Unlikely Sources Power Noles to 15-2 Win

Florida State dominated Oakland on their way to a 15-2 victory.

Florida State rode a strong start to a 15-2 win over Oakland University on Saturday. The Seminoles started the game off a little sluggishly going down 1-0 in the top of the first, but after that I was all Florida State. In the bottom of the first inning the Noles put up seven runs on five hits while batting around.

Starting pitcher Boomer Biegalski was dominant after the first inning giving up just two earned runs in five innings while striking out nine batters. Biegalski didn’t have a 1-2-3 inning, but was extremely effective in pitching around his mistakes. Head coach Mike Martin was very pleased with the way Boomer pitched.

“I thought his mound presence was excellent,” Martin said. “A couple of times things didn’t go exactly right for him, but he didn’t drop his head or look that concerned. He just pitched himself right out of some jams. Two earned runs and one walk with nine strikeouts in five innings is pretty doggone impressive.”

Florida State would add another run in the second inning, but broke the game wide open in the third. Catcher Danny De La Calle got a hold of a two-strike fastball and drove it over the left field fence for his first career home run. He finished with four RBIs. De La Calle said it felt good coming back from his injury.

“It felt great,” De La Calle said. “I was just trying to help my team out. I felt good the past few days with hitting and stuff. Lucking with the injury I felt good at the plate and coming in with two strikes I just tried to small stroke and stay through the ball and I hit it good.”

Third baseman Dylan Busby drove in two more runs and also finished the game with four RBIs on three hits, two of which went for extra bases. After his three-strikeout day on Friday it was a welcome sight for the freshman.

“It was a good day and I was comfortable,” Busby said. “After yesterday I went in and got some work done this morning and tried to help the team as best I could today. Yesterday was my first game and I rushed it. Everything was fast and today I calmed down.”

At the end of the third inning Florida State was up 13-2 and never looked back. The Seminoles added two more runs late, and got plenty of playing time for the bench players. Outfielder Steven Wells Jr. hit his first career homerun in his first career at bat as a Seminole. Seven of Florida State’s RBIs came from players who were not on the roster last season.

Florida State improved to 2-0 on the season and will start freshman Cobi Johnson in the third game of the series against Oakland on Sunday.

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