June 11, 2010
Scores, Schedules & Capsules
McGee homers in ninth
to lift FSU over Vanderbilt
By Jimmy Jones
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
(photos by Jimmy Jones)
– Mike McGee's dramatic two-out home run in the bottom of the
ninth off Vanderbilt reliever Chase Reid gave Florida State a
9-8 win over Vanderbilt Friday afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium.
McGee gave the
Seminoles control of the series and ended what will be
remembered as one of the all-time classics in NCAA Super
Regional history. It marked his third career walk-off home run,
and the Port St. Lucie, Fla., native has had the deciding hit in
three of FSU's four walk-off victories this year.
"I was just trying to get on base any way I could," McGee said.
"He threw the first pitch right there and I took it. Then I
happened to get another pitch that was good enough to hit and I
really just tried to drive it and luckily I just got it up in
the air and the ball was carrying pretty well today and I was
able to get it out.
“He (Reid) had a really
good curve ball and he was throwing it to everyone today; I
really didn't think I was going to get much to hit. I figured it
was going to be a rough at-bat. I just got lucky and got a pitch
The win moves the Seminoles to 46-17 and one win away from
advancing to the College World Series for the 20th time in
"Well, it was a good ballgame," Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin
said. "I thought the way our kids came back from a 6-0 deficit,
which didn't shock me at all, I figured we would once the game
slowed down a little bit. Taylor did a nice job of getting back
on his feet after the second inning and keeping us in the game.
After that we just kept whittling away and scoring runs every
inning. We were persistent and just couldn't hold them at the
Florida State threatened to break the game open early as it
jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after just two innings, only to
see it slowly vanish as a scrappy Vanderbilt team scored runs in
five straight frames between the fourth and eighth innings. The
Commodores (45-19) took the lead for the first time on a blast
to left-center by Jason Esposito in the seventh.
Undeterred, the Seminoles knotted the score at 7 on a sacrifice
fly by James Ramsey after Sherman Johnson lined a base hit on an
0-2 count and moved over to third on a bloop single to right by
went back on top for the second time in the eighth on a solo
home run by freshman Mike Yastrzemski (left). The grandson of
Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski and son of former Seminoles
outfielder Mike Yastrzemski (1980-83), the Commodore left
fielder ripped an 0-1 pitch from Geoff Parker over the fence in
right for his third homer of the season.
"I think Vanderbilt showed what they are all about today when we
go up 6-0 and certainly we knew there was a lot of baseball
left," Seminoles coach Mike Martin said. "They really showed
what they're about by coming back and not only tying the game
but going ahead. It was a clear display of fight on their part
and certainly I was pleased with the fight in our guys when we
fell behind to not feel sorry for ourselves and turned around
and got some key hits. It was a heck of a ball game. No errors.
If you like high-scoring games I guess you liked that one.”
Florida State and Vanderbilt will square-off in Game 2 of the
Tallahassee Super Regional Saturday with first pitch set for 1
p.m. EDT. The game will air live on ESPN.