TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Pitchers Andrew Karp and CJ Van Eyk combined to allow just one hit in Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Stetson on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles (25-12) have beaten the Hatters (28-9) in 14 consecutive games.
Noles shutout Stetson!
WP: Karp (6-3)
LP: Gonzalez (6-3)
SV: Van Eyk (2)
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— FSU Baseball (@FSUBaseball) April 18, 2018
“You saw a group tonight that was not concerned with anything but the team,” head coach Mike Martin said. “Saw some at-bats that were not the greatest, but we didn’t come back to the bench and pout or worry about themselves. We played the game Florida State’s way. Pleased with the effort and more than any time this season I was pleased with the approach.”
Karp (6-3) pitched five innings, allowing just one hit and striking out nine without issuing a walk. Karp was on a limited pitch count as he is expected to start the Sunday series finale at Boston College this weekend. He finished with 67 pitches on the evening.
“Karp just knew what we needed,” Martin said. “He didn’t put any pressure on himself; he just went out and pitched beautifully. We know he will be ready to go Sunday.”
Karp’s lone hit allowed was a hard-hit ball by Andrew MacNeil off the glove of first baseman Rhett Aplin in the fifth inning. Karp hit two batters and FSU faced just three batters over the minimum.
Van Eyk relieved Karp in the sixth and retired all 12 batters he faced, including five strikeouts, to earn his second save of the season. Karp and Van Eyk combined to strike out 14 batters without issuing a walk. It was the fourth time this season that FSU has struck out at least 10 batters without allowing a walk.
For the Hatters, Austin Hale was hit by a pitch in the third inning and stranded at first base. MacNeil singled and Eric Foggo was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning, but Hale and Jon Meola were retired to end the threat. Stetson did not have a batter reach third base in the game.
Karp lowered his earned run average to 2.89 and his 65 strikeouts on the year lead the team. Van Eyk’s 2.63 ERA is the lowest among FSU’s relievers.
Senior Steven Wells hit his third home run of the season, and second in as many games, off Joey Gonzalez (6-3) to start the fifth inning. Jackson Lueck doubled the lead to 2-0 with a bases loaded walk.
FSU got two more runs without a hit in the sixth inning off the Stetson bullpen. Vlad Nunez hit Nick Derr with a pitch and walked Wells, with both runners moving up a base on a wild pitch. Nunez’s second wild pitch, on ball four to Aplin, scored Derr for a 3-0 lead. A Mike Salvatore ground out provided the final margin.
Wells and Rafael Bournigal singled in the eighth inning and Cal Raleigh walked to load the bases but FSU could not add to the lead.
Van Eyk struck out Jorge Arenas swinging to end the game.
Steven Wells’ third home run of the season broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning and gave FSU a 1-0 lead. Wells has homered in two consecutive games and has three on the season. The senior had one each of his first three seasons as a Seminole.
FSU’s win was head coach Mike Martin’s 1,969th of his career. He needs just 7 more to become the winningest coach in college baseball history. He currently only trails the late Augie Garrido (1,975 wins). Martin is now 31-4 against Stetson.
Florida State and Stetson wrap the two-game midweek series Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. The Seminoles will throw freshman Austin Pollock (2-3, 5.49 ERA). Stetson has not named a starting pitcher.
Jason Leturmy (PxP) and Chip Baker (Color) will provide coverage on ACC Network Extra. Eric Luallen will call the game on radio for 106.1 FM in Tallahassee and nationwide through the FSU Gameday App.
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