April 18, 2018 - by
⚾: Noles Use Long Ball to Top Stetson, 18-10

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 18 Florida State (26-12) beat Stetson (28-10) 18-10 Wednesday afternoon to sweep the two-game midweek series at Dick Howser Stadium. Cal Raleigh hit two home runs and was among six players to go deep for the Seminoles.

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FSU set season highs with 18 runs and 20 hits. Along with seven home runs, the most in a game for the Noles since 2009, FSU added five doubles. Drew Mendoza was 5-for-6 with a home run, two doubles and two RBI.

Joining Raleigh on the home run ledger was Mendoza (4th of season), Steven Wells (4), Jackson Lueck (team-high 9), Rafael Bournigal (2) and pitcher Cobi Johnson. For Johnson, it was his second at-bat as a Seminole and his first since his freshman season in 2015.

Starting pitcher Austin Pollock (3-3) pitched 3.2 innings and allowed four runs on five hits. Ben Onyshko (2-1) allowed three runs on five hits over the first two innings for the Hatters.

After mustering four hits in Tuesday’s 4-0 shutout of the Hatters, FSU had four in the first inning Wednesday, highlighted by Raleigh’s three-run home run, his fifth of the season. Mike Salvatore, Mendoza and Wells, on a bunt down the third-base line, also singled in the frame.

The Hatters got two back off Pollock in the second inning on a single from Jonathan Meola. FSU answered with back-to-back home runs from Mendoza and Wells in the third inning off reliever Chris Gonzalez.

Meola added an RBI double in the fourth inning and Austin Hale scored on an RBI groundout by Bruce Martin to cut the FSU lead to 5-4. Sophomore Clayton Kwiatkowski relieved Pollock and got a one-pitch out to end the threat in the fourth. He pitched 2.1 innings without allowing a hit.

Nick Derr pinch hit for Cooper Swanson in the fifth inning and reached on an infield single to third base. Mendoza singled to put runners on the corners and ended Gonzalez’s day. Stetson closer Brooks Wilson allowed a bunt single RBI to Wells that extended the lead to 6-4 but retired the next three batters to limit the damage.

FSU broke the game open in the sixth and seventh innings, scoring 11 runs over the two frames. The Noles hit three home runs and two doubles in the sixth. In the seventh, pinch-hitters Kyle Cavanaugh (HBP) and Jonathan Foster (double) reached before Johnson’s home run into the visiting bullpen made the score 15-4.

Pinch-hitters Jared Herron and Skylar Frey followed with hits of their own and scored when Stetson shortstop Jorge Arenas dropped a pop up from Salvatore. Mendoza’s second double of the game scored Cavanaugh in the bottom of the eighth.

Stetson scored six runs over the final two frames with home runs from Eric Foggo and Mike Spooner.

Winning Score

Rafael Bournigal hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to give Florida State a 12-4 lead. It was FSU’s third home run of the inning and sixth of the game. Bournigal has two home runs this year.

Of Note
  • Florida State has won 15 straight games against the Hatters, the longest win streak in series history. The teams will meet one more time in 2018 in DeLand next Tuesday.
  • Cal Raleigh has started 162 consecutive games, with 159 of those at catcher. Raleigh hit two home runs for the first time in his career and set a career high with five RBI. He is the second Nole with two home runs in a game this season (Rhett Aplin at Florida).
  • FSU hit seven home runs Wednesday, the most since hitting seven against Miami in 2009. FSU has hit at least seven home runs in a game six times in school history (1977, 1982, 2003, 2008, 2010 and 2018.)
  • Shortstop Mike Salvatore has at least one hit in 15 of his past 17 games. His 38 hits are third-most on the team (tied with Raleigh), behind Drew Mendoza (47) and Rhett Aplin (40).
  • Aplin walked three more times Wednesday and has drawn 11 over the past five games. His 37 are the most on the team.
  • Drew Mendoza and Steven Wells hit back-to-back home runs in the third inning. Wells has homered in three straight games, the first Seminole since Dylan Busby in the 2016 ACC Tournament to hit a home run in three straight games. Wells had three home runs in his first three seasons combined.
  • Wells successfully reached base in all eight plate appearances against Stetson (6-for-6, 2 walks). His four hits Wednesday set a career high.
  • With five hits, Mendoza leads FSU with 13 multi-hit games. His five hits set a career high and are the most for a Seminole this season.
  • Stetson closer Brooks Wilson allowed four extra-base hits in the sixth inning. He had not allowed an XBH in 34.2 innings entering Wednesday.
  • FSU’s 20 hits are the teams most in a game this season. The six runs scored in the sixth inning are the most in an inning this year. The 18 runs scored are also a season high.
  • FSU’s 18 runs scored are its most against Stetson since scoring 19 in 2008.
  • Pitcher Cobi Johnson hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning. It was his second career at-bat and first since his freshman season in 2015.
  • Stetson entered the series with the best ERA in the country at 2.29. After allowing 20 earned runs over the past two games, that ERA now sits at 2.75.
Road to 1,976

FSU’s win was head coach Mike Martin’s 1,970th of his career. He needs just 6 more to become the winningest coach in college baseball history. He currently only trails the late Augie Garrido (1,975 wins). Martin is now 32-4 against Stetson.

Up Next

Florida State heads to Boston for a three-game series with Boston College (13-23, 5-13 ACC) this weekend. Friday and Sunday’s games will take place at BC’s home stadium, while Saturday’s game will be played at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, as part of the Eagles’ annual ALS Awareness Game.

Saturday’s game will begin at 3:00 p.m. and air on ESPNU. Jon Sciambi, Kyle Peterson and FSU alumnus Eduardo Perez will provide coverage from the booth, along with Molly McGrath.

Friday (6:00 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 p.m.) games will stream live on ACC Network Extra.

Eric Luallen will call all the games on radio for 106.1 FM in Tallahassee and nationwide through 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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