There weren’t many experts that thought Florida State would be able to come up and take the series from the Louisville Cardinals, but don’t tell the Seminoles that. Florida State came out swinging with a dominating 13-4 victory on Friday night.
The Seminole offense started early with three runs in the first inning. Chris Marconcini had a 2-RBI single and Dylan Busby added an RBI Sac Fly to give starter Boomer Biegalski a 3-run cushion to start the game.
Biegalski got the Florida State back up quickly with a 1-2-3 inning in the first and the Seminoles picked up where they left off with three more runs. D.J. Stewart knocked in a run with a hard hit ball that second baseman Nick Solak wasn’t able to handle. Quincy Neiporte followed it up with an RBI single to left and then Florida State executed a double steal that scored DJ Stewart. At the end of the inning the Seminoles had a 6-0 lead that would be enough to win the game.
Louisville’s Zach Lucas was the only Cardinal hitter that had Biegalski figured out for the first half of the game. Lucas homered to left in the second inning and then had an RBI double to right in the fourth to bring the score to 6-2.
DJ Stewart crushed a ball off the wall in right center in the top of the sixth and Josh Delph scored. Florida State held a 7-2 lead heading to the bottom half of the sixth.
Biegalski got into trouble in the sixth and giving up two singles to Solak and Corey Ray before Brendan McKay doubled down the right field line to bring Louisville back into the game and make it 7-4. Dylan Silva replaced Biegalski and struck out three of the four batters he faced in the inning to get out of the jam.
Florida State responded with a 3-run seventh thanks to a Taylor Walls RBI single, Danny De La Calle RBI groundout, and DJ Stewart came through with another RBI single to push the lead to 10-4. The Seminoles added two more in the eighth thanks to Ben DeLuzio’s first homerun of the season over the left field wall. Another run came across in the ninth when Darren Miller scored on the passed ball to make it 13-4. Alec Byrd and Jim Voyles came in to pitch scoreless eighth and ninth innings to end the game.
Florida State improves to 37-14 on the Season and 17-8 in the ACC. Mike Compton will get the start for the Seminoles at 1 PM on Saturday as the Seminoles look to take the series.