Florida State wins a wild one against Virginia 12-10 in a game that the Seminoles looked to have locked down in the seventh inning. Florida State went down 2-0 in the bottom of the first and were unable to get anything going against the Virginia starter until the fifth inning. Starting pitcher Drew Carlton went 4 1/3 and gave up 3 runs, two earned, on 4 hits and 4 strikeouts.
The Seminoles entered the fifth with no hits, but quickly put two on as Josh Delph walked and Hank Truluck was hit by a pitch. Danny De La Calle singled up the middle for Florida State’s first hit of the game to load the bases. Taylor Walls drew a bases loaded walk and the ‘Noles were on the board. Second Baseman John Sansone took a 3-1 pitch and planted it over the left field wall for a grand slam to put the Noles up 5-2. Virginia would try to pull the game back adding one in the bottom of the fifth, but the Seminoles would add two more in the sixth on a 2-RBI single by D.J. Stewart to make it 8-3.
Unfortunately for Florida State fans Virginia wouldn’t go quietly. Bryant Holtmann came in to relieve Taylor Folsom and wasn’t able to get an out after an error by shortstop Taylor Walls. Alec Byrd came in to relieve Holtmann and was able to get an infield fly before walking in a run. Byrd was replaced by closer Billy Strode who was able to induce a Sac fly, which cut the lead to 8-5. Strode walked a Virginia batter to load the bases again and then walked in another run. The next batter singled up the middle and Virginia had tied the ball game 8-8. All five runs scored that inning were unearned.
Florida State didn’t look like it was going to be able to answer in the eighth when Walls and Sansone struck out, but DJ Stewart destroyed a baseball over the right field fence to give the Seminoles a 9-8 lead.
Once again Virginia wouldn’t go down that easily. A single and the third error of the game by the Seminoles put two on and no outs for Towns who doubled to left driving in the tying run. Dylan Silva came in to relieve Strode and was able to get out of the inning, but not before the go ahead run came in for Virginia. The Cavaliers led 10-9 going into the top of the ninth.
Darren Miller pinch hit for Quincy Neiporte and started the inning off with a walk. Freshman third baseman Dylan Busby parked one over the left field wall to give Florida State a 11-10 lead. Danny De La Calle would add a solo shot later in the inning to push the lead to 12-10. Virginia managed to put two runners on the bottom of the ninth, but Dylan Silva would finish the game.
Florida State improved to 18-6 on the season and 6-2 in ACC Play. Freshman right-hander Cobi Johnson will get the start for Florida State in the rubber match.