#5 Florida State Edges Georgia 7-5



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March 6, 2011

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ATHENS, Ga. --- Fifth-ranked Florida State defeated Georgia 7-5 in the rubber match of three-game series in front of a crowd of 2,448 Sunday at Foley Field.

                                    

Georgia (3-8) struck first in the bottom of the second inning when junior DH Chase Davidson hit his first home run of the season to right center field for a 1-0 lead.

 

The top of the third inning ended with a collision between centerfielder Johnathan Taylor and left fielder Zach Cone. Both were in pursuit of a line drive that Cone caught. Cone eventually left the field under his own power. Taylor was transported to St. Mary's Hospital. After the game, Georgia coach David Perno announced that Taylor had suffered a neck injury and was undergoing further tests at this time. Cone was back with his teammates after the game.

 

"We'll know more about J.T. (Johnathan Taylor) in the next 24 to 48 hours, and Zach is going to be okay," said Perno. "J.T. is very a special kid, and he's very tough. You don't see collisions on line drives, sometimes on pop-ups, but they both were going full-speed and they both could've made the catch. It was great effort."

 

Junior Lance Martin and freshman Conor Welton replaced Taylor and Cone and responded in the bottom of the frame. Welton drew a two out walk then advanced on a single by Levi Hyams. Martin drove in Welton with an RBI single to make it 2-0.

 

Pitcher Craig Gullickson had pitched 3.2 innings before surrendering his first hit in the top of the fourth to Jayce Boyd. After walking the first batter of the game, Gullickson retired the next 11 batters in a row before walking James Ramsey then allowing a single up the middle to Boyd, advancing Ramsey to third. With two outs and runners on the corners, Gullickson was able to eliminate the threat forcing Rafael Lopez to pop out to left field ending the inning.

 

Florida State (10-1) got on the board in the top of the fifth inning in which they scored three runs with two outs.  The inning featured RBIs by Devon Travis, Sherman Johnson, and Mike McGee.

 

The rally ended Gullickson's day after allowing three earned runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts through 4.2 innings pitched. Meanwhile starter Scott Sitz of FSU was taken out after 5.1 innings in which he allowed two earned runs on five hits, striking out two and walking just one. He was replaced by Tye Buckley with a 3-2 lead.

 

Buckley lasted just one pitch before being replaced by Adam Simmons after surrendering a double to Chase Davidson. Adam Simmons appearance was just his second appearance of the season, and his first since FSU's opening series against VMI. After hitting Kyle Farmer on his first pitch, Simmons walked Jonathan Hester to load the bases with one out.

 

Freshman Brandon Stephens was robbed of his first career home run by right fielder James Ramsey, yet he still drove in Davidson on the sacrifice to tie the game at 3-3, while also advancing Farmer to third.

 

Curt Powell then pushed the Bulldogs back in front 4-3 with an RBI single into right field scoring Farmer, ending Simmons' action for the day. Robert Benincasa came in as FSU's fourth pitcher of the sixth inning, ending Bulldogs' big inning with just one pitch getting Peter Verdin to foul out to third base.

 

Sherman Johnson continued his good outing as he tallied his second RBI of the game to tie it up at 4-4. Mike McGee pushed the Seminoles back in front 5-4 with a sacrifice ground out.

 

The seventh inning surge for FSU continued when Sherman Johnson scored on a wild pitch, giving the Seminoles a 6-4 lead.

 

The Seminoles tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth after loading the bases with no outs.  Devon Travis scored on a wild pitch strike out, and the Bulldogs escaped the possibility of another big inning with a double play in which Mike McGee was tagged out at third while attempting to tag up and advance from second on the pop out.

 

FSU closer Mike McGee loaded the bases with just one out in the bottom of the ninth, and then walked Levi Hyams to bring in a run and cut the lead to 7-5. McGee picked up his second save of the season when he struck out Lance Martin and Chase Davidson with the bases loaded to end the game. Benincasa recorded his first win of the season while sophomore Blake Dietrich (1-1) got the loss.

 

 

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