Terps Fall at No. 1 FSU, 10-3
May 5, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Top-ranked Florida State matched a season high with four home runs, Brandon Leibrandt tossed six scoreless innings and the Seminoles defeated Maryland 10-3 Saturday afternoon.
Florida State (38-7, 20-2 ACC) got to Terrapin starting pitcher Jimmy Reed for seven runs in three innings, taking advantage of four walks.
Coming into the game, Maryland (29-21, 8-17 ACC) had allowed an ACC-low eight home runs all year. The Seminoles, though, hit two in the first inning alone, another in the third and one more in the fifth.
FSU took command early, with Devon Travis and James Ramsey hitting back-to-back solo home runs with one out in the first. After a pair of walks and a fielder's choice put runners on the corners with two outs, FSU sent both runners with Jayce Boyd taking home when the throw went to second.
Two innings later, Sherman Johnson led off with a solo home run, and three batters later Stephen McGee laced a two-run single to left to make it 6-0. Justin Gonzalez drove in the fourth run of the inning when he reached on a Maryland error.
Kyle Convissar had Maryland's only hit in the first five innings - a single in the second - as Leibrandt (6-1) held the Terps at bay. A freshman left-hander, Leibrandt struck out four and walked one in six innings.
Florida State increased its lead to 10-0 in the fifth thanks to a two-run home run by Gonzalez and a run-scoring double by Johnson.
Maryland seemed to figure out Leibrandt in the sixth with three straight singles, but came out of the inning with no runs. Matt Bosse led off the inning with a single, but when Korey Wacker followed with single through the right side it hit Bosse in the leg, putting him out. Alfredo Rodriguez then singled to center field to put runners on first and second, but Leibrandt induced an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.
The Terps got on the board with a run in the eighth as Ryan Holland had a pinch-hit single and later scored on Michael Montville's RBI sacrifice fly.
K.J. Hockaday had a RBI single in the ninth, while Bosse had an RBI groundout to close the scoring.
Jake Stinnett held Florida State to one hit in a season-high three innings of relief, while striking out a career-high four. Reed (1-3) took the loss.
Game two of the series is set for Sunday at 2 p.m., and will be streamed online at WatchESPN.com.