JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Junior Andrew Karp notched a career-best 12 strikeouts and no walks over six innings, earning his second win of the year in the Noles 4-0 victory over Jacksonville Tuesday evening. In front of 1,503 fans at John Sessions Stadium for FSU’s first road game of the year, Karp allowed just four hits and no hitters to reach third base, while a pair of second-inning runs gave FSU all the run support it needed.
“I was very impressed with our team tonight in our first road game,” head coach Mike Martin said. “Karp had another good outing. We beat a very good baseball team that we know is going to do nothing but get better as the season goes on.”
Karp (2-0) allowed a hit each of the first three innings but worked out of any potential trouble each time. The junior from Winter Garden struck out at least one hitter in each of his six innings and two in each of his last five. Between the fourth and sixth innings, Karp struck out six straight hitters.
“I was trying to throw three pitches for strikes,” Karp said. “As the game went on, I located my fastball better and was able to locate the slider down. Honestly, just trying to get the win so the three-hour bus ride back to Tallahassee isn’t too bad.”
Jacksonville used six pitchers in the game with three innings each from starter Spencer Stockton (0-1) and Trent Palmer. The Dolphins kept FSU hitters off balance much of the night, striking out 13 FSU hitters and allowing just three earned runs.
The Seminoles gave Karp all the run support he needed in the second inning, scoring two runs on three hits and a critical error on catcher Jacob Southern.
The Noles leading hitter, sophomore J.C. Flowers from nearby Orange Park, led off the frame with an infield single and moved to second on a walk to Rafael Bournigal. The Noles put on the double steal to advance the runners, and Southern’s throw to third base went into left field, allowing Flowers to score for a 1-0 lead.
Steven Wells followed with an RBI single up the middle that scored Bournigal to double the lead.
Neither team scored again until Rhett Aplin’s RBI double in the top of the seventh inning. Mike Salvatore scored from second after a leadoff walk.
Over the first six innings against Karp, the Dolphins had just one batter reach scoring position on Adrian Garrastazu’s double.
Jonah Scolaro relieved Karp to open the bottom of the seventh. The freshman from Valrico retired all nine batters faced and earned his first career save and FSU’s second of the season. Scolaro struck out four hitters, including all three in the bottom of the ninth inning.
FSU manufactured another run in the eighth inning against the Dolphin bullpen. Bournigal doubled to open the inning, Wells walked for the second time and both runners advanced on pinch-hitter Skylar Frey’s sacrifice bunt. Bournigal scored on Salvatore’s sacrifice fly, his team-high third of the season.
Bournigal and Wells both reached in all four plate appearances Tuesday, combining to go 4-for-4 with three walks and a hit by pitch.
FSU scored two runs in the second inning, the first of which was on a double steal from J.C. Flowers and Rafael Bournigal. After stealing third, Flowers scored on catcher Jacob Southern’s throw into left field that gave FSU a 1-0 lead.
FSU’s win was head coach Mike Martin’s 1,952nd of his career. He needs just 24 more to become the winningest coach in college baseball history. He currently trails only Augie Garrido (1,975 wins). Martin is now 88-24 against Jacksonville.
Florida State hosts UNC Asheville for a three-game series this weekend. Friday and Saturday’s games will begin at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday’s finale will start at 1:00 p.m.
All three games can be heard on 106.1 FM in Tallahassee and nationwide on the FSU Gameday App. All three will also stream live on the ACC Network Extra.
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