Florida State fell to rival Florida 7-2 on Tuesday night. The Gators have swept the season series 3-0.
Self inflicted wounds haunted the Seminoles all game with six of the eight runs that the Gators scored coming on mistakes by Florida State pitchers and a lack of timely hitting in clutch situations by the lineup.
Florida got on the board in the first after a wild pitch moved Dalton Guthrie to third. An RBI ground out from Buddy Reed brought Guthrie in. Florida got right back at it in the second inning after a balk moved Jeremy Vasquez to second. An RBI double by Guthrie brought him in. Chase Haney replaced starter Ed Voyles in the third.
In the fourth a throwing error by Haney on a pick off attempt moved Nelson Maldonado to second and an RBI single by Guthrie brought him in. In the fifth another Haney throwing error allowed Deacon Liput to reach base, and he was brought in after a sacrifice bunt and a JJ Schwarz single to make it 4-0.
Florida State got on the board thanks to a towering home run by Jackson Lueck to right center in the fourth. It was the first home run of his career, and pulled the score to 4-1.
Cobi Johnson replaced Haney in the sixth, but had to leave the game after an apparent injury. Jim Voyles came in for him in the seventh.
The Seminoles looked to have something going in the seventh, after loading the bases with no outs, but two great defensive plays prevented any real damage. Florida State did put one across thanks to an RBI fielder's choice by John Sansone.
The Gators got it right back on a JJ Schwarz home run that nearly went over the scoreboard in left to make it 5-2 Florida in the eighth. Tyler Warmoth replaced Voyles one batter later.
Florida added an insurance run in the ninth on an RBI single by JJ Schwarz to make it 6-2. Warmoth loaded the bases and was replaced by Tyler Holton with two outs. Holton walked the next two batters to make it 8-2. Will Zirzow was called in to replace Holton. Zirzow got out of the inning with no more damage.
Florida State put two runners on base in the ninth, but weren't able to push them across.
The Seminoles left 11 men on base, continuing a trend this season against Florida. Through three games Florida State has left 28 men on base.
Florida State falls to 22-9 on the season, and remain 9-2 in the ACC. They will travel to Wake Forest for a weekend series starting on Friday, April 15th at 6 PM.