June 12, 2010
Scores, Schedules & Capsules
Gray, Garvin Get it
Done for Commodores
By Jimmy Jones
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
(photos by Jimmy Jones)
Fla. - Sonny Gray (right) and Grayson Garvin combined to
shut down the Florida State offense, and the Commodore offense
powered its way to a 6-2 win in the second game of the
Tallahassee Super Regional to snap the host’s seven-game win
The win forces a sudden-death Game 3 on Sunday at
Dick Howser Stadium with a trip to the College World Series on
The Seminoles (46-18) fell victim to three fielding miscues in
Game 2 that led to three runs. Two of those three errors
occurred in the first inning as the first two Vanderbilt hitters
reached on back-to-back errors.
Gray (10-5) held the powerful Seminole lineup in check in 6.0
innings, allowing two runs while scattering seven hits. The
flame-throwing right-hander walked two and struck out two to
pick up the win.
avoided trouble in the fourth and sixth innings, inducing a pair
of double plays, including a spectacular turn by shortstop Brian
Harris (left) to end the fourth.
He was also the recipient of a putout at the plate in the sixth
in which right fielder Joe Loftus threw a one-hop strike to
catcher Andrew Giobbi to gun down Jayce Boyd to preserve the VU
lead at 3-2.
"You really have to take your hat off to Sonny Gray," Florida
State coach Mike Martin said. "He did a tremendous job today for
Vanderbilt. He was an impressive pitcher and outstanding athlete
and he really shut us down. A real credit to him."
"All year, Coach (Tim Corbin) has been making a big point on
defense and pitching and we did both of those well," Loftus
said. "When we get in those situations for some reason I always
feel like I want the ball to be hit to me. I feel like I can
make that throw every time. I made the throw and Gio put the tag
loss spoiled an outstanding outing by FSU starter Brian Busch
(right), who worked a season-high 7.0 innings. The sophomore
southpaw gave up three runs, one earned, on five hits as he
walked two and struck out two.
After giving up two unearned runs in the first inning, Busch
allowed just one more run on a solo shot in the third by red-hot
Commodore third baseman Jason Esposito, his 12th of the season
and second of the Super Regional.
The Seminoles finally pushed across a run in the fifth as Boyd
connected on his eighth home run of the season and second of the
tournament to cut the Vanderbilt lead to 3-1.
FSU looked to add more in the fifth as Lopez singled through the
right side and Johnson was hit by a pitch with two outs. Gray
would keep the Vanderbilt lead in tact as he forced Game 1 hero
Mike McGee to ground out to third for the final out of the
The Commodore took control of the game in the eighth with three
runs off reliever Daniel Bennett, with Curt Casali's double off
the top off the right field monster being the big blow of the
rally. Giobbi added a suicide squeeze for the second run and
Mike Yastrzemski topped it off with a two-out RBI single to
finish the scoring.
Yastrzemski, whose grandfather is Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski
and whose father Michael played for the Seminoles from 1980-83,
is 4 for 7 (.571) in the Super Regional with a double, homer and
"I really felt in this type of situation the three runs there at
the end were very, very important because I know what type of
team Florida State is," Corbin said. "I'm just proud of the
kids. I know what is in our DNA and our ability to fight
back. That's why coaches love coaching these kids."
Garvin hurled the final three innings and scattered just three
hits in that span to earn his first save of the season. The
sophomore southpaw kept the Seminoles off the scoreboard and did
not issue a walk as he finished the game with three strikeouts.
The stage is set and the two squads will square off in the third
and final game of the Tallahassee Super Regional on Sunday, June
13, with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m. EDT. The game will air
live on ESPN.
Vanderbilt will send sophomore right-hander Jack Armstrong (7-3,
4.32 ERA) to the mound, while Florida State's starter is
tentatively scheduled to be junior right-hander Geoff Parker
(4-1, 4.94 ERA).