TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Mike McGee hit a grand slam home run to highlight a six-run third inning as 10th ranked Florida State defeated UNC Asheville 9-2 Tuesday night in game one of a two-game series.
Home runs accounted for eight of Florida State’s (26-12) nine runs on the night while Seminole starter Hunter Scantling (2-0) pitched five innings for his second win of the year.
UNC Asheville (7-32) got on the scoreboard first in the top of the third inning. Austin Graham, who had two hits on the night, led off with a single to center field. He was sacrificed to second base and scored on a RBI single by Kevin Weidenbacher, who also had two hits on the night.
FSU answered in the bottom of the inning. A lead-off walk and back-to-back singles loaded the bases with no one out. Stephen Cardullo hit a ball back to Michael Bogaert (1-6) who could not field the ground ball. The play was ruled an error allowing the tying run to score. McGee followed the miscue with his 12th home run of the season to left center to put the Seminoles up 5-1. They would tack on another run without the benefit of a hit. Jason Stidham walked, stole second, went to third on a throwing error, and scored on a ground out. Two runs in the inning were unearned.
Asheville scored an unearned run in the top of the fourth. Beau Zinman reached and went to second base on a two-base throwing error. Reed Kreiser, went 2-for-2 and was hit by a pitch, singled home Zinman to make the score 6-2.
Rafael Lopez hit his fourth home run of the year down the right field line with a man on base in the fourth inning to put FSU up 8-2.
Florida State added the final run of the night in the sixth inning. Pinch-hitter Sean Gilmartin led off with a single. He advanced to third on a double by Sherman Johnson and scored on a sacrifice fly by James Ramsey.
Scantling went five innings allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits. He did not walk or strikeout a batter. The FSU bullpen threw four shutout innings allowing just three hits. Jimmy Marshall struck out the side in the ninth.
Bogaert went four innings allowing eight runs (six earned) on six hits. He allowed four walks and had four strikeouts. Dan Weller went two innings allowing a run on two hits. He walked two and struck out two. David Ricker pitched two shutout innings allowing one hit.
The two teams will conclude the series tomorrow at 4 p.m. The game can be seen live on SUN Sports and FS Florida.