FSU hands UF baseball its first loss

Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 12:33 a.m.

TAMPA — The Gators shut out the Seminoles for eight of nine innings, but a five-run Florida State third was all it would need to hand the Gators their first loss of the season, 5-3, at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa on Tuesday.

Florida State's James Ramsey put the Seminoles on top early when he hit an infield single with the bases-loaded that ricocheted off Florida relief pitcher Alex Panteliodis, past first basemen Austin Maddox. Maddox's return throw to first base hit Ramsey's helmet allowing three Seminoles to score.

Florida State added to its lead when Jayce Boyd singled in Ramsey on a triple off the left-field wall. Stuart Tapley knocked in Boyd for their fifth and final run.

“You never know which one is going to come back to haunt you in the end,” said Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan. “That fourth or fifth run really hurt us.”

Gator Preston Tucker responded in the bottom of the third with an RBI single.

Kamm Washington and Daniel Pigott each knocked in a run in the fifth, but the Seminoles' pitchers were too much for Florida.

Seminole starter Scott Sitz (2-0) took the win, allowing only four hits and one earned run.

“The slider was just missing,” said Florida State coach Mike Martin.

“But (it) did a good job of keeping Florida off-balance.”

Starting center fielder Mike McGee struck out the side in the ninth for his first save of the year.

Florida's starter, Tommy Toledo (0-1), took his first loss of the year allowing two earned runs and two hits in only 2 1/3 innings.

Florida plays Miami next, at home, at 7 p.m. on Friday.

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