The fifth-ranked Florida State Seminoles rediscovered some offensive punch in ACC play tonight, topping the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 7-1 in the first game of an important Atlantic division series.
After struggling offensively last week, the ‘Noles got off to another tenuous start at the plate. Wake Forest starter Jack Fischer contained the Seminoles until the fifth inning, when FSU drew first blood. John Sansone led off with a double, advanced to third on a Ben DeLuzio groundout, and was driven in by Danny De La Calle. De La Calle then took third when Josh Delph reached on a throwing error, and scored on Justin Gonzalez’s single. A DJ Stewart sacrifice fly plated Delph, and Florida State claimed a 3-0 lead.
The Demon Deacons finally got on the board in the eighth, when Nate Mondou took Seminole ace Luke Weaver deep to make it 3-1. But the ‘Noles put the game away in the ninth. A Sansone walk and a DeLuzio base hit started the inning, and Delph walked to load the bases. Cue Stewart, whose single extended the FSU advantage to 5-1. John Nogowski knocked in Delph and Stewart with a single of his own, and the margin was 7-1.
This was more than enough for Weaver, who returned to form in this one. He didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning and went the distance for Florida State, giving up just one run on three hits while striking out seven.
The ‘Noles are now 29-8 and 15-4 in conference play. They lead Wake Forest in the ACC Atlantic division by four games and will play the Demon Deacons again tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 4 pm.