ACC: Game two begins, game one quote

By Glenn Tanner - May 25, 2007

Great pitching matchup in the night cap -- FSU is throwing Ryan Strauss (9-2, 3.33 ERA in 75.2 innings against Miami's freshman phenom Eric Erickson. FSU coach Mike Martin is saving ace Bryan Henry for tomorrow to set him up to pitch the Saturday game in next week's regionals. Erickson is 9-3 with a 1.85 ERA in 77.2 innings and has limited opposing hitters to a .232 average.

FSU leads 1-0 after an inning and a half. Tony Thomas, Jr. led off the game with a blast high off the wall in left-center for a double, stole second, and scored on a ground out.

Biggest crowd of the week so far, as only the outfield bleachers have ample seating remaining. Rain might an issue, though.

Postgame quotes from the first game... much of the conversation concerned Andy D'Allesio's moonshot that would have ended up in the Alltel Stadium parking had the wind not been blowing...

"We sat out here for two days watching that wind blow in and seeing some balls smoked and not going anywhere. That thing was high, and I thought he got enough of it. The wind caught it and held it up for us. That was huge. That was the biggest moment of the game for us." -- Wake coach Rick Rembielak

"I hit that ball pretty well. Off the bat I definitely thought it was out. It seemed to hit a wall out there with the 30 mph gusts. Unfortunately, we should have still scored that inning with the infield in, runner on third and no outs, but we didn't do the little things to win today and they came back to haunt us in the end. -- D'Alessio

On Willy Fox's two-strike bunt in the ninth:
"First time all year that he ended up bunting. My philosophy has been that when we put a sacrifice on, we've got three strikes to get it done. Hitting with two strikes is hard enough anyways. In that situation, we had to move those guys up. 99 times out of 100, a guy gets a sac bunt sign and gets down two strikes, we're going to keep it on." -- Rembielak

"He came up in a situation like that last week and he asked me if he should sacrifice. I told him, 'You're my four-hole hitter and there's a reason for that.' First time was a charm." -- Rembielak

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 07:48 PM on May 25, 2007

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