Tallahassee, Fla. - Second-ranked Florida State (32-3) captured its first regular season series victory over intra-state rival and No. 24 Florida (24-13) since 2005 with a 4-2 win Tuesday night. A new Dick Howser Stadium crowd of 6,737 were on hand to see senior Ryan Strauss pick up his second straight win over the Gators this year while throwing his first career complete game.
"Florida State, Florida is enough said," added head coach Mike Martin on taking the season series from the Gators. "Florida has a great ball club and we were very fortunate to win. We executed very well offensively and you have to give Florida credit. They kept the ball game close throughout by making some very good pitching decisions."
"Ryan Strauss is a bulldog," said Martin. "Ryan Strauss really showed what he is all about tonight. He pitched really well and it was a good start to an extremely tough week."
Strauss pushed his record to 5-0 on the year and 16-3 all-time as he pitched the second complete game by a Seminole pitcher in 2008. Strauss joins Elih Villanueva in that category as the junior right hander threw nine innings in a 5-4 win over Maryland back on March 8. After giving up a run in each of the first two innings, Strauss didn't allow a runner past second the rest of the game. The Tampa, Fla., native scattered seven Gator hits in nine innings of work issuing three walks while striking out six.
"I had everything working tonight," said Strauss. "I was trying to get ahead of hitters and keep the ball down. It felt good to get that first complete game."
"Strauss had a heck of a performance tonight," explained Buster Posey. "He didn't let anything bother him. He had a couple cheap hits early in the game and then after that he went out there and battled."
Buster Posey continued his hot hitting on the year as the junior catcher went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. He registered hits in his first three at-bats while drawing an intentional walk in the bottom of the eighth. Posey is now hitting .478 on the year and leads the team in doubles (16) and RBIs (42).
Tyler Holt picked up a pair of hits to extend his consecutive games streak of reaching base safely to all 35 games. The Gainesville, Fla., native scored a run and drove in one from the leadoff spot. Sophomore Ohmed Danesh gave the Seminoles the lead for good on a sacrifice fly RBI in the fourth.
Florida ran out to an early 2-0 lead on Tuesday night thanks to a solo home run off the bat of Cole Figueroa in the top of the first and an RBI groundout by Clayton Pisani in the second. After Bryson Barber led off the second with a double to left field, he advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jon Townsend and scored on Pisani's groundout to short.
The lead would hold true until the bottom of the third when Buster Posey connected on a two-out, two-run double off the fence in right field to tie the game at two. Holt and Jason Stidham registered back-to-back singles off Florida starter Kyle Mullaney (0-3) before Posey tied the game with his team leading 16th double of the year.
In the fourth, the Seminoles would take their first lead of the game on a Danesh sacrifice fly RBI to left scoring Tony Delmonico. Delmonico reached base on a single up the middle and advanced to third on a base hit through the right side by designated hitter Tommy Oravetz. One batter later, Danesh put the Garnet and Gold up for good with his fly ball to left.
Florida State added an insurance run in the eighth as Holt laid down a sacrifice bunt just to the left of the pitcher's mound allowing enough time for Mike McGee to slide ahead of the tag by Gator catcher Terry Foster. McGee led off the inning singling up the middle off Josh Edmondson for his second hit in as many at-bats. He successfully stole second and moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt by pinch hitter Stephen Cardullo which led to the RBI by Holt.
"It was a good win against a good ball club," added Posey. "They are a big rival for us and it was good win."
Florida State returns to the diamond on Wednesday, April 16 at 6:00 p.m. to face North Florida in the first and only meeting between the two schools in 2008. It's Wacky Wednesday at the ballpark and any fan shorter than Chip Baker will be admitted free of charge. Fans can catch all the action over the internet as ACC Select and gametracker will be available for the contest. The game can also be heard live over the radio on 1270 the Team with Eric Luallen providing all the play-by-play action.
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