Bulldogs Drop Heartbreaker in 11 Innings at Florida State

April 22, 2009
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Courtesy: UNC Asheville

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—UNC Asheville was one out away from shocking 10th ranked Florida State but a RBI single by Rafael Lopez in the 10th and a walk-off home run by Tommy Oravetz in the 11th gave the Seminoles an 11-10 victory on Wednesday.

Justin Schumer hit a one out double in the top of the 10th inning to score Reed Kreiser from second base to give UNC Asheville (7-33) a 10-9 lead. Reliever Ryan Dull (3-8) retired the first two batters in the bottom of the 10th before allowing a ground rule double to pinch-hitter Mike Meschke. Dull went to 3-0 on Lopez before battling back to fill the count. But Lopez singled past second baseman Kevin Weidenbacher to easily score pinch runner D’Vontrey Richardson from second base. Dull struck out the ACC’s leading hitter Tyler Holt to end the inning.

Geoff Parker (4-1) came on to pitch the top of the 11th and struck out the side. Oravetz led off the bottom of the inning and watched three straight balls out of the strike zone. Once again, Dull battled back to 3-2 before Oravetz hit his second home run of the year to right-center for the game winner.

Asheville led three times in the game taking the lead in the top of the first inning on Kreiser’s sixth home run of the season. The two run shot scored Jordan Lurie who had singled.

Florida State (27-12) tied the game in the bottom of the innings taking advantage of three walks by Asheville starter Grier Harrington.

Danny Baatz led off the second inning with a double, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Catlin Carter who had four RBI on the day.

The lead lasted until the third when Mike McGee hit a three-run home run to put the Seminoles up 5-3. It was his 14th of the season and his second of the series. McGee hit a grand slam on Tuesday night. FSU added four more runs in the fourth inning. McGee drew a bases loaded walk in front of bases clearing double by Jason Stidham to give FSU a 9-3 lead.

Asheville began its comeback in the fifth inning. FSU starter Austin Wood walked the bases loaded with two outs.  Baatz reached on an error to plate Kreiser and Austin Graham was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to plate Schumer. Carter delivered a bases clearing double to make it a one-run game.

The Bulldogs tied the score at nine in the sixth. Weidenbacher reached on an error, was sacrificed to second base where he would score on a RBI-single by Schumer. Beau Zinman followed with a base hit by Kreiser was thrown out at the plate to keep the game tied.

The Asheville bullpen of Jeremy Hall, and Taylor Wohlwend allowed just two hits and a walk in four innings of work. Wohlwend has thrown nine shutout innings against the Seminoles in his career.

Kreiser drew four walks in the game as he reached base five times and scored three runs. Schumer and Carter each posted multi-hit games for the Bulldogs.

Asheville returns home on Friday to host the College of Charleston in a 3 p.m. game at Greenwood Field. The game can be heard live on uncabulldogs.com.


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