The fourth-ranked Florida State Seminoles dopped an 8-3 decision to the Central Florida Knights on Tuesday afternoon. This was the second time in as many games that the ‘Noles have sent a pitcher to the mound to make his first career start– each time he’s struggled, and FSU has lost. On Sunday it was Dylan Silva; today, freshman Alec Byrd took the mound.
UCF got after Bird early, although he struck out the first two batters of the game. But a a couple walks and a pair of doubles staked the Knights to a 2-0 first-inning lead. The Seminoles got one back in the bottom of the inning when Casey Smit singled in Josh Delph, but the 2-1 deficit was the closest they’d get the rest of the day.
Central Florida extended their lead in the third, beginning with a Dylan Moore home run. After allowing a single and throwing a wild pitch, Byrd was relieved by Peter Miller, who didn’t fare much better, as the Knights scored three more runs in the frame.
Silva inherited a couple Miller runners when he came on in relief in the fourth, and one scored to bring the tally to 7-1. Florida State registered a pair of runs in the sixth, when John Nogowski singled and scored on Ben DeLuzio’s triple. The latter touched home on a John Sansone base hit to trim the deficit to 7-3.
Billy Strode, Taylor Blatch, and Brandon Johnson blanked UCF until the ninth, when they added an unearned run off Jameis Winston. FSU was outhit 12-6 in the game.
The ‘Noles last regualr-season series is at home this weekend against Duke. They’ll need a strong showing to help their chances of securing a national seed.