After playing into the wee hours of the morning on Friday, many wondered whether the 'Noles would have the energy to play with the Georgia Bulldogs, who were off a full night of sleep after beating Ohio State in the early Friday game. But the Florida State capacity crowd at Dick Howser stadium wouldn't let the Noles sleepwalk through this NCAA Tournament game, as the Noles scolded the Dawgs, 8-2
Freshman Sensation Sean Gilmartin set the tone early, as he was perfect through his first 3 inning on the mound. The 'Noles staked him to an early 4-0 lead after the 2nd inning. Gilmartin ran into a bit of trouble in the 4th inning, giving up a towering home run to Georgia 1st baseman Rich Poythress, but Gilmartin settled down and kept cruising.
The cool lefty with the delivery reminiscent of a young Tom Glavine never beat himself, establishing 1st pitch strikes to 22 of the 33 Georgia batters he faced. Gilmartin only allowed 5 hits in total, walking none, and striking out 6.
Gilmartin improved his ERA to an impressive 3.35.
The 'Noles defense, a bugaboo for much of the season reared its ugly head once again, with two errors and a general lack of range. Gilmartin had amazing poise and swag to fight through the suspect cast behind him as he continued to pepper the strike zone with his high 80's fastball, and pinpoint changeup, mixing in an almost unhittable curveball.
Georgia's starter, however, was almost the exact opposite. The Noles forced Trevor Holder to throw over 70 pitches in the first three innings, plating for 4 runs. The senior would settle down, retiring 7 in a row at one point during the middle innings, but he could only last 7 innings, allowing 12 baserunners and 5 earned runs in total. Reliever Will Harvil offered anything but, allowing 4 baserunners in two thirds of an inning, as the Noles plated 4 runs in the 8th inning, three on FSU 2nd baseman Jason Stidham's bases clearing triple.
The 'Noles are now 2-0 and will play the winner of the Ohio State- Georgia game (noon), later in the afternoon.