Terrapins grabbed their first lead of the series in the seventh plating two off Scantling to take a 5-4 lead. After a double and a single by Kyle Convissar and Alfredo Rodriguez, respectively, Martin brought on Gage Smith, who got Jordan Hagel looking at a called third strike for the second out of the inning. The Seminole head coach then went with the lefty on lefty match-up bringing on Brian Busch to face Tim Kiene. But a wild pitch by the senior southpaw and an RBI double by Kiene gave Maryland the one-run lead. Mack Waugh became the fourth Seminole pitcher of the inning and got Hockaday to groundout to third for the final out of the inning.

The lead was short lived as the Seminoles scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 5-5. Johnson drew a walk off Harman to open the inning and scored on a sac-fly to left off the bat of Stephen McGee.

Maryland took advantage of the second Seminole error of the game in the eighth which led to the Terps plating two unearned runs as both runs scored on a sac-bunt by Convissar.

The Seminoles looked as though they would bounce right back in the bottom half of the inning as Spradling reached on a hit-by-pitch and Devon Travis laced a pinch hit double to the gap in right center. But a base running miscue by Spradling at second caused the second out of the inning and a groundout to third by pinch hitter John Nogowski ended the threat without FSU scoring a run.

"I hope we got them out of our system because we certainly made some mistakes on the bases that we haven't made this year," said Martin. "There is no excuse for it from a coaching stand point. We just have to do a better job of working on that...that is something that we cannot have happen as we move forward."

Wacker moved from center field to the mound and worked two scoreless innings to pick up the victory Monday night. The senior southpaw allowed two hits and struck out three to move to 5-0 on the year.

Maryland added an insurance run in the ninth and Jimmy Reed, the Terrapins starting pitcher on Saturday, came on to work the ninth to earn his eighth save of the season.

Waugh suffered the loss as he fell to 3-2 on the year.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        4  2  2   2  1  1  1  4
James Ramsey            CF        4  1  1   0  1  1  3  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        5  0  1   0  0  1 11  2
Stephen McGee           C         2  0  1   1  1  0  6  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        4  0  1   1  0  3  2  1
Josh Delph              RF        4  0  0   0  0  3  1  0
Stephen Spradling       DH        2  1  1   0  1  0  0  0
John Holland            2B        2  1  1   0  0  0  1  2
  Devon Travis          PH        1  0  1   0  0  0  0  0
  Giovanny Alfonzo      2B        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  1
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  John Nogowski         PH        1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Seth Miller           LF        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Luke Weaver             P                            1  2
  Hunter Scantling      P                            1  1
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
  Brian Busch           P                            0  0
  Mack Waugh            P                            0  0
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  1
  Kyle Bird             P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              32  5  9   4  4  9 27 14
Opp                              34  8 11   6  5  6 27 13

E - Opp-3, FSU-Jayce Boyd (5), Justin Gonzalez (12)
2B - Opp-4, FSU-Devon Travis (17)
HR - FSU-Sherman Johnson (2)
HBP - FSU-Stephen Spradling (10), John Holland (4)
SH - Opp-3
SF - FSU-Stephen McGee (5)
SB - Opp-1, FSU-Justin Gonzalez (10)
CS - FSU-Stephen Spradling (1)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Luke Weaver                     3.0  4  3  2  2  2
Hunter Scantling                3.1  3  2  2  1  1
Gage Smith                      0.1  0  0  0  0  1
Brian Busch                     0.0  1  0  0  0  0
Mack Waugh           L (3-2)    0.2  1  2  0  0  0
Robert Benincasa                0.2  0  0  0  0  1
Kyle Bird                       1.0  2  1  1  2  1
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0 11  8  5  5  6
Opp                  W-Sv       9.0  9  5  3  4  9


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FLORIDA STATE 9, STETSON 1
05/08/2012, DELAND, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Sitz Paces FSU To Victory Over Stetson.

The junior right hander worked 6.0 plus innings to earn his third victory of the season.

DeLAND, FL - Top-ranked Florida State (40-8) broke up a one-run game late scoring seven runs in the ninth for a 9-1 victory over Stetson (30-18) Tuesday night inside Conrad Park on Melching Field. With the victory, the Seminoles reached the 40-win plateau for the 35th year in a row.

"Anybody here tonight saw a very good ballgame and anybody that saw the score had no idea what a great ballgame that was," said head coach Mike Martin. "We are very impressed with that Stetson team. We were very fortunate to win tonight."

Florida State's Scott Sitz and Stetson's Will Dorsey found themselves in a pitcher's duel during the early going as neither team cracked the scoreboard until James Ramsey lifted a one out, two-run shot to right in the sixth to give FSU a 2-0 lead.

Sitz (3-2) gave Florida State exactly what they needed Tuesday night with the Seminoles playing their fourth game in five days. The junior right hander went 6.0 plus innings allowing just one run on five hits as he did not issue a walk and struck out one. Sitz held the Hatters without a run through the first six innings stranding three runners in scoring position including a runner at third in the third and fifth innings.

"The only thing that's predictable about the game of baseball is the unpredictability," added Martin. "It was a game in which we needed a quality start. We got it from Scott Sitz and that was huge. It was just a big lift to get those innings out of him tonight."

"After my last two starts which weren't that great, to come out here and throw 6.0 was really nice," said Sitz. "I was trying to stay out there as long as I could to give our bullpen a break."

Dorsey was just as impressive shutting out the Seminoles through the first five innings allowing just two hits. But Ramsey made him pay for a pitch up in the zone in the sixth as the senior captain deposited a 1-1 pitch over the fence in right for his team leading 11th home run of the season.

"Ramsey's hit was certainly huge," added Martin. "Anytime you get a home run in this day in age, you are tickled to death; when it produces two runs you're twice as happy."

The Seminoles blew the game open in the ninth as 13 batters came to the plate en route to scoring seven runs for the winning margin.

Ramsey led the Seminole offense with a 3-for-4 night as the drove in two and scored twice. Jayce Boyd picked up two hits, while Sherman Johnson, Devon Travis, Stephen McGee, Justin Gonzalez and Jose Brizuela all registered a hit a piece.

With the victory, the Seminoles extended their win streak to four over the Hatters, while recording their seventh straight win in DeLand.

Bryant Holtmann and Gage Smith combined to throw 3.0 scoreless innings in relief on Tuesday. Holtmann allowed a hit and struck out one in the seventh, while Smith pitched the final two innings to earn his third save of the season.

Stetson's Tanner Blackman, who went 4-for-4 on Tuesday night, registered the first hit of the game for either team in the bottom of the third reaching on an infield single that ricocheted off the glove of Sitz. After a stolen base and a groundout to short put Blackman at third with only one out, Sitz recorded a key out as Trey Blackman grounded out to second with the infield playing in to hold the runner at third. The junior right hander then struck out Sam Kimmel for the third out of the inning to keep the game scoreless.

Ramsey opened the fourth with FSU's first hit of the game finding the hole through the right side. The senior captain swiped second for his seventh steal of the game with one out, but was stranded at second after Dorsey recorded a groundout and a fly out to retire the side.

A one-out double by Stetson's Ben Carhart in the fourth went to no avail as Sitz registered consecutive groundouts to keep the game scoreless.

Gonzalez led off the top of the fifth legging out an infield single to short, but was thrown out at second after trying to advance a base on the over throw from Hatter shortstop Mark Jones. Dorsey then recorded back-to-back groundouts to keep the Seminoles off the scoreboard.

Stetson wasted a golden opportunity to plate the first run of the game when Tanner Blackman hammered a one-out triple to the gap in right center. But Sitz once again recorded another key out with the infield draw in as Spencer Theisen hit a groundball to Gonzalez at short, who looked Blackman back and then threw on to first for the second out of the inning. Sitz then got Trey Blackman to fly out to left to end the scoring threat and keep the game knotted at zero after five complete.

"That was definitely awesome," said Sitz on getting out of trouble with runners in scoring position. "Having the infield in, any hard hit ball will get through easily, but I was able to throw some good pitches and get some key groundballs to get outs."

Dorsey's (6-5) night would come to a close after giving up the two-run home run to Ramsey with one out in the sixth. It would be the only runs the Hatter right hander would give up Tuesday night in 5.1 innings of work finishing the game issuing four hits and one walk while striking out two.

Stetson would chase Sitz in the seventh after the Hatters lead off the inning with a double and a single by Jones and Kurt Schluter, respectively, to put runners at the corners. Holtmann entered and held the Hatters to just one run as James Rasmussen drove in Jones on a groundout to third. After an infield single put runners at the corners for the second time in the inning, Holtmann got Theisen swinging on strikes and then Trey Blackman to fly out to right to keep FSU out in front at 2-1.

Kimmel drew a walk to start the bottom of the eighth off FSU's Smith and advanced to second on a sac-bunt by Robert Crews. But the Hatters left Kimmel stranded at second as Smith got Carhart to line out to Seth Miller in right and Jones to pop out to Boyd at third.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         3B        5  1  1   2  0  0  0  4
Devon Travis            2B        5  1  1   0  0  3  1  3
James Ramsey            CF        4  2  3   2  1  1  1  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        5  1  2   1  0  0 13  2
  John Nogowski         1B        0  0  0   0  0  0  1  0
Stephen McGee           C         4  1  1   1  1  1  2  0
  Peter Miller          PR        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Lee Howard            C         0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Stephen Spradling       DH        2  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  John Holland          PH-DH     1  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
  Giovanny Alfonzo      PH        0  1  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Josh Delph            PH-DH     0  0  0   1  1  0  0  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        4  0  1   0  1  2  2  5
Seth Miller             RF        3  1  0   0  1  0  3  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        4  1  1   1  0  1  2  0
Scott Sitz              P                            2  1
  Bryant Holtmann       P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            0  1
                                 ========================
FSU                              37  9 10   8  5  9 27 16
Opp                              32  1  7   1  1  2 27 12

E - Opp-2
2B - Opp-2
3B - Opp-1
HR - FSU-James Ramsey (11)
HBP - Opp-1
SH - Opp-1, FSU-Giovanny Alfonzo (2)
SB - Opp-1, FSU-James Ramsey (7), Jayce Boyd (8)
CS - FSU-James Ramsey (4)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Scott Sitz           W (3-2)    6.0  5  1  1  0  1
Bryant Holtmann                 1.0  1  0  0  0  1
Gage Smith           Sv(3)      2.0  1  0  0  1  0
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0  7  1  1  1  2
Opp                  L          9.0 10  9  8  5  9


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STETSON 6, FLORIDA STATE 5
05/09/2012, DELAND, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU's Late Inning Rally Falls Short In Loss At Stetson.

The Seminoles suffer their first one-run loss of the season Wednesday night in DeLand.

DeLAND, FL - Top-ranked Florida State (40-9) closed out its fifth game in five days with a tough 6-5 loss to Stetson (31-18) Wednesday afternoon inside Conrad Park on Melching Field.

The Seminoles made a season-high six errors in the ball game including four in the bottom of the eighth which led to the eventual game-winning run for the Hatters. The loss marked the first for Florida State in one-run ball games this year as the Seminoles dropped to 11-1.

"It was just a game that we made too many mistakes," said head coach Mike Martin. "In all honesty, we were out played today. It was one of those games that you tip your hat to Stetson. When you make six errors you deserve to lose."

Florida State trailed the entire way on Wednesday getting within one of the lead on three separate occasions. The Seminoles would not go quietly after trailing 5-2 after the seventh. FSU plated two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth with the tying run on at first when Stetson's Robbie Powell recorded the final out of the game to register his 15th save of the season.

The Seminoles opened the eighth inning with three consecutive singles including a pair of infield base hits by James Ramsey and Jayce Boyd. The latter scored Devon Travis, who led off the inning with base hit up the middle. After a throwing error by Hatters' catcher Sam Kimmel on an attempted pick-off play at first moved the runners up 90 feet, Stephen McGee brought home Ramsey on a sac-fly to right to cut the deficit to 5-4. A Stetson error on a groundball off the bat of Stephen Spradling kept the inning alive for FSU but Joe Dye would get Justin Gonzalez to fly out to right for the second out.

The final out of the eighth inning would turn into a battle between pinch hitter Seth Miller and Tucker Donahue with Donahue finally recording the third out on the 14th pitch of the at-bat. Miller sent a deep fly ball that was caught on the warning track in left field to retire the side.

Stetson would get a much needed insurance run in the bottom of the inning taking advantage of four Seminole errors including three on one play. With Robert Benincasa on the hill, Mark Jones reached on a one-out fielding error at short. The junior right Florida State would make it exciting in the ninth as Jose Brizuela led off the inning ripping a double down the line in right off Powell. After a groundout to the first by Sherman Johnson moved Brizuela to third, Powell put the tying runner aboard with Stetson's Josh Powers (3-1), who got the start on Wednesday, earned the win in a controlled start as the freshman right hander went 2.0 innings and allowed just one hit as he faced seven batters.

FSU starter Peter Miller suffered the loss and fell to 5-2 on the year. Miller would work just two innings in his 10th start of the season. The sophomore right hander would give up two runs on four hits as he walked two and did not record a strikeout.

"Stetson deserves the credit today," added Martin. "They are the ones that made us make errors. They put pressure on us. They did a good job. Pete Dunn has done a tremendous job, this is a class program and they deserved the win."

Stetson struck first on Wednesday afternoon plating two runs in the bottom of the second to take an early 2-0 advantage. The first two Hatters to the plate reached off Miller on back-to-back singles by James Rasmussen and Spence Theisen. Theisen chopped The Hatters added to their lead in the third on a two-out RBI single by Garrett Russini. Brennan opened the inning with a double to the gap in left center off Brian Busch and scored three batters later on Russini's base hit to right center.

Similar to Tuesday night, Florida State finally cracked the scoreboard in the sixth plating two runs to cut the Stetson lead to 3-2. Johnson and Travis delivered back-to-back hits on a double and single, respectively, to put runners at the corners with The Hatters loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth drawing three walks in the inning, two off Busch and an intentional walk off Mack Waugh. Waugh would leave them loaded getting Jones to fly out to center to keep the deficit at 3-2.

Busch worked a season-high 3.1 innings on Wednesday allowing a run on three hits as he walked two and struck out one. After giving up a run in the third, Busch retired seven straight batters before giving up consecutive walks in the sixth.

The Seminoles put together a rally in the seventh on consecutive two-out hits by Josh Delph and Brizuela. After a Stetson pitching change brought on Cameron Griffin, the Hatter southpaw needed just one pitch to get out of the inning getting Johnson to g Stetson pushed its lead back to three at 5-2 plating a pair of runs of Kyle Bird in the seventh. Brennan led off the inning with a double over the head of Brizuela in left. Rasmussen reached on a hit-by-pitch, while both runners advanced when Bird was c

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        5  1  1   0  0  0  2  3
Devon Travis            2B        4  2  2   0  1  0  0  3
James Ramsey            CF        3  1  1   1  1  0  3  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        5  0  2   2  0  1 14  0
Stephen McGee           C         3  0  0   1  0  0  1  1
Stephen Spradling       DH        4  0  1   0  0  1  0  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        4  0  0   0  0  1  1  3
Josh Delph              RF        3  0  1   0  0  1  3  0
  Seth Miller           PH-RF     1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        4  1  2   0  0  0  0  0
Peter Miller            P                            0  1
  Brian Busch           P                            0  0
  Mack Waugh            P                            0  0
  Kyle Bird             P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
  Bryant Holtmann       P                            0  0
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              36  5 10   4  2  4 24 11
Opp                              35  6  9   3  5  1 27  8

E - Opp-2, FSU-Robert Benincasa (1), Jayce Boyd 2 (7), Justin Gonzalez 3 (15)
2B - Opp-3, FSU-Sherman Johnson (12), Jose Brizuela (9)
HBP - Opp-2
SF - Opp-1, FSU-James Ramsey (3), Stephen McGee (6)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Peter Miller         L (5-2)    2.0  4  2  2  2  0
Brian Busch                     3.1  3  1  1  2  1
Mack Waugh                      0.2  0  0  0  1  0
Kyle Bird                       0.1  1  2  1  0  0
Gage Smith                      0.1  0  0  0  0  0
Bryant Holtmann                 0.1  1  0  0  0  0
Robert Benincasa                1.0  0  1  0  0  0
                               ===================
FSU                             8.0  9  6  4  5  1
Opp                  W-Sv       9.0 10  5  4  2  4


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CLEMSON 7, FLORIDA STATE 2
05/12/2012, CLEMSON, SC
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Clemson Powers Past FSU.

The Seminoles give up three home runs in the loss to the Tigers Saturday night.

CLEMSON, SC - Top-ranked Florida State (40-10, 21-4 ACC) could not overcome the long ball by Clemson (30-20, 15-10 ACC) Saturday night falling to the Tigers 7-2 in front of 5,822 inside Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Clemson registered three home runs including a three-run shot from Spencer Kieboom in the bottom of the sixth to break a 2-2 tie to give the Tigers the lead for good. Brad Felder and Richie Shaffer added solo shots for the Tigers in sending the Seminoles to their fourth straight defeat in Clemson.

With Saturday's loss coupled with two wins by NC State so far this weekend, FSU's magic number to clinch the Atlantic Division and the overall No. 1 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament remains at two.

Five of Clemson's seven runs came on two-outs, while the Seminoles could not seem to find the key hit leaving 14 runners on base including seven in the final four innings.

"They did a very good job of getting key hits," said head coach Mike Martin. "It was an impressive performance on their part. You just have to tip your hat to them; they did a very good job tonight."

Brandon Leibrandt (6-2) suffered just his second loss of the season as the freshman southpaw was charged with four runs on six hits in 5.2 innings of work. Leibrandt walked just one while striking out six.

After keeping the Tigers off the scoreboard through the first four innings, Clemson finally pushed across a run in the fifth and four more in the sixth off Leibrandt. The Alpharetta, Ga., native entered the game allowing just two home runs in 12 starts. Clemson matched that number on Saturday night hitting a pair of solo shots in back-to-back innings in the fifth and sixth.

"Leibrandt pitched very well, he really did," added Martin. "It's just one of those games you have to tip your hat to them. I mean three home runs that is pretty darn impressive."

The Tigers' Daniel Gossett (6-2) picked up the win as he threw 4.0 innings of two-hit relief. The freshman right hander walked five and struck out three.

Clemson starter Dominic Leone did not factor into the decision after working 5.0 innings allowing two runs on five hits. He finished with five strikeouts and three walks.

Devon Travis paced the Seminole offense on Saturday night with two hits as he scored one of FSU's two runs. James Ramsey reached base on three of his five plate appearances collecting a single and two walks. Stephen McGee and Josh Delph were credited with driving in one run each.

Florida State struck first in game one on an RBI single by Delph to score Gonzalez from second in the top of the second. Gonzalez reached on a bunt single with one out, stole second base and scored on Delph's single to left.

Phil Pohl registered Clemson's first hit of the evening in the bottom of the second dropping a bloop single to right. Leibrandt followed with three straight strikeouts including two looking on strikes to end the inning keeping FSU's lead at 1-0.

The Tigers looked to threaten in the third after back-to-back one-out singles by Jason Stolz and Steve Wilkerson, including a come-backer by Stolz that went off the knee cap of Leibrandt. But the Seminole southpaw would come right back to get a pop fly off the bat of Thomas Brittle and Shaffer to ground into a fielder's choice put out at second to escape the jam.

Gonzalez reached for the second time in as many at-bats drawing a walk off Leone to open the fourth. He would swipe second for his second stolen base of the game, but the Clemson right hander would keep the Seminole shortstop stranded getting Sherman Johnson swinging on strikes to end the inning.

The Seminoles added to their lead in the fifth on a sac-fly by McGee to give FSU a 2-0 advantage. Travis led off the inning with a single to center and moved to third on a one-out double down the line in left off the bat of Jayce Boyd. Travis scored a batter later on McGee's sac-fly to right.

Clemson got a run back in the bottom of the fifth on a solo home run off the bat of Felder to cut the deficit to 2-1. The senior right fielder took the first pitch he saw from Leibrandt out of the park to right for his sixth round tripper of the season. It marked just the third home run given up by Leibrandt this year.

The Seminoles could not take advantage of a Tiger error to extend their one-run lead in the sixth. With Delph on at second after drawing a walk, Johnson reached on a fielding error at first to extend the inning. But Jon McGibbon would atone for his error at first as he threw to the plate to get Delph for the final out of the inning.

Clemson connected on two home runs in the sixth to grab its first lead of the evening at 5-2. Shaffer tied the ball game at two taking a 1-2 pitch from Leibrandt off the left field foul pole for his team leading 10th home run of the season. Leibrandt's night would come to a close after giving up a two-out double and a walk to Jay Baum and McGibbon, respectively.

Gage Smith entered out of the bullpen and quickly fell behind Kieboom at 3-0 before battling back with two called strikes. Kieboom then took the next pitch out of the park for a three-run shot to give the Tigers a 5-2 lead. Jose Brizuela looked as though he would come up with a miraculous catch, but the ball glanced off his outstretched glove and over the fence. The home run was the third of the season for Kieboom and the first allowed off Smith this year.

"He made a great pitch," said Martin on the home run Kieboom hit off Smith. "The ball was down, it wasn't elevated. The guy went down and got it and did a good job of hitting it."

Florida State squandered a golden opportunity to cut into the Tiger lead in the seventh as the Seminoles left the bases loaded. Ramsey and McGee drew walks, while Stephen Spradling reached on his 11th hit-by-pitch of the season. Gossett would get out of the jam as Gonzalez flew out to center for the third out.

The Tigers pushed their lead to 7-2 on a two-out, two-run double down the line in left off the bat of Phil Pohl. Stolz led off the bottom of the seventh with a single off Bryant Holtmann and moved to second on a sac-bunt by Wilkerson. Brittle drew a walk and both runners would score on Pohl's double down the line in left.

Brandon Johnson threw a perfect eighth inning for the Seminoles as he retired the Tigers in order on a pair of fly outs and a strikeout.

Florida State continued to battle but would leave three more runners on over the final two innings in the loss.

"We had some chances tonight, no doubt about it," said Martin. "Disappointing? Yes, but we just have to play better tomorrow."

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        3  0  1   0  1  1  1  2
Devon Travis            2B        5  1  2   0  0  0  1  1
James Ramsey            CF        3  0  1   0  2  1  5  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        5  0  1   0  0  0  6  0
Stephen McGee           C         2  0  0   1  1  1  7  0
Stephen Spradling       DH        3  0  0   0  0  2  0  0
  John Nogowski         PH        0  0  0   0  1  0  0  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        3  1  1   0  1  1  0  2
  John Holland          PH        1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Josh Delph              RF        3  0  1   1  1  1  1  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  0  0   0  1  1  3  0
Brandon Leibrandt       P                            0  1
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
  Bryant Holtmann       P                            0  0
  Brandon Johnson       P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              31  2  7   2  8  8 24  6
Opp                              32  7  9   7  2  7 27  6

E - Opp-1, FSU-Justin Gonzalez (16)
2B - Opp-2, FSU-Jayce Boyd (19)
HR - Opp-3
HBP - FSU-Sherman Johnson (5), Stephen McGee (14), Stephen Spradling (11)
SH - Opp-1
SF - FSU-Stephen McGee (7)
SB - Opp-1, FSU-Justin Gonzalez 2 (12)
CS - Opp-1

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Brandon Leibrandt    L (6-2)    5.2  6  4  4  1  6
Gage Smith                      0.0  1  1  1  0  0
Bryant Holtmann                 1.1  2  2  2  1  0
Brandon Johnson                 1.0  0  0  0  0  1
                               ===================
FSU                             8.0  9  7  7  2  7
Opp                  W          9.0  7  2  2  8  8


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CLEMSON 9, FLORIDA STATE 7
05/14/2012, CLEMSON, SC
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles' Comeback Effort Falls Short.

The Seminoles trail by as many as eight runs in game one but fall to the Tigers 9-7.

CLEMSON, SC - Top-ranked Florida State (40-11, 21-5 ACC) did all it could to battle back from an eight-run deficit in game one of a doubleheader against Clemson (31-20, 16-10 ACC) on Monday afternoon but the come-from-behind effort fell just short as the Seminoles fell to the Tigers 9-7 inside Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

With Clemson leading 9-1 after five innings of play, the Seminoles slowly chipped away at the lead scoring two runs in each of the sixth, seventh and ninth innings.

Florida State would not go away quietly in the ninth putting the tying run at second with one out following three consecutive singles by pinch hitter Stephen Spradling, John Nogowski and Seth Miller. But Scott Firth would settle down to get the final two outs to preserve the win for the Tigers and secure his second save of the season.

"That just shows what this ball club is all about," said head coach Mike Martin on his team's fight in game one. "To be down 9-1 on the road at Clemson, one of the toughest places to play in all of college baseball, is quite a credit to our young men. I am very proud of them."

Josh Delph led the Seminoles with a career-high three hits in game one, while Jayce Boyd drove in a team-high two runs in the losing effort. John Nogowski finished 2-for-5 with a pair of singles for the Noles.

Clemson was the beneficiary of two nice defensive plays by center fielder Thomas Brittle that robbed the Seminoles of a pair of base hits and quite possibly was the difference maker in game one of the doubleheader.

With runners at first and second and two outs in the eighth, Giovanny Alfonzo hit a line drive to short center, but Brittle got a great jump on the ball and made a spectacular diving catch for the third out of the inning.

In the ninth, Brittle made another diving catch on a soft liner by Boyd which resulted in a sac-fly and the first out of the inning.

"It was an excellent catch and he also made a great play on Boyd's fly out in the ninth," added Martin on Thomas Brittle's two nice catches in the eighth and ninth innings. "We just made a few mistakes early and were not able to overcome them." Peter Miller was tremendous in relief throwing 4.1 innings of one-hit, shutout baseball to allow the Seminoles a chance at the come-from-behind victory. Miller walked three and struck out two.

"Peter did a very good job," said Martin. "I am very proud of him. We have been waiting to see if he is ready and hopefully this will put him in the mix against NC State this weekend."

Starter Mike Compton (9-1) suffered his first loss of the season in 13 starts lasting just 1.1 innings marking his shortest outing of the season. The freshman right hander gave up six runs, three earned, on six hits as he walked one and struck out a batter.

Clemson struck first in game one of the doubleheader on consecutive two-out hits by Richie Shaffer and Phil Pohl in the first inning. Shaffer doubled down the line in left and scored on Pohl's RBI single to left center. The Tigers looked to add another run in the inning as Jay Baum laced a double down the left field line, but a nice relay throw from Jose Brizuela and Sherman Johnson to Stephen McGee got Pohl out at the plate for the final out of the inning.

McGee laced a sharp single back up the middle off Clemson starter Kevin Pohle (6-2) in the top of the second for the first Florida State hit of game. After a wild pitch and groundout got McGee to third, Pohle would keep the Seminoles scoreless getting John Holland to fly out to Shaffer in foul territory.

The Tigers added to their lead in the second scoring five more runs to take a commanding 6-0 lead. Clemson sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning producing three hits, two walks and a hit by pitch, while the Seminoles were charged with two errors which lead to three of the five runs scored to be unearned.

The Seminoles cut the deficit to 6-1 with a run in the third. Delph and Brizuela opened the inning with back-to-back singles, while Travis brought home Delph for FSU's first run of the game on a fielder's choice groundout.

Clemson extended its lead to 9-1 adding three more runs on two outs in the bottom of the fourth. A pair of walks by Kyle Bird came back to haunt him as Spence Kieboom brought them both home on a double to left. Brad Felder followed with a two-out single back up the middle to plate Kieboom and give the Tigers an eight-run lead. The back-to-back base hits would end the afternoon for Bird after 2.1 innings of work.

Miller entered the game in the fourth and issued a walk to the first batter he faced, but followed with a strikeout to Steve Wilkerson. Wilkerson reached on a wild pitch to load the bases. Miller would get out of the inning as Brittle flew out to right.

Bird would give up three runs on two hits in en route to posting season-highs for walks (5) and strikeouts (4).

Florida State took advantage of a throwing error by Shaffer in the sixth to plate a pair of runs and cut the Clemson lead to 9-3. James Ramsey drew a one out walk and moved to second on a single to left by Boyd. A groundout to first by Lee Howard moved the runners up 90 feet with two outs. Both runners would come around to score on a higher chopper off the bat of Nogowski. Shaffer rushed his throw over to first short hopping Jon McGibbon to allow Ramsey and Boyd to score.

The Seminoles continued to chip away at the Clemson lead scoring two more runs in the seventh to cut the deficit to 9-5. FSU loaded the bases on a hit-by-pitch, a fielder's choice put out and a walk. Ramsey brought home the first run of the inning as he was hit by a pitch. Boyd followed with a sac-fly to center to score Alfonzo for the second run of the inning.

Clemson looked to add more in the seventh when Brittle connected on a one-out triple to the gap in right center. But Miller got Shaffer swinging on strikes and then two batters later got Baum to pop out to second to end the inning and keep the Clemson lead at 9-5.

The loss in game one marked the first ACC series loss for the Seminoles and the first weekend series loss of the season. Florida State's magic number to clinch the Atlantic Division title remains at one.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         SS        3  0  0   0  0  0  3  3
  Giovanny Alfonzo      SS        2  1  0   0  0  0  0  1
Devon Travis            2B        4  1  1   1  1  0  3  1
James Ramsey            CF        3  2  1   1  1  0  3  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        3  1  1   2  0  0  5  1
Stephen McGee           C         2  0  1   0  0  0  5  1
  Lee Howard            C         2  0  0   0  0  1  1  0
  Stephen Spradling     PH        1  0  1   0  0  0  0  0
John Nogowski           DH        5  0  2   0  0  1  0  0
  Justin Gonzalez       PR        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
John Holland            3B        3  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Seth Miller           LF        1  0  1   1  1  0  1  0
Josh Delph              RF        5  1  3   0  0  0  1  0
Jose Brizuela           LF-3B     3  1  1   0  1  1  1  1
Mike Compton            P                            0  0
  Kyle Bird             P                            1  0
  Peter Miller          P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              37  7 12   5  4  3 24  8
Opp                              34  9  9   8  9  7 27 10

E - Opp-1, FSU-Stephen McGee (8), John Holland (2)
2B - Opp-4, FSU-Devon Travis (18)
3B - Opp-1
HBP - Opp-1, FSU-James Ramsey (9), Jose Brizuela (6)
SF - FSU-Jayce Boyd 2 (6)
SB - Opp-5

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Mike Compton         L (9-1)    1.1  6  6  3  1  1
Kyle Bird                       2.1  2  3  3  5  4
Peter Miller                    4.1  1  0  0  3  2
                               ===================
FSU                             8.0  9  9  6  9  7
Opp                  W-Sv       9.0 12  7  5  4  3


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FLORIDA STATE 9, CLEMSON 5
05/14/2012, CLEMSON, SC
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Downs Clemson, Clinches Atlantic Division.

Sherman Johnson ties a career-high with four hits in the win Monday night.

CLEMSON, SC - Top-ranked Florida State (41-11, 22-5 ACC) bounced back in game two of the doubleheader Monday night to record a 9-5 victory over Clemson (31-21, 16-11 ACC) and avoid the series sweep inside Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The win snapped FSU's three game losing streak while marking the first win in Clemson since May 5, 2008.

With the win Monday night, the Seminoles clinched the Atlantic Division title for the sixth year in a row and assured themselves no lower than the No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament which will be held in Greensboro, N.C. beginning May 23.

The Seminoles' magic number to clinch the No. 1 overall seed in the upcoming tournament is one.

"We needed that game badly," said head coach Mike Martin. "That was one of the biggest wins of the year for us. I don't care what anybody says, this is the toughest place that I have had to play a baseball game in all of my years of coaching. I can't say enough about the grit and determination of this ball club. Take your hat off to Clemson; they beat us, they deserved to win the series. But we got it done tonight in a big game for us."

"It means a lot (to wrap-up the Atlantic Division), especially to come Clemson where the juniors and seniors have never won a game here" said Johnson. "It was a big weight off our shoulders to get this win."

Florida State wasted very little time jumping out in front Monday night running out to an early 6-0 lead thanks to two runs in the first and four more in the third.

"We did get off to a good start in this game tonight," said Martin. "We came through with some clutch hits to get us in a good position early. You get a five, six-run lead, it's a little easier to play."

Sherman Johnson led the Seminoles' 16-hit parade in game two of the doubleheader as the Tampa, Fla., native tied a career-high with four hits. Johnson reached base on all six of his plate appearances as he went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two singles and two walks. The senior, who was making his third start of the season at shortstop, drove in a season-high three runs.

The six through nine hitters in the Seminole line-up finished the evening 9-for-17 with four RBI, while scoring seven of the nine runs. John Nogowski tied a career-high with three hits, while Seth Miller matched that number going 3-for-4 with three singles. Josh Delph added two hits, while Jose Brizuela recorded a two-run triple. Nogowski, Miller and Brizuela all scored two runs in the win.

"You have to have that throughout the entire line-up to be successful," said Martin on the production from hitters 6-9 in game two. "This was a big win for us."

Gage Smith worked 2.1 innings in relief to pick up the win and move to 2-0 on the year. The sophomore right hander did not give up a hit while walking one and striking out two.

"I can't say enough about that guy," added Martin on the performance of Gage Smith. "He is a great competitor. He is a guy that is a perfect set-up for Benny."

Robert Benincasa worked a perfect ninth, striking out two to preserve the win.

FSU starter Luke Weaver did not factor into the decision in the series finale against Clemson as the freshman right hander worked 4.0 innings giving up two runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out three in his second straight start as part of the weekend rotation.

The Seminoles struck first in game two of the doubleheader plating two runs in the top of the first to take an early 2-0 lead. Johnson led off the game with a single through the right side and moved to third on a double down the third baseline by Devon Travis. Clemson starter Jonathan Meyer (2-5) robbed James Ramsey of a base hit gloving a groundball headed up the middle. Meyer threw on to third to get Johnson for the first out of the inning.

After Boyd was hit by a pitch to the load the bases, Stephen McGee brought home Travis for the first run of the game on sac-fly to right. Delph then followed with a two-out, RBI single through the left side to give the Seminoles a two-run lead.

Clemson registered back-to-back singles from Steve Wilkerson and Thomas Brittle off Weaver to start the bottom half of the inning, but the freshman right hander struck out Richie Shaffer and then recorded a pair of fly outs to end the inning.

Florida State loaded the bases with nobody out in the second but could not add to its lead. Miller opened the inning with a single. Brizuela followed with a walk and Johnson reached on a bunt single, for his second hit in as many at-bats, to load the bases. Meyer would leave them loaded getting three consecutive fly-outs to end the threat.

Miller came through with a web-gem in the bottom of the second to rob Jason Stolz of extra bases and to help keep the Tigers off the scoreboard. With Spencer Kieboom at first after recording a one-out single, Stolz blasted a shot to the gap in left center that Miller made a spectacular diving catch on running up the hill for the final out of the inning.

The Garnet & Gold added to their lead in the third plating four more runs to take a 6-0 advantage. Florida State strung together five consecutive one-out hits off Meyer including an RBI single up the middle by Miller, a two-run triple down the right field line by Brizuela and an RBI double to right by Johnson. Johnson's hit ended the evening for Meyer as the junior right hander allowed six runs on 10 hits in 2.1 innings.

Clemson pushed a run across in the third on a sac-fly by Phil Pohl to cut the Seminole lead to 6-1. Brittle drew a one-out walk off Weaver and advanced to third on a blistering single off the bat of Shaffer. Delph then made a great diving catch on a ball hit into the gap in right center robbing Pohl of a hit and holding him to a sac-fly. Weaver got out of the inning without further damage getting Jason Baum to pop up to Brizuela at third.

The Tigers continued to cut away at FSU's lead plating another run in the fourth. Brad Felder and Stolz put together consecutive two-out doubles as Stolz hit a chopper inside the bag at third to plate Felder and cut the Seminole lead to 6-2.

Florida State pushed its lead to seven thanks to a three-run fifth. Johnson picked up his fourth hit in as many at-bats with a two-run double to right to score Nogowski and Miller, who opened the inning with a single and walk, respectively. Ramsey drove in Brizuela for the third run of the inning on a sac-fly to center to give FSU a 9-2 advantage.

The Tigers crawled within four of the lead in the sixth courtesy of a three-run home off the bat of Stolz. Back-to-back walks by Hunter Scantling came back to haunt the senior right hander as Stolz deposited a 1-0 pitch into the seats in left center for his fifth home run of the season.

A two-out walk to Brittle ended the evening for Scantling. Smith came on and got Shaffer looking at a called third strike to end the inning and keep FSU's lead at 9-5.

Scantling went 1.2 innings on Monday night allowing three runs on three hits as he walked three and struck out one.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         SS        4  0  4   3  2  0  2  1
Devon Travis            2B        6  1  1   0  0  0  0  2
James Ramsey            CF        3  1  0   1  1  1  3  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        4  0  1   0  0  0  5  1
Stephen McGee           C         4  0  1   1  0  0  8  0
Josh Delph              RF        5  1  2   1  0  1  2  0
John Nogowski           DH        5  2  3   0  0  0  0  0
Seth Miller             LF        4  2  3   1  1  0  4  0
Jose Brizuela           3B        3  2  1   2  2  0  1  0
Luke Weaver             P                            1  0
  Hunter Scantling      P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            1  0
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              38  9 16   9  6  2 27  4
Opp                              34  5  9   5  5  8 27 11

E - Opp-1
2B - Opp-2, FSU-Sherman Johnson 2 (14), Devon Travis (19), John Nogowski (5)
3B - FSU-Jose Brizuela (2)
HR - Opp-1
HBP - FSU-Jayce Boyd (3)
SF - Opp-1, FSU-James Ramsey (4), Stephen McGee (8)
SB - Opp-1

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Luke Weaver                     4.0  6  2  2  1  3
Hunter Scantling                1.2  3  3  3  3  1
Gage Smith           W (2-0)    2.1  0  0  0  1  2
Robert Benincasa                1.0  0  0  0  0  2
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0  9  5  5  5  8
Opp                  L          9.0 16  9  9  6  2


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Attendance: 4,965

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 10, FLORIDA STATE 5
05/17/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Falls To NC State.

The Seminoles were out hit 11-5 in suffering their third straight loss to the Wolfpack.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Top-ranked Florida State (41-12, 22-6 ACC) fell to NC State (38-13, 19-9 ACC) 10-5 Thursday evening on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium, suffering its fifth loss in the last seven games. It also marked just the second loss to the Wolfpack in the last six meetings in Tallahassee.

"There is really not a lot you can say except they kicked us," said head coach Mike Martin. "They out played us. We had our chances, made a couple of mistakes and they took advantage of it. You just move to tomorrow."

Despite being out hit 11-5 on Thursday night, FSU managed to get runners on base drawing a career-high nine walks from NC State starter Carlos Rodon (9-0). But the Seminoles were unable to find the key hits to put the game away early.

The Seminoles made Rodon work in the early going as the freshman southpaw threw 96 pitches through the first four innings. But Florida State could not add to their three-run lead leaving two runners on in the third and the bases loaded in the fourth.

Rodon allowed four runs, three earned, on three hits in 6.1 innings of work. He finished with nine walks while striking out six.

"He is everything that I heard," added Martin on Rodon's outing on Thursday. "He is a horse. He is an outstanding prospect.

"We had our opportunities (against Rodon) and we didn't take advantage of them. And when you don't take advantage of them with a team as good as they are and a pitcher as good as he is that is what can happen."

With the Garnet & Gold leading 4-1 and looking to add to their lead in the fourth after Jose Brizuela and Sherman Johnson led off the inning with consecutive walks, Devon Travis popped up a sacrifice bunt for the first out of the inning. James Ramsey followed with a line drive off the screen in right, but Brizuela did not get a good jump on the ball from second base which led to the freshman outfielder being thrown out at the plate. After a walk to Jayce Boyd loaded the bases, Rodon got out of the inning as Stephen McGee grounded out to second for the third out.

"We pride ourselves in being good base runners," said Martin. "We didn't exercise that this evening."

Getting out of the fourth inning jam seemed to fuel the Wolfpack offense as NC State responded with four runs in the fifth to retake the lead at 5-4. Trea Turner led off the inning with a bunt base hit and moved to third as Justin Gonzalez' throw to second on a groundball off the bat of Chris Diaz went wide of the bag at second. Danny Canela brought home Turner on an RBI single up the middle and Ryan Mathews followed with a three-run blast to straight away center. Mathews took a 0-1 pitch from Hunter Scantling (5-1) out of the park to give the Wolfpack the lead for good.

Scantling was tagged with four runs, three earned, on three hits in 2.1 innings in suffering his first loss of the season.

NC State tacked on four more runs in the seventh off Kyle Bird including a key two-out bloop single to right with the bases loaded from right fielder Brett Austin. Turner followed two batters later with a two-run single off Bryant Holtmann to give the Wolfpack a 9-4 advantage.

Florida State drew within four of the lead in the bottom of the seventh when Boyd doubled to right, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on groundball from McGee, who reached first on an errant throw from Turner at third.

The Wolfpack would get the run back an inning later on Mathews' second home run of the evening. The redshirt senior deposited a 0-1 pitch from Brandon Johnson over the fence in right center for this team leading 13th round tripper of the season.

NC State scored first on Thursday night courtesy of a solo home run off the bat of Tarran Senay in the top of the second. Senay went yard on a 1-2 pitch from FSU starter Scott Sitz, who worked 3.2 innings in game one.

The lead was short lived as FSU scored three runs in the bottom of the inning taking advantage of three Rodon walks which all turned in to runs. With the bases loaded Brizuela dropped a two-run double just inside the right field foul line, while Johnson gave the Noles a 3-1 lead scoring Gonzalez on a bunt single to second.

The Seminoles added to their lead in the fourth as Boyd reached on a throwing error from Turner at third and scored on a passed ball.

Boyd collected two of the five hits on Thursday night, while Johnson, Ramsey and Brizuela all had a hit a piece. Boyd reached base on all five on his plate appearances collecting two hits, two walks and reaching on an error. McGee and Brizuela each drew two walks in the loss.

Sitz allowed a run on three hits as he walked two and struck out four in earning the no decision.

With Thursday night's loss to NC State and North Carolina's victory over Virginia Tech, FSU's magic number to clinch the No. 1 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament remains at one.

"We didn't do things that we know we have to do to be successful," said Martin. "We are not happy, but there is nothing we can do about it except play better. We are looking forward to getting back out here and getting this taste out of our mouth. This is a special group of young men. We will look for that ball game tomorrow to play better."

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B-SS     4  0  1   1  1  0  0  3
Devon Travis            2B        5  0  0   0  0  0  4  3
James Ramsey            CF        5  0  1   0  0  2  2  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        3  2  2   0  2  0  7  1
Stephen McGee           C         3  1  0   1  2  0  8  0
John Nogowski           DH        3  1  0   0  1  0  0  0
Josh Delph              RF        4  0  0   0  0  2  2  1
Justin Gonzalez         SS        3  1  0   0  1  3  1  1
  Seth Miller           LF        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Jose Brizuela           LF-3B     2  0  1   2  2  0  2  1
Scott Sitz              P                            1  0
  Hunter Scantling      P                            0  1
  Kyle Bird             P                            0  0
  Bryant Holtmann       P                            0  0
  Brandon Johnson       P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              32  5  5   4  9  7 27 11
Opp                              36 10 11  10  6  8 27  9

E - Opp-3, FSU-Devon Travis (5), Justin Gonzalez (17)
2B - Opp-1, FSU-Jayce Boyd (20), Jose Brizuela (10)
HR - Opp-3
HBP - Opp-2
SH - Opp-1
SB - Opp-2, FSU-James Ramsey (8)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Scott Sitz                      3.2  3  1  1  2  4
Hunter Scantling     L (5-1)    2.1  3  4  3  2  2
Kyle Bird                       0.2  2  4  4  1  0
Bryant Holtmann                 0.1  1  0  0  1  1
Brandon Johnson                 2.0  2  1  1  0  1
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0 11 10  9  6  8
Opp                  W          9.0  5  5  4  9  7


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NORTH CAROLINA STATE
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Attendance: 4,316

FLORIDA STATE 3, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 2
05/18/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Claim Top Seed With Win Over NC State.

The Seminoles earn the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament for the first time since 2009.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Top-ranked Florida State (42-12, 23-6 ACC) returned to its winning ways Friday night with a combination of outstanding defense and pitching and some timely hitting as the Seminoles defeated No. 13 NC State (38-14, 19-10) 3-2 on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

With the win, Florida State clinched the No. 1 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament which will be held in Greensboro, N.C. beginning Wednesday, May 23. It marks the ninth time in school history the Seminoles have earned the top-seed in the tournament.

"We wanted this really badly," said head coach Mike Martin. "We had another goal but fell short on it, we wanted to set the league record for wins, but Maryland, Clemson and NC State said `not while we are playing.' Take your hat off to our baseball team. They did a great job tonight. It was good and big win for our program."

"It's awesome," said Sherman Johnson on locking up the No. 1 seed tonight. "We played totally different baseball than we did last night. We went back to the fundamentals and just got it done tonight."

The pitching trio of Brandon Leibrandt, Gage Smith and Robert Benincasa held NC State to just two runs on Friday night.

"They threw the ball extremely well tonight," added Johnson. "They didn't walk very many guys, kept the ball down and they let their defense play behind them - that's a recipe for success. They have been doing that all year. They came out here and did it again tonight."

Making his 14th start of the season, Leibrandt went 5.0 innings allowing a run on two hits as he walked two and struck out four. After giving up a run in the first, Leibrandt would allow just two runners to reach second base over the next four innings. He finished his outing retiring the last five batters that he faced.

"He is just in total control," said Martin on Leibrandt's performance. "He doesn't let anything affect him. He focuses on the next pitch."

"My command was pretty good tonight," said Leibrandt. "My change-up was where I wanted it to be, that's been my best pitch all year. I was able to utilize it tonight."

Smith (3-0) earned the win on Friday night as he worked 2.1 innings allowing a run on five hits. He struck out one and did not walk a batter. After recording the first out in the eighth on a groundball to third, Smith gave up a double off the screen in right to Danny Canela. The base hit ended the evening for Smith as Benincasa came on for the five-out save.

Benincasa would do just that retiring all five batters that he faced to earn his 13th save of the season. The junior right hander recorded a groundout and a strikeout in the eighth to get the Seminoles out of the jam and then set down the Wolfpack in order in the ninth to preserve the victory.

"Before the weekend, coach Bell came over to me and said that they were going to start using me more in extra inning situations," said Benincasa. "I was expecting to go out and start the eighth, but Gage was able to do his job and I was able to get us out of that little jam. It's a situation that I will have to be ready for as the season goes on. It was fun and I am looking forward to more appearances like that in the future."

With the save, Benincasa moved into a tie with Mike McGee for fourth place on the single-season save list at Florida State.

"He is such a competitor," said Martin. "Benny just wants to compete. He just wants to be a part of it."

Offensively, the Seminoles scored single runs in the first, fifth and seventh innings. James Ramsey drove in two of the three runs on a pair of sac-flies, while Jayce Boyd and Seth Miller recorded two hits apiece.

"Man that was a good ball game," said Martin. "That was two good clubs getting after it. I thought our guys did a very good job of situational hitting tonight."

The two teams exchanged runs in the first inning. NC State struck first as Trea Turner took the first pitch of the game from Leibrandt back up the middle for a base hit. After stealing second and third, Turner would score two batters later on a Ryan Mathews' sac-fly to center.

Florida State answered the call with a two-out RBI single by Stephen McGee. Wolfpack starter Ethan Ogburn (4-3) recorded the first two outs of the inning before issuing a walk to Ramsey. The senior captain moved to third on a base hit up the middle by Boyd and scored a batter later on McGee's single to center.

The Seminoles took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Sherman Johnson doubled off the screen in right, advanced to second on a groundout to second by Devon Travis and scored on Ramsey's first sac-fly of the evening.

The Wolfpack tied the game at two on back-to-back doubles by Logan Ratledge and Turner. Ratledge dropped a double to right off Smith, while Turner followed with an RBI double to right. Smith would remove Turner from the base paths picking off the freshman at second. He then got Chris Diaz looking at a called strike three to end the inning.

FSU answered right back with a run in the seventh to take a 3-2 lead. Jose Brizuela led off the inning with a double down the left field line off Ogburn. He advanced to third on a fly out to center by Travis and scored a batter later on Ramsey's second sac-fly of the evening.

"What a difference a day makes," said Ramsey. "That's a really, really good team over there, so we are pleased to get out with a win. To even the series tonight was huge."

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         SS        3  1  1   0  0  1  2  3
Devon Travis            2B        4  0  0   0  0  0  3  0
James Ramsey            CF        1  1  0   2  1  0  1  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        3  0  2   0  1  0  8  0
Stephen McGee           C         4  0  1   1  0  0  7  0
Josh Delph              RF        4  0  1   0  0  1  2  0
John Nogowski           DH        4  0  1   0  0  1  0  0
Seth Miller             LF        4  0  2   0  0  0  4  0
Jose Brizuela           3B        3  1  1   0  0  1  0  1
Brandon Leibrandt       P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            0  2
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              30  3  9   3  2  4 27  6
Opp                              32  2  7   2  2  7 24  9

E - Opp-1, FSU-Jose Brizuela (3)
2B - Opp-3, FSU-Sherman Johnson (15), Jose Brizuela (11)
HBP - Opp-1, FSU-Sherman Johnson (6)
SF - Opp-1, FSU-James Ramsey 2 (6)
SB - Opp-3
CS - Opp-1

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Brandon Leibrandt               5.0  2  1  1  2  4
Gage Smith           W (3-0)    2.1  5  1  1  0  1
Robert Benincasa     Sv(13)     1.2  0  0  0  0  2
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0  7  2  2  2  7
Opp                  L          8.0  9  3  3  2  4


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FLORIDA STATE 6, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 2
05/19/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Ends Regular Season Downing NC State.

The Seminoles draw 11 walks in the win to clinch the series against the Wolfpack.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Top-ranked Florida State (43-12, 24-6 ACC) wrapped up the regular season with a 6-2 victory over No. 13 NC State (38-15, 19-11) in front of a crowd of 4,891 on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

With the win, the Seminoles finished the ACC regular season with a 24-6 record tying the league mark for victories in a season. It is the third time in league history a school has reached 24 wins as the Seminoles join the 2006 Clemson Tigers and 2008 Florida State Seminoles.

On Saturday, Florida State drew 11 walks including 10 in the first four innings to clinch the regular season series from the Wolfpack. The Seminoles have now won 11 straight conference series against NC State in Tallahassee.

"They went out there and competed and got it done against a very good NC State team," said head coach Mike Martin. "It makes me proud to be a Florida State Seminole."

Mike Compton received all the run support he would need in the series finale as the freshman right hander returned to form working 6.0 strong innings against the Wolfpack as he improved to 10-1 on the year. Compton gave up just two runs on six hits as he walked one and struck out seven.

"It was a big lift for us," said Martin on Compton's outing. "He threw the ball down; he threw the ball to both sides of the plate. Coach Bell has done a fantastic job with him. Compton showed me something really, really big when we made a couple of mistakes in the fourth. He looked me dead in the eye; he knew exactly what he needed to do. His only focus was the next pitch and that is exactly what he did today. A big lift for our baseball team."

"It was all about keeping the ball low," said Compton. "To get that win for the seniors means a lot, they have had my back all season. To give them a lift was something special."

Luke Weaver came in to pitch the final 3.0 innings to earn his first collegiate save. The freshman right hander gave up just one hit and one walk while tying a career-high with five strikeouts.

"Luke pitched very well," added Martin. "We wanted him to get his feet wet since he hadn't pitched in a week."

The walks issued by the first two Wolfpack pitchers would come back to haunt them as five of the six walks would turn into Seminole runs.

FSU opened the scoring in the first as NC State starter Anthony Tzamtzis (5-4) walked the bases loaded and then issued his fourth walk of the inning to Stephen McGee which brought home Devon Travis for the first run of the game. Josh Delph then drove in the second run of the inning on a sac-fly to left.

The Seminoles added a run in the second when Sherman Johnson drew a two-out walk off Tzamtzis and then scored all the way from first on a blistering double to straight away center off the bat of Travis to give FSU a 3-0 lead.

Florida State pushed its lead to 6-0 in the fourth taking advantage of two more walks and a hit-by pitch. Travis and James Ramsey opened the inning drawing back-to-back walks off Wolfpack reliever D.J. Thomas. After a fly out by Jayce Boyd, NC State went to the bullpen and brought on Vance Williams. The senior right hander would hit McGee to load the bases and Delph would plate two more lacing a single just inside the bag at third and past the diving glove of Trea Turner. John Nogowski drove in McGee for the third run of the inning on an RBI groundout to second.

The Wolfpack would cut into the lead in the sixth when Ryan Mathews connected on a two-run shot to right center off Compton. The home run was Mathews' third of the series and 15th of the season.

The home run did not faze Compton as he retired the next three batters in the sixth on a pair of strikeouts and a fly out.

Weaver would close the door on the Wolfpack over the next three innings allowing just one hit, a double to Chris Diaz in the eighth. After issuing a one out walk in the ninth, Weaver got Brett Austin to ground into a game ending double play back to the mound.

Delph led the Seminoles on Saturday with two hits and a career-high three RBI. Jose Brizuela finished with two hits, while Johnson, Travis and Boyd all recorded a hit a piece.

"I felt good today," said Delph. "I felt good in batting practice, I felt like I had it figured out. I just went in there with some confidence and took some good swings."

The top four hitters in the Florida State line-up drew nine of the 11 walks including three each from Ramsey and Boyd.

Florida State will now head to Greensboro, N.C. as the top seed for the ACC Tournament which begins Wednesday, May 23. The Seminoles will face #4 Virginia, #5 Clemson and #8 Georgia Tech over four days in a round robin style format. Dates and times for the tournament will be announced by the league office on Sunday, May 20.

"I am excited to be entering the second season," said Martin. "We know that this ACC Tournament is really, really strong. I would pay to watch that tournament with what I know is in the field. Of course, we know we play Georgia Tech in the first round. It sets up to be a very interesting tournament."

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         SS        4  1  1   0  1  1  3  2
Devon Travis            2B        3  2  1   1  2  1  2  2
James Ramsey            CF        2  2  0   0  3  0  3  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        2  0  1   0  3  0  6  1
Stephen McGee           C         2  1  0   1  1  1 12  0
Josh Delph              RF        4  0  2   3  0  0  0  0
John Nogowski           DH        3  0  0   1  1  0  0  0
  Stephen Spradling     PH        1  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
Seth Miller             LF        5  0  0   0  0  3  0  0
Jose Brizuela           3B        4  0  2   0  0  1  0  0
Mike Compton            P                            0  0
  Luke Weaver           P                            1  1
                                 ========================
FSU                              30  6  7   6 11  8 27  6
Opp                              33  2  7   2  2 12 24  5

E - Opp-4, FSU-Devon Travis (6)
2B - Opp-1, FSU-Devon Travis (20)
HR - Opp-1
HBP - FSU-Stephen McGee 2 (16)
SF - FSU-Josh Delph (1)
SB - FSU-James Ramsey (9)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Mike Compton         W (10-1)   6.0  6  2  2  1  7
Luke Weaver          Sv(1)      3.0  1  0  0  1  5
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0  7  2  2  2 12
Opp                  L          8.0  7  6  6 11  8


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GEORGIA TECH 5, FLORIDA STATE 4
05/23/2012, ACC, Greensboro, NC
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU's Rally Falls Short In ACC Tournament Opener.

The Seminoles cannot overcome a five-run deficit in the loss to the Yellow Jackets.

GREENSBORO, NC - Top-seeded Florida State's (43-13) come-from-behind effort fell just short in the opening game of the 2012 ACC Tournament as the Seminoles fell to eighth-seeded Georgia Tech (33-24) 5-4 Wednesday afternoon inside NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, N.C.

Florida State clawed its way back from a five-run deficit scoring three in the fifth and one more in the ninth as the Seminoles fell for just the second time in 14 one-run games this year.

"It was just a really well played college baseball game by both teams," said head coach Mike Martin. "It was two good clubs getting after it. We just happened to come out on the short end. But you have to of course credit Buck Farmer and Jake Davies for pitching and getting key hits for their team. It was just one of those things that you tip your hat to the other club. They deserved to win and got it done."

It also marked the third straight year the Garnet & Gold has lost the opening round game of the ACC Tournament. The last two years the Seminoles advanced to the conference finals winning the championship in Greensboro in 2010.

"We feel fine about the position we are in," said Ramsey on the team losing their last three ACC Tournament openers but bouncing back to advance to the finals the last two years. "We are staying in attack mode, that's ready to go and ready to win ball games. We can only control so much. We are going to continue to play our Seminole brand of baseball and not worry about everything else around us."

James Ramsey paced the Seminole offense with three hits including a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth to cut the deficit to 5-4. The senior captain drove in two of the four Seminole runs, while Sherman Johnson and Devon Travis both recorded a hit and an RBI. Justin Gonzalez reached base on three of his four plate appearances with a single and two walks.

Georgia Tech's Jake Davies went 2-for-3 with two home runs as both were two-run shots and both came with two outs in an inning. The first came in the top of the first off FSU starter Scott Sitz, while the second came off reliever Brian Busch in the fifth to give the Jackets a 5-0 lead.

Buck Farmer improved to 8-3 on the year as the junior right hander went 6.0 innings allowing three runs on three hits as he walked five and struck out six.

"He (Farmer) is so effective because he mixes all three of his pitches for strikes," said Gonzalez. "He works his fastball in for strikes or the off-speed, he tries to get hitters to chase pitches and he did a good job of doing that today."

Sitz (3-3) suffered the loss for the Seminoles as he allowed four runs on five hits in 4.2 innings of work. He walked two and struck out three.

Georgia Tech wasted little time to crack the scoreboard in the opening game of the tournament as Davies hit a two-out, two-run home run in the top of the first to give the Yellow Jackets an early 2-0 lead. Davies took a 1-2 pitch from Sitz out of the park for his 10th round tripper of the season.

The Yellow Jackets added to their lead in the fourth on an RBI double down the left field foul line off the bat of Mott Hyde. With runners at first and second, Hyde laced a groundball just passed the diving glove of Johnson at third and down the left field line to score Daniel Palka. The Jackets looked to add more in the inning with two runners on and just one out, but Sitz would retire the next two batters that he faced on a strikeout and a groundout to keep the deficit at 3-0.

It took until the fourth inning for the Seminoles to record their first hit of the game when Ramsey registered a one-out hit to left. Stephen McGee followed two batters later with an infield single to third. The two Seminoles were left stranded when Farmer got Josh Delph to ground into a fielder's choice put out at second for the final out of the inning.

Davies extended Georgia Tech lead to 5-0 in the top of the fifth thanks to his second home run of the afternoon. The senior first baseman ripped a 1-1 pitch off reliever Brian Busch over the wind screen in right center. Brandon Thomas scored on the play after drawing a two-out walk from Sitz.

Florida State cut into the deficit with three runs in the bottom of the fifth taking advantage of two walks and a hit-by-pitch from Farmer to open the inning. Gonzalez and John Nogowski drew back-to-back walks and Jose Brizuela was hit on the foot to load the bases. Johnson brought home Gonzalez for the first Seminole run of the game on an RBI groundout to first. Travis singled up the middle to score Nogowski, while Ramsey drove in Brizuela with the third run of the inning on a sac-fly to right.

"I was very pleased with the way we were able to get back into the ball game," added Martin. "But Buck did a good job of getting his team in the dugout. It could have been a lot worse but you have to credit him."

The Seminoles squandered a golden opportunity to cut into the Georgia Tech lead leaving the bases loaded in the seventh off reliever Alex Cruz. Johnson registered a single to right followed by a two-out single through the right side by Ramsey. An error by Palka in right allowed Ramsey to advance to second. With first base open, the Jackets intentionally walked Jayce Boyd to face McGee. The move paid off as the sophomore catcher grounded into a fielder's choice put out at second to end the threat and keep Georgia Tech's two-run lead intact.

Florida State drew within one of the lead in the ninth when Ramsey connected on a two-out solo shot to right center off Cruz for his team leading 12th home run of the season. Cruz then got Boyd to fly out to center on the next pitch to end the game and pick up his first career save.

Gage Smith, Kyle Bird and Hunter Scantling pitched well in relief as the trio worked a combined four scoreless innings in relief allowing just one run and one walk, while striking out three.

Smith retired all six batters that he faced over 2.0 innings of work as he did not allow a walk or a hit while striking out one. Bird issued one walk and struck out two in one inning of work, while Scantling faced four batters in a scoreless ninth allowing one hit.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         3B        5  0  1   1  0  1  2  1
Devon Travis            2B        5  0  1   1  0  1  1  5
James Ramsey            CF        4  1  3   2  0  0  3  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        3  0  0   0  2  2 12  0
Stephen McGee           C         4  0  1   0  0  0  6  0
Josh Delph              RF        3  0  0   0  1  1  3  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        2  1  1   0  2  1  0  3
John Nogowski           DH        3  1  0   0  1  0  0  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  1  0   0  0  0  0  0
Scott Sitz              P                            0  2
  Brian Busch           P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
  Kyle Bird             P                            0  0
  Hunter Scantling      P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              32  4  7   4  6  6 27 11
Opp                              33  5  7   5  3  6 27 10

E - Opp-1
2B - Opp-1
HR - Opp-2, FSU-James Ramsey (12)
HBP - FSU-Jose Brizuela (7)
SH - Opp-1
SF - FSU-James Ramsey (7)
SB - FSU-Justin Gonzalez (13)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Scott Sitz           L (3-3)    4.2  5  4  4  2  3
Brian Busch                     0.1  1  1  1  0  0
Gage Smith                      2.0  0  0  0  0  1
Kyle Bird                       1.0  0  0  0  1  2
Hunter Scantling                1.0  1  0  0  0  0
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0  7  5  5  3  6
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CLEMSON 9, FLORIDA STATE 7
05/25/2012, ACC, Greensboro, NC
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Tripped Up Against Clemson.

The Seminoles fall to the Tigers on a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth.

GREENSBORO, NC - Clemson's Jon McGibbon hit a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to give fifth-seeded Clemson (33-25) a 9-7 victory over top-seeded Florida State (43-14) Friday afternoon inside NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, N.C. With the loss, the Seminoles fell to 0-2 in pool 'A' play of the 2012 ACC Tournament, while Clemson moved to 1-1.

The Tigers scored five runs over the last two innings after trailing by as many as three at 7-4 after the top of the eighth. Spencer Kieboom brought Clemson within one of the lead with a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth. Robert Benincasa (4-1) retired the next two batters in the inning to keep FSU's one-run lead intact.

Benincasa returned to the mound to pitch the bottom of the ninth and got off to a good start striking out Richie Shaffer for the first out of the inning. The Tigers then strung together three consecutive hits including McGibbon's three-run home run that just cleared the wall in right center to end the game.

"Yeah it hurts," said head coach Mike Martin. "Clemson did a great job of keeping their poise, coming back and getting the job done. We proved again that if you make mistakes and give good teams extra outs, they will take advantage of it and that is exactly what Clemson did tonight."

"It's baseball, that's why it's the greatest game that we play," said Ramsey. "I think that it can turn that quickly; sometimes guys hit the ball, sometimes they don't, sometimes you give them opportunities and it is just the way it goes. We are going to battle through this, come out tomorrow against a very good Virginia team and put it all out on the line."

Florida State suffered its first loss when leading after eight (38-1), while it marked the first loss for Benincasa on the year.

"Benincasa proved he is human because that young man has pitched almost flawlessly for us all year," said Martin. "But you have to credit Clemson University; they did a great job of getting it done."

Before the start of Friday's game, Florida State had already been eliminated from advancing to play in the conference championship game as Georgia Tech defeated Virginia 17-5 in seven innings earlier in the day. After falling to the Yellow Jackets on Wednesday, the Seminoles needed to win out and have Virginia beat Georgia Tech to reach the finals.

Jayce Boyd paced the Seminole offense on Friday going 3-for-5 with three singles. James Ramsey, Justin Gonzalez and Jose Brizuela all recorded two hits apiece. Gonzalez connected on his eighth home run of the season in the fifth, while Devon Travis had the other extra base hit on an RBI double in the third.

Ramsey and Gonzalez both drove in two runs each, while Travis scored twice.

Brandon Leibrandt did not factor into the decision as he worked 6.2 innings allowing four runs, two earned, on five hits. It marked his third longest outing of the season as the freshman left hander walked two and struck out three.

"This young man has pitched beautiful baseball for us all year and I am very proud of him," said Martin on Leibrandt's performance.

Clemson did not record a hit off Leibrandt until the fourth as four of the five hits allowed during his 6.2 innings went for doubles.

"I just tried to battle, tried to go out there and give our team a chance to win," said Leibrandt. "I made some pitches in some key situations and they got some clutch hits."

The Seminole squandered a golden opportunity to score first on Friday leaving two stranded in the second. Boyd led off the inning with a single up the middle and moved to second on a sac-bunt by Stephen McGee. After Gonzalez drew a one-out walk, Clemson starter Dominic Leone retired the next two Florida State batters on a fly out and a strikeout.

Clemson took advantage of a Seminole error in the bottom of the second to grab an early 1-0 lead. Jason Stolz drew a two-out walk from Leibrandt, stole second and scored the first run of the game on errant throw by Travis on a groundball off the bat of Brad Felder.

The Tiger lead was short lived as Florida State responded with four runs in the top of the third as the Seminoles sent nine batters to the plate and knocked out Leone from the game. Brizuela opened the inning with a single to left center and advanced to second on a groundout by Sherman Johnson. FSU then strung together three consecutive hits including an RBI double by Travis and a run scoring single by Ramsey. Boyd and McGee followed with a single and walk, respectively, to load the bases for Gonzalez. The junior shortstop would come through with an RBI single on the very first pitch from Leone to score Ramsey and give the Seminoles a 3-1 advantage. Boyd scored the fourth run of the inning when Tiger relief pitcher Kevin Brady was charged with a balk on his first offering of the game.

Leone would last just 2.1 innings on Friday as the junior right hander was charged with four runs on six hits as he walked two and struck out two.

The Seminoles threatened to add more in the fourth but left the bases loaded to keep the score at 4-1. Brizuela led off the inning with a bunt single to third, while Johnson and Ramsey both drew walks. Brady and Boyd would battle in a long at-bat before the Clemson pitcher got the Seminole first baseman to fly out in foul territory at third on the ninth pitch of the at-bat for the second out. Brady would get out of the inning on the very next pitch as McGee grounded out to second to retire the side.

Florida State finished the game leaving 10 runners on base including seven in the first four innings.

Clemson cut into the Florida State lead with a run in the fourth to make the score 4-2. The Tigers registered their first two hits off Leibrandt in the game on a pair of doubles. Phil Pohl led off the inning stinging a double to straight away center and scored two batters later on an RBI double down the line in right by McGibbon.

The Seminoles got the run back in the top of the fifth on a solo home run by Gonzalez to extend their lead back to three at 5-2. The junior shortstop hammered a 3-2 offering from David Haselden out of the park and into the streets beyond the right field wall for his eighth home run of the season.

Clemson came right back with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to draw within one at 5-4. Leibrandt looked as if he was on his way to a quick inning recording the first two outs on just two pitches. But Thomas Brittle kept the inning going with a double to right. He scored a batter later as Richie Shaffer dropped a bloop double to short right away from the shift to score the first Tiger run of the inning. Clemson added one more when Gonzalez could not handle a groundball off the bat of Phil Pohl allowing Shaffer to score from second.

The Tigers had the tying run at second with two outs in the seventh, but Gage Smith got the Seminoles out of the jam getting Pohl swinging on strikes to end the inning.

The Seminoles added to their lead in the eighth pushing across two more runs to extend their lead to 7-4. Both runs came on two outs as the rally began when Johnson and Travis drew back-to-back walks off Haselden. Ramsey hit a ringing single off the wall in right to plate Johnson and advance Travis to third. Boyd followed with an RBI single to give the Seminoles a three-run cushion.

Clemson's Patrick Andrews (2-3) picked up the win as he worked 1.1 scoreless innings retiring all four batters that he faced.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        3  1  0   0  2  2  2  2
Devon Travis            2B        4  2  1   1  1  1  2  1
James Ramsey            CF        4  1  2   2  1  1  2  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        5  1  3   1  0  0  3  2
Stephen McGee           C         3  0  1   0  1  1  8  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        4  1  2   2  1  1  2  0
Josh Delph              RF        5  0  0   0  0  1  1  0
Seth Miller             DH        5  0  0   0  0  3  0  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  1  2   0  1  0  3  0
Brandon Leibrandt       P                            2  1
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
  Bryant Holtmann       P                            0  0
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              36  7 11   6  7 10 25  6
Opp                              38  9 11   7  4  6 27  6

E - FSU-Devon Travis (7), Justin Gonzalez (18)
2B - Opp-4, FSU-Devon Travis (21)
HR - Opp-1, FSU-Justin Gonzalez (8)
SH - FSU-Stephen McGee (3)
SB - Opp-2
CS - FSU-Jose Brizuela (4)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Brandon Leibrandt               6.2  5  4  2  2  3
Gage Smith                      0.2  2  2  2  1  1
Bryant Holtmann                 0.0  0  0  0  1  0
Robert Benincasa     L (4-1)    1.0  4  3  3  0  2
                               ===================
FSU                             8.1 11  9  7  4  6
Opp                  W          9.0 11  7  7  7 10


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VIRGINIA 7, FLORIDA STATE 0
05/26/2012, ACC, Greensboro, NC
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Blanked By Virginia.

The Seminoles finished the ACC Tournament without a win for the first time in school history.

GREENSBORO, NC - Fourth-seeded Virginia (38-17-1) handed top-seeded Florida State (43-15) its first shutout of the season as the Cavaliers blanked the Seminoles 7-0 Saturday afternoon in the final game for both teams at the 2012 ACC Tournament inside NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, N.C.

The Seminoles concluded the ACC Tournament 0-3 in pool 'A' play marking the first time in school history Florida State did not record a win in the tournament.

The shutout was the first for Florida State since NC State blanked the Seminoles by the identical score in the opening round game of the 2011 ACC Tournament in Durham, a span of 66 consecutive games of scoring a run.

"It's a humbling game," said head coach Mike Martin. "That was just an old fashion butt whipping. Virginia played extremely well. This is baseball at its best (ACC Tournament). We got beat; no excuses what so ever on our side."

Florida State and Virginia battled in a true pitcher's duel through the first six innings before the Cavaliers broke the game open with a six-run seventh inning.

The only run through the first six innings came on a sac-fly by Virginia's Colin Harrington in the bottom of the fourth.

FSU starter Mike Compton (10-2) suffered just his second loss of the season as the freshman right hander pitched well allowing just one run on six hits in 5.0 innings of work. Compton left the game after facing one batter in the sixth and finished with two walks and a pair of strikeouts.

Virginia starter Artie Lewicki (4-2) was virtually unhittable as the sophomore right hander scattered just three hits in 7.0 scoreless innings of work. He held the Seminoles to just three singles and faced no more than four batters in each of his seven innings.

"It was a beautifully pitched ball game by Lewicki," added Martin. "I thought Mike Compton pitched very well. It was just one of those ball games that Virginia deserved to win.

"I knew Lewicki was capable of pitching well; however, I didn't expect him to dominate us like he did."

Devon Travis collected two of FSU's five hits on the afternoon as the junior second baseman went 2-for-3 with a double and a single. He reached base a third time when he was hit on the foot in the sixth. Jayce Boyd, Stephen McGee and John Nogowski each had a hit in the loss.

The best scoring chance for the Seminoles on Saturday came in the eighth off Cavalier relief Kyle Crockett. Nogowski led off the inning with a single to left center and advanced to third on a two-out double down the line in right by Travis. But Crockett got James Ramsey to hit a sharp one-hopper to Keith Werman at second, who threw on to first for the final out of the inning.

Justin Thompson preserved the shutout pitching a perfect ninth as he faced three Seminole hitters and struck out two.

"It's definitely frustrating," said Travis. "We really haven't hit much of a speed bump this year, we have been rolling and it hurts. But we have a group of guys that have been through this before. Two years ago, we got swept at Clemson and we ended up going to Omaha that year. That actually was the turning point in the season; we needed something like that to get us going. Not to say that it is good that we lost three games in the ACC Tournament but I think we have what it takes to turn things around."

Virginia put runners at the corners with just one out in the bottom of the second, but Compton left them stranded to keep the game scoreless. Derek Fisher led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a one-out bunt single by Harrington. After an errant throw by McGee on a failed pickoff attempt at first moved Fisher to third, Compton got Brandon Downes swinging on strikes and Nate Irving to fly out to right to retire the side.

The Seminoles recorded two base runners through the first three innings as Boyd registered Florida State's first hit of the game on a single to left center. He was retired a batter later when Lewicki got McGee to ground into a double play. Nogowski drew a one-out walk in the third but was left stranded as Lewicki got a fly out and a groundout for the final two outs in the inning.

Travis led off the fourth with a single to right center but the Cavaliers turned their second double play of the game on a Boyd groundball to keep the game scoreless.

Virginia broke through with its first run in the bottom of the fourth with consecutive singles off Compton. Fisher laced a single through the right side, while Jared King followed putting one in the exact location on a well-executed hit-and-run as Fisher scampered to third. With runners at the corners, Harrington sent a sac-fly to center to plate Fisher for the first run of the game and 1-0 UVa lead.

For the third time in the first five innings, the Seminoles put the leadoff batter aboard as McGee singled up the middle. But Lewicki kept Florida State off the scoreboard thanks in large part to a great defensive play by Harrington in right. With one out, Josh Delph hit a long fly ball out to right, but Harrington made a nice leaping catch, crashing into the wall and hanging on for the second out of the inning.

Virginia looked to add to its lead in the fifth after Chris Taylor and Branden Cogswell registered back-to-back infield singles, but Compton got out of the jam getting Stephen Bruno to ground into an inning ending double play.

The Cavaliers put the game out of reach in the seventh plating six runs to extend their lead to 7-0. Virginia sent 11 batters to the plate in the seventh as the Seminoles went through four pitchers. Bruno began the scoring spree with an RBI single. Fisher registered a two-run single, while Harrington hit an RBI single to right and Brandon Downes finished the scoring with a two-run single to left.

Virginia out hit Florida State 12-5 on Saturday as all 12 Cavalier hits went for singles.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        4  0  0   0  0  0  1  2
Devon Travis            2B        3  0  2   0  0  0  3  2
James Ramsey            CF        4  0  0   0  0  1  5  0
Jayce Boyd              DH        4  0  1   0  0  0  0  0
Stephen McGee           C         3  0  1   0  1  1  6  1
Justin Gonzalez         SS        4  0  0   0  0  3  0  2
Josh Delph              RF        3  0  0   0  0  0  3  0
John Nogowski           1B        2  0  1   0  1  1  6  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
Mike Compton            P                            0  1
  Luke Weaver           P                            0  0
  Kyle Bird             P                            0  0
  Peter Miller          P                            0  0
  Brandon Johnson       P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              30  0  5   0  2  7 24  8
Opp                              33  7 12   7  5  6 27 10

E - FSU-Stephen McGee (9), John Nogowski (1)
2B - FSU-Devon Travis (22)
HBP - FSU-Devon Travis (4)
SH - Opp-1
SF - Opp-1
SB - Opp-1
CS - Opp-1

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Mike Compton         L (10-2)   5.0  6  1  1  2  2
Luke Weaver                     1.1  2  4  4  2  2
Kyle Bird                       0.1  1  1  1  0  1
Peter Miller                    0.0  2  1  1  1  0
Brandon Johnson                 1.1  1  0  0  0  1
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FSU                             8.0 12  7  7  5  6
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FLORIDA STATE 2, ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM 1
06/01/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL, NCAA
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Survives NCAA Opener Against UAB.

James Ramsey drives in both runs as the Noles improve to 13-2 in one-run games this year.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Pitching, defense and a little timely hitting was the perfect combination for Florida State (44-15) Friday night as the Seminoles opened the 2012 NCAA Tallahassee Regional with a 2-1 victory over UAB (32-29) on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

"It was obviously a well-played game by both clubs," said head coach Mike Martin. "It was a game in which I was very pleased with our guys, the way we showed tremendous poise...the play Sherman (Johnson) made. Our program is about pitching and defense and the play Sherman made was right up there with the ones that you remember."

James Ramsey drove in both runs in the victory, while Sherman Johnson, who walked twice, scored both runs as the Seminoles' extended their regional win streak to 14 straight. It marked the third time that Ramsey was responsible for driving in all the runs in a game this year.

The Seminoles recorded just five hits on Friday night with Ramsey and Josh Delph recording two each. Devon Travis picked up FSU's fifth hit of the game on a single in the seventh.

Gage Smith (4-0) earned the victory in relief as the redshirt sophomore right hander worked 3.2 scoreless innings scattering three hits and one walk while striking out three.

FSU starter Scott Sitz did not factor into the decision as he allowed just one run on six hits in 4.1 innings of work. The junior right hander struck out eight, one shy of his career-high, marking the second most strikeouts in 26 career starts.

Robert Benincasa worked a scoreless ninth inning for his 14th save of the season. The junior right hander moved into sole possession of fourth place for saves in a single-season at Florida State as he picked up his eighth one-run save on the year.

"It was a game that many, many people contributed, which has been the success of this club all year," added Martin. "It takes all of us to be successful and we got a lot of contributors tonight and we beat a very good baseball team. They really showed me a lot. They are extremely well coached and I was impressed."

UAB had its chances to score Friday night but were turned away by several spectacular defensive plays by the Seminoles as the Blazers stranded 12 runners on base.

"We played really fundamental baseball today," said Ramsey. "I remember Devon goes up the middle, keeps the ball in the infield that doesn't allow them to score a run. Justin and Devon great communication on that double play that's something we work really hard on in practice. We went back to Florida State baseball and that's the way it's going to be from here on out."

Ryan Prinzing, Ivan De Jesus and Harry Clark each had two hits for the Blazers in the loss.

UAB recorded the first scoring threat of the game in the second after Jeff Schalk registered a walk and moved to second on a two-out infield single by Clark. Sitz would get out of the jam and keep the game scoreless as he got Keith DePew to fly out to right for the third out of the inning.

Delph picked up Florida State's first hit of the game with a single back up the middle off UAB starter Michael Busby (5-5) in the bottom of the second, but the freshman right fielder was stranded on the base paths as John Holland grounded out to short to retire the side.

The Blazers left two more stranded for the second straight inning as Sitz recorded all three outs in the third on three strikeouts. Prinzing laced a single through the right side and John Frost drew a two-out walk, but Sitz would strikeout Patrick Palmeiro for the second time in as many at-bats to end the inning.

Florida State struck first on an RBI single by Ramsey in the third to give the Seminoles a 1-0 lead. Back-to-back walks issued by Busby to Johnson and Travis would come back to haunt the senior right hander as Ramsey found the hole through the right side to score Johnson from second as the Noles took a one-run lead after three.

Sitz worked out of another jam in the fourth as he received a great defensive play by Travis in the inning to save a run. With Schalk on at second after leading off the inning with a single, DePew hit a bounding ball back up the middle. Travis made a great stop on the ball keeping it from going into the outfield and holding Schalk to just one base. With runners at the corners, Sitz got Tanner Bryant to groundout to third to end the inning.

UAB tied the game at one in the fifth and in the process knocked Sitz from the game after 4.1 innings of work. Prinzing began the inning with a single through the left side and advanced to third on a double down the right field line by De Jesus. Frost would bring home Prinzing for the tying run on an RBI groundout to short. Sitz would throw one more pitch before being relieved by Smith.

Smith got Palmeiro to hit a groundball to Johnson but not before an outstanding defensive effort by the senior third baseman in which he leaped to grab the ball and then threw out De Jesus at the plate to keep the game knotted at one. Smith got out of the inning when Schalk grounded out to second.

"We were in cutting off the run and when he hit it I was just like try to catch it and when I caught it I was like we are in so I have to throw home," said Johnson. "To be honest with you, I thought he was going to beat it but that was the only play we had. We were in for a reason so I just threw it. When we got the play I realized it was a big play and Gage (Smith) got us out of it." The tie was short lived as the Seminoles responded with a run in the bottom of the fifth to retake the lead for good at 2-1. Johnson walked for the second time in the game and scored all the way from first on a two-out double to the gap in left center off the bat of Ramsey.

The defense came through with another outstanding play to save a run in the sixth as Justin Gonzalez turned an inning ending double play. UAB put the first two runners on off Smith on back-to-back singles by Ryan Ussery and Clark. Smith responded by getting DePew swinging on strikes and then Bryant to ground into a double play. Gonzalez made a nice grab on the ball up the middle, stepped on second and threw on to first but not before a nice stretch and scoop by Jayce Boyd at first to complete the double play.

Florida State escaped a bases loaded situation in the seventh to maintain its one-run advantage. Smith registered two quick outs before Frost reached on a bunt single to third. An errant throw kept the inning alive, while a walk to Schalk loaded the bases. But the Seminoles would get out of the jam as Ussery sent a groundball to Gonzalez, who stepped on the bag at second for the final out of the inning.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        1  2  0   0  2  1  1  2
Devon Travis            2B        3  0  1   0  1  0  1  1
James Ramsey            CF        4  0  2   2  0  0  3  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        3  0  0   0  1  0  6  0
Stephen McGee           C         4  0  0   0  0  1 12  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        4  0  0   0  0  1  2  3
Josh Delph              RF        3  0  2   0  0  0  1  0
John Holland            DH        3  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  0  0   0  0  1  1  0
Scott Sitz              P                            0  1
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              28  2  5   2  4  4 27  7
Opp                              37  1 10   1  3 11 24 13

E - FSU-Sherman Johnson (6)
2B - Opp-2, FSU-James Ramsey (11)
HBP - FSU-Sherman Johnson (7)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Scott Sitz                      4.1  6  1  1  2  8
Gage Smith           W (4-0)    3.2  3  0  0  1  3
Robert Benincasa     Sv(14)     1.0  1  0  0  0  0
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FSU                             9.0 10  1  1  3 11
Opp                  L          8.0  5  2  2  4  4


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FLORIDA STATE 8, SAMFORD 1
06/02/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL, NCAA
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Leibrandt Tosses Gem As FSU Downs Samford.

The freshman southpaw throws 8.0 shutout innings and strikes out a career-high 10.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State's Brandon Leibrandt picked the right time to turn in his best performance of the season as the freshman southpaw worked 8.0 shutout innings in leading the Seminoles (45-15) to an 8-1 victory over Samford (40-22) Saturday night in the winner's bracket game of 2012 NCAA Tallahassee Regional on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

Florida State will await the winner of Mississippi State and Samford for the right to play for the regional championship game on Sunday, June 3 at 6:00 p.m.

Leibrandt scattered three hits over 8.0 innings as he posted career-highs for innings pitched and strikeouts with 10. After escaping a bases loaded one-out jam in the first inning, Leibrandt retired 23 of the last 24 batters that he faced including the last 15 in a row.

The Alpharetta, Ga., native faced the minimum in an inning six times Saturday night as he became the first pitcher to reach double-digit strikeouts this year and the first since Sean Gilmartin recorded 11 against UCF on May 6, 2011.

With the victory, Florida State extended its NCAA Regional winning streak to 15 consecutive games and in the process became the winningest school in the nation with 144 all-time victories in NCAA Regional/Super Regional play.

Leibrandt got all the run support he would need in the first at-bat of the game as Sherman Johnson led off the game with a home run off Samford starter Josh Martin (12-2). Johnson finished the game 2-for-4 with three runs scored, an RBI and a walk.

Jayce Boyd and James Ramsey each came through with a clutch hit in leading the Seminoles to a victory. Boyd keyed a three-run sixth inning with a two-run single with the bases loaded, while Ramsey connected on his first career grand slam in the seventh.

Both Ramsey and Boyd finished the game with two hits each, while Ramsey drove in four runs and Boyd finished with two RBI.

Johnson got the Seminoles off to quick start as he took the second pitch of the game from Samford starter Josh Martin out of the park to right center for his third home run of the season to give FSU the early 1-0 lead. The blast was his fifth career postseason home run, while it marked the first leadoff home run by a Seminole this year and the first since Rafael Lopez performed the feat at NC State back on May 15, 2011.

Samford wasted very little time putting pressure on Leibrandt as the Bulldogs loaded the bases on two singles and a disputed hit-by-pitch in the bottom of the first. But the freshman southpaw got out of the jam getting Brandon Miller swinging on strikes and C.K. Irby to line out to Devon Travis at second to retire the side and keep Samford off the scoreboard.

Leibrandt retired eight straight Bulldogs until Phillip Ervin led off the fourth with a single up the middle. He proceeded to set down the next three Samford hitters on two strikeouts and a pop up to second.

Florida State added to its lead in the sixth scoring three runs off Martin to push its lead to 4-0. Boyd registered the key hit in the inning with a two-run single after Samford intentionally walked Ramsey to load the bases. With Boyd and Ramsey on at second and third, respectively, Stephen McGee laced an RBI single through the right side of the infield to score Ramsey from third. Boyd tried to score from second on the play but was thrown out at the plate on a great throw from Miller in right field. Jose Brizuela started the inning with a double off the screen in right and advanced to third on an infield single by Johnson. Both would score on the two-run single by Boyd.

Ramsey broke the game open in the seventh connecting on his first career grand slam to give the Seminoles an 8-0 lead. Holland dropped a one-out double down the line in right, while Johnson and Travis drew consecutive two-out walks. Samford would go to the bullpen and bring on Joseph Burns, who had given up just one home run all year, to face Ramsey. On just the second pitch of the at-bat, the senior captain hammered a 0-1 pitch over the screen in right for his team-leading 13th home run of the season. The grand slam was the sixth by Florida State this year, the most in a season since 2009.

Samford scored its lone run in the ninth off Hunter Scantling on an RBI single by Irby. Scantling went 1.0 inning as he allowed a run on three hits while striking out two.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        4  3  2   1  1  1  0  1
Devon Travis            2B        4  1  0   0  1  0  2  0
James Ramsey            CF        3  2  2   4  2  0  1  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        5  0  2   2  0  0  4  1
Stephen McGee           C         4  0  1   1  1  0 13  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        4  0  0   0  0  1  2  2
Josh Delph              RF        4  0  0   0  0  2  3  0
John Holland            DH        3  1  1   0  0  1  0  0
  John Nogowski         PH        0  0  0   0  1  0  0  0
  Seth Miller           PR        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  1  1   0  1  1  1  0
Brandon Leibrandt       P                            0  0
  Hunter Scantling      P                            0  0
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FSU                              34  8  9   8  7  6 26  4
Opp                              33  1  6   1  0 12 27 12

2B - FSU-Jayce Boyd (21), John Holland (7), Jose Brizuela (12)
HR - FSU-Sherman Johnson (3), James Ramsey (13)
HBP - Opp-1

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
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Brandon Leibrandt    W (7-2)    8.0  3  0  0  0 10
Hunter Scantling                1.0  3  1  1  0  2
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FSU                             9.0  6  1  1  0 12
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FLORIDA STATE 5, SAMFORD 2
06/03/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL, NCAA Championship
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Super Regional Bound.

The Seminoles allowed just four runs over the three games to advance to their fifth consecutive Super Regional.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State (46-15) is headed back to the Super Regionals for the 12th time in school history following its 5-2 victory over Samford (41-23) Sunday evening in the championship game of 2012 NCAA Tallahassee Regional on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

Behind a solid outing from starter Mike Compton (11-2), the Seminoles swept through the 2012 Tallahassee Regional allowing just four runs over the three games en route to their 16th consecutive victory in regional play. The four runs marked the fewest allowed in any Seminole postseason tournament.

Compton was sharp in the early going as he retired 13 of the first 15 batters that he faced as just one batter reached second base through the first four innings. The freshman right hander went 6.0 plus innings on Sunday night allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits as he struck out five and did not issue a walk.

Gage Smith and Robert Benincasa combined to work the final three innings to preserve the win. Smith entered the game in the seventh and worked two scoreless innings as he faced the minimum.

Benincasa worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his second save of the Tallahassee Regional and 15th save of the season, moving him into a tie for second place on the FSU single-season saves list with Daniel Bennett and Tyler Chambliss.

Florida State did all its damage early scoring all five runs in the second and third innings combined. Stephen McGee and Josh Delph each drove in two runs, while Jose Brizuela recorded an RBI on a sac-fly in FSU's three-run second.

Delph led all hitters on Sunday night with two hits on a pair of singles in his first two at-bats of the game. The freshman right fielder finished the game 2-for-3 with a run scored, a walk and a stolen base.

Devon Travis, Jayce Boyd, McGee and John Holland all had a hit apiece in the win. Boyd's single in the second extended his streak of reaching base in consecutive games to 22, a season-best.

James Ramsey, who was named MVP of the Tallahassee Regional, walked twice on Sunday and scored a run. Ramsey finished the tournament hitting .444 (4-for-9) with a double, a home run, three runs scored and a team-high six RBI. The senior captain walked four times and did not strikeout while converting on all four fielding chances in centerfield.

Florida State struck first scoring three runs in the bottom of the second to take an early 3-0 lead. Boyd and McGee opened the inning with a single and a walk, respectively, off Samford starter C.K. Irby (5-2). After a sac-bunt by Justin Gonzalez moved both runners up 90 feet, Delph brought them both home on his first hit of the evening, a two-run single back up the middle. He would later score the third run of the inning on a sac-fly to right off the bat of Brizuela to give the Seminoles a three-run advantage.

Irby would last just two innings in his second start of the season. The sophomore right hander was charged with three runs on three hits as he walked one and struck out one.

The Seminoles added to their lead in the third on a two-run single by McGee. Tyler Vanderheiden started the inning on the hill for the Bulldogs and allowed the first four batters to reach before recording an out. Travis began the inning with a single to left followed by a walk to Ramsey and a hit-by-pitch to Boyd. McGee stepped in with the bases loaded and ripped a two-run single to right center to give FSU a 5-0 lead.

Samford cut into the Florida State lead with two runs in the fifth on a two-run single by Tommy Corbin. The Bulldogs took advantage of the second Seminole error of the game as one of the two runs in the inning was unearned. Irby reached to lead-off the inning on an errant thrown by Gonzalez at short. Christiaan Durdaller followed with a double off the wall in right center as Irby scampered into third. Both would score two batters later on Corbin's two-run single to right. Compton would get out of the inning without further damage as Zeth Stone grounded into an inning ending double play.

The Seminoles turned away a great scoring chance from Samford in the seventh as the Bulldogs got a lead-off double from Brandon Miller ending the evening for Compton. Smith entered and issued a walk to Irby, but got a big out when he picked off Miller at second for the first out of the inning. Smith then got Durdaller to ground into a fielder's choice put out at second and then Austin Allison to groundout to second to end the inning and keep FSU's three-run lead intact.

Smith and Benincasa proceeded to retire the next six Samford batters to wrap-up the Tallahassee Regional for the Seminoles.

With the win, Florida State improved to 15-5 in the regional championship game dating back to 1999.

Tallahassee Regional All-Tournament Team
C - Mitch Slauter, Mississippi State
1B - Wes Rea, Mississippi State
2B - Matthew Britton, Mississippi State
SS - Adam Frazier, Mississippi State
3B - Sherman Johnson, Florida State
OF - James Ramsey, Florida State
OF - Brandon Miller, Samford
OF - Josh Delph, Florida State
P - Brandon Leibrandt, Florida State
P - Charles Basford, Samford
DH - C.K. Irby, Samford

Most Outstanding Player
James Ramsey, Florida State

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        3  0  0   0  1  2  0  4
Devon Travis            2B        4  1  1   0  0  0  5  7
James Ramsey            CF        2  1  0   0  2  0  0  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        3  1  1   0  0  0 12  0
Stephen McGee           C         3  1  1   2  1  1  7  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        2  0  0   0  0  1  0  3
Josh Delph              RF        3  1  2   2  1  0  1  0
John Holland            DH        4  0  1   0  0  2  0  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        2  0  0   1  0  1  2  0
Mike Compton            P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            0  1
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              26  5  6   5  5  7 27 15
Opp                              31  2  5   2  1  7 24 10

E - Opp-1, FSU-Justin Gonzalez 2 (20)
2B - Opp-2
HBP - FSU-Jayce Boyd (4), Justin Gonzalez (10)
SH - FSU-Justin Gonzalez (2)
SF - FSU-Jose Brizuela (4)
SB - FSU-James Ramsey (10), Josh Delph (3), John Holland (1)
CS - FSU-Jayce Boyd (1)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
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Mike Compton         W (11-2)   6.0  5  2  1  0  5
Gage Smith                      2.0  0  0  0  1  1
Robert Benincasa     Sv(15)     1.0  0  0  0  0  1
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FSU                             9.0  5  2  1  1  7
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FLORIDA STATE 17, STANFORD 1
06/08/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL, NCAA Super Regional
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Downs Stanford In Game One Of Super Regional.

The Seminoles score 10 runs on two outs in the game one victory over the Cardinal.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - A seven-run fourth inning fueled the Florida State (47-15) offense Friday night as the Seminoles defeated Stanford (41-17) 17-1 in game one the 2012 Tallahassee Super Regional in front of an outstanding crowd of 4,067 on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

With Stanford holding a 1-0 lead through the first 3.5 innings, Florida State broke the game open scoring all 17 runs over the next four innings including 10 runs on two outs as the Seminoles won game one of the Super Regional for just the fourth time in 12 all-time appearances.

Devon Travis paced the Seminole offense on Friday night driving in a career-high six runs, while recording his first multi-home run game of his career. The junior second baseman went 3-for-5 with a single and two home runs. He connected on a two-run shot in the sixth and added a three-run home run in the seventh. Travis was also hit by a pitch and tied a career-high with three runs scored.

James Ramsey also registered three hits in the win as the senior captain collected two singles and a double. He finished with two RBI and two runs scored.

Sherman Johnson and Stephen McGee each recorded two hits. Johnson went 2-for-3 at the plate reaching base on five of his six plate appearances. He scored a career-high four runs while he singled twice, drew two walks and was hit by a pitch. McGee drove in three runs to tie a career-high as the sophomore catcher went 2-for-3 with a single and a double.

The Seminoles finished game one posting 11 hits, 12 walks and five hit-by-pitches against six Cardinal pitchers.

The run support was more than enough for FSU starter Brandon Leibrandt (8-2) who worked 6.0 innings allowing just one run on six hits as he walked two and struck out four.

Despite Stanford putting the leadoff batter on in five of the first six innings, Leibrandt was able to work out of the jams each time picking up key strikeouts and getting timely groundballs which led to double plays in the fifth and sixth innings.

Cardinal start Mark Appel (10-2) suffered just his second loss of the season and first since March 2. The junior right hander was charged with seven runs, five earned, on five hits as he walked four, hit two batters and struck out three in 4.0 innings of work.

Stanford wasted very little time cracking the scoreboard in game one as Jake Stewart doubled down the line in right to lead off the first and scored two batters later on an RBI single through the right side by Stephen Piscotty. The Cardinal recorded three hits in the inning off Leibrandt, but the freshman southpaw held Stanford to just one run as he got Austin Wilson to ground into an inning ending double play, the first of three on the evening.

The Cardinal threatened in the third when Kenny Diekroeger led off the inning with a single to left. After a sac-bunt and a stolen base but Diekroeger at third with one out, Leibrandt got a key groundball to second with the infield playing in off the bat of Danny Diekroeger to keep the runner at third. Leibrandt then struck out Piscotty to end the inning and keep the Stanford lead at 1-0.

The Seminoles left two stranded in the bottom of the third as John Holland led off the inning with a walk and moved to second when Johnson was hit on the leg. FSU could not advance the runners with only one out as Appel recorded back-to-back fly outs to retire the side.

For the third time in the first four innings, Stanford put the lead-off batter on when Brian Ragira recorded his second hit in as many at-bats with an infield single to short. But the hit would go to no avail as Leibrandt retired the next three batters that he faced on a groundout, strikeout and pop out.

Florida State jumped on top of Appel in the fourth scoring seven runs to take a 7-1 lead. Twelve batters came to the plate in the fourth while the inning started with eight consecutive batters reaching base before Stanford recorded its first out. Jayce Boyd took the first pitch of the inning back up the middle for a base hit and moved to third on a well-executed hit and run as McGee singled through the right side of the infield. Appel loaded the bases when he hit Justin Gonzalez in the back on a 1-2 pitch. Josh Delph drove in Boyd for the first run of the inning on a ground ball to short that Kenny Diekroeger bobbled and then threw late over to second. Holland and Jose Brizuela drew back-to-back walks with the bases loaded to plate a run, while Johnson and Travis followed with RBI singles to left. Johnson scored the final run of the inning on a sac-fly to center off the bat of McGee.

The Seminoles added to their lead in the fifth scoring four runs all on two outs to take an 11-1 advantage. Ramsey drove in the first two runs of the inning on a single up the middle with the bases loaded. After a walk to Boyd loaded the bases, McGee and Gonzalez each drew a walk to bring home a run to give the Seminoles a 10-run lead.

Stanford put the lead-off batter on in each of the fifth and sixth innings only to see Leibrandt get double plays in both innings to kill a potential rally. The first two batters to the plate in the fifth reached on a hit-by-pitch and walk, but the Alpharetta, Ga., native got Stewart to ground into a double play at second base and then Danny Diekroeger to line out to Delph in right.

In the sixth, Piscotty and Ragira reached on a walk and a single, respectively, before Wilson sent a groundball to short for a 6-4-3 double play. Leibrandt closed out the inning getting Alex Blandino to strike out swinging.

FSU pushed across three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to increase its lead to 14-1. All three runs came on two outs with two coming on a monster home run off the bat of Travis. The junior second baseman took the first he saw from Sam Lindquist out of the park to left for his first of two home runs on the evening. Ramsey followed with a double and scored two batters later on a double to the gap in left center by McGee.

The Seminoles added three more two out runs in the seventh all coming off the bat of Travis, who left the yard for the second time in as many at-bats. Travis deposited a 0-1 pitch just beyond the wall in left center for his first multi-home run game of his career. Seth Miller and Johnson scored on the home run after reaching on a hit-by-pitch and walk, respectively.

Hunter Scantling, Brandon Johnson and Mack Waugh each threw a scoreless inning in relief for the Seminoles in game one.

In the seventh, Scantling allowed a hit and a walk while striking out two. Johnson faced the minimum in the eighth as he struck out two. Waugh put the finishing touches on game one as he struck out the side in the ninth.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        3  4  2   1  2  0  2  1
Devon Travis            2B        5  3  3   6  0  0  3  3
James Ramsey            CF        5  2  3   2  1  1  1  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        3  1  1   0  3  0  9  0
Stephen McGee           C         3  1  2   3  1  0  6  0
  Lee Howard            C         1  0  0   0  0  0  5  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        3  1  0   1  1  2  0  3
  Giovanny Alfonzo      SS        1  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
Josh Delph              RF        3  2  0   1  1  1  1  0
  Stephen Spradling     PH-RF     1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
John Holland            DH        0  1  0   1  2  0  0  0
  John Nogowski         PH        1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Seth Miller           PH-DH     2  1  0   0  0  1  0  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        4  1  0   1  1  0  0  0
Brandon Leibrandt       P                            0  2
  Hunter Scantling      P                            0  0
  Brandon Johnson       P                            0  0
  Mack Waugh            P                            0  0
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FSU                              35 17 11  16 12  6 27  9
Opp                              29  1  7   1  3 11 24  8

E - Opp-1
2B - Opp-1, FSU-James Ramsey (12), Stephen McGee (9)
HR - FSU-Devon Travis 2 (7)
HBP - Opp-1, FSU-Sherman Johnson (8), Devon Travis (5), Justin Gonzalez (11), Stephen Spradling (12), Seth Miller (10)
SH - Opp-2
SF - FSU-Stephen McGee (9)
SB - Opp-1

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
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Brandon Leibrandt    W (8-2)    6.0  6  1  1  2  4
Hunter Scantling                1.0  1  0  0  1  2
Brandon Johnson                 1.0  0  0  0  0  2
Mack Waugh                      1.0  0  0  0  0  3
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FLORIDA STATE 18, STANFORD 7
06/10/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL, NCAA Super Regional Championship
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Headed Back To Omaha.

The Seminoles return to the College World Series for the 21st time after sweeping Stanford.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State is going back to Omaha!!! The Seminoles (48-15) ran out to an early 6-0 lead and never looked back in en route to an 18-7 victory over Stanford (41-18) Sunday night on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

The Seminoles completed the sweep of the Cardinal in the best-of-three game format of 2012 Tallahassee Super Regional to advance to the College World Series for the 21st time in school history. FSU outscored Stanford 35-8 in the series sweeping the first two games of a Super Regional for just the second time in school history and the first since 1999.

"I'm excited. I'm elated...I'm a happy camper because this group deserves what they got," said head coach Mike Martin on the Seminoles returning to the College World Series. "They worked hard all year long. That was a great win and I am just so proud to be a part of it. "It's a year that we're not through but at the same time we are going to enjoy this for 24 hours." Florida State connected on three home runs in the game two victory including a two-run shot by Jayce Boyd in the top of the first to begin the scoring spree and capped off by a Seth Miller grand slam in FSU's eight-run eighth inning. Sherman Johnson was responsible for the other home run Sunday night as he left the yard with a three-run shot in the second.

"The seventh inning got a little interesting but the eighth inning, for us, was the difference," added Martin. "The way we kept our poise, got back in and had a big inning, of course highlighted by Seth (Miller's) home run." Johnson finished the game 3-for-6 with a season-high five RBI and two runs scored. The senior third baseman recorded two singles to go along with his fourth home run of the season. With Stanford narrowing the gap to four, Johnson came through with a big two-out, two run single to push FSU's lead back to six.

Josh Delph tied a career-high with three hits as the freshman right fielder went 3-for-3 with a double, two singles, two runs scored and an RBI. He was also hit by a pitch and laid down a sac-bunt as he reached base on four of his five plate appearances.

Boyd and Justin Gonzalez finished the night with two hits apiece, while Stephen McGee, Stephen Spradling and Miller all recorded a hit.

Miller's grand slam in the eighth marked his third home run of the season, all grand slams, tying the school record set on four previous occasions. Miller joins the likes of J.D. Drew (1997), Jeremy Morris (1997), Dennis Guinn (2006) and Buster Posey (2008), who have all hit three grand slams in a single-season.

"It's just the way baseball works out," said Miller. "It's like (coach Martin) said, it's a crazy game. I like situations like that where you can put a team ahead. That happened to be a grand slam for me. If that's the way it works, I'll take them all day long." Ten of the 11 Seminoles that saw an at-bat on Sunday scored a run, while Gonzalez and McGee each scored a season-high three runs.

Gage Smith earned the win in relief to improve to 5-0 on the year. Smith worked 2.1 innings allowing four runs, three earned, on four hits as he walked two.

FSU starter Mike Compton did not factor into the decision after allowing just two runs on 11 hits in 4.0 plus innings of work. The freshman right hander struck out three and did not walk batter on Sunday.

Luke Weaver, Hunter Scantling and Robert Benincasa combined to work the final 2.2 innings to preserve the victory and send the Seminoles back to the College World Series.

Florida State jumped out to the early lead in the first thanks in part to Boyd's sixth career post-season home run. After James Ramsey drew a two-out walk, Boyd worked the count full against Stanford starter Brett Mooneyham (7-6) and then lofted the next pitch over the screen in right center for his fourth home run of the season to give FSU a 2-0 lead.

The Cardinal threatened in the bottom of the inning with singles by Jake Stewart and Stephen Piscotty, but Compton worked out of the jam getting Brian Ragira swinging on strikes and Austin Wilson to ground into a fielder's choice putout at second to keep Stanford off the scoreboard in the first.

The Seminoles added to their lead in the second with four more runs to take a 6-0 lead. The first three batters to the plate for Florida State reached as Gonzalez lead off the inning with a walk. Delph followed with a base hit and Spradling connected on a single to center to score Gonzalez from second. That would be the last batter Mooneyham would face as the junior southpaw would leave after facing just eight batters in 1.0 plus innings of work.

A.J. Vanegas came out of the bullpen and was greeted rudely by Johnson just two batters in as the senior third baseman took a 1-0 pitch over the screen in right for a three-run home run. It marked his fourth home run of the season, second of the 2012 postseason and sixth career postseason round tripper.

Stanford cut into the Seminole lead with a run in the third on an RBI infield single by Wilson. The Cardinal put four straight base runners on off Compton with four consecutive singles including a base hit back up the middle by Wilson that caromed off the leg of the freshman right hander. Compton couldn't recover in time to throw out Wilson as Danny Diekroeger scored on the play for the first Cardinal run of the evening. The damage could have been more for Stanford, but Compton got Alex Blandino to ground into an inning ending double play, the first of three hit into by the Cardinal on Sunday.

The Cardinal put runners at the corners with just one out in the fourth but Compton made a big pitch to Stewart to induce a groundball double play to end the threat and keep FSU's five-run lead in tact at 6-1.

Stanford continued to cut into the lead in the fifth as Danny Diekroeger singled and scored on a fielder's choice groundball off the bat of Ragira. Ragira sent a groundball to Gonzalez, who bobbled the back hand and threw widely over to second in an attempt to get the force out. Diekroeger scored on the play ending the night for Compton.

Smith entered the game for Florida State and got a groundout to second, but then issued a walk to Blandino to load the bases. But the Seminoles got Smith to ground into a much needed double play, the third of the game, to retire the side and maintain FSU's lead at 6-2.

Florida State pushed its lead back to six in the sixth courtesy of a two-out, two-run single by Johnson. With the bases loaded following a walk to McGee, single by Gonzalez and an intentional walk to John Holland, Johnson worked the count to 2-2 off Vanegas and laced a single through the right side of the infield to score two and give FSU an 8-2 lead.

Travis and Boyd combined to make a spectacular defensive play in the sixth to save run. Tyler Gaffney led off the inning with an infield single and moved to second when Johnson made a great backhanded stop on a groundball off the bat of Stewart and then made a strong throw over to first to get the speedy lead-off batter. Gaffney advanced 90 feet when he stole third but was stranded on the base paths on a groundout by Diekroeger. The Cardinal second baseman hit a chopper that Travis had to charge in on and make a quick throw to first that Boyd scooped out of the dirt to record the final out of the inning.

The Seminoles added to their lead in the seventh with two more runs to make the score 10-2. Ramsey led off the inning with a walk ending the evening for Vanegas. After a stolen base and an errant throw by Cardinal catcher Eric Smith put Ramsey at third, McGee ripped an RBI single to left off Dean McArdle to plate Ramsey for the first run of the inning. The sophomore catcher would score all the way from first two batters later on a two-out double to left center by Delph.

Stanford responded with four runs in the bottom of the seventh to draw within four at 10-6. Piscotty leadoff the inning with a double and after Smith retired Ragira on a groundout back to the mound, five straight Cardinal batters reached on three hits, a walk and a fielding error. Wilson connected on an RBI double down the line in left and scored on Blandino's RBI single to right center. A fielding error at short and a walk loaded the bases for the Cardinal which led to a Florida State pitching change.

Weaver entered and gave up an infield single to Kenny Diekroeger which brought home Blandino for the third run of the inning. Weaver responded by getting Stewart looking on strikes but then issued a walk to Danny Diekroeger to bring home Smith. Scantling became the third pitcher of the inning and got the Seminoles out of the jam as Piscotty hit a hard groundball to third that Johnson gloved and stepped on the bag at third for the force out to retire the side.

Florida State responded with eight runs in the top of the eighth highlighted by Miller's grand slam to take a commanding 18-6 lead. McGee drove in the first run of the inning drawing a walk with the bases loaded. Gonzalez brought home two with a two-run single through the left side. McGee plated the third run when Delph laid down a bunt single and scored on Blandino's errant throw from third. Miller wiped the bases clean two batters later taking the first pitch he saw out of the park to right center for his third home run of the season.

Benincasa worked the ninth and closed out the game with three strikeouts as the Seminoles advanced to the College World Series for the third time in the last five years.

"You got so many things running through your head when that happens," said Travis on the final out being recorded. "The crowd the entire game, they were acting like they were playing. It was incredible. To hear the crowd chanting Omaha...that is something my freshman year I didn't hear. This is a feeling that can't get old, that's for sure." Florida State will open the CWS against Arizona.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        6  2  3   5  0  0  1  1
Devon Travis            2B        5  1  0   0  1  1  2  6
James Ramsey            CF        4  2  0   0  2  1  2  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        5  2  2   2  1  1  7  0
Stephen McGee           C         4  3  1   2  2  1  8  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        5  3  2   2  1  2  3  2
Josh Delph              RF        3  2  3   1  0  0  2  0
Stephen Spradling       DH        1  1  1   1  0  0  0  0
  John Holland          PH-DH     0  1  0   0  2  0  0  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        2  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Seth Miller           LF        3  1  1   4  0  1  2  0
Mike Compton            P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            0  1
  Luke Weaver           P                            0  0
  Hunter Scantling      P                            0  0
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  0
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FSU                              38 18 13  17  9  7 27 10
Opp                              44  7 18   6  4  8 27  8

E - Opp-4, FSU-Justin Gonzalez 2 (22)
2B - Opp-3, FSU-Josh Delph (9)
HR - Opp-1, FSU-Sherman Johnson (4), Jayce Boyd (4), Seth Miller (3)
HBP - FSU-Josh Delph (5)
SH - FSU-Josh Delph (4)
SB - Opp-1, FSU-James Ramsey (11)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
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Mike Compton                    4.0 11  2  2  0  3
Gage Smith           W (5-0)    2.1  4  4  3  2  0
Luke Weaver                     0.1  1  0  0  1  1
Hunter Scantling                1.1  1  1  1  0  1
Robert Benincasa                1.0  1  0  0  1  3
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FSU                             9.0 18  7  6  4  8
Opp                  L          9.0 13 18 17  9  7


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ARIZONA 4, FLORIDA STATE 3
06/15/2012, CWS, Omaha, Ne
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Falls To Arizona In CWS Opener.

John Holland drove in two of the three runs for FSU in the loss.

OMAHA, NE - Arizona's Johnny Field's RBI double in the top of the 12th snapped a 3-3 deadlock as the Wildcats (44-17) squeezed out a 4-3 win over Florida State (48-16) in the second game of the 2012 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Robert Benincasa tossed a season-long four innings and struck out five for the Seminoles, but the only two hits he allowed produced the go-ahead run for the Wildcats.

"It's a credit to them, we made some good pitches," said FSU head coach Mike Martin. "It was one of those situations that there is no one to blame. It was a good game of baseball, just the team that I wanted to win didn't."

Devon Travis and Justin Gonzalez each delivered two hits for FSU and freshman John Holland added a game-tying, two-run double in the bottom of the sixth. Sherman Johnson added his fifth home run of the season and seventh career postseason homer as FSU finished with eight hits.

"It was definitely a big boost for John to get that hit and it put us right back in the game," said Johnson. "It was the old dugout was rejuvenated. As coach was saying, you just have to tip your hat to them. It was a dog fight tonight, we are going to come back and be ready to go Sunday."

Three Arizona pitchers combined to strike out 12 Seminoles led by ace Kurt Heyer. Heyer pitched into the eighth inning and finished the night tossing 7 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on six hits. He struck out eight and walked three in factoring into the no-decision. Matthew Troupe pitched the final 2 2/3 innings and struck out three to pick up his fifth win of the season.

"There is nobody to look at, to point fingers at; I was very proud of the fight that we showed," said Martin. "It was just a game that they got back-to-back hits. Benny turns around and gets us out of the inning. Got a one-run ballgame, we got a runner at third. Credit Troupe, he made a couple of good pitches. It was just a good baseball game, you tip your hat to the other club."

Riley Moore went 3-for-5 for the Wildcats. Joey Rickard, Alex Mejia and Robert Refsnyder each added a pair of hits for Arizona, which ended up out-hitting FSU, 10-8.

Benincasa delivered a strong outing out of the bullpen. He entered the game in the top of the ninth with no one out and the lead-off man on base. He pitched the Seminoles out of the jam ending the inning with a strikeout and a ground out. Benincasa then rattled off six consecutive outs with a four-pitch 10th inning followed by striking out the side in the 11th.

"He (Benincasa) was at 40 pitches when I got to thinking that this is definitely going to be it for him this inning," added Martin. "We definitely could not have extended him anymore. Benny has just been a work horse and has given a tremendous lift to our baseball team all season long."

FSU starter Brandon Leibrandt pitched well in his first career start in the CWS, but didn't factor into the decision. Leibrandt struck out five in 4.1 innings. He allowed three runs, two earned on six hits and didn't walk a batter for the third time this season in 18 starts. Gage Smith kept the Wildcats at bay tossing 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Hunter Scantling relieved Smith and also threw one scoreless inning.

Back-to-back doubles by Rickard and Field snapped the deadlock tie in the top of 12th. Rickard doubled to left center with one out. Field then found the gap in right center to bring in Rickard for the go-ahead run. The Seminoles looked to extend things in the bottom of the 12th after Seth Miller was hit-by-pitch and moved to second on a wild pitch with one out. Troupe got Johnson to ground out and Travis to strike out with Miller on third to end the game.

The Seminoles looked to be poised for a walk-off win in the 10th. After Benincasa worked that four-pitch top half of the frame, Devon Travis led off the bottom half with a single. But Wildcat pitcher Tyler Crawford recorded a strikeout and Travis was caught stealing for back-to-back outs. Jayce Boyd grounded out to end the threat.

FSU rallied in the bottom of the sixth for a 3-3 tie. Holland drove a pitch on a 0-2 count into the gap in left center to score Boyd and Josh Delph. Boyd reached on an error to lead off the sixth and Delph drew a two-out walk putting runners in scoring position.

"I got down 0-2 but was able to see his breaking ball and fastball, so I definitely knew what he had and what he was going to try and throw," said Holland. "He left a pitch over the plate and I was able to get a barrel on it."

Arizona jumped out to a 1-0 lead in top of the third on an RBI single by Rickard which scored Moore, who singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Trent Gilbert. Rickard came home on a Refsnyder single to center field to make it, 2-0.

Johnson's home run into the visiting bullpen in right field led off the bottom of the third for the Seminoles and cut the Wildcats' lead in half, 2-1.

FSU threatened in the bottom of the fourth looking to tie things up. Delph ripped a one-out double into the gap in right center for his eighth hit of the postseason, but Heyer regrouped to record the next two outs - getting Holland to ground out and Jose Brizuela to fly out in foul territory.

Arizona's third run came in the top of the fifth when Refsnyder picked up his second RBI single to score Field this time around to go ahead, 3-1. Field reached on a fielder's choice and moved to third on Mejia's single up the middle.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        6  1  1   1  0  2  0  2
Devon Travis            2B        6  0  2   0  0  1  2  4
James Ramsey            CF        3  0  1   0  2  2  3  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        5  1  0   0  0  1 13  0
Stephen McGee           C         5  0  0   0  0  2 10  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        5  0  2   0  0  2  3  5
Josh Delph              RF        4  1  1   0  1  2  3  0
John Holland            DH        5  0  1   2  0  0  0  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        2  0  0   0  0  0  1  0
  Seth Miller           PH-LF     2  0  0   0  0  0  1  0
Brandon Leibrandt       P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
  Hunter Scantling      P                            0  0
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              43  3  8   3  3 12 36 11
Opp                              44  4 10   4  3 10 36  9

E - Opp-1, FSU-Justin Gonzalez 2 (24)
2B - Opp-2, FSU-Josh Delph (10), John Holland (8)
HR - FSU-Sherman Johnson (5)
HBP - Opp-1, FSU-Seth Miller (11)
SH - Opp-2
SB - Opp-1
CS - FSU-Devon Travis (2)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
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Brandon Leibrandt               4.1  6  3  2  0  5
Gage Smith                      2.2  1  0  0  2  0
Hunter Scantling                1.0  1  0  0  0  0
Robert Benincasa     L (4-2)    4.0  2  1  1  1  5
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FSU                            12.0 10  4  3  3 10
Opp                  W         12.0  8  3  1  3 12


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FLORIDA STATE 12, NEW YORK-STONY BROOK 2
06/17/2012, CWS, Omaha, Ne
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Stay Alive in CWS, Defeat Stony Brook, 12-2.

Compton wins 12th game to lift FSU to first win at CWS.

OMAHA, NE - Freshman right-hander Mike Compton won for the 12th time this season - tying a Florida State freshman record - and Devon Travis and Justin Gonzalez both launched home runs as Florida State (49-16) defeated Stony Brook, 12-2, to remain alive at the 2012 College World Series. Travis finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBI to lead an FSU offensive attack that posted 11 hits - six going for extra bases.

"I'm very, very proud of the way our guys got it done," FSU head baseball coach Mike Martin said. "We had a number of key things that happened during the ballgame. But certainly it all starts with the man on the mound, and Michael did an outstanding job. Six innings of, I believe, six-hit baseball against a club as talented as Stony Brook, we were very, very impressed."

Compton (12-2) limited the Seawolves (52-15) to two earned runs in six innings. He walked just two batters and struck out another five in winning his second game of the postseason. His 12 wins this season tied the freshman mark held by Sean Gilmartin (2009), Doug Little (1983) and Ray Revak (1984). Brandon Johnson, Bryant Holtmann and Mack Waugh combined to toss the final three innings for the Seminoles.

"Coach Bell stressed to me they're a team that likes to build off momentum," Compton said. "They like to string a few hits together, really get them going. So for me it was all about making sure I hit my spots, keeping the ball low, and especially with the offense that we had today, they were on fire, and I wanted to get them back in the dugout and hitting as soon as possible."

Sherman Johnson and James Ramsey both added two hits while Gonzalez matched Travis with a team-high three RBI. Travis, Sherman Johnson and Ramsey each pushed their postseason hit totals to 10 as the top three guys in FSU's lineup combined to go 7-for-11 with six runs and six RBI against the Seawolves. FSU registered 10 or more hits in the 2012 NCAA Tournament for the third time. The Seminoles also scored 10 or more runs in a College World Series game for the fifth time improving to 3-2 all-time when putting up double-digit runs.

Stony Brook starter Brandon McNitt (8-4) lasted 3 2/3 innings allowing nine runs, four earned on six hits while walking two and striking out two. William Carmona had two of the seven hits for the Seawolves.

The Seminoles wasted no time jumping on McNitt in the top of the first. Travis put FSU ahead, 1-0, when he scored from third after Ramsey got caught in a rundown while trying to steal second after a Jayce Boyd strikeout. Ramsey's ninth hit of the postseason moved Travis to third after he drew a one-out walk to give FSU the two base runners.

FSU exploded for six runs with two outs to make it 7-0 in the top of the third behind an RBI double by Ramsey, a two-base throwing error by Stony Brook and the three-run homer from Gonzalez. Johnson started the two-out rally with a single up the middle and moved to third on Travis' single to left. Ramsey then doubled down the right field line to score Sherman Johnson putting FSU ahead, 2-0. Jayce Boyd then reached on the error before Stephen McGee drew his 59th walk of the season - fifth-best in the nation. Gonzalez followed with his blast to left field on a 1-0 count.

"Certainly something that I was not expecting," Martin said of the six-run third inning. "It certainly was a great lift for our team. And if I'm not mistaken, we got them all with two outs, and that's something that you just credit the young men for having great at-bats and getting it done."

Travis' third postseason home run in the top of the fourth with two outs gave the Seminoles a 9-0 lead.

Stony Brook scratched across a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth pulling within, 9-2. Kevin Courtney's double and Travis Jankowski's single put runners on the base paths. After the runners moved up on an FSU error, Courtney plated the Seawolves first run on a ground out, before Jankowski scored on an RBI single by Carmona.

The Seminoles answered right back in the top of the sixth. Sherman Johnson's two-run double scored John Holland and Seth Miller to put FSU ahead, 11-2. Travis' third hit of the game - a double to right center - brought in Johnson pushing the lead to 12-2.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
======================= ======== == == == === == == == ==
Sherman Johnson         3B        5  2  2   2  0  0  0  2
Devon Travis            2B        3  3  3   3  2  0  3  4
James Ramsey            CF        5  1  2   1  0  1  2  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        4  1  0   0  0  2  9  0
  Lee Howard            PH        1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Mack Waugh            P         0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Stephen McGee           C         4  1  1   0  1  0  5  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        5  1  1   3  0  0  3  3
Josh Delph              RF        3  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  Stephen Spradling     RF        1  0  0   0  0  0  1  0
John Holland            DH        1  2  0   0  2  0  0  0
  John Nogowski         PH-1B     1  0  1   0  0  0  1  0
Seth Miller             LF        3  1  1   0  0  1  3  0
  Giovanny Alfonzo      PH        1  0  0   0  0  1  0  0
  Jose Brizuela         LF        0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Mike Compton            P                            0  2
  Brandon Johnson       P                            0  0
  Bryant Holtmann       P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              37 12 11   9  5  5 27 11
Opp                              32  2  7   2  3  5 27 11

E - Opp-1, FSU-James Ramsey (1)
2B - Opp-2, FSU-Sherman Johnson (16), Devon Travis (23), James Ramsey (13), Seth Miller (7)
HR - FSU-Devon Travis (8), Justin Gonzalez (9)
SH - Opp-1
SB - FSU-John Nogowski (2)
CS - FSU-James Ramsey (5)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Mike Compton         W (12-2)   6.0  6  2  2  2  4
Brandon Johnson                 1.0  0  0  0  1  0
Bryant Holtmann                 1.0  1  0  0  0  1
Mack Waugh                      1.0  0  0  0  0  0
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0  7  2  2  3  5
Opp                  L          9.0 11 12  7  5  5


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FLORIDA STATE 4, UCLA 1
06/19/2012, CWS, Omaha, Ne
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Sitz Pitches FSU Past UCLA at CWS, 4-1.

Seminoles eliminate Bruins to set up rematch with Arizona.

OMAHA, NE - Junior right-hander Scott Sitz tossed a season-high 6 2/3 innings and struck out eight for the second time this postseason, while Florida State's 1-4 hitters combined to go 7-for-12 in knocking off UCLA, 4-1, to remain in the 2012 College World Series Tuesday night at TD Ameritrade Park.

"We all know that the pitching was definitely the key to the game," FSU head baseball coach Mike Martin said. "Scotty was just outstanding. Hunter came in and did a great job and then Robert finished it up."

Sitz (4-3) came up with his best outing of the season for the Seminoles (50-16) who won for the 50th times this season, which also was the 24th time under Martin's direction that the Noles reached the half century mark in wins.

Sitz faced 27 Bruin batters and limited UCLA (48-16) to one run on five hits while walking just one. He kept the Bruins to the one run in the top of the sixth after loading the bases with no outs and allowing the one run. He then struck out the side to end the inning. In 11 innings of work in two starts this postseason, Sitz has racked up 16 strikeouts to just three walks while giving up just two earned runs on 11 hits.

"No question the sixth inning was the big inning that Scotty showed that his nickname is evident because he was the Bulldog," Martin said. "You get the bases loaded against a team as talented as UCLA and get a run in and get out of it is just a credit to him. Certainly it was big for us. We knew that there were still nine outs left, but at the same time, it was a tremendous, tremendous lift for us."

FSU's 1-4 hitters produced seven of the nine hits for the Seminoles while scoring four runs and walking five times. Sherman Johnson, Devon Travis and James Ramsey each collected two hits. Johnson (67) and Stephen McGee (61) each added a pair of walks as FSU now has three players with 60 or more walks in a season for the first time since 1984. Ramsey walked once in the second inning moving his season total to 63. Jayce Boyd finished 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Hunter Scantling tossed 1 1/3 innings of no-hit baseball for the Seminoles bridging the gap to closer Robert Benincasa, who pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 16th save - the second most in a single season for a Seminole which also tied for the sixth-most in a career. Benincasa struck out the last two batters of the game giving him seven strikeouts in two appearances at the CWS.

UCLA starter Zach Weiss (3-3) took the loss after recording just one out in the first inning. He ended up allowing two runs, one hit and walked three batters. Centerfielder Beau Amaral collected two of the Bruins' five hits.

Sitz threw a season-high 103 pitches and fell one out shy of matching his career-long outing of seven innings. His three consecutive strikeouts in the sixth inning put an end to the Bruins' best scoring chance of the night. UCLA loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the sixth after a walk, a double by Amaral and a hit batter. Cody Keefer singled up the middle pulling the Bruins within, 4-1. Sitz then struck out UCLA's 4-5-6 hitters, Jeff Gelalich, Trevor Brown and Pat Valaika, all swinging to end the inning.

"In the sixth inning when they had the bases loaded and I had already given up one run, I was thinking to myself, that's all they get," Sitz said. "Coach [Mike] Bell preaches to us, if the bases are loaded, the most they get is one.

"I was just thinking to myself, this could be the last batter that I face, so I've got to get him, and I gave it my all. They stuck with me. And after that third strikeout, I don't think I've ever been more pumped up in my life."

Florida State chased Weiss six batters into the first inning as the Seminoles jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Johnson drew his first walk to start off the bottom of the frame. After a Ramsey single and a Boyd walk, McGee's RBI walk brought in Johnson for the first run of the game. After a UCLA pitching change, Justin Gonzalez's RBI walk scored Ramsey putting FSU ahead by two runs.

The Seminoles tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to go ahead, 4-0. Johnson, Travis and Ramsey each singled with one out loading the bases for Boyd. After the second pitching change for the Bruins, Boyd laid down a bunt single down the third base line to score Johnson. On that same play, a throwing error allowed Travis to score from third.

"I've been struggling at the plate a little bit," Boyd said. I haven't gotten very good swings on the ball. I told Meat [Mike Martin, Jr.], if that third baseman's even a step behind the bag, I'm laying one down. I don't even think the pitch that I bunted was anywhere near the strike zone, but I knew the element of surprise would have been gone if I let it go by. I just tried to lay down a good bunt so the pitcher couldn't field it. We got two run across with it and got two runners in scoring position after that."

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        3  2  2   0  2  0  0  2
Devon Travis            2B        3  1  2   0  1  0  2  2
James Ramsey            CF        3  1  2   0  1  0  2  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        3  0  1   1  1  0  9  0
Stephen McGee           C         2  0  0   1  2  1 11  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        3  0  1   1  1  0  1  2
Josh Delph              RF        4  0  1   0  0  1  1  0
Seth Miller             DH        4  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        3  0  0   0  0  1  1  0
Scott Sitz              P                            0  0
  Hunter Scantling      P                            0  0
  Robert Benincasa      P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              28  4  9   3  8  3 27  6
Opp                              31  1  5   1  1 11 24 13

E - Opp-2
2B - Opp-1, FSU-Sherman Johnson (17)
HBP - Opp-1
SH - Opp-1, FSU-Jose Brizuela (6)

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
============================== ==== == == == == ==
Scott Sitz           W (4-3)    6.2  5  1  1  1  8
Hunter Scantling                1.1  0  0  0  0  1
Robert Benincasa     Sv(16)     1.0  0  0  0  0  2
                               ===================
FSU                             9.0  5  1  1  1 11
Opp                  L          8.0  9  4  4  8  3


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ARIZONA 10, FLORIDA STATE 3
06/21/2012, CWS, Omaha, Ne
From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Fall to Arizona for Second Time at CWS, 10-3.

Five 'Noles record multiple hits as FSU finishes season with 50 wins for the 24th time.

OMAHA, NE - Arizona's Kurt Heyer tossed 7 1/3 strong innings and the Wildcats capitalized on three FSU errors in the first inning on their way to a 10-3 win over Florida State in an elimination game at the 2012 College World Series Thursday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park. Justin Gonzalez went 3-for-4 while Jayce Boyd, Sherman Johnson, Devon Travis and Jose Brizuela each collected two hits for the Seminoles (50-17) who finished the 2012 season winning 50 games for the 24th time under head coach Mike Martin.

"It was just a tremendous job by U of A and the way they played the game," FSU head baseball coach Mike Martin said. "They were very difficult outs all day long. The main thing that I would like to say is how proud I am of our ball club. Throughout the year to accomplish what they did and to get to the hallowed ground, to be able to compete in this tremendous tournament. It's a dream come true for players and coaches to bring a team out here."

Brandon Leibrandt (8-3) suffered just his third loss as he lasted just 1/3 of an inning. He was saddled with six runs, two earned, on three hits and two walks. Luke Weaver relieved Leibrandt and tossed three innings allowing three runs on five hits while walking two and striking out two. FSU finished using eight pitchers against Arizona.

Travis became the first player since Stanford's John Gall in 1999 to record multiple hits in his first four games of the College World Series when he doubled in the ninth inning. Travis finished the CWS 9-for-16 (.563) with two doubles, a home run and four RBI. Johnson added two walks against Arizona to finish the season tied for the national-lead with New Mexico State's Tanner Waite at 69.

Heyer (13-2) allowed just two runs on nine hits while walking three and striking out three. Robert Refsnyder led the Wildcats at the plate going 3-for-5 with two runs and one RBI. Joey Rickard, Alex Mejia, Seth Mejias-Brean, Bobby Brown and Joseph Maggi each had two hits for the Wildcats, who finished with 15 hits in the game.

Arizona jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the first behind three FSU errors and four base hits. Rickard led off the game with a single and moved to second on a throwing error which allowed Johnny Field to reach base. Mejia's RBI single scored Rickard giving Arizona a 1-0 lead. After Refsnyder walked to load the bases, Mejias-Brean's sacrifice fly made it, 2-0. Maggi's RBI single brought in another run and a two-base error by FSU allowed a fourth run to score as FSU trailed 4-0. Trent Gilbert's two-run single closed the scoring in the inning for the Wildcats.

"We've been in situations like that all year," Gonzalez said when asked about the bottom of the first. "The way the coaches, especially 11, the way they run the program, is we're going to fight you for 27. So definitely not defeated. Not down. Everyone was doing their part, and we were scratching until the very end. It just didn't go our way today."

FSU got a run back in the top of the fourth inning. After Boyd knocked in his second hit with a single to right, Gonzalez doubled to right center scoring Boyd cutting it to, 6-1. But, Arizona answered with four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Refsnyder hit a solo home run to left field to make it, 7-1. After a double by Seth Mejias-Brean, Bobby Brown homered to right field pushing it to 9-1. Rickard's two-out RBI single put the Wildcats ahead, 10-1.

The Seminoles loaded the bases in the top of the seventh with no outs after a single from Brizuela and back-to-back walks issued to Johnson and Travis. After a fly out in foul territory, Boyd's sacrifice fly made it, 10-2. FSU tacked on a run in the top of the ninth when Johnson and Travis hit back-to-back doubles. Giovanny Alfonzo, who pinch-ran for Johnson, scored for second to make it, 10-3.

       NAME             POSITION AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A
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Sherman Johnson         3B        3  0  2   0  2  0  2  1
  Giovanny Alfonzo      PR        0  1  0   0  0  0  0  0
Devon Travis            2B        4  0  2   1  1  1  0  1
James Ramsey            CF        5  0  0   0  0  0  6  0
Jayce Boyd              1B        4  1  2   1  0  0  6  0
Stephen McGee           C         4  0  0   0  0  1  3  0
Justin Gonzalez         SS        4  0  3   1  0  0  1  1
Josh Delph              RF        3  0  0   0  0  1  3  0
  Stephen Spradling     PH-RF     1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Seth Miller             DH        3  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
  John Nogowski         PH        1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0
Jose Brizuela           LF        4  1  2   0  0  1  3  0
Brandon Leibrandt       P                            0  0
  Luke Weaver           P                            0  0
  Kyle Bird             P                            0  0
  Brandon Johnson       P                            0  0
  Gage Smith            P                            0  0
  Brian Busch           P                            0  0
  Peter Miller          P                            0  0
  Bryant Holtmann       P                            0  0
                                 ========================
FSU                              36  3 11   3  3  4 24  3
Opp                              39 10 15   9  7  3 27  8

E - FSU-Brandon Leibrandt (2), Justin Gonzalez (25), Jose Brizuela 2 (5)
2B - Opp-1, FSU-Sherman Johnson (18), Devon Travis (24), Justin Gonzalez 2 (11)
HR - Opp-2
HBP - Opp-2
SF - Opp-1, FSU-Jayce Boyd (7)
SB - Opp-3

       NAME                      IP  H  R ER BB SO
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Brandon Leibrandt    L (8-3)    0.1  3  6  2  2  0
Luke Weaver                     3.0  5  3  3  2  2
Kyle Bird                       0.0  1  1  1  1  0
Brandon Johnson                 0.1  0  0  0  0  0
Gage Smith                      1.1  3  0  0  1  0
Brian Busch                     1.0  0  0  0  0  0
Peter Miller                    1.0  1  0  0  1  1
Bryant Holtmann                 1.0  2  0  0  0  0
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FSU                             8.0 15 10  6  7  3
Opp                  W          9.0 11  3  3  3  4


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