No. 11 Florida State took down No. 6 UCF 11-8 Tuesday evening. Starting pitcher Alec Byrd got the win despite only pitching four innings. He gave up three runs on six hits, one walk and a strikeout. The Seminole pitchers had trouble getting outs down the stretch, but managed to find the outs when they needed to. Head Coach Mike Martin was pleased with the first time starter and with the pitching overall.
“It was a tough game for everybody,” Martin said. “It seemed that so many different scenarios developed, but we got good pitching throughout the game. Byrd, Silva, Folsom, Vail, and Strode all pitched well. Even though we gave up some runs. You have to credit UCF. They’ve scored a lot of runs on a lot of teams. This just happened to be a game that we persevered.”
The Florida State offense got things going early and didn’t let up throughout the game. The Seminoles scored three in the first, two in the second, two in the third, one in the fourth, and three in the fifth. Every Seminole starter but De La Calle had a hit. Freshman Dylan Busby continues to produce this time to the tune of three hits, two RBIs, and a stolen base. He is currently leading the team in batting average at .310
Graduate transfer Chris Marconcini made his Florida State debut in the designated hitter role. Marconcini reached base twice and had a 2-RBI single in the fifth. Marconcini had been sidelined with a knee injury and was expected to be out at least one more week.
Coach Martin said that Marconcini will be in a training mode for the next few weeks.
“He was fine,” Martin said. “He’s just not 100-percent running. He’s okay to hit. He runs probably a second slower to first base right. He’s in a spring training mode is what he is right now. It’s unfortunate that that’s where we are, but he will be in a spring training mode for probably the next three weeks.”
Florida State improved to 14-3 on the season and will host UCF again on Wednesday at 6 PM. Bryant Holtmann will get the start.