Baseball NCAA Super Regional ACCtion: Friday, June 11

June 11, 2010

 

McGee's Walk-Off Home Run Carries FSU

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Twelfth-ranked Florida State (46-17) opened the Tallahassee Super Regional in walk-off fashion Friday afternoon thanks in large part to Mike McGee's walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Seminoles a 9-8 victory over No. 17 Vanderbilt (45-19) in game one of a best-of-three games series.

With two outs and the game tied at eight in the bottom of the ninth, McGee stepped in and took a 0-1 pitch from Vanderbilt's Chase Reid (4-2) over the fence in right center for his third game-winning hit of the season and second walk-off home run. It marked his third career walk-off home run, while the Port St. Lucie, Fla., has had the deciding hit in three of FSU's four walk-off victories this year.

The win was just the third for the Seminoles in the opening round game of the Super Regionals and first since defeating Miami 9-2 back in 2000.

Five Seminoles finished with at least two hits in game one as Jayce Boyd led the FSU offensive attack going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. After singling in his first two at-bats in the second and third innings, Boyd gave the Noles life in the eighth as he belted a solo home run to left off Reid to tie the game at eight paving the way for McGee's heroics in the ninth.

Tyler Holt, Sherman Johnson, McGee and Devon Travis all registered two hits a piece. Holt, Johnson and James Ramsey each drove in two runs on Friday.

Making his third appearance in the last four games, Daniel Bennett came out of the bullpen and once again factored in the decision as he worked 2.0 scoreless innings to move to 5-1 on the year. Bennett allowed just one hit and did not issue a walk as he struck out three.

Florida State jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after just two innings to only see it slowly vanish by a Vanderbilt team that scored runs in five straight innings between the fourth and eighth innings. The Commodores took the lead for the first time on Friday on a solo home run by Jason Esposito in the seventh.

Florida Prevails Over Miami in Super Regional Opener, 7-2

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The 10th-ranked University of Miami baseball team lost the opening game of the 2010 Gainesville Super Regional, falling 7-2 to No. 3 national seed Florida Friday night at McKethan Stadium. The Gators scored three runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth and never looked back, easing to the five-run victory and putting the `Canes in a must-win situation on Saturday.

The Hurricanes dropped to 43-19 with the loss while Florida improved to 46-14. UF starter Alex Panteliodis (11-2) kept the UM offense at bay all night, tossing a complete game while holding the `Canes to two runs on three hits. He walked just one and struck out a career-high 12.

David Gutierrez (5-3) suffered the loss despite allowing just one earned run in four innings of work, as five of the six runs scored off him came as a result of a pair of crucial UM errors. Jason Santana relieved Gutierrez and pitched effectively, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out five over the final four innings.

Yasmani Grandal supplied all of Miami's offense, hitting a two-run homer in the top of the fourth to pull UM to within one, but Florida responded with three in the bottom of the frame to put the `Canes away.

Jonathan Pigott (2-for-4, two runs) and Brian Johnson (2-for-4, one RBI) each had two hits for UF, while Austin Maddox and Mike Zunino each had two RBI. Tyler Thompson homered and scored a pair of runs.

Both teams were held off the board until the bottom of the third inning, when a UM error led to three unearned runs for the Gators.

Grandal cut UF's lead to just one with his opposite field blast down the line in right, scoring Lawson who had singled to lead off the inning.

Two of the three Gators' runs in the fourth came off UM's second error, while a solo homer to right-center by Thompson in the fifth closed the scoring for the night.