It took ten innings, but Florida State defeated Mercer 5-4 after a walk off RBI single by senior Josh Delph. The Seminoles didn’t play their best game, but survived against the No. 4 seed and will play No. 4 seed College of Charleston in the winners bracket game tomorrow.
Mercer got on the board first after back-to-back errors by freshmen Dylan Busby and Taylor Walls scored Trey Truitt from second to take a 1-0 lead in the top half of the second inning.
The Seminoles bounced right back in the bottom half of the inning with four runs. Ben DeLuzio led off with a single and then immediately stole second. Taylor Walls singled to right to bring him in and tie the game at 1. Three batters later John Sansone doubled down the left field line scoring Walls and Josh Delph. D.J. Stewart hit an RBI groundout to second to score Sansone and the Seminoles took a 4-1 lead heading into the third.
That lead was short lived however as Mercer came right back with three runs of their own in the third. Starter Mike Compton had trouble locating his pitches and the Bears took advantage. A Sac fly by Jackson Ware cut the lead to two and then a safety squeeze bunt by Charlie Madden and a RBI single by Howard Joe tied the game at four.
Both teams settled down and made it through the next few innings unscathed. In the top of the sixth, however, Compton ran into a little bit of trouble. A double and single put runner on the corners with no outs. Head coach Mike Martin went to the bullpen and came back with Every Day Dylan Silva.
Silva came in and got a first pitch ground ball to third that held the runner. The Seminoles turned two thanks to an interference call at second. Silva struck out the next batter to end the inning.
Silva was dominant all game going 3.1 innings and allowing just 1 hit and 1 walk with 4 strikeouts. He left the game in the ninth after walking the second batter of the inning.
Closer Billy Strode came in to get the last two outs and ended the inning striking out Kyle Lewis, Mercer’s best hitter. Strode got into trouble in the tenth giving up back to back singles, but Strode got another strikeout to end the inning.
DeLuzio got things started off with a single over the first baseman to start the bottom of the tenth. Taylor Walls attempted to sacrifice bunt him over, but a throwing error put him on as well as moving DeLuzio to second. Danny De La Calle put a beautiful sacrifice bunt down the first base line to put them both in scoring position.
Delph swung at two very low pitches to start the at bat, but held off on three very close pitches that were called balls. He took the next pitch and drove it through the right side of the infield scoring DeLuzio and winning the game.
The Seminoles improve to 42-19 on the season and will throw Boomer Biegalski against the Cougars tomorrow.