Florida State used a late inning outburst to take down the Hatters 6-1. Starter Bryant Holtmann was excellent going six innings while allowing just 1 run on 6 hits and 1 walk with 3 strikeouts. Holtmann had everything working for him and, outside of a solo homerun by Cory Reid in the sixth, dominated the Stetson hitters.
It was the third straight midweek start where Holtmann gave up three runs or less, and now that there is only one midweek game left his role is subject to change according to Florida State head coach Mike Martin.
“We were sitting over there tonight thinking we only have one more midweek game,” Martin said. “The fact that he’s pitching like he is the rotation I’m sure has taken notice. Therefore there could easily be a little switcheroo before it’s all over with. We’re going to put the guys out there that are throwing the best, and right now Bryant Holtmann is certainly helping his team.”
The Florida State offense got on the board in the third following a Quincy Neiporte RBI single. Florida State would threaten a couple times in the next few innings, but wouldn’t get on the board again until the seventh.
Sansone, Stewart and Marconcini all reached via walk or error. Dylan Busby grounded to third, but the throw home pulled the catcher off the bag and the Seminoles took a 2-1 lead. An RBI walk from Ben DeLuzio and an RBI single from Taylor Walls would push the score to 4-1.
Florida State would add two more runs in the eighth when DeLuzio doubled down the third base line. Nick Graganella, who was pinch running for Darren Miller, was thrown out at home on the play to end the inning with the Seminoles up 6-1.
DeLuzio finished the day 3-3 with 3 RBIs, 2 walks, and a stolen base. He came into the game hitting an abysmal .169 but pushed that up to .194 with his first three hit game of the season.
DeLuzio thinks that he’s finally found the rhythm that he’s been looking for all season.
“Most of the season’s been a struggle, but I think I’ve finally found a rhythm to my swing now,” DeLuzio said. “The past week, week and a half, I’m seeing the ball great and I’m hoping I can just keep it going right now and hopefully into the post season.”
Dylan Silva would come in to pitch two scoreless frames, and Jim Voyles would come in to close out the game in the ninth. Stetson put two runners on, but couldn’t push any across. Silva gets the win and improves to 6-1 on the season.
Florida State improves to 31-12 on the season and will travel to Coral Gables to take on No. 12 Miami.