Florida State took down Florida Gulf Coast 5-0 thanks to a dominant performance by Starter Bryant Holtmann. Holtmann threw eight innings of shut out baseball while striking out six and walking just two. It was the longest outing of his career and dropped his ERA to 3.00. He improves to 5-1 on the season.
Head coach Mike Martin couldn’t say enough about the senior.
“Obviously Bryant Holtmann was the story from tonight’s ball game,” Martin said. “…He did a good job in the middle part of the ball game of throwing his cutter and his change up. His change up was very impressive tonight. The best I’ve seen since he’s been here.”
The Seminoles started things off in the bottom of the first with a Josh Delph double and a John Sansone RBI single up the middle. The Noles would continue their hot hitting in the second scoring four runs on four hits including a Danny De La Calle RBI-triple.
That would be all the Seminoles would get for the rest of the game, but it would be more than enough thanks to Holtmann. D.J. Stewart went 3-4 with a RBI on the night and came a homerun short of the cycle. Josh Delph also had a three hit, one RBI night and scored two runs.
Delph, who is back in the lead off role after a few weeks of batting at the bottom of the order is now hitting over .300. He said he didn’t mind hitting down in the order, but is happy to be back at the top.
“It was nice to get down there and relax a bit and wait until the second or third inning for my first at bat,” Delph said. “I do like hitting in the lead off spot. I do like being that guy and I’m glad to be up there.
Alec Byrd would come in to finish off the ninth after Holtmann issued a leadoff walk.
Florida State improves to 26-8 on the season and will play Florida Gulf Coast again Wednesday at 4 PM.