June 3, 2012
#3 Samford 3, #2 Mississippi State
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watching Florida State’s veterans lead the team to victories on
Friday and Saturday night, some relatively unheralded position
players came through Sunday in a 5-2 victory that eliminated
Samford and clinched a fifth consecutive Super Regional berth
for the Seminoles.
Seminoles (46-15) got their bats going in the bottom of the
second off starter C.K. Irby, who had earned a save in Samford’s
win over Mississippi State earlier in the day. Jayce Boyd
(right) led off with a single, and Stephen McGee walked before
Justin Gonzalez sacrificed them over to second and third. Right
fielder Josh Delph drove them both in with a sharply hit single
to left field.
just thinking about letting the ball get as deep as possible,”
Delph said. “I struck out twice last night on curveballs, so I
just wanted to make sure it got deep, and I saw it well and just
used my hands well.”
(2 for 3, R, BB) later scored in the inning on a sacrifice fly
from the nine-hitter Jose Brizuela.
was huge,” Delph said of the production from the bottom of the
order. “Me and Justin [Gonzalez] joked around in the locker room
after the game last night that the bottom of the order is going
to take over today because we haven’t been doing so hot early in
the Regionals. It just felt great.”
Seminoles kept up their hot hitting in the third frame against
Tyler Vanderheiden, who came in to replace Irby (5-2, 2 IP, 3 H,
3 ER, BB, K). Devon Travis singled, James Ramsey walked, and
Boyd (1 for 3) was hit by a pitch before Stephen McGee drove
home two with a single to right.
had some good stuff,” said McGee (1 for 3, R, BB). “What I was
trying to do was just see the ball all the way…and it just got
over the head of the second basemen. It felt great to come
through like that.”
got off to a bad start,” Samford coach Casey Dunn said. “They
punched us in the mouth right out of the gate. We tried to fight
back a little bit.”
Compton was able to keep the Bulldogs (41-23) quiet until the
fifth inning. Irby (1 for 2, R, BB) reached on an error by
shortstop Justin Gonzalez, Christiaan Durdaller doubled, and
Tommy Corbin came through with a single to make it 5-2.
However, Compton (11-2) was able to bear down and get Zeth Stone
to ground into an inning-ending double play.
was a big play, no question,” FSU coach Mike Martin (left) said.
“They had a little momentum going and the guy that hit it—their
leadoff hitter Zeth Stone, is a very difficult guy to double up,
but Sherman Johnson made a nice play and Devon [Travis] turned
it. Something we really needed at the time. Two outs on one
pitch is still huge in this game.”
Samford reliever Michael Gunter helped keep the Bulldogs close,
keeping the Seminoles off of the board from the fifth to eighth
innings after entering in the middle of the fourth. Gunter (0 R,
3 BB) did not allow a hit and struck out six in his 5.2 innings.
trailing by three, Samford outfielder Brandon Miller led off the
top of the seventh with a double, forcing Martin to replace
Compton (6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 Ks) with reliever Gage Smith.
Smith walked the first batter he faced, but was able to get out
of the jam after picking Miller (1 for 4) off of second base and
inducing two groundball outs.
was our chance to push a couple across right there, and it’s a
whole different game,” Dunn said. “It was a big missed
opportunity, but at the same time I thought their guys did a
great job of attacking our hitters.”
(2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, K) worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning before
giving way to closer Robert Benicasa for the top of the ninth.
thought Gage, in relief of Michael today, was a big part of our
win,” Martin said. “He [Compton] was around the mid-80’s [in
pitch count], I believe, when we made the decision to go to Gage
and Gage showed, as Compton did, great poise.”
Benicasa (1 IP, K) set down the Bulldogs
in order en route to his 15th save of the year.
you told us at the beginning of the season it would end in a
Regional final in Tallahassee in front of a packed house, we
would’ve all been pretty happy,” Dunn said. “Obviously, when you
end the season on a loss, it’s pretty tough. These guys played
their hearts out. I can’t be any prouder of the way we
State will advance to its 12th NCAA Super Regional and play host
to the winner of the Paolo Alto Regional next weekend
Seminoles now have won 16 consecutive regional games
placed three players on the All-Regional team—Brandon Miller
(OF), Charles Basford (P) and C.K. Irby (DH)
placed four players on the All-Regional team—Most Outstanding
Player James Ramsey (OF), Sherman Johnson (3B), Josh Delph (OF)
and Brandon Leibrandt (P)
freshman Mike Compton earned the win and improved to 11-2 on the
year. It’s the most wins by a freshman since Sean Gilmartin (12,
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