Tallahassee, Fla. - Third-ranked Florida State (43-8) rolled to its third straight victory over Savannah State (20-24) with a 24-4 win on Mother's Day at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles tied a season-high with 21 hits including nine for extra bases in a game called after seven innings due to the run-rule. FSU registered four more home runs in game three bringing the series total to 12.
Florida State scored in every inning in game three and has posted a run in 17 of the 18 innings in which they have made an appearance at the plate. Freshman Stuart Tapley became the second Seminole to record six RBIs in a game this year knocking in all six runs in his first two plate appearances on Sunday. The Orlando, Fla., native hit back-to-back home runs in his two at-bats including his first career grand slam in the bottom of the second. Tapley took a 2-1 offering from Tiger starter Matt Oglesby (1-4) and hit it over the fence in straight away center field. He hit his first round tripper of the game over the wall in left center in the first. Tapley has reached base in seven straight at-bats and in nine of 10 appearances at the plate in the series. He is hitting .889 in the first three games.
The last Seminole with six RBIs in a game was Mike McGee versus Stetson back on March 26, 2008.
Buster and Jack Posey led all hitters with three hits a piece. Buster went 3-for-3 with his 20th double of the season and a pair of singles. He scored three times and collected an RBI. Jack registered three singles and two RBIs.
Luke Smierciak, Jack Rye and Parker Brunelle each recorded three RBIs in the win. Smierciak cleared the bases in the fourth with a three-run triple off the wall in right. He also singled in the third.
Rye hit his second home run of the series with a three-run shot in the first to put the Seminoles on the scoreboard for the first time on Sunday. He was also hit by a pitch and scored twice.
Brunelle, making his fourth career start behind the plate, established a career-high with three RBIs. The freshman catcher went 1-for-3 with three RBIs. He hit a sacrifice fly in the third and a two-run single in the fifth.
Tommy Oravetz connected on his fourth home run of the season as he led off the top of the sixth with a solo shot to right.
Tyler Holt extended his streak of reaching base to 51 games lacing a two-run double off the wall in right center in the second.
Jimmy Marshall made a pinch hit appearance in the sixth and registered a double to the gap in right center. It was Marshall's first career double and second hit of the season.
Geoff Parker (6-1) won for the third straight outing as the freshman right hander went four innings in picking up the victory in a controlled start. Parker finished the game giving up three runs on five hits. He struck out six and did not issue a walk.
John Gast, Ryan Vigue and Ryan Strauss each pitched an inning in relief. Gast allowed two hits and struck out two in the fifth. Vigue gave up a run on a hit in the sixth, but the run was unearned. Strauss worked around a single in the seventh and struck out the side.
The four Seminole pitchers did not issue a walk on Sunday for the first time in exactly one year. Ironically on this same date last year, FSU failed to walk an opposing batter in an 11-1 victory over Clemson.
Florida State and Savannah State will return to the diamond for the fourth and final game of the series on Monday, May 12 at Dick Howser Stadium. First pitch is slated for 4:06 p.m. Fans can watch the 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 449. The game will be heard live over the radio on 1270 the Team with Tom Block bringing you all the play-by-play action
Florida State defeats Savannah State 24-4
Nole Digest Top Stories
History On FSU's Side With Top-5 RankingFlorida State was ranked No. 4 in the preseason AP Poll, and their history says that's a good sign for Seminole fans.
FSU No. 4 In Preseason AP PollFlorida State will start the season as a preseason Top-5 team.
FSU QB Malik Henry SuspendedFlorida State will be without quarterback Malik Henry indefinitely.
FSU 8/20 Practice Report and HighlightsFlorida State went through their first practice of Saturday's two-a-days in pads.