Florida State won their 17th straight Opening Day game with their 7-3 win over Oakland. The game got off to a very bad start with the Florida State defense giving up three first inning errors that led to two Oakland runs. Starting pitcher Mike Compton never got flustered and shut down 15 straight batters following the first inning before he left the game after the 6th.
Compton said that the team just had to get back to playing baseball.
“It’s kind of expected,” Compton said. “If you don’t have butterflies on opening day I don’t know who you are. You’re going to have to experience adversity at some point in the game and in the season. It just happened to be the first inning of opening day. We bounced back pretty well and started settling in after the first inning. We just started playing Florida State baseball.”
For the most part the Seminole hitters struggled against Oakland pitcher Jason Hager who threw four scoreless innings. Once Hager left the game in the 5th inning, Florida State was able to put a run on the board. D.J. Stewart doubled to left and brought Ben DeLuzio home to cut the Oakland lead to 2-1 in the 5th. Stewart was a perfect 3-3 today with a double, two walks, a steal, and an RBI.
Florida State was still trailing in the 7th when Oakland intentionally walked Stewart to get to Sansone with Josh Delph on second. Sansone doubled down the left field line and gave the Seminoles their first lead of the game 3-2. Delph would come up again in 8th and was able to put the game away with a grand slam over the right field fence. Delph was 2-4 on the night with four RBIs and a walk.
Head coach Mike Martin said Delph might have took the pitcher by surprise.
“Who would have expected Joshua to hit the ball over the screen for a salami, but I must admit he’s capable of doing that. He’ll get up there and look like your consummate lead off hitter, and then all of a sudden first pitch he hits it out of the ballpark. You might say he fooled somebody on that AB because I’m sure they were thinking he’s not going to be aggressive early.”