June 4, 2010
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NORWICH, CT (June 4, 2010) - Junior Mike McGee had a key two-run single in the fifth inning and top-seeded Florida State scored in each of their final four at-bats to pace the Seminoles to an 11-3 victory over Central Connecticut in the opening game of the 2010 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Norwich Regional. The game was played before a crowd of 1,948 at Dodd Stadium.
The Seminoles improve to 43-17 with the win, while the Blue Devils drop to 33-22.
Florida State was led offensively by sophomore right fielder James Ramsey (2-for-4, 3 RBI's) and junior center fielder Tyler Holt (2-for-3, 3 runs scored). Seminole starting pitcher, sophomore Brian Busch (5-1), earned the win allowing just one earned run in 6.2 innings. Junior Daniel Bennett came in relief with two on and two out in the top of the seventh and the Seminoles nursing a 4-3 lead, and enticed junior Sean Miller-Jones to ground back to Bennett to thwart the rally. Bennett finished up with two more shutout innings to earn his third save.
Central Connecticut junior starting pitcher Dave Krasnowiecki (7-3) took the loss allowing seven runs and eight hits in six innings.
Florida State scored a run in the first, but the Blue Devils took the lead with two in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Daniel Hickey and a run-scoring single by senior Sean Allaire. Florida State answered right back with two in the bottom of the frame on McGee's single that gave them a lead they would never relinquish.
After Bennett retired the Blue Devils in the seventh, the Seminoles scored three in their half of the seventh, keyed by a leadoff homer by redshirt junior Rafael Lopez, and four runs in the eighth, the final two on Ramsey's single.
Florida State advances to a winner's bracket game Saturday at 6:30 p.m. against the winner of Friday night's Connecticut-Oregon game. Central Connecticut will play the loser of Friday's contest in an elimination game Saturday at 2:00 p.m.