The fourth-ranked Florida State Seminoles (32-9) began their 8-game home stand with a mid-week sweep of the Stetson Hatters (17-26) tonight, winning 13-3 at Dick Howser Stadium after a 4-0 victory Tuesday night.
The Hatters came out fast against FSU freshman pitcher Taylor Blatch, putting up a run in the top of the first on a solo homer by Patrick Mazeika (Blatch finished with two ER in 2.1 innings of work in his first career start). The Seminoles were able to put two runs right back on the board in the bottom of the inning on a Jose Brizuela RBI single that scored Brett Knief. John Nogowski then scored after he doubled and the ‘Noles attempted a double steal that brought Nogowski home and sent Brizuela to second.
The Hatters tied the game in the top of the third and took a one-run lead in the top of the fourth, but the Seminoles responded in the bottom of that inning on a Ben DeLuzio RBI triple that scored John Sansone.
Florida State broke the game open in the sixth and took a two-run lead that was never returned to Stetson. The ‘Noles offense went off in the latter innings, posting five runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth. Nogowski, Brizuela, and DeLuzio led the offensive charge for the Seminoles, as each contributed two RBIs on the night.
FSU will need this offensive production from players like Nogowski (.315 Avg.) to continue in order to make a deep run into the playoffs this year– and to beat the nation’s top pitching staff presented by ACC foe Virginia this weekend.
Peter Miller was able to come in and pitch 2.2 innings after Blatch left the game. Dylan Silva threw 1.2 scoreless innings while also earning the W (3-0). Gage Smith and Brandon Johnson finished the final 2.1 innings to give the Seminoles their second straight win, and make them 6-1 over the last seven games. FSU relievers continue to pitch great out of the bullpen and are certainly something the ‘Noles need to keep hot.
The Seminoles will need to bring this confidence, great pitching, and offense into this weeked as Florida State will take tomorrow off and begin preparing for top-ranked Virginia. The ‘Noles and Cavaliers each sit atop their respective ACC divisions with an identical conference record of (16-5).