FSU Manages To Hold On Against Georgia
Posted by BillFromTampa
Over his three years facing Georgia, Sean Gilmartin has made a habit of owning the Bulldogs. Friday night was no different as Gilmartin recorded a career high 11 strikeouts allowing just one hit and no runs over his eight innings of work.
However, as brilliant as Gilmartin was, Brandon Johnson and Daniel Bennett were the exact opposite nearly blowing a six run lead only to hold on in beating Georgia 6-5.
Johnson came in the bottom of the ninth and lasted just eight pitches, all balls, walking both of the batters he faced. Bennett fared better but not much allowing five hits, all singles, in addition to a hit batter.
A throwing error by Devon Travis to first base low and into the dirt scored UGA’s first run. The flood gates seemed to open up after that. Hits by the Georgia batters just seemed to pick the exact right spot to get runners on base as FSU was unable to record the first out of the side until the fifth batter.
Bennett did manage to get two strikeouts in the inning, the last one for the third out with the bases loaded.
Travis started the scoring by leading off the game with a stand up double moving to third on a sacrifice bunt by Sherman Johnson. James Ramsey’s seeing eye slow roller between first and second brought Travis to give the ‘Noles a 1-0 lead in the first.
Seth Miller scored on an error in the second for a 2-0 lead when SS Kyle Farmer tried to bare hand a hit by Travis (3 hits on 4 AB) but failed to secure the ball cleanly.
The offensive fireworks for the Seminoles came though in the top of the fifth inning when FSU plated four runs. It started with Mike McGee putting his third home run of the season over the right field wall for two runs to lead 4-0.
Immediately after that Ramsey was hit right between the shoulders on a high and inside fast ball. That brought Mike Martin out of the dugout to protest to the home plate umpire obviously taking offense to the pitch and its perceived purpose.
After UGA head coach Dave Perno chatted with his starting pitcher, Alex Wood, leaving him in the game, Jayce Boyd launched a deep fly ball over the left field fence to score two more runs and chase Wood from the game.
The six runs on eight hits held up but only barely.
Gilmartin was dominant from the start as the Bulldogs did not get their first hit of the game until Brandon Stephens’ two out single in the bottom of the fifth. It was a total reversal from his one inning outing in Tampa on Tuesday against Florida.
The victory gives FSU its sixth straight win over the Bulldogs and 35th of the series against 24 losses.
Florida State improves to 9-0 on the season and is scheduled to take on Georgia in game two of the three game series at 2:00 PM. However heavy rain is expected on Saturday and a postponement is a possibility. Just in case, UGA staff already have the tarp over the infield which was in good condition with rain earlier in the day.