The 4th-ranked Seminoles took advantage of five Gator errors that led to five unearned runs on their way to a 7-2 victory over 8th-ranked Florida in front of a capacity crowd of 9,276 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville Tuesday night.
FSU started the scoring in the top half of the 2nd inning. Gator RF Kamm Washington dropped a fly ball allowing Stuart Tapley to reach base. Two singles later, Tapley scored to give the Seminoles a 1-0 lead. The Gators took the lead in the bottom of the inning on a Tyler Thompson 2-run home run.
That lead would quickly evaporate in the third when FSU, aided by a wild pitch with a runner on first, strung together a couple of singles to tie the game. The Seminoles left the bases loaded in the third, but did accomplish knocking senior Gator starting pitcher Jeff Barfield out of the game after just two innings pitched.
Another error in the fifth allowed FSU to take a 3-2 lead, which turned out to be all the Seminoles needed with the Gator's bats going cold the rest of the night. Florida State tacked on two more runs in the 7th and 9th innings to finish the game.
Seminole starter Geoff Parker allowed only two runs on three hits in 4.2 innings pitched, and Brian Busch, who recorded the win for FSU, pitched the final 4.1 innings, allowing no runs on three hits. For the Gators, Hudson Randall was the pitcher on record when FSU took the 3-2 lead, giving him his second loss of the season.
Jacksonville natives Austin Maddox and Josh Adams combined for three of the Gator's six hits. Maddox now has five consecutive multi-hit games for Florida.
The loss is the Gator's third out of four games against FSU in Jacksonville, and the second of three games against FSU this season. The Gators, now 18-6, play one more game in the 2010 regular season against the Seminoles, who improved to 20-4, in Tallahassee on April 13.
Florida returns to Gainesville for a three game series with Vanderbilt starting Friday night. Former Gator and recent Olympic gold-medalist Steve Mesler will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.