Florida State’s season came to an end with a 11-4 loss to rival Florida Saturday evening. The Seminoles started off much better than they did on Friday, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-0 lead. They could have had more after loading the bases with just one out, but left them that way after a strikeout and groundout to third.
Florida came right back scoring three runs in the top of the second and never looked back. The Gators would jump all over Mike Compton, who finally exited in the top of the third after giving up six runs, five of which were earned. He turned it over to Dylan Silva who managed to get out of the inning, but the damage had been done.
“We ran into a buzz saw,” Martin said. “Very impressed with the way Florida played and they’re certainly a team that can take that momentum to Omaha and come back with a championship.
The Gators continued to pour it on scoring in the next three innings to push their lead to 9-2. D.J. Stewart crushed his second home run of the super regional to bring it back to 9-4, but J.J. Schwarz smoked his second homerun of the day to push the Gator lead to 10-4.
Florida would get one more in the eighth inning after a wild pitch by Bryant Holtmann to make it 11-4.
Florida State couldn’t muster anything in the final two innings and the Gators are headed to Omaha.
This marked the final time that De La Calle, Delph, Strode, Holtmann, and Marconcini would play in a Seminole uniform. DJ Stewart, who will likely be a first round draft pick, is expected to go as well. After the game Delph talked about what it was like to wear the garnet and gold.
“It’s been a blast,” Delph said. “I’m trying to figure out a way to get another season, but I think it’s all over. It’s been fun and I’m not ready for it to be over yet.”
The Seminoles finished the season with a 44-21 record and their sixth ACC championship. This team started the season with a 4-3 record and a weekend series loss to Georgia. Losing in the super regionals to a rival in this fashion will take some luster off the accomplishment, but this team far exceeded expectations this season.