Florida State walks off with a 4-3 win over rival Florida. The Seminoles take the season series 2-1 with the win in Dick Howser Tuesday night. Florida State had not won against Florida in Howser since 2011. It was the first extra innings win for Florida State over Florida and the first walk off win against the Gators since 2003.
Starting pitcher Bryant Holtmann once again pitched very well throwing 5.1 innings while giving up just 3 runs on 8 hits while striking out 2. Florida State got on the board first with a Dylan Busby solo homerun over the fence in left center field. Florida responded with two runs in the top of the third. Holtmann managed to get two outs with a runner on third, but back to back hits drove in two runs to give the Gators a 2-1 lead.
Florida State would tie the game on Dylan Busby’s second home run of the game. This one over the right field wall. It was Busby’s eighth home run of the season and the first multi-homerun day of his career.
Busby said that the progress he’s made has come down to one thing.
“Confidence,” Busby said. “It’s all confidence. That’s all it is.”
Chris Marconcini would tie the game once again with a towering homerun over the right field wall and onto the circus tent. Marconcini had been struggling of late, but finished the day 2-5 to keep his batting average above .200.
Florida came within inches of taking the lead in the ninth when Schwarz hit a long fly ball that hit the last bit of screen in right field. One inch to the left and it was a homerun. Strode would come back and get the next three batters to end the threat.
Florida would threaten again in the twelfth and load the bases on a single, intentional walk, and a hit by pitch. Coach Martin would come out to talk to his closer, but left him in to face Josh Tobias. Tobias would line out to second to end the inning.
Coach Martin said he had no intention of taking Strode out of the game there.
“No,” Martin said. “I went out there just to go over the possibility of the guy on third trying to get in his dome. Acting like he’s going to steal home or attempting to steal home… Those guys know how to play the game at Florida, and you just want to make sure your pitcher is aware that he’s got to look and then go.”
The first pitch of the bottom of the twelfth would be the last of the ball game as Quincy Neiporte crushed a baseball over the left field wall to walk it off. He took a few seconds to admire the shot before making his way around the bases and into the waiting swarm of teammates.
Neiporte said he knew it was gone as soon as it left the bat.
“I did know,” Neiporte said. “There was a lot of adrenaline in that swing. I got lucky… A lot of anger in that one.”
Florida State improves to 27-12 on the season heading into the home series against Pitt this weekend. The Seminoles are 11-7 in conference and will throw Boomer Biegalski Friday, Drew Carlton Saturday, and Mike Compton on Sunday.
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