DICK HOWSER STADIUM
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Tallahassee, FL 32304
500 Chapel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304
|FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY|
#1 Florida State had to climb out of a 6-0 hole after three innings to win their school-record 23rd game in a row and advance to the winner's bracket game against Central Florida, with an 11-8 win over the Stetson Hatters on Friday night in front of 5,053 fans. Daniel Hodges (4-1) got the win in relief of Matt Lynch who struggled through the first three innings of the game. Lynch's final numbers were 7.0 innings pitched, six runs on six hits, with four uncharacteristic walks and seven strikeouts.
The Hatters jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Chris Westervelt singled and scored on a single by Bryan Zenchyk. Brian Snyder scored the second run of the game on a fielder's choice hit into by Andy Wilson.
Lynch settled down in the second inning and retired Stetson in order but the third frame brought more problems for the junior left-hander. Westervelt led off with a double to left, Snyder walked, and Zenchyk singled to load the bases. Former Seminole Chris Cole then sacrificed Westervelt in to give the Hatters a 3-0 lead. Ian Church doubled to right-center to score Snyder before Joe Kurelic singled in Zenchyk and Church.
FSU finally got to the Stetson lefty starter Roger Lincoln in the fourth inning when Tony McQuade and Ryan Barthelemy singled before a groundout by Blair McCaleb moved both runners up. After Tony Richie drew a walk, Nick Rogers doubled to right-center to score both McQuade and Barthelemy. A single to right by Mike Futrell then plated Rogers and Richie to cut Stetson's lead to 6-4.
After two more scoreless innings, the Noles struck again in the seventh when Stephen Drew doubled down the rightfield line and advanced to third on a double by McQuade.. A single to left by Barthelemy brought home Drew and moved McQuade to third and finally chased Lincoln from the game. An infield single by Jerrod Brown brought home McQuade before a passed ball moved both runners up. Richie then drew another walk to load the bases before Rogers reached on a fielder's choice that brought home Barthelemy to give FSU a 7-6 lead.
The Hatters tied the game up in the next inning when Kurelic walked and scored on a double by pinch-hitter Lee Bagley. That wouldn't last long as Florida State rallied in the bottom of the inning when Zech led things off with a single to left. Drew then doubled to right-center to score him, and took third on the throw. McQuade then walked and stole second before McCaleb was intentionally walked to load the bases. Brown got hit by a pitch to force in Drew before Richie singled in McQuade and Scott Toole, who was running for McCaleb.
The Hatters would not go quietly in the ninth as Westervelt hit a sub-orbital homerun to centerfield that made it an 11-8 ballgame. Hodges got the final two outs of the game with a pop-up and a groundout to third.
FSU improved to 57-12 on the season while the Hatters fell to 42-18 and are one-game from elimination. The Noles will face Central Florida on Saturday at 3:00 with Blair Varnes (8-3 3.95 ERA) on the hill.
Section B Online Player of the Game: Stephen Drew (3-5, 2 2B, 3 R, 1 RBI)