Florida State dominated No. 4 seed Alabama State from start to finish and picked up an 18-6 victory. Starter Drew Carlton picked up the win to move to 7-3.
Alabama State starter Joseph Camacho came in to the Tallahassee regional as one of the most awarded pitchers in the country. Camacho had not lost a game since 2014 going 22-0 in 2015 and 2016, and only lost 4 games in his entire Alabama State career. He has been the SWAC Pitcher of the Year for the past three years, and was named a 2016 third team All-American. Florida State did not care. The Seminoles plated 7 runs in the first inning, and chased Camacho before he could complete the first.
Jackson Lueck started the scoring off with an RBI single. Dylan Busby drove in a run on a fielder's choice, and Tyler Holton added an RBI single. Ben DeLuzio walked with the bases loaded, and Matt Henderson drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Taylor Walls finished off the scoring with an RBI single to make it 7-0.
Alabama State got one run back in the top of the second. Hunter Phillips came through for the Hornets with an RBI single to make it 7-1.
The Seminoles continued to pile on in the fourth inning. Dylan Busby drove in 2 runs on an double down the left field line, and Quincy Neiporte drove Busby in with another double down the left field line to make it 10-1.
The Hornets chipped away at the Florida State lead in the top of the seventh inning. Hunter Allen drove in a run with an RBI single, and Yamil Pagan drove in Allen with a double off the wall in left center. Diandre Amion crushed a 2-run home run over the right field screen to make it 10-5, and ended Drew Carlton's day.
Mike Compton came in to relieve Carlton with 2 outs in the top of the seventh. Carlton went 6.2 innings giving up 5 runs on 8 hits with five strikeouts. An error and a walk extended the inning, and Alabama State took advantage with an RBI single from Carlos Ocasio. Chase Haney replaced Compton with two runners on base. Haney walked the first batter he faced, but got a groundout to first to end the inning with the Seminoles lead cut to 10-6.
Florida State pushed their lead to eleven in the bottom of the seventh inning. Taylor Walls drove in a run on an RBI double, and Walls was able to score after a throwing error by the Hornets. Cal Raleigh drove a ball down first base line for an RBI double. Dylan Busby then cleared the bases with a 2-RBI triple. It was his fifth RBI of the day. Quincy Neiporte drove in Busby with a double to left. The fifth Alabama State error added another run for the Seminoles to make it 17-6.
Ed Voyles came in to pitch the top of the eighth inning, and set the Hornets down in order. The Seminoles had a more productive eighth inning. Bryan Bussey drove in another Florida State run with a sacrifice fly to make it 18-6 heading to the ninth inning.
Voyles returned to the mound for the Seminoles in the ninth inning. He loaded the bases, but got the last two batters to end the game.
Florida State improved to 38-20 on the season, and advances to the winners bracket in the Tallahassee regional. The Seminoles will play 2 seed Southern Miss at 6 PM on Saturday. Freshman Tyler Holton will take the mound for the Seminoles while Cord Cockrell will take the mound for the Golden Eagles.