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March 4, 2012

Sweep - FSU Blisters Maine

Late Sunday game - 10-0

The Seminoles registered their second shutout of the series in game two to sweep the weekend series.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Eighth-ranked Florida State (9-1) posted its second shutout of the series blanking Maine (3-5) 10-0 in game two of the doubleheader on Sunday to complete the series sweep and remain perfect in nine all-time meetings against the Black Bears.

After pounding out 17 hits in game one, the Seminoles countered with 15 hits in game two as five Florida State hitters finished with multiple hits. Jayce Boyd and John Nogowski finished with a game-high three hits, while Justin Gonzalez, James Ramsey and Devon Travis each had two hits apiece.

"I just can't say enough about how we approached the game," said head coach Mike Martin. "We played very well on Friday and got excellent pitching. Then we come out today and get 18 in a seven-inning ball game. And then in the first inning of the third game we get five. That's the mark of a team that has got their heads in the game."

Ramsey led all players with three RBI and three runs scored in the second game of the doubleheader. The Alpharetta, Ga., native connected on a two-run home run in the second, good for his fourth round tripper of the season. Nogowski, Gonzalez and Stephen McGee all finished with two RBI.

Peter Miller worked 5.0 scoreless innings for the second straight outing as the sophomore right-hander moved to 2-0 on the year. After allowing one hit in his last outing against FIU, Miller gave up just two hits to Maine on Sunday and lowered his team leading ERA among starters to 0.77.

The Lutz, Fla., native settled down after issuing three walks in the first inning and finished with a career-high five strikeouts.

"This just tells myself that I can go out and do this every start," said Miller after his pitching performance on Sunday. "This is a big time confidence builder. I really feel in the zone. I have to get rid of the walks, but I feel really confident out there."

Brian Busch, Gage Smith, Brandon Johnson and Robert Benincasa each threw a scoreless inning in relief to preserve the shutout. Smith and Benincasa faced the minimum, while Busch allowed a hit and struck out two and Johnson gave up a hit and recorded a strikeout.

"We got a good pitching performance from Peter Miller and the bullpen," added Martin.

The Seminole jumped out to an early 7-0 lead plating five runs in the first and two more in the second. Sherman Johnson opened the scoring in the first by singling to center, moved to second on a groundout by Travis and scored on a single up the middle by Ramsey. Ramsey would later score on a double to left by Gonzalez. Black Bears starter Shaun Coughlin (0-1) was the victim of two Maine errors in the inning as three of the five runs scored by the Seminoles were unearned. Boyd singled and scored in the inning, while Nogowski reached on a fielder's choice and later scored. McGee capped off the scoring in the inning plating Gonzalez on a two-out single to center.

Ramsey made the score 7-0 in the second as he blasted a two-run home run for his fourth of the season and 25th of his career. With Travis on at first after a one out single to center, Ramsey took a 3-1 pitch from Coughlin over the fence in right center.

FSU pushed its lead to 10-0 with three more runs in the sixth. Travis reached for the third time in as many at-bats with a single to left center. Ramsey followed with a walk and Boyd loaded the bases with his third hit of the game on a single to right. Back-to-back RBI singles by Nogowski and Gonzalez gave the Seminoles a nine-run lead. McGee drove in the 10th run of the game as he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Boyd.

Florida State will hit the road for its first road trip of the season as the Seminoles will play two games at UCF beginning Tuesday, March 6. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.


Early Sunday game 18-2

The Seminoles registered season-highs in runs and hits in game one.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Eighth-ranked Florida State (8-1) pounded out season-highs in runs and hits en route to an 18-2 victory over Maine (3-4) in game one of a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles finished with 17 hits as eight went for extra bases including a season-high seven doubles.

Jayce Boyd, Justin Gonzalez, Sherman Johnson, James Ramsey and Devon Travis all recorded multiple hits in game one including a perfect 4-for-4 performance from Boyd and a perfect 3-for-3 performance from Ramsey. Gonzalez, Johnson and Travis each had two hits, drove in two and scored twice for the Seminoles.

Boyd and Ramsey scored three runs apiece to lead all players on Sunday afternoon, while Boyd drove in three runs for his sixth multi-RBI game of the season.

John Holland picked up his first career hit in the sixth on a single to left. John Nogowski, Stephen McGee and Seth Miller each finished with a hit in the win.

The Seminoles received another solid outing from Mike Compton as the freshman right hander went 5.1 innings to move to 3-0 on the year. Compton kept the Black Bears in check through the first five innings allowing just two runners past second base. After giving up a two out single in the second, the Branson, Mo., native retired nine straight Maine hitters before giving up a two out single in the fifth.

"It felt good," said Compton on earning his third victory in as many starts. "I just tried to do the same thing as I did in my first couple starts, just trying to keep the ball in play, don't walk any one, hit my spots and get a lot of groundballs. The defense was spectacular as normal. I know if I let the hitters put the ball in play I am going to have a shot (to get outs)."

The Black Bears clawed out their only runs in the series scoring twice off Compton in the sixth. The runs brought to a close Compton's consecutive scoreless innings streak to 15.2 innings dating back to the first inning of the opening weekend series against Hofstra.

Florida State wasted very little time to take a commanding lead in game one scoring six runs in the bottom of the second off Maine starter Jeff Gibbs (0-2). The Seminoles sent 10 batters to the plate in the second with doubles from Gonzalez, McGee and Miller. Travis registered an infield single to third and Ramsey brought him home on a triple off the fence in right. Boyd closed out the scoring in the inning with a sac-fly to center.

The Seminoles added six more runs in the fourth as the Garnet and Gold batted around for the second time in the game sending 11 batters to the plate. Johnson recorded a pair of singles in the inning with his second hit driving in two. Travis laced a double down the line in left, while Gonzalez roped his second double of the game to left to plate a pair.

FSU pushed its lead to 14-0 in the fifth as Ramsey and Boyd opened the inning with back-to-back doubles. After a fly out moved Boyd to third, Giovanny Alfonzo brought home Boyd on a groundball that the Maine shortstop could not handle.

The Seminoles took advantage of three Black Bear errors in the sixth to add to their lead. Sean O'Brien drew a one out walk and scored, Holland singled to left, Stephen Spradling with hit by a pitch and Boyd drove in his third run of the game on a single to right. A fielding error and throwing error at short on a groundball off the bat of Nogowski led to run, while an error at second base on a groundball by Alfonzo led to the fourth Seminole run of the inning.

Bryant Holtmann worked the remainder of the seven inning game as the freshman southpaw pitched 1.2 scoreless innings. Making his third appearances of the season, Holtmann faced eight batters and allowed three hits.



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