April 4, 2018 - by
Baseball Holds Early Lead to Beat Jacksonville, 6-2

Final Box Score

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 6 Florida State (23-7) scored six runs in the first two innings, more than enough for Andrew Karp and the Seminoles to beat Jacksonville (19-11) 6-2 Wednesday evening on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. Karp (5-2) is tied for the team lead with five wins and three Seminoles homered to build the early lead.

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Greg Shannahan (0-2) allowed all six runs for the Dolphins but the Jacksonville bullpen did not surrender a run over 4.1 innings pitched.

Cal Raleigh and Reese Albert homered as part of Florida State’s five-run first inning, tied for the most runs in an inning this year. Cooper Swanson hit a solo home run in the second inning, the first of his career.

The Seminoles scored the first run of the game when Jackson Lueck doubled and Rhett Aplin singled to give FSU a 1-0 lead before Raleigh’s home run.

The Dolphins got solo home runs from Angel Camacho in the sixth inning and Jacob Southern in the seventh off Karp. Karp is 2-0 against Jacksonville this season after pitching six shutout innings with 12 strikeouts at JU in February. The redshirt junior gave up seven hits and struck out five Wednesday night.

Winning Score

Cal Raleigh’s two-run home run, his fourth of the season, gave Florida State a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Raleigh has 23 career home runs, most among active players, and has hit four home runs in seven career games against the Dolphins.

Of Note
  • FSU hit three home runs in the first two innings, the fourth time this year FSU has hit at least three home runs in a game.
  • Cooper Swanson hit his first home run as a Seminole; Reese Albert hit his third of the year and Cal Raleigh hit his fourth this season and 23rd of his career, most among active Seminoles.
  • Swanson is the 12th different Seminole to hit a home run this season.
  • Raleigh tallied three hits Wednesday, tying a career-high (done 11 times), including five times in 2018.
  • FSU has beaten Jacksonville five straight times after sweeping the Dolphins in 2017 and winning both games to start 2018.
  • Andrew Karp tied Cole Sands for the team lead with his fifth win of the season. Karp had three combined wins as a redshirt freshman and sophomore.
  • Karp pitched at least seven innings for the third straight start – 7.1 against UCF, complete game 8.0 vs. Florida and 7.0 today vs. Jacksonville.
  • FSU scored five runs in the first inning, the 13th “big inning” of the season (four or more runs). It was the sixth time FSU has scored five runs in an inning, its most this year.
  • FSU improved to 19-0 this season when leading after the seventh inning.
  • Eight of FSU’s nine starters had at least one hit, led by Raleigh with three and Rhett Aplin with two.
  • Skylar Frey entered as a pinch runner for Jonathan Foster and singled in the eighth inning for his first hit as a Seminole.
  • Raleigh started his 154th consecutive game and 160th of his career.
Road to 1,976

FSU’s win was head coach Mike Martin’s 1,967th of his career. He needs just 9 more to become the winningest coach in college baseball history. He currently only trails the late Augie Garrido (1,975 wins). Martin is 89-24 against the Dolphins in his career, his second-most wins against any team (Miami, 97).

Up Next

The Seminoles head to Atlanta for a three-game series with ACC Coastal foe Georgia Tech (17-12, 6-6). FSU has won five straight games against the Jackets, its longest active win streak against any ACC team. FSU swept Georgia Tech the last time these teams met in the regular season in Tallahassee in 2016.

All three games will stream on the ACC Network Extra through WatchESPN.

Eric Luallen will be on the radio in Tallahassee on 106.1 FM and nationwide on the FSU Gameday App.

For more information on Florida State baseball, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSUBaseball), Facebook (/FSUBaseball), and Instagram (@NoleBaseball).

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