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'Noles sweep Dogs in weekend set

Photo by Scott Chancey

Photo by Scott Chancey

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Sixth-ranked Florida State completed a three-game sweep of No. 25 Georgia on Sunday, posting a 17-5 win before a crowd of 5,297 at Dick Howser Stadium.

The Seminoles continued a perfect start to their season at 10-0 while the Bulldogs lost their fourth in a row to fall to 6-6.

For the second day in a row, Georgia's starting pitcher failed to make it out of the second inning and the staff walked a season-high 14.

In the first, the Bulldogs fell behind 2-0 when the Seminoles' Stephen Cardullo hit a two-run single. After a mound visit by Bulldog head coach David Perno, sophomore right-hander Michael Palazzone retired the next three Seminoles to end the first.

The Bulldogs, however, got on the board when Christian Glisson drew a walk, took second on a failed pickoff attempt by Geoff Parker and then scored easily on a double to right center by sophomore Zach Cone.

FSU answered with a five-run outburst in the bottom of the frame, chasing Palazzone who surrendered seven runs on five hits. Sophomore left-hander Chase Hawkins came on with the bases loaded and one out for the Bulldogs, and FSU's Sherman Johnson smacked a two-run single to cap the scoring in the frame.

Georgia began to rally in the fourth when Glisson won an 11-pitch battle with Parker, lining a double down the left field line, moving Colby May to third after he reached on a one-out single. Robert Shipman kept the inning going with a two-run single. Johnathan Taylor then worked a walk for his team-leading 12th RBI and moved the Bulldogs within, 7-4.

FSU got one of the runs back in the bottom of the fourth when Cardullo reached on a throwing error and eventually scored on a base hit by Tapley.

The Seminoles then added six runs on one hit off of Cecil Tanner who issued six walks, three wild pitches, hit a batter and had a balk in the frame to make it a 14-4 contest.

There was more trouble for the Bulldogs in the sixth.

Georgia pitcher Alex McRee failed to retire a batter, walking the first three batters he faced and left with a 2-0 count on Tapley, who hit a two-run double off John Herman.

FSU pushed across one more run before the inning was over to extend its lead to 17-4. Pinch-hitter Kevin Ruiz had a run-scoring single in the seventh for Georgia's final run.

"We're fighting it on all fronts, and I know it can't get much worse," said Georgia coach David Perno. "I'm speechless especially about what happened with Alex and Cecil because we haven't seen that before. That's the greater issue is getting them straight.

"Last week, Alex got a couple of saves and (Sunday) he was out of whack," he added. "We're going to have to make some changes with our lineup and pitching staff because this weekend was a big test and we didn't look very good. The good thing is that it wasn't a conference weekend, and we've got a couple weeks to figure some things out."

Perno added that Taylor, DeLoach and Shipman were bright spots offensively, and he was pleased with how Moseley pitched Saturday and did in his debut at second base Sunday.

Georgia will be back in action Tuesday when it plays host to Kennesaw State.