TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (30-18) beat Pacific (15-29) twice Saturday, topping the Tigers 18-5 in game one and 5-3 in the nightcap on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU accounted for a season-high 18 runs and 17 hits in game one, and Tyler Holton earned his team-high sixth win of the season while racking up 10 strikeouts in 5.1 innings.
Andrew Karp won his first game of the year in the second game, tying his career high with seven innings pitched with eight strikeouts and just one run allowed. FSU got three runs in the eighth inning which proved vital when Pacific hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth.
“Our guys really showed a lot of resolve, a lot of competitiveness,” head coach Mike Martin said of the doubleheader. “The first game was one that we did a lot of things right. You go into the nightcap knowing it’s going to be close. That Pacific team is competitive. Their record does not speak to how good they are. We had to really play well to get both games.”
FSU 18, Pacific 5
Florida State scored early and often against the Tigers, leading 7-0 after four innings and exploding for eight runs in the sixth to cement the 18-5 win. The 18 runs tied a season-high for the Noles (Oakland, March 3), while the 17 hits set a season-high. Jackson Lueck’s sixth home run of the season came on the first pitch of the sixth inning after the Tigers scored four in the top of the frame to make the game 7-4.
Starting pitcher Tyler Holton (6-2) was again stellar for the Seminoles. He went 5.1 innings, allowed four runs (two earned), three hits and two walks while striking out 10 Pacific batters. It was Holton’s third game this season with double-digit strikeouts, the most for a Seminole pitcher since Sean Gilmartin had four in 2011.
Offensively, Cal Raleigh and Rhett Aplin each had two of FSU’s season-high six doubles. Raleigh finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI, while Aplin, Taylor Walls, Lueck, Quincy Nieporte, J.C. Flowers and Matt Henderson recorded multiple hits. Flowers tied his career high with three RBI.
Hank Truluck started at third base in place of Dylan Busby, finishing 1-for-4 with an RBI double.
Chase Haney closed out the sixth inning on the mound after Holton was pulled. Ed Voyles threw the final three innings, allowing a run and striking out three, to earn his first save of the season and second of his career.
Pacific’s James Free was 2-for-3 with two RBI, and both of Danny Mayer’s hits were doubles. Starting pitcher Ryan Shreve (1-5) allowed six earned runs in 2.2 innings pitched.
FSU 5, Pacific 3
Florida State swept a doubleheader for the third time this season, beating the Tigers 5-3 in the second game of the day. FSU’s Andrew Karp (1-3) and Pacific’s Cooper Casad (2-3) each went 7.0 innings, but three FSU runs in the eighth inning provided the insurance needed to earn Florida State a 30th win for the 53rd consecutive season.
The game was FSU’s annual Military Appreciation Day, and the team wore specialty jersey tops for the occasion.
The Seminoles got two runs in the first inning on an RBI single from Quincy Nieporte and a bases loaded walk to Cal Raleigh. Karp allowed just one run on the mound, a sixth-inning home run off the bat of James Free that made the score 2-1. Karp tied his career high with seven innings pitched and finished with eight strikeouts. He earned his first win of the season and second of his career.
Casad settled down after the first inning, allowing seven hits and three walks and just the two runs. Both teams went to the bullpen in the eighth – Alec Byrd had a perfect 1-2-3 inning for the Seminoles, while Ryan Schalch moved from first base to the pitcher’s mound for the Tigers and allowed three earned runs on two hits and four walks.
Nieporte’s RBI double made it 3-1 and scored Jackson Lueck. Tyler Holton, starting in right field for Rhett Aplin, hit a sacrifice fly that scored Hank Truluck (running for Nieporte), and J.C. Flowers hit a 1-0 pitch up the middle that scored Cal Raleigh and gave FSU a 5-1 cushion.
Those runs proved important when Drew Carlton, who entered in a non-save situation, allowed a single to Schlach and a two-run home run to Danny Mayer that closed the lead to 5-3 with no outs. Carlton responded well, though, striking out Blake Barry and Ryan Robards looking before getting Preston Moebius swinging to end the game.
FSU had nine hits in the nightcap, with two each from Lueck, Nieporte, Flowers, and Matt Henderson.
Florida State and Pacific will play the series finale Sunday, May 7, at 12:00 p.m. on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. Drew Parrish (4-2, 5.13 ERA) will throw for the Seminoles, while Ricky Reynoso (4-5, 3.90 ERA) will take the hill for the Tigers.
The game will air on WatchESPN and Eric Luallen will provide coverage on the radio on 106.1 FM in Tallahassee and nationwide through the FSU Gameday App.
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