Florida State has advanced to the super regional round with a dominating 18-6 win over South Alabama. Starter Cole Sands gets the win and improves to 6-6 on the season.
The Jaguars started the game off with a lot of momentum. They took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a lead off home run by Travis Swaggerty. The entire team came out to meet Swaggerty at the plate, and the South Alabama faithful were making their voices heard.
It wouldn't last very long, as the Seminoles put up 11 runs over the next two innings. Dylan Busby continued his hot hitting with a 2-run home run to left to give the Seminoles the lead, and Taylor Walls pushed the lead to 4-1 on a 2-RBI double in the second.
Cal Raleigh opened the scoring in the third with a 2-run home run, and Dylan Busby followed him up with his second home run of the game, this one a solo shot. Two batters later Tyler Holton added a 2-run home run of his own. John Sansone drove in two runs with a double down the left field line, and Jackson Lueck drove in one with a single up the middle.
Sansone, the lone senior starter for the Seminoles, was pinch run for by the Florida State coaching staff. The Florida State fans in attendance gave him a standing ovation for what was likely the last time he will walk off the field in Dick Howser.
Florida State kept piling on with 4 more runs in the fifth inning. Jackson Lueck hit a 3-run home run to the deepest part of the ballpark, and A Quincy Neiporte RBI single to left made it 15-1. John Sansone kept the scoring going in the sixth inning with a 2-RBI single to make it 17-1.
Cole Sands was relieved by Alec Byrd in the top of the sixth. Sands went five innings and gave up 1 run on 2 hits with 3 strikeouts.
Senior Hayden Kelly got into the action with Florida State's sixth home run of the day. He crushed a solo shot over the right field screen to make it 18-1 Seminoles.
Byrd was relieved by Matthew Kinney at the top of the seventh inning, and he was relieved by Chase Haney at the top of the eighth. A number of Seminole miscues in the eighth inning allowed the Jaguars to score three runs in the eighth inning.
Tyler Warmoth came in for the Seminoles in the ninth. Warmoth gave up a 2-run home run to make it 18-6.
Florida State improves to 40-20 on the season, and have now won 40 games in each of the last 39 seasons. The Seminoles will await the winner of the Gainesville regional, which is now down to No. 1 overall seed Florida and Georgia Tech.
If Georgia Tech wins on Sunday night they will play one more game on Monday. If the Yellow Jackets can pull off back to back upsets the Seminoles would likely host the super regional in Tallahassee next weekend. If Florida wins they will travel to Gainesville.