The Mercer Bears took Game 2 of their three game set with Miami on Saturday by a score of 8-5. This was the Bears second consecutive win over the Canes since they won on Friday evening by a score of 6-5. Mike Armstrong and Billy Shaughnessy each hit a home run and drove in three runs to lead the Mercer offense. Cory Gearrin finished off the game by pitching a perfect ninth inning to get his second save in as many nights. The Miami team needs to wake up since most of the early season games are to build up the Hurricanes record for a possible NCAA Tourney bid.
The FSU Seminoles took Game 2 on Saturday by a score of 4-0. Seminoles starter Micheal Hyde lasted 6.1 innings while only giving up two hits. Hyde also had a career high 10 strikeouts. Brian Chambers pitched 1.2 innings of hitless baseball and Jimmy Marshall pitched the ninth inning without allowing a hit. D’Vontrey Richardson in his first career baseball game went 2-3 with a run scored and driven in. The Vols offense has been non-existent and better get it rolling before the start of the SEC season.
The Mercer Bears made a dramatic ninth inning comeback to knock off the Hurricanes in Game 1 of the three game set. Catcher, Josh Thompson lead the Bears with a 4-4 performance with 3 RBI’s and a home run. The Hurricanes were unable to hold a 5-1 advantage behind a solid start from Manny Miguelez who went five innings allowing only one run. Mercer starter Brantley New struggled through five innings while giving up five earned runs. The teams continue the season on Saturday at 7 pm.
The Florida State Seminoles took game one from the Volunteers of Tennessee on Friday. Bryan Henry gave a top of the line performance by giving up no runs in his six innings of work. Henry also struck out eleven batters. The Seminoles were led on offense by Jack Rye and Buster Posey. Rye went 2-4 including a homer and also scored two runs and drove in three. Craig Cobb of Tennessee did not give a great performance on the mound by giving up nine runs in 6.2 innings of work. Shawn Griffin and Cody Brown both went 2-4 in the loss. The teams face off tomorrow back at Dick Howser Stadium.
FSU Game Recap
Tennessee Game Recap
All Smiles at FSU after Game 1
Henry overpowers Vols
Posey solid behind plate
The Florida State baseball program gets a ton of press from the Tallahassee Democrat. The Democrat is the main reason behind the massive amount of coverage of the Seminole baseball team on this site.
Steve Ellis checks in today with an article about the friendship between Mike Martin Sr. and Rod Delmonico. They speak on the phone at least once a week and talk about their baseball teams but this weekend, the friendship is off as they play against each other. The full article is available here.
The Democrat also had some time to sit down with Coach Martin and discuss the upcoming season with him. The full article is available here.
Also, They check in with a interesting article about the FSU starters music choices for their batting walkup. The full article is available here.
Both Florida State and Tennessee have posted game notes for the big series in Tallahassee this weekend. The Seminoles enter the series with many question marks with a pitching staff which is very low in experience. After Bryan Henry, The Noles are planning on starting Micheal Hyde who really was like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde last season and they are still TBA on a Sunday starter. They will also be without Luke Tucker who is still sitting on the sidelines with a sore pitching arm. The Vols are not without injuries either. They will be missing Julio Borbon who was expected to start in center field this season but will be out another 6-8 weeks with a broken ankle. He was one of the best players on the USA National team this summer.
Scott Maine of the Miami Hurricanes has been suspended for an unspecified violation of team policy. He will not be playing against Mercer this weekend and could be out longer since it is still unclear how long he will be out. Miami Herald article available here.
Miami has released a press release stating the starting pitching rotation for this weekend’s series against Mercer. On Friday night, Jim Morris will send Manny Miguelez to the mound. He went 8-4 with a 4.31 ERA. Miguelez will face off against Mercer pitcher Brantley New (9-3 3.60 ERA). On Saturday, the Canes will send Danny Gil to the mound who went 4-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 2006 and will face off against Blake Quarles (4-2, 5.33 ERA). The canes will send freshman stud pitcher Erick Erickson to the mound on Sunday to face either Justin Boyette or Boone Webster who both are JC transfers.
Junior second baseman Tony Thomas Jr. of Florida State stopped by to talk to Tallahassee Democrat writer Ben Jacobs. Tony discusses how important this upcoming season is to himself and to the Seminole nation. He is expected to be the starting second baseman this season and had a tough summer hitting .224 in the CCBL which might hurt his draft status in 2007. The full article is available here.
The Tallahassee Democrat continues the coverage of the Florida State baseball team focusing on Micheal Hyde and the FSU starting pitching staff. The Seminoles had some issues last year with the third weekend starter as no one could hold down the spot. This season they also have to replace the number 2 starter in Tyler Chambliss. The full article from the Democrat is available here.
The Tampa Tribune also has an article about Mark Martin chasing the only thing he doesn’t have an NCAA championship. The article is very brief and can be read here.
Tallahassee Democrat senior writer Steve Ellis has wrote a season preview for the upcoming season on the Florida State Seminoles. He believes that since the FSU schedule is back loaded that they should be able to have a solid year until May when they play the heart of the ACC in Clemson, Miami, UNC, and GT. The full article is available here.
The Tallahassee Democrat also is reporting junior closer Luke Tucker has been shut down for 3 weeks to rest his shoulder from soreness. Some of my contacts at Florida State have stated that Tucker has not been throwing well since the first day of practice so this is not a huge surprise. Last year, He was shut down on Sunday of a 3 game set at Boston College due to soreness also. Buster Posey is expected to step into the closer role for the first few weekends. The article is available here.