June 9, 2008
Seminoles Stop Shocks
FSU tops WSU to reach Omaha for first time
By Matt Hickman
Sports Editor, FSView
Matt Hickman is a senior at
Florida State University and looks
forward to graduating at summer's end. He hails from Lakeland,
Fla., but currently resides in Tallahassee. Matt is currently
the head sports editor for his school's newspaper, the FSView.
State Seminoles can now pack their bags for Omaha, punching
their ticket to the College World Series with an 11-4 victory
Sunday over the Wichita State Shockers.
In the deciding
Game 3, the Seminoles scored six runs in the first inning and
never looked back as they earned their first trip to Omaha since
“I don't think
I have ever wanted anything more for a group because of the kind
of men that they are,” FSU head coach Mike Martin said. “Isn't
it appropriate for three of them [Jack Rye, Buster Posey and
Ryan Strauss] that made our program what it is are up here now.
It was a big win for our baseball program and this team is
special... I will say to all of you, I look forward to seeing
you in Omaha and that is my favorite saying this time of the
matchup featured FSU’s Geoff Parker against WSU’s Anthony Capra.
In the first
inning, right fielder Jack Rye hit a three-run homer, his first
since mid-May, to set the pace for the ’Noles. Not to be
outdone, second baseman Tommy Oravetz hit a bases-loaded double
to clear the bases and make it 6-0 FSU after one inning.
“Jack's hit was
big, and Tommy's hit was big, but credit the guys in the middle
there for getting on base,” Martin said.
started to turn the momentum back in the second inning when a
pop foul was grabbed away from the Seminoles on fan
interference. Shockers’ centerfielder Andy Dirks hit the next
pitch for a two-run home run. Parker ran into a trouble again in
the third, surrendering a two-RBI single to catcher Tyler Weber
that cut the Tribe's lead to 6-4.
“Well, I mean
we were still down by four runs there [in the second inning], it
got us some runs on the board, but the bottom line was we were
gonna have to score more,” WSU’s Dirks said. “As far as it being
in the cards for us, obviously the scoreboard said it wasn't. We
played hard, like Gene [Stephenson] said, we had a couple of
guys, two of our horses that we've ridden all year that have
done a great job and they're the reason that we are here. They
just got hit around a little bit and gave up some runs but those
guys, I'm sure they wish they could have it back and it wasn't
because they're not trying. They gave their best effort.”
lasted two-thirds of an inning and surrendered six runs. FSU’s
Parker did not fair much better and was done after just three
innings and 72 pitches. On the day he gave up four earned runs
on four hits, two walks and two hit batters.
In the seventh inning, Seminoles catcher Buster Posey proved why
he is the National Player of the Year, hitting a two-run bomb to
left. Posey’s 26th home run of the season made the score 9-4.
Strauss, who relieved Parker in the fourth, pitched beautifully,
throwing six shutout innings and allowing just one hit and one
run to pick up the win.
RBI singles by
Ohmed Danesh and Dennis Guinn in the eighth and ninth innings
respectively closed out the scoring for FSU. Shortstop Jason
Stidham had three hits on the day.
opening game in the College World Series will be against the
Stanford Cardinal Saturday, June 14.