JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tyler Daughtry’s RBI single capped a three-run eighth inning, and fifth-ranked Florida State (6-2) escaped Jacksonville (5-3) with a 6-5 win over the Dolphins Tuesday afternoon. Jacksonville, looking for its second Top 5 win in a week, led 3-0 and 5-3 before FSU took its first lead in the eighth.
“Any time you win on the road, you’ve got to be pleased,” head coach Mike Martin said. “We got a lot of effort from all of our guys and the fact we hadn’t won here in three years says a lot about how tough this game was.”
Andrew Karp, FSU’s starting pitcher, allowed three runs in the first two innings, but retired the final 13 batters he faced. Last week against USF, Karp left the game after sitting down the final 12 Bulls he faced.
Against JU on Tuesday, Karp had seven strikeouts against just one walk, the first batter of the game.
The Dolphins struck first on Angel Camacho’s single in the first inning, the first run Karp allowed this season. In the second, JU added to its lead on a two-run single from Nathan Koslowski. The inning ended with catcher Cal Raleigh throwing out Koslowski attempting to steal second. Raleigh has not allowed a stolen base in three chances this season.
The Seminoles cut into the lead on Raleigh’s first-pitch home run to open the top of the fourth, his first of the season. J.C. Flowers walked and Nick Derr singled to put two runners on with one out for Matt Henderson. The senior second baseman dropped a sacrifice bunt down that scored Flowers and cut the Jacksonville lead to 3-2.
JU starter Casey Kulina left after the fourth inning, allowing two runs and striking out eight. Against Spencer Stockton, Florida State tied the game in the fifth on Jackson Lueck’s second double of the game and Quincy Nieporte’s RBI single to left field. Nieporte has a team-high 11 RBI on the season.
In the seventh inning, Karp was replaced with senior Jim Voyles. Mike Cassala opened the inning with a double and scored on Voyles wild pitch. Koslowski recorded his third RBI of the game on a double to left field that made the score 5-3 Jacksonville through seven innings. Chase Haney (1-0) entered and recorded the final out of the inning on his only batter faced.
The Seminoles took their first lead in the eighth inning, scoring three runs on a hit and three Dolphin errors. Derr and Henderson reached base on walks from Matt Meyer, prompting the Dolphins to bring in Cassala (0-1) from the catcher spot to pitch. Facing Taylor Walls, Cassala had a failed pick off throwing error to first that scored Derr from second and put Henderson, the tying run, on third base. Lueck’s sacrifice fly tied the game, setting the stage for Daughtry’s game-winning RBI. It was Daughtry’s second hit as a Seminole.
With a one-run lead, Martin turned to new closer Drew Carlton, looking for a six-out save. The junior pitched a perfect eighth and ninth innings, including a strike out of John Cassala to end the game.
“Going in, I knew they wanted six outs and it’s nice having that trust with the coaches,” Carlton said. “It was a good experience to get my feet wet with a save opportunity. Against a team like this, it’s a perfect situation for me. To control my emotions was big for me.”
Florida State returns to Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee for a three-game series this weekend against Oakland (1-8). First pitch Friday is set for 4:00 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday are 1:00 p.m. start times.
Fans can watch the game live on ACC Network Extra (formerly ESPN3) or listen live with Eric Luallen providing play-by-play on the radio in Tallahassee on 106.1 FM or anywhere through the FSU GameDay App.
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