In the biggest game of the season so far, the Seminoles couldn’t get anything right. Florida dominated the game from start to finish on their way to a ##-# win. Florida State came into this game riding high on a seven game win streak, but immediately went back to playing the type of baseball that placed them fourth in the ACC regular season.
Starter Boomer Biegalski had trouble from the get go. After a questionable call, which upon further review should have resulted in a strikeout, Biegalski was not able to handle a tapper back to the mound from Harrison Bader and threw it into right field to put the leadoff runner on second. Singles by Josh Tobias, J.J. Schwarz, and Mike Rivera pushed across four runs in the bottom of the first. That 4-0 lead would be enough to carry the Gators, but they would get quite a few more.
Florida State would once again got bitten by an error in the third. Florida put the first two runners on base in the third, and head coach Mike Martin went to the bullpen with Jim Voyles. Taylor Walls took what should have been a double play ball and threw in away scoring two more to make it 6-0.
JJ Schwarz homered to deep left center to push the lead to 7-0 in the fifth.
The third error of the game cost the Seminoles another run in the sixth when Darren Miller let a ball get past him into left field scoring Guthrie all the way from first. Martin went back to the bullpen and put in Cobi Johnson. Florida would push across another run on a Tobias RBI groundout making it 9-0 Gators.
The wheels kept falling off in the seventh as the Seminoles gave up four more runs on just two hits. The inning started with the fourth Florida State error of the game when Dylan Busby dropped a pop up. Will Zirzow replaced Cobi Johnson, but Zirzow couldn’t throw strikes and walked in a run. He was replaced by Ed Voyles. Voyles gave up a Sac fly, and then two RBI singles to Martin and Tobias. When the smoke cleared Florida led 13-0.
Florida State would get on the board in the eighth with a 2-run homer by D.J. Stewart. Stewart absolutely crushed a ball over the right field wall to prevent the shutout and make it 13-2.
Alec Byrd would come in to pitch the eighth for Florida State. He would set the Gators down in order for the first time all game.
The Seminoles would not go quietly in the ninth. Steven Wells Jr. would drive in a run on an RBI single to left. Hank Truluck would follow that up with an RBI single of his own. Quincy Nieporte would get in on the party and single in another run to make it 13-5 before the final out of the game.
This was one to forget for Florida State, and they will need to forget it very quickly if they want to keep their season alive. The Seminoles will be playing a win or go home game at 5 PM tomorrow. Senior Mike Compton will be on the mound for the Seminoles.