FSU Dominates N.C. State in Weekend Sweep

Florida State (25-12, 12-7 ACC) completed the sweep of NC State (19-21, 7-14 ACC) with a 13-2 victory Sunday afternoon on Doak Field inside Dail Park. The 20th-ranked Seminoles scored 10 of the 13 runs on two outs in the series finale to register the second conference sweep of the season for the Garnet and Gold.

The series sweep was the first over the Wolfpack since 2002 and sixth since Florida State joined the ACC in 1992. It marked the third sweep for the Seminoles over NC State in Raleigh and fifth series victory for the Seminoles on the Pack's home turf.

Mike McGee went six innings on Sunday to run his record to 3-2 on the year. After giving up two runs in the first, the sophomore right hander settled down nicely blanking the Wolfpack over the next five innings. McGee scattered just three hits over six innings as he walked four and struck out five.

McGee also led the Seminole offense on Sunday with three hits as he scored three times and drove in a run. Jack Posey and Ohmed Danesh each registered two hits and two RBI. Tyler Holt reached base on five of his six plate appearances as the sophomore centerfielder walked three times, was hit by a pitch and reached on a fielding error. Holt and Stuart Tapley tied McGee with a game-high three runs in the win.

Florida State took advantage of an early Wolfpack error to plate the first run of the game. Holt led off Sunday's series finale reaching on a two base fielding error by Devon Cartwright in left field. He would score two batters later on an RBI single to left by McGee.

NC State answered right back with two runs in the bottom of the first to take a one run lead. McGee got off to a good start striking out the first two Wolfpack batters, but Cartwright, the second strikeout victim of the inning, reached on a wild pitch. The wild pitch would come back to haunt the Seminoles as Cartwright scored a batter later on a double to the gap in left center by Pratt Maynard. A second wild pitch moved Maynard to third and he later scored on Drew Poulk's sac-fly to right.

A walk to NC State's John Gianis to start the bottom of second went by the way side as McGee settled in and retired the next three batters to keep the Wolfpack lead at 2-1.

The Seminoles sent 11 batters to the plate in the third scoring five runs to retake the lead at 6-2. Florida State benefited from five walks in the inning while registering three hits. Holt walked twice, one to start the third and the other with the bases loaded to drive in a run. Jason Stidham began the scoring spree bringing home Holt on a sac-fly to left. The other four runs came on two outs as Posey and Danesh registered RBI singles prompting a Wolfpack pitching change.

NC State starter Cory Mazzoni (1-5) lasted just 2.2 innings allowing six runs, five earned, on four hits. He struck out one and walked three in his fourth start of the season.

Jake Kensmoe entered and walked both batters he faced before giving way to Sam Brown, the third NC State pitcher to make an appearance in the inning. Parker Brunelle drove in a run drawing a bases loaded walk off Kensmoe, while Holt followed with a bases loaded walk off Brown.

Florida State added to its lead in the fourth once again converting on a two-out opportunity. Tapley and Posey reached on consecutive hit-by-pitches leading to another Wolfpack pitching change. Grant Sasser came on and gave up an RBI double down the line in right to Danesh on the very first pitch scoring Tapley to give FSU a 7-2 lead.

The Wolfpack loaded the bases with one out in the fourth. FSU was able to get out of the jam without NC State scoring a run as Brian Bello lined into an inning ending double play. Bello scorched a line drive off the bat to third but the ball went right into the glove of Tapley, who then threw on to Stidham at second for the double play.

The Seminoles pushed their lead to 9-2 with two more two-out runs. Holt reached as he was hit by a pitch and then took second on his second stolen base of the game. After a walk to McGee, Stidham brought home Holt on a single through the right side of the infield. McGee scored the second run of the inning courtesy of a throwing error at short. Dallas Poulk threw wildly over to first on a ground ball off the bat of Tapley allowing McGee to cross the plate.

NC State once again threatened in the fifth putting runners on at the corners with only one out but came up empty handed. After giving up a walk and a single, McGee struck out pinch hitter Domonique Rodgers and then got Pat Ferguson to line out to Stephen Cardullo at short.

FSU pushed its lead to 12-2 with three runs in the seventh. Posey knocked in his second run of the game singling to right with the bases loaded to plate McGee. Two batters later, James Ramsey continued the Seminoles success with two outs singling to center off Zak Sinclair to drive in Stidham and Tapley.

The Seminoles rounded out the scoring in the ninth as Cardullo hit a two-out double to the gap in right center scoring D'Vontrey Richardson, who was hit-by-pitch to start the inning. Pinch hitter Sean Gilmartin reached base as he drew a two out walk.

The Florida State bullpen kept the Wolfpack scoreless over the final three innings. Mark Peterson worked a perfect seventh in facing just three batters. Posey pitched the eighth, while Bo O'Dell closed out the game facing four batters in the ninth.

Florida State will return to the diamond on Tuesday, April 21 as the Seminoles host UNC Asheville for a pair of mid-week games on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. Tuesday's game marks the first of 10 consecutive home games for the Seminoles as first pitch against the Bulldogs is slated for 6:00 p.m. The game will air live over the internet on ACC Select. Fans can listen to the action locally on 1270 the Team and over the internet on www.seminoles.com. Live stats will also be available via gametracker.


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