Holtmann’s Superior Pitching Performance Powers FSU Baseball to Win Over Stetson


Tuesday night, the No. 7 ranked FSU Baseball team traveled to Deland, Florida for the second game of their season series against the Stetson Hatters. In the first game in Tallahassee on April 21st, Florida State won 6-1 off of a dominant pitching performance from Bryant Holtmann. This game followed a similar script as Holtmann threw seven shutout innings and the Seminole bats, while not incredibly potent, did enough to get the job done as the ‘Noles locked up their season sweep of the Hatters with a 3-1 win.

After a slow start that saw FSU go down in order in each of the first two innings, the Seminoles broke onto the board in the third inning off of a Josh Delph double that scored two runs and added one more in the fifth frame on a double by Danny De La Calle.

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In his seven scoreless innings, Holtmann gave up 3 hits and 3 walks with 2 strikeouts. With the win, he improves to 6-1 on the season, tying him with Dylan Silva for the most wins on the team, and lowers his ERA to 3.23. Although a great outing for Holtmann, it was not without the possible danger innings that he managed to narrowly escape from. In the fifth and seventh innings, the Hatters had a chance to break onto the scoreboard with two runners on base and only one out. However, in both instances, Holtmann induced a groundball at the perfect opportunity, sneaking out of the jam with a double play in each inning. Dylan Silva struck out the side in the eighth and Billy Strode worked around his rough start to the ninth that saw him blow the shutout with a leadoff homer to earn his twelfth save of the season.

Despite the win, the Florida State bats carried over their mediocre performance from the final game of their weekend series against Coastal Carolina on Sunday, managing just four total hits (three of them doubles). Josh Delph went 1-2 with a pair of RBIs and a pair of walks and Ben DeLuzio continued his stretch of solid performances in the win as he reached base three times and scored two of Florida State’s three runs.

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With the win, Florida State improves to 36-14 on the season. The Seminoles are next in action on Friday when they make the road trip to Kentucky to take on the No. 2 Louisville Cardinals in the biggest weekend series of the season where they will almost definitely need a sweep to maintain any chance at the ACC Atlantic Division Regular-Season Title. The first game will be Friday with Boomer Biegalski as the projected starter and first pitch scheduled for 6 PM.