TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fifth-ranked Florida State (32-9) completed the mid-week sweep of Stetson (17-26) with a 13-3 victory Wednesday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The win marked the Seminoles sixth straight victory over the Hatters.
FSU broke open a two-run ball game with five runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth as the Seminoles out hit the Hatters 12-5 in game two.
“It was a day in which you never really thought you were going to score more than six or seven and we pitched extremely well when we needed to pitch well,” Florida State head coach Mike Martin said. “We got it done offensively over the course of the last three innings, so it was a good win.”
Seven of those 12 hits came from hitters 6-9 in the Seminole line-up including John Sansone, who tied a career-high with three hits on the afternoon. The sophomore second baseman finished the game 3-for-5 with a double, two singles, two RBI and two runs scored.
“I’ve hit the ball hard the last five games,” said Sansone. “But I just kept plugging away and ended up getting a hit. I haven’t felt a ball drop in a while so it was even weird to be on first base. It was nice to finally get a couple hits tonight.”
“He has hit the ball well but he can’t get one to fall,” said Martin on Sansone. “I was happy to see him get one in the sixth and then he hits one in the gap that dropped. He has had his discipline and perseverance on display the last seven or eight games.”
Ben DeLuzio went 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored as his RBI triple in the sixth brought home Sansone to break a 3-3 tie.
“I just got my foot down, hands set and reacted to the pitch,” said DeLuzio on the triple. “I let instincts take it from there.”
Starting designated hitter Hank Truluck registered a hit in his only at-bat, while Danny De La Calle continued to swing a hot bat as the junior catcher collected two hits in three official at-bats and drove in a run on sac-fly in the fourth.
Dylan Silva (3-0) earned the win as he was one of five Seminole pitchers that threw in Wednesday’s game against Stetson. The sophomore southpaw worked 1.2 scoreless innings as he allowed just one hit while striking out three.
Gage Smith and Brandon Johnson blanked the Hatters over the final 2.1 innings. Smith allowed a hit in the six batters he faced in 1.1 innings, while Johnson retired all three batters he faced in the ninth.
Freshman Taylor Blatch made his first collegiate start on Wednesday and was charged with two runs on one hit as he walked two and struck out one in 2.1 innings. Peter Miller was the first relief pitcher out of the bullpen in game two as the senior right hander threw 2.2 innings giving up a run on two hits as he walked one and struck out one.
Stetson reliever Tyler Warmoth (1-3) suffered the loss as the Hatter closer gave up FSU’s go-ahead runs in the sixth.
The Hatters got on the board first Wednesday afternoon as Patrick Mazeika deposited a 1-0 pitch from Blatch over the fence in right for his first home run of the season to give Stetson the early one-run lead.
The Seminoles answered right back with two runs in the bottom of the first as Jose Brizuela singled home Brett Knief, who drew a one-out walk. John Nogowski doubled and scored from third as he successfully stole home on a double steal attempt that saw Brizuela take second.
Stetson tied the game at 2-2 in the third when Mitch Piatnik drew a walk off Blatch and later scored on a fielder’s choice groundout off the bat of Mazeika.
The Hatters reclaimed the lead in the fourth when Garrett Russini led off the inning with a double down the line in right and scored on an RBI single to center by Kyle Zech.
The lead was short lived as the Seminoles evened the ballgame at three apiece in the bottom of the fourth. DeLuzio was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. The freshman centerfielder then stole second, advanced to third on a groundout to second by Casey Smit and scored on De La Calle’s sac-fly to right field.
FSU plated two runs in the sixth to take the lead for good. Sansone registered his first hit of the night with a single to left and scored a batter later on DeLuzio’s third triple of the season. DeLuzio would give the Seminoles a 5-3 advantage scoring on Smit’s sac-fly to center.
The Seminoles broke open the game with five runs in the seventh after recording just one hit. Florida State took advantage of a walk, two hit-by-pitches and a fielding error. Justin Gonzalez was the recipient of the second hit-by-pitch in the inning which drove in a run. Sansone’s two-run double was the only hit of the inning, while DeLuzio brought home the fifth run of the inning on a sac-fly to left.
Florida State added three more runs in the eighth for the final margin. De La Calle got things started with a single through the right side and moved to third on a double off the screen in right by Jameis Winston. The next three batters drove in a run as Nogowski laced an RBI single to left center, Brizuela hit a sac-fly to right and Ladson Montgomery recorded a pinch hit, RBI single to center.
Florida State returns to league play this weekend with a top-five showdown on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium as the Seminoles welcome top-ranked Virginia for a three-game series. Both teams sit atop their division with identical 16-5 records.
Friday and Saturday’s games are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. with Sunday’s series finale set to start at 1:00 p.m. All three games will air on ESPN3. Audio will be available on the Seminoles.com All-Access player. Locally fans can listen to the game on 1270 AM (Friday) and 100.7 FM (Saturday & Sunday).
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