By Ariel Bedford
Game two of the weekend series with the Rams was closer to the vest, but the top-ranked team in the nation still out-performed their opponents to get another swift win in under 2 hours and 15 minutes…
FSU got their offense going right away when 3rd baseman Sherman Johnson got on-base after a walk by Nick Narodowy. After a single by Devon Travis and another walk that allowed James Ramsey to load the bases, Jayce Boyd provided a SAC fly RBi that brought Johnson home and got the Seminoles on the board. Outfielder Stephen Spradling provided the other run for the ‘Noles off a wild pitch by Narodowy, who only gave up 3 hits on the game but wasn’t as sharp as his counterpart on the mound, sensational freshman Mike Compton. The Missouri right-hander pitched six strong innings with no runs allowed and 2 strikeouts, which set the tables for Hunter Scantling, Brian Busch and Robert Benincasa. Each of the three pitchers out of the bullpen carried on the shut-out with an inning’s worth of duty, with Scantling looking particularly impressive considering he only threw 6 pitches to close the side.
The Seminoles were actually hit by URI pitches more than they were able to hit URI pitches themselves, with six FSU players getting on-base due to being hit by a ball. The last time that many FSU players were hit by pitches was in 2004 during the Tallahassee Regional against Central Florida. FSU will look to sweep the Rams Sunday afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium before they travel to Jacksonville this week for a road test against the Dolphins.