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.”