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Florida State needed a three-run seventh inning to rally past the Dolphins with a 5-4 win on Wednesday night. The Noles were limited to only five hits, but relied on the wildness of the Jacksonville pitchers for much of the offense. After a single by Matt Sauls in the seventh inning that tied the game, Sauls eventually scored the winning run on a wild pitch.
Mark Sauls started the game, but struggled a bit through four innings, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Hunter Jones (2-0) wound up getting the win, pitching a perfect seventh inning. Eddie Cannon and Kevin Lynch also saw time on the mound, while Daniel Hodges picked up his eighth save of the season in the ninth. Hodges is now tied for second in FSU history with 113 appearances, and fourth in ACC history with his twenty-seventh career save.
FSU took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Jerrod Brown walked and scored when Blake Balkcom doubled to leftfield. After moving to third on a wild pitch, Balkcom scored on a throwing error by the JU catcher.
The Dolphins cut the lead in half in the next inning when thirdbaseman Larry Best-Berfet singled, moved to second on a ground, to third on a single by leftfielder Chad Hauseman, and scored on an infield single by rightfielder Clint Hart.
In the fourth frame, catcher Jon Galui reached on an infield single and moved to third when Stephen Drew misplayed a ball hit by Best-Berfet to put runners on the corners with two outs. Galui then scored when Mark Sauls threw the ball away on a pickoff throw which also allowed Best-Berfet to go to second. A single by centerfielder Rob Hudson scored Best-Berfet and gave the Dolphins a 3-2 lead.
Two innings later, JU made it 4-2 when shortstop Olrando Diaz was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, and scored when secondbaseman Robby Chichra singled down the leftfield line.
In the bottom of the seventh, Balkcom led off with a walk and moved to second when Chris Hart was hit by a pitch before both runners advanced on an obvious balk. Matt Sauls then singled to center to score Balkcom and Hart to tie the game. Sauls then went to second when Drew walked, and to third on a wild pitch before eventually scoring the winning run on another wild pitch.
Florida State improved to 34-6 while the Dolphins fell to 17-18 on the season. FSU travels to Coral Gables on Thursday for a three-game series with the Miami Hurricanes this weekend. Game times are 7, 7, and 1.
Section B Online Player of the Game: Matt Sauls (2-3, 1 R, 2RBI, SB)