TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State baseball team closed the book on its 2014 fall season Monday afternoon with an 18-1 victory over the Ontario Blue Jays on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
“I liked a lot of stuff that we saw this fall,” Florida State head coach Mike Martin said. “I liked the fight, the willingness to learn. Our guys have made vast improvements. It’s a team that has a little depth, but obviously we need to keep everyone healthy. I am already anxious to get started in the spring.”
Freshmen Taylor Walls and Jackson Owens and sophomore Hank Truluck recorded two hits apiece to pace the Florida State offense on Monday afternoon as 14 Seminoles recorded at least one hit as FSU out hit Ontario 17-3.
Truluck and John Sansone each drove in a game-high three runs, while Walls came around to score on all three of his plate appearances.
Sansone, Truluck and Owens all registered a home run in the win. Sansone’s round tripper came in the bottom of the first as his three-run shot capped off FSU’s six-run first inning. Truluck opened the bottom of the fifth with a solo shot to left and Owens connected on a two-out, two-run blast to left in the eighth.
The Seminole pitching staff held the Blue Jays without a hit through seven innings on Monday. The no-hit bid came to an end when Luke Van Rycheghem’s opened the eighth with a pinch hit single off Drew Carlton. Ontario would push across its only run in the eighth on a two-out infield single by Reese O’Farrell.
Billy Strode started the game and worked a perfect first inning as he recorded a pair of groundouts and a strikeout. Boomer Biegalski was the only Florida State pitcher to throw more than one inning on Monday as the sophomore right hander went 2.0 innings and struck out three. Andrew Karp, Taylor Blatch, Ed Voyles and Alex Deise all worked a scoreless inning in relief with one strikeout, while Bryant Holtmann threw a perfect fourth inning registering a line out, groundout and pop out to second.
“What I was looking for was nerves; how cool was the guy,” added Martin on the performance of his pitchers on Monday. “How did he handle the opportunity and I thought that was very good because of course they didn’t get a hit until the eighth inning.”
The Seminoles will open the 2015 season at home on Friday, February 13, 2015 with the first of a three-game series against Oakland University (Michigan).
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