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Arkansas Wins Rain Game with
By Paul Thomas
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
Paul Thomas is a junior at Florida State who
began covering FSU athletics in November and has covered the
baseball team all season for The Osceola and Warchant.com.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Arkansas Razorbacks continue to be unfazed about playing on
the road in the NCAA tournament. After defeating Oklahoma twice
in Norman last weekend, the Razorbacks took Game 1 from Florida
State 7-2 in the Tallahassee Super Regional Friday.
Due to three different weather delays, the game
felt as if it was actually two separate games. The first four
innings and the last five were separated by a four-hour and
22-minute delay; the game was delayed a total of six hours and
“It’s been a long day, I forgot really the first
four innings of the game it just seems so long ago,” Arkansas
coach Dave Van Horn said “The rain was obviously interfering
with a pretty good ball game. It’s tough on both teams and
pitching staffs, but I thought our players did a good job of
coming back and finding a way to win.”
Arkansas (38-22) broke open the game with
patience at the plate in the seventh inning. FSU reliever Geoff
Parker struggled to find the strike zone, and the Razorbacks
scored three runs on three walks and no hits to take a 5-2 lead
it would not relinquish. In the final five innings of the game
Arkansas scored five runs on just one hit as FSU (45-17) made
three errors and walked four batters.
“We didn’t do a whole lot offensively, we just
scored some runs” Van Horn said “Then Mike [Bolsinger] did a
super job getting out of a couple of jams, and I’m just proud of
our team for hanging in there one the road.”
play resumed after the third delay Arkansas reliever Mike
Bolsinger (right) entered with two runners on and no outs. After
a Mike McGee sacrifice bunt, Stuart Tapley drove in the tying
run on a single to make it 2-2.
After giving up that run, Bolsinger settled into
a groove, pitching five scoreless innings, giving up just four
hits and striking out six to earn his sixth victory of the
“I really just finished off what Dallas [Keuchel]
started,” Bolsinger said “I was a little iffy in the first
inning like I have been, but my velocity throughout the game and
my command of my off speed just started coming to together.”
The first four innings saw a pitchers’ duel
between Sean Gilmartin and Dallas Keuchel.
Gilmartin gave up two earned runs on four hits in
five innings of work, while Keuchel gave up two runs (one
earned) in four innings. Both starting pitchers stayed in rhythm
despite having to get loose three different times.
“It’s a challenge every single time you get
delayed,” Gilmartin said. “You get kind of antsy and want to get
back out there as soon as possible, but I just kind of have to
stay in my mind set with what I’m doing. I can’t really get too
ahead of myself. I can only control certain things, and I can’t
control the weather so I don’t let that really affect me at
It didn’t seem to affect Gilmartin at all.
In the fourth inning, he worked himself into a
bit of a jam loading the bases with no outs, and then he had to
wait 57 minutes to face second baseman Bo Bigham. After the
delay, he came out and got Bigham to ground into a 6-4-3 double
play. He then struck out Zack Cox, who had homered off Gilmartin
earlier in the game, to end the inning.
While the bullpen walks and fielding errors hurt
the Seminoles, they still put themselves in a position to score
and come back. Instead they stranded a total of 14 base runners
– the Seminoles just couldn’t seem to get that big hit.
“Funny how the game is. I kept thinking the same
thing [FSU couldn’t get the hit they needed]; we’re just looking
for someone to give us that, that lift,” FSU coach Mike Martin
said “But you know you’ve got to credit Arkansas. Their pitchers
didn’t give us a chance to get that big hit. You’ve got to
Florida State and Arkansas will square off in the
second game of the Super Regional Saturday at 12 p.m. Arkansas
will be the home team, and it will send right Brett Eibner (5-4
4.25 ERA) to the mound against FSU lefty Brian Busch (6-2, 4.04
ERA). The game will be televised by ESPN2.
(photo by Jimmy Jones)