March 5, 2016 - by
Carlton Key In 9-2 Florida State Win Over St. John’s

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sophomore Drew Carlton hurled seven innings, allowing six hits and one earned run, to help Florida State post a 9-2 victory over visiting St. John’s on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium on Saturday evening.

Carlton, who improved to 3-0 on the season, finished with three strikeouts and a pair of walks as he lowered his ERA to 1.50. He was relieved in the eighth by Matthew Kinney who allowed just one hit in the final two innings.

While the sophomore right hander performed well on the mound, the combination of Gage West (3-3, RBI, double), Taylor Walls (2-4, 2 RBI) and Quincy Nieporte (2-4, 2 RBI) provided the offense at the plate.

Senior captain John Sansone added to his team-leading RBI total this season (20) with a single to left field in the seventh inning, scoring Darren Miller on the play. He also reached base for the 23rd straight game, breaking his own personal mark that was set over the course of his freshman and sophomore seasons.  

Drew Carlton pitched beautifully,” said head coach Mike Martin. “Drew is the one that kept everything in perspective. He didn’t go out there and get behind hitters or throw good pitches in certain situations. He pitched very smart and Mike Bell (pitching coach) did a great job of calling the game.”

Florida State answered a first inning run by St. John’s (2-6) with a pair of two-out run scoring doubles by Cal Raleigh and Gage West in the bottom half of the frame to take a 2-1 lead.
St. John’s eventually knotted the game at two-all in the sixth when Aidan McDermott reached on an error at second, scoring Josh Shaw from second.
The Seminoles retaliated in the home half of the sixth, taking the lead on a  single to right field by walls that scored Ben DeLuzio from third. That was followed by a single through the left side of the infield by Sansone, which brought home Darren Miller.
Nieporte added to the lead with a single to right field, scoring Sansone and Walls as Florida State forged ahead 6-2.
The Seminoles stretched the advantage to five runs in the seventh, following a grounder to first by Walls, and tacked on two more in the eighth for the final tally.
Joe Nellis (0-2) took the loss for St. John’s, who allowed 13 hits and nine walks by Florida State. All but one run was earned for the Red Storm staff.
Florida State’s Cole Sands (2-0) will look to wrap up the series on Sunday at 1 p.m., when he squares off against fellow right hander Ryan McAuliffe (0-0, 1.86).
Seminole fans can always stay up-to-date with the Florida State Baseball team by following the official twitter page of the Seminoles (@FSUBaseball).
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