JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – No. 9 Florida State (32-9) secured its seventh straight win over Jacksonville (14-26) with a 9-0 victory Tuesday night on Alexander Brest Field inside John Sessions Stadium. Five Seminole hitters recorded multiple hits in the win as FSU out hit JU 14-3 to snap a three-game losing streak.
“We played very well, “said head coach Mike Martin on the performance from his team Tuesday night. “We got a great pitching performance out of Peter Miller, (Bryant) Holtmann and (Jameis) Winston. We had some guys that really played solid baseball and it is very important that we do just that.”
Marcus Davis and John Sansone led the offensive attack with three hits apiece, while Jameis Winston tied a career-high with two hits. Davis finished the evening 3-for-6 with three singles. Sansone registered a double and two singles, scored two runs and drove in one as it marked his third career three-hit game. Winston recorded a pair of doubles.
DJ Stewart had a two-hit night driving in a game-high five runs in front of his hometown crowd. The freshman left fielder drove in a pair in FSU’s five-run fifth and then knocked home three more runs with a bases clearing double in the seventh. Stephen McGee went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two walks as he reached base in four of his five plate appearances.
“We had some very good at-bats,” said Martin. “I thought the guys really approached the game in a professional way and took the game right to them early; got some big hits and just very pleased that we were able to do that tonight.”
Peter Miller turned in another scoreless start as the junior right hander scattered three hits over a career-high 7.0 innings of work to improve to 5-1 on the year. Miller faced the minimum in four of the seven innings he worked finishing the game with just one walk while striking out six. Following Tuesday night’s outing, the Lutz, Fla., native extended his scoreless innings streak to 14.0 innings.
“I felt good,” said Miller. “We came in there with a game plan knowing that they were going to be aggressive. I was able to take advantage of that and work in the off-speed stuff.”
“What was so impressive tonight was his ability to throw the change-up literally any time he wanted to throw it,” added Martin. “Peter Miller is slowly but surely getting better and better after each outing.”
Bryant Holtmann and Winston worked a scoreless eighth and ninth inning, respectively, to secure Florida State’s fifth shutout of the season and second straight shutout on Tuesday night.
JU’s Zach Gordon suffered the loss falling to 2-6 on the year as he allowed four runs on four hits and two walks in an inning of work. The Dolphins used six pitchers in the loss.
Florida State jumped out to the early lead with five runs in the top of the second as the Seminoles sent 11 batters to the plate collecting five hits, two walks and a hit-by-pitch. The first four Seminole batters reached to open the inning chasing Gordon from the game after working an inning plus. Giovanny Alfonzo and Sansone registered back-to-back RBI singles followed two batters later by a two-run single by Stewart. John Nogowski plated the final run of the inning as he drew a bases loaded walk off reliever Josh Baker.
Jacksonville put together consecutive singles in the bottom of the third by Scott Schaub and Ethan Loosen to end Miller’s streak as he retired seven straight Dolphins to open the game Tuesday night. But the Seminole right hander got out of the jam getting Zach Houck looking on strikes and then Jake Huxtable to fly out to right to retire the side.
The Seminoles extended their lead to 9-0 with a four-run seventh as Stewart provided the big blow in the inning with a bases clearing double to center. McGee gave Florida State its ninth run of the night dropping a bloop single to right to score Stewart from third.
Florida State returns to league play this weekend as the Seminoles host Wake Forest for a three-game series beginning Friday, April 26. Saturday’s game will be Military Appreciation Night at the ballpark with the first 1,000 fans receiving a replica team jersey courtesy of the Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic. Game times for all three games are set at 6 pm (Friday & Saturday) and 1 pm (Sunday). All three games will broadcast live on ESPN3.
Fans can listen to the games on the Seminoles.com All-Access player and locally on 1270 AM (Friday) & 100.7 FM (Saturday & Sunday). As always, Seminole fans can follow the Noles on twitter @FSU_Baseball and remember to like the Seminoles on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FSUBaseball). Live stats for all three games will be available via gametracker.