FSU Breaks Out the Brooms

Florida State dominated Niagara 13–0 to complete the sweep in the opening series of the season. Mike Compton earned the win, allowing one hit through five innings.

Florida State completed the sweep of Niagara with a 13-0 victory on Sunday. Starting pitcher Mike Compton went out to the mound to play in his first game since 2012 and pitched 5 great innings. He allowed zero runs on one hit, two walks, and posted 3 strike outs on 80 pitches. The Florida State starting pitchers did not allow a single run this weekend.

"That's always the goal," Compton said. "To go out there and put zeros across the board. What they did the last two days was expected like usual. I just wanted to do what [Weaver and Liebrandt] did this weekend."

Compton was excited about his first game back from Tommy John surgery.

"The Elbow feels great," Compton said. "100-percent. I had a little bit of the nerves coming out, but that's expected as well. It's been a while since I started, I guess it was a little over a year and a half ago against Stony Brook. It was nice to get out there in front of the home crowd and get that support from the teammates. It was just all around what you want from your first start."

The Florida State bullpen came through as relief pitchers Bryant Holtmann, Alec Byrd, and Dylan Silva combined to throw 3 innings of scoreless relief. Holtmann added two strike outs. The game was cut one inning short due to a curfew that was in effect for Niagara travel reasons.

Florida State had some opportunities to open the game up in the first two innings with the bats, but just couldn't take advantage until the third inning. Niagara issued three straight walks to Gonzalez, Stewart, and Knief. Brizuela came through with a single to right center and Florida State was on the board 2-0. The Seminoles put up 8 runs in the fifth inning. Knief, Brizuela, Sansone, DeLuzio, De La Calle, and Gonzalez all had RBIs that inning. Florida State added three more runs in the eighth as Gage West hit the first homerun of the season for the Seminoles, on his first career hit. Followed by Smit adding two more RBIs on a stand up double. Florida State out hit Niagara 15 to 4. The Seminoles added 9 more walks and one more hit by pitch to put 25 men on base this game. Senior short stop Justin Gonzalez reached base all five times he batted. He had 3 hits and 2 walk including a double. This weekend he had 4 hits, 5 walks, 3 HBPs, and 0 strike outs. Head coach Mike Martin had nothing but praise for his senior leader.

"He means so much to our ball club," Martin said. "He's had some very good at bats and I am very pleased with what I am seeing. He's just got to keep working on the process."

Florida State plays at Jacksonville on Tuesday at 4 PM. Following that the Seminoles are at home for a three game series against the University of Georgia starting this coming Friday. All three games will be available to watch on ESPN3.

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