Tallahassee, Fla. - Third-ranked Florida State (42-8) defeated Savannah State (20-23) 19-2 in game two of a four-game set Saturday evening on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles pounded out 18 hits reaching double-digits for the sixth straight game and for the 39th time this season. The Garnet and Gold batted around in back-to-back innings in the second and third en route to a combined 16 runs in a game called after seven innings due to the run-rule.
Florida State recorded seven extra base hits including three home runs to run the team season total to 75 on the year. Dennis Guinn connected on a two-run shot in the second, his 15th of the year, tying him with Buster Posey for the team lead. Tony Delmonico and Ohmed Danesh were responsible for the other two home runs in the game. It marked the 20th time this season the Garnet and Gold hit multiple home runs in a game.
Guinn and Delmonico hit back-to-back home runs in the second marking the fifth time this year that a pair of Florida State batters have hit home runs in consecutive at-bats. Both round trippers came with two outs in the second as Guinn's was a two-run shot to right center while Delmonico's was a solo shot over the wall in left center.
Freshman Stuart Tapley got his second start of the season at the designated hitter position and went a perfect 4-for-4 to tie a career-high. The Orlando, Fla., native registered a pair of doubles and two singles with an RBI and two runs scored. Stephen Cardullo set a career-high with three hits as the sophomore third baseman drove in two and scored once.
Delmonico, Buster Posey and Guinn finished the game with two hits a piece. Posey went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs as the junior catcher raised his average to .463. Guinn also scored three times and knocked in two runs, while Delmonico drove in three and scored twice.
Tyler Holt recorded a hit in the third to push his streak of reaching base to all 50 games. The freshman centerfielder finished the game with two runs scored and an RBI.
Elih Villanueva recorded his second straight win pushing his record to 6-2 on the year. The junior right hander went five innings allowing just one run on three hits. He tied a career-high with nine strikeouts and did not issue a walk for the first time in 12 starts.
Trent Jarvis and Jimmy Marshall each pitched an inning in relief in game two. Jarvis gave up a run on a walk while Marshall kept the Tigers off the scoreboard after facing four batters. He recorded a pair of strikeouts and allowed a hit.
Savannah State ran out to an early lead on Saturday night as Alford Arnold hit his third home run of the season over the fence in right center to leadoff the top of the second. The Tigers added one more in the sixth as David Washington started the inning with a walk and stole second and third before coming around to score on an errant throw by catcher Parker Brunelle.
Tiger starter Robert Ramsdale (5-5) got the loss lasting just three innings.
Florida State and Savannah State will return to the diamond for game three on Sunday, May 11 on Mother's Day at the ballpark. First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m. Fans can catch the game live over the internet on ACC Select, while gametracker will also be available for the contest. The game can also be heard live over the radio on 100.7 FM with Tom Block bringing you all the play-by-play action.
***WEATHER NOTE FOR SUNDAY***
Sunday's game is still scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., but if there are weather delays the following could happen:
The game will start no later than 7:00 p.m.
In the event of Sunday's game being postponed: Game 3 will be played on Monday, May 12 at 12:00 noon with a curfew of no new inning after 3:15 p.m.
Game 4 will follow with a 4:06 first pitch and can be seen live on Sun Sports.
Florida State smashes Savannah State 19-2
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