Tallahassee - Top-ranked Florida State (26-5, 13-2) extended its win streak to eight in a row following a 4-3 victory over Notre Dame (10-20, 1-14) in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
“I just can’t say enough about our baseball team,” Florida State head coach Mike Martin said. “When you have some unfortunate things come up…anytime you can win three ball games against an opponent in our league, it’s a good feeling. Give the credit to our guys, they did a great job.”
The win completed the series sweep of the Irish while it marked the Seminoles’ fourth doubleheader sweep in as many weeks against conference foes. All four runs by FSU in the second game on Sunday afternoon came on two outs.
“I can’t remember…it is very, very hard to do,” said Martin on sweeping four straight doubleheaders in four consecutive weeks. “Just very proud of our young men; that’s tough do it. They never acted tired; they just went out there and played Seminole baseball.”
Ben DeLuzio led all hitters in the second game with three hits to tie a career-high. The freshman centerfielder finished the game 3-for-3 with a double and a pair of singles as he scored twice and stole two bases. DeLuzio is now a perfect 10-for-10 in stolen bases this year.
Josh Delph picked up a pair of hits and Casey Smit drove in two runs for the Seminoles in the win.
Notre Dame’s Ryan Bull registered two doubles and drove in two, while Robert Youngdahl had a pair of hits in the loss.
Bryant Holtmann improved to 5-0 on the year as the junior southpaw tied a career-high with his 6.0 innings of work on Sunday afternoon. Holtmann gave up two runs on four hits as he walked two and struck out a pair as threw just 67 pitches.
Holtmann is now tied with Luke Weaver for the most wins on the team this year.
Florida State got on the board first in game two on an RBI infield single to short by John Sansone. With two outs and DeLuzio and Danny De La Calle on after recording back-to-back walks off Pat Connaughton (0-2), Sansone beat out his chopper to short as DeLuzio scored all the way from second to give the Seminoles the early 1-0 lead.
The Irish tied the game at one in the top of the fourth on a two-out RBI double down the line in left off the bat of Bull. Mac Hudgins scored on the play after opening the inning with a walk off Holtmann.
The Seminoles responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning to grab a 4-1 advantage. FSU sent nine batters to the plate in the inning loading the bases on a double by DeLuzio and then back-to-back two outs walk to Delph and Sansone. Smit broke the tie with a two-run single to right followed by an RBI single to right by John Nogowski.
Notre Dame chipped away at the lead with a run in the sixth off Holtmann on Bull’s second RBI double of the game. The Irish then pulled within one of the lead in the seventh when Forrest Johnson and Youngdahl opened the inning with a single and double, respectively off reliever Dylan Silva. Kevin DeFilippis drove in Johnson on an RBI groundout to third. Silva kept the Seminoles’ one-run lead intact getting Hudgins swinging on strikes and Kyle Fiala to fly out to right to retire the side.
Silva finished the afternoon allowing just the one run on two hits in 2.0 plus innings of work.
Gage Smith came on to replace Silva after the sophomore left hander issued a walk to Cavan Biggio to open the ninth. Smith registered a pair of groundouts including a 6-4-3 double play with runners at the corners to end the game to pick up his first save of the season.
Florida State concludes its five-game home stand on Tuesday, April 8 as the Seminoles face Florida for the third and final time during the regular season. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium and will air live on ESPN3. Audio will be available on the Seminoles.com All-Access player. Locally fans can listen to the game on 1270 AM. As always, fans can receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball. Also, do not forget to like the Seminole Baseball team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FSUBaseball and to follow the team on Instagram (NoleBaseball). Live stats will be available via gametracker.