Tallahassee, Fla. - Third-ranked Florida State (41-8) registered a season-high for runs in a game with a 23-4 victory over Savannah State (20-22) Friday night on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles reached the 20-hit plateau for the third time this season while nine of their 20 hits went for extra bases including five home runs. It marked the 19th time this season the Garnet and Gold hit multiple home runs in a game and the third time with at least five round trippers. Jack Rye, Buster Posey, Mike McGee, Stephen Cardullo and Ruairi O'Connor each connected on a home run in the game one victory.
In a game called after seven innings due to the run-rule, FSU scored a run in every inning that they came to the plate. All nine starters recorded a hit led by McGee who went a perfect 3-for-3 with two singles and his fifth home run of the season in the fourth.
Rye continued his hot hitting going 2-for-2 with a run and three RBIs. The senior right fielder blasted his fifth round tripper of the season in the second, a two-run shot over the fence in right center. Rye raised his average to .414 on the year.
Posey, who got his second start of the season as the Seminole designated hitter, was perfect from the plate in three appearances. After drawing a walk in the first, he doubled down the line in left in the second and then blasted his second career grand slam taking a 0-2 offering from Savannah State starting pitcher Michael Allegretti (7-4) over the wall in left center. It was Posey's team leading 15th homer of the year.
The slam was the second hit by a Seminole this year as Tony Delmonico connected on his first career grand slam in the series finale at Boston College back on April 12.
Tyler Holt singled up the middle to lead off the bottom of the first extending his streak of reaching base to all 49 games. It was the 24th time this year that the freshman center fielder has reached base in his first at-bat.
Making his third start of the season at catcher, Parker Brunelle recorded a pair of hits in five at-bats. He set career-highs for at-bats, hits and runs scored (2) and tied a career-high with two RBIs.
Stuart Tapley also collected two hits on Friday with singles in back-to-back at-bats. He also scored twice and drove in a run.
Cardullo hit his second home run of the season in the fifth with a two-run shot to left. The sophomore third baseman finished the game tying career-highs for hits (2), runs (2) and RBIs (3). O'Connor then hit the final Seminole long ball of the evening with a solo shot to left field to start the sixth. It was home run number two on the year for O'Connor. Trent Jarvis made his collegiate debut at the plate with two at-bats in game one and recorded his first career RBI on a groundout in the sixth.
After giving up a run and two hits in the first inning, Matt Fairel blanked the Tigers the rest of the way pushing his record to 9-1 on the year. The sophomore southpaw struck out the side in the first and finished the game with eight. At one stretch, Fairel retired 13 straight batters before hitting David Washington with a pitch in the fifth.
Ben Francis and Tyler Everett each worked an inning in relief. Francis allowed three runs on three hits including a two-run shot off the bat of first baseman Matt Nowacki, his second of the year. Everett worked a perfect seventh facing just three batters as he recorded a strikeout.
The 23 runs were the most scored by the Seminoles since a 27-3 victory at Wake Forest back on May 21, 2004.
Florida State and Savannah State will return to the diamond for game two on Saturday, May 10 at 6:00 p.m. Fans can watch the second game live on Sun Sports, while gametracker will also be available for the contest. For fans outside the Florida viewing area, the game will be shown via satellite on DIRECTV channel 635 and DISH Network channel 446. The game will be heard live over the radio on 100.7 FM with Tom Block bringing you all the play-by-play action.
Florida State powers by Savannah State 23-4
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