Smith, Burkett each hit home run in 12-4 loss to Florida StateApril 21, 2010
By CSU Sports Information
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Derek Smith and Tom Burkett each blasted their fifth home runs of the season, but there was too much firepower in the other dugout as No. 6 Florida State University defeated the Charleston Southern baseball team 12-4 Wednesday night at Dick Howser Stadium.
CSU (16-24) was outhit 14-8 by FSU (29-9), and each team committed an error.
The Seminoles were able to tack on two runs in six separate innings, including five of the first six to take a commanding 10-2 lead.
Florida State got on the board in the opening frame with a two-run home run by Stuart Tapley. CSU answered with one in the second after Tyler Thornburg singled and maneuvered his way around the bases to cut the lead in half.
James Ramsey knocked a two-run single to right center in the bottom of the second, driving home Sherman Johnson and Devon Travis, to give the Seminoles a 4-1 advantage.
Following a scoreless third, FSU tacked on two in the fourth and two in the fifth before the Buccaneers were able to answer.
Burkett led off the sixth with a solo home run, but his teammates behind him were unable to build off his momentum.
Tapley and Jayce Boyd each crossed home in the bottom of the sixth to push the lead out to 10-2.
Charleston Southern attempted to mount a comeback when Smith sent a ball deep over the right-field wall in the top of the seventh, but two more from Florida State in the eighth and a lack of hitting in the final two innings were enough to deny CSU a comeback attempt.
Burkett and Matt Still each recorded two hits, and Smith led the way with his two RBI. Four different Buccaneers scored a run.
Tapley and Ramsey led Florida State with three hits apiece, and both batters drove home three runs. Travis finished 2-for-4, and he scored three times.
Stew Brase (2-3) took the loss after pitching the first 4 1/3 innings and allowing eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits. Tyler Vick gave up two runs on one hit in 2/3 of an inning, and Charlie McCready shut out the Seminoles during his two innings of relief. Corey Deighan pitched the final frame and allowed two unearned runs on two hits.
Tyler Everett started on the mound for Florida State and threw a perfect first inning before being relieved by Hunter Scantling.
Scantling (2-2) picked up the win after pitching the next five innings and allowing just two runs (one earned) on five hits. Tye Buckley, Geoff Parker and Daniel Bennett all pitched an inning of relief, and Buckley allowed the two-run homer to Smith.
The Buccaneers return home for a three-game set with Big South Conference rival Gardner-Webb University. The first game will be played at 2 p.m. April 23 at CSU Ballpark. Related Item: Box Score