Baseball Falls to Seminoles 9-5 in Tallahassee Regional

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Josh Rosecrans was 2-for-4 with two RBI in Saturday's loss to Florida State.
Josh Rosecrans was 2-for-4 with two RBI in Saturday's loss to Florida State.

June 4, 2011

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - In the winner’s bracket game of the Tallahassee Regional, the Alabama baseball team suffered a 9-5 loss to the top seeded and No. 6-ranked Florida State Seminoles on Saturday night from Dick Howser Stadium. The loss drops the Crimson Tide to 34-27 on the season while FSU improves to 44-17 overall.

Alabama returns to regional play on Sunday at 11 a.m. CT against the No. 2 seeded Central Florida Knights, who defeated Bethune-Cookman 16-5 in the Saturday elimination game earlier in the day. Alabama defeated UCF 5-3 in the opening game of the regional on Friday.

“You have to tip our hats to Florida State, I thought they played extremely well tonight,” UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “I thought our group competed really hard. We had really good energy particularly in the front half of the game and offensively we were really good. I thought we were on the barrel for most of the night against a tremendous left hander in (Sean) Gilmartin.”

Alabama roughed up Florida State starter Sean Gilmartin for 12 hits and five earned runs, the most allowed by the First Team All-American this season. Gilmartin (12-1) got the win, throwing 7.0 innings with two walks and six strikeouts. Eight of the nine players in the UA starting lineup had at least one hit as Brock Bennett, Jared Reaves, Josh Rosecrans and Brett Booth has two hits each. Rosecrans was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a walk.

Florida State answered with nine runs on 13 hits as James Ramsey led the way with a 4-for-5 night, including four RBI and a run scored. Devon Travis was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and Rafael Lopez was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Alabama starting pitcher Adam Morgan (5-7) took the loss, throwing 5.2 innings, allowing eight runs on 11 hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

Florida State used three first inning singles to take a 1-0 lead off Morgan. The RBI single came off the bat of Ramsey with one out.

Alabama evened the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the inning when Bennett scored from second on an infield single by Austen Smith. On the play, FSU shortstop Justin Gonzalez collided with third baseman Sherman Johnson allowing Bennett to come around from second. On the next at-bat, the Crimson Tide took a 2-1 lead when Rosecrans doubled to right-center to drive home Smith from first.

In the third, FSU touched up Morgan for three runs on four hits that included three doubles. The first run came across on an infield groundout, and after Ramsey reached on a infield hit, Jayce Boyd and Johnson had back-to-back doubles to drive in two runs to make the score 4-2 in favor of the Seminoles. 

The Crimson Tide evened the score at 4-4 with a pair of runs in the third inning. After Bennett doubled and Reaves singled to start the inning, Rosecrans singled off the right field fence to push Bennett across. Booth followed with a sharp single to right field to drive in Reaves from third.

UA regained the lead (5-4) in the fourth inning when Brandt Hendricks scored on a wild pitch by Gilmartin. Hendricks doubled to open the inning and move to third on a sac bunt by Josh Sanders.

“They had a good offensive approach, I thought it was a game where both teams competed really well all night and they were able to have the big inning in the sixth and we had a tough time recovering from that,” Gaspard said. “I thought the key was Gilmartin when he started pitching on the inner half of the plate. Our approach was to stay back through the middle the other way and when he changed it up it kind of shut us down for a little.”

After the first batter of the sixth inning flied out, Florida State batted around and scored four runs on four hits and three walks to take an 8-5 lead. The inning was also the last for Morgan, who was pulled after allowing a two RBI single to Ramsey, making the score 8-5. Lopez also drove in two runners with a single. Ramsey’s RBI double in the eighth inning made the score 9-5 in favor of the Seminoles.

Alabama returns to action in the Tallahassee Regional with a rematch against Central Florida at 11 a.m. CT from Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. The winner of the game between UCF and Alabama will play Florida State at 5 p.m. CT on Sunday night.

* With a single in the first inning, Taylor Dugas reached base for the 10th straight game. Dugas has reached bases safely in 55-of-61 games this season.
* With one hit on Saturday, Dugas now has 259 hits in his career to tie Emeel Salem for eighth all-time at Alabama.
* Jared Reaves singled in his first two at-bats for his team-leading 28th multi-hit game of the season.
* Josh Rosecrans doubled and singled in his first two at-bats for his eighth multi-hit game of the season. It was the second time this season he had two or more hits in back-to-back games.
* Alabama had the most hits (12) and most earned runs (5) against FSU starting pitcher Sean Gilmartin all season. 
* Brock Bennett was 2-for-3 in the game to notch his 25th multiple hit game of the season.
* Alabama finished the night with 12 hits to notch its 30th game of the season with at least 10 hits. It was the 13th time in the last 18 games that UA reached 10 hits. 
* In his fourth career NCAA Tournament start, Adam Morgan threw 5.2 innings, allowing eight runs on 11 hits with threw walks and five strikeouts. Morgan is now 1-3 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.