April 6, 2014
By Catherine Prince, FSU Sports Information Assistant
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Top-ranked Florida State (25-5, 12-2) got a multi-home run game from John Nogowski, the first of his career, as the Seminoles stayed atop the ACC Atlantic Division standings with an 11-2 victory over Notre Dame (10-19, 1-13) in game one of Sunday’s doubleheader on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
The Seminole victory improved their record to 7-4-0 over the Fighting Irish all-time, while it marked their fifth conference series victory in as many chances this year and 13th straight ACC series victory at home.
All of the Seminoles starters reached base successfully during the 11-2 victory. Six of the nine runs scored by Florida State in the first game of the doubleheader came on two outs.
Nogowski finished the game 3-for-4 as he tied career-highs with four RBI and three hits. The junior first baseman hit a two-run homerun in the first followed by a two-run homerun in the second.
Casey Smit finished the game 3-for-4 as he also tied a career-high with three hits. The senior, who started as shortstop for the third straight game in place of Justin Gonzalez, who missed Sunday morning’s game due to flu-like symptoms, reached base on four of his five plate appearances. Jose Brizuela registered two hits and scored three times in Sunday’s game one victory.
Florida State starter Mike Compton (3-0) went 6.0 innings allowing one run on 10 hits as he walked one and struck out two. The Fighting Irish’s starter Michael Hearne (1-4) gave up eight runs, three earned, in 1.2 innings of work.
Notre Dame’s pitching staff entered the series allowing just two home runs in their first 27 games. In the first two games of the series, they have allowed five home runs. Three off of the senior right hander Sean Fitzgerald on Friday night and two off the sophomore left hander Hearne on Sunday morning.
In the first inning, DJ Stewart walked after Josh Delph and John Sansone struck out. Nogowski then hit a home run over the left field wall to give the Seminoles a quick 2-0 lead. Nogowski going yard on the 1-0 pitch from Hearne set a new career-high for home runs in a season with his third.
Notre Dame cut the deficit in half in the top of the second plating a run on an RBI groundout by Ryan Lidge. Kyle Fiala opened the inning with an infield single to short and scored the Irish’s first run of the game on the groundout by Lidge.
A six-run, five-hit second inning gave the Noles the lead for good. Brizuela and Smit started the second inning with back-to-back hits, while a wild pitch moved them to third and second, respectively. A throwing error by the Irish shortstop on a groundball off the bat of Danny De La Calle put the Seminole catcher at first base and brought in Brizuela. The error would prove costly as five of the six runs scored by the Seminoles in the inning were unearned.
Delph grounded out to bring in Smit. Sansone’s base hit into left field brought in De La Calle. Stewart kept things going with a RBI double to right. Nogowski’s second home run of the afternoon, a two-run shot, gave the Noles an 8-1 lead.
The Noles added to their lead with one run a piece in the third, seventh, and eighth innings. Smit drove in Brizuela in the third on an RBI single up the middle. Hank Truluck brought home Ben DeLuzio on a double down the line in left in the seventh, while Matt Mulroy recorded his first RBI as a Seminole driving in Brizuela on a sac-fly to left that turned into an inning ending double play.
The Irish’s second and final run of the game came in the seventh off Alec Byrd. Mac Hudgins opened the inning with a double, moved to third on a passed ball and scored two batters later on a sac-fly to center by Fiala.
Byrd finished the afternoon working 2.0 innings in relief allowing an unearned run on three hits as he struck out three.
Jim Voyles closed out the game pitching a scoreless ninth inning as he gave up one hit and struck out one.
Sunday’s game one victory marked the 12th game this season that the Seminoles scored 10 runs or more. FSU is 12-0 on the year when scoring 10 or more runs.
Florida State and Notre Dame return to action for game three of the series and the second game of the doubleheader on Sunday, April 6.