Tallahassee, FL- A pair of Florida State left-handed starters surrendered zero combined runs in 11 innings as the Pride fell, 13-1 and 13-0, in a doubleheader against the second-ranked Seminoles in an afternoon doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium.
Hofstra dropped to 0-5. Sherman Johnson hit a home run in both games and registered nine total RBIs as the Seminoles, ranked only behind LSU by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, improved to 5-0.
Sean Gilmartin stuck out seven in six scoreless innings to lead Florida State to the Game 1 win. The southpaw allowed just five hits and walked one in improving to 2-0. Johnson supported him with a home run and a career-high six RBIs.
Fellow lefthander John Gast posted a career-high six strikeouts in five innings in the second game. Gast (2-0) allowed just two hits and walked two.
With a twin-bill against non-conference opponents, the Seminoles jumped to a quick start in the seven-inning back-end game. Mike McGee's two-out line drive single to right plated preseason first-team All American Tyler Holt to open the scoring before a throwing error brought McGee home to make it 2-0. Junior Kevin Rigopoulos (Athol, MA) limited the damage when he struck out Jayce Boyd with two men on.
But Rigopoulos struggled through the second in committing a pair of balks to force in a run. The right-hander allowed nine runs (eight earned) in 3 2/3 innings in falling to 0-2.
Johnson entered with zero home runs but drilled his second long ball of the day with a two-run shot to right in extending Florida State's edge to 5-0 in the third. Boyd added a solo home run as part of a six- run Seminoles fourth inning to put the game away.
Florida State's offense also erupted earlier in the day. The Seminoles scored five runs in the fourth inning and tacked on six more in the sixth frame to support Gilmartin in the nine-inning opener.
Johnson's run-scoring groundout opened the scoring in the second. Florida State produced back-to-back base hits before senior Matt Prokopowicz (Massapequa, NY) made an athletic diving stop on Johnson's hard-hit ball to the right side to get the out. Freshman starter Jared Rogers (Flemington, NJ) escaped the jam with just one run scored.
Gilmartin used a high-velocity fastball to rack up seven strikeouts through four innings. Hofstra still mounted a rally in the third with a chance to tie it, putting runners on the corners before senior John Kenny (Franklin Square, NY) was thrown out at plate on a double-steal attempt to end the threat.
Hofstra would not threaten again. Johnson ignited the Seminoles fourth-inning rally, rocketing a line drive down the first-base line to plate Stuart Tapley after a walk and a single started the inning. Eighth-hitting Ohmed Danesh followed with a two-run bloop single to left off the end of the bat.
A fly out and a walk chased Rogers (0-2) after 3 2/3 innings in favor of fellow freshman David D'Errico (North Kingstown, RI), who allowed James Ramsey's RBI single up the middle that resulted in a second-run scored off an error. D'Errico induced a pop out to end a bases loaded threat but not before the Seminoles took a 6-0 lead with all those runs charged to Rogers.
Florida State sustained pressure in the sixth, scoring six runs. Ramsey's RBI double down the right field line preceded Stephen Cardullo's second home of the season when he took D'Errico deep to right-center to extend the lead to 9-0. Johnson pulled an arching shot to right off D'Errico for a three-run homer to cap the rally.
Hofstra will conclude its three-game series on Sunday. Game time at Mike Martin Field is set for 1 p.m.