College Park, Md. - A season-high in hits plus a solid performance by starter Michael Hyde (9-2) gave second-ranked Florida State (41-7, 19-4) its eighth consecutive ACC series win with a 20-5 victory over Maryland (25-26, 7-19) on Saturday afternoon at Shipley Field. On an unusual cool May afternoon on the campus of the University of Maryland, the Seminoles kept things warm pounding out 26 hits on eight doubles and one home run. Florida State has now won 29 straight over the Terrapins and 21 in a row at Shipley Field.
Shortstop Mark Hallberg became the first Seminole this season to record five hits in a ball game, while every Seminole in the starting line-up recorded a hit in game two. Hallberg's five-hit performance was the first since Tony McQuade went 5-for-5 against the Miami Hurricanes on April 20, 2003.
Mark Gildea was a perfect 4-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI's and Brandon Reichert tallied five RBI's as he hit his second home run in as many days. Travis Anderson, Buster Posey and Reichert each recorded three hits, while Jason Stidham and Ruairi O'Connor both got a pair.
It was the fourth game this year that the Seminoles have reached the 20-hit plateau. The 26 hits was also the most recorded in a conference game by FSU since 2004 when the Garnet and Gold pounded out 27 against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, a game in which the Seminoles won 27-3.
The 20 runs scored on Saturday afternoon were the most scored by the Seminoles in College Park since May 9, 1999 when Florida State posted a 26-2 victory.
Florida State once again got on the board early with a pair of unearned runs in the top half of the first. Tony Thomas, Jr. led off the game reaching on a fielding error by the Terrapin second baseman. The Valrico, Fla., native hit a sharp groundball to Steve Braun who had trouble handling the ball at second. After Hallberg followed with a single through the left side, Posey moved the runners up a base executing his third sacrifice bunt of the season. Rye stepped in and gave the Seminoles an early one run lead driving in Thomas on an RBI groundout to second. With two outs, Anderson hit a double down the third base line scoring Hallberg to give FSU a 2-0 advantage.
The Seminoles added their third run of the game on an RBI single by Reichert. For the second straight inning, FSU got the lead off runner on as Gildea drew a walk off Maryland starter Ryan Moorer (3-5). After Gildea swiped second, he moved to third on a groundout by O'Connor. Reichert made the score 3-0 dropping a blooper to center to score Gildea.
Six runs crossed the plate including three with two outs in the top of the third as Florida State took a 9-0 lead. The Seminoles recorded seven hits in the inning, three of which were doubles. Stidham got his first hit of the ball game hammering a 1-2 offering to the gap in left center scoring Jack Rye from second. Gildea followed by driving in a pair of runs on a single up the middle plating Anderson and Stidham. With two outs in the inning, Florida State registered four consecutive hits including back-to-back RBI doubles by Hallberg and Posey. Hallberg's two-RBI double was his third hit in as many plate appearances on Saturday afternoon, while Posey blasted a shot off the wall in right center to score Hallberg and cap the six-run third.
Maryland got a run off Hyde in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a solo shot by Dan Benick. Benick took the first pitch he saw from Hyde and hit it over the fence in left center. It was just the second hit allowed by the senior right hander through the first four innings and just the second home run given up by Hyde in 13 starts this season.
The Garnet and Gold got the run back in the top of the fifth as Hallberg scored his third run of the game thanks to an RBI single back up the middle by Posey. With one out, Hallberg registered his first four hit game of the season with a single through the left side. He advanced two bases on a passed ball and scored on Posey's single.
FSU made it 11-1 in the sixth on an RBI fielder's choice groundout by Reichert. Stidham started the inning with his second hit of the game on a single to right. It was the fifth time in six innings that the Seminole lead off man reached base safely.
The Terrapins countered with four runs in their half of the sixth to cut the deficit to 11-5. Hyde got the first two outs to start the inning, but then four straight Maryland batters reached including RBI singles by Mike Murphy and Dan Melvin to end the afternoon for the right hander. Travis Burge came in out of the bullpen and gave up a bloop single to Chad Durakis scoring Murphy and Melvin. Pinch hitting Jon Greenwich ended the inning with a pop out to Reichert.
The Tallahassee, Fla., native threw 5.2 innings allowing five runs, three earned, on six hits. He struck out two and walked just one as Hyde threw into the sixth for the second time in three starts. Hyde got off to a fabulous started facing the minimum through the first 3.1 innings. The senior right hander threw just 70 pitches as he matched a career-high with his ninth victory of the season to move his record to 9-2.
Florida State increased its lead to 13-5 as Tommy Oravetz laced a two-run double just inside the bag at first. Gildea and O'Connor started the inning with a walk and a single, respectively. Oravetz, who replaced Thomas at second in the sixth, stepped in and got his first hit of the afternoon with a two-RBI double.
Travis Burge was effective out of the pen as he pitched 2.1 scoreless innings giving up only two hits while striking out two. He walked none as he set down the last seven Terrapin batters that he faced.
In the ninth, the Seminoles posted seven runs on six hits for a 20-5 advantage. Reichert highlighted the inning with his third home run of the season. The senior first baseman hit a three-run shot over the fence in right center for his second round tripper in as many games. Anderson recorded two hits in the inning as he singled and scored and then hit an RBI double in his second at-bat.
Matt Fairel pitched a 1-2-3 ninth as he struck out the final two batters that he faced to give the Seminoles the series victory.
Florida State will return to the diamond on Sunday in the series finale against the Terrapins at Shipley Field. First pitch is slated for 1:00 pm and right hander Danny Rosen is expected to make his second career start. The game will be available on ACC Select but only on an on demand basis. Fans can also follow all the action over the Internet. Gametracker will be available for the contest along with live radio broadcast courtesy of 1270 the TEAM.
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