Florida State is headed to the Super Regional matchup against rival Florida after beating College of Charleston 8-1 Monday. The Seminoles swept through their regional defeating Mercer and College of Charleston twice to advance.
Starting pitcher Drew Carlton was phenomenal throwing 6.2 innings of scoreless baseball. Carlton finished with a career high 9 strikeouts while giving up just 6 hits and 1 walk to one of the top offenses in college baseball.
The Seminoles got things going in the third with the first two hitters reaching base. After Sansone struck out a lightning delay was called and the game was delayed for 57 minutes. As soon as the game resumed Florida State took advantage with a D.J. Stewart RBI double of the left center wall. Quincy Neiporte came through with an RBI single to left and Chris Marconcini hit a Sacrifice Fly to push the lead to 3-0.
Florida State got some insurance in the fifth when John Sansone walked and DJ Stewart singled up the middle. Quincy Neiporte followed it up with a 3-run blast to left center for his fourth RBIs of the day ballooning the lead to 6-0.
Darren Miller came through for Florida State in the seventh as he singled to left. The left fielder wasn’t able to field the ball and Ben DeLuzio scored all the way from first. Danny De La Calle brought Miller in with an RBI single to left making it 8-0 Seminoles.
Dylan Silva came in to finish out the seventh, replacing Drew Carlton who got a standing ovation from the crowd at Howser. Silva gave up an unearned run in the eighth after a passed ball got by De La Calle.
Billy Strode came in and closed out the ninth for the Seminoles.
It was the last time DJ Stewart, Danny De La Calle, Josh Delph, and Billy Strode will ever take the field at Dick Howser stadium. Coach Martin took DJ Stewart and Josh Delph out of the game with one out in the ninth to standing ovations.
Florida State will travel to Gainesville to take on the Gators in a Super Regional matchup this weekend. Florida State has a 2-1 record against Florida this season.