TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State freshman Cal Raleigh recorded his first collegiate home run and John Sansone added a two-run single in the ninth inning, but it was not enough to rally the Seminoles past Jacksonville, who posted a 7-3 win on Tuesday evening on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.
Raleigh, who went 2-for-5 at the plate, lifted his first home run over the right field wall to lead off the sixth inning. He was joined by Sansone, who finished 2-for-5 with two RBI, and Dylan Busby (2-4) with multiple hits.
Tyler Holton (0-1) went three innings in his first start, allowing four runs, two earned and striking out a pair of Jacksonville hitters. He was followed in the fourth by Andrew Karp who surrendered two unearned runs and four hits.
The committee of Jim Voyles, Matthew Kinney and Will Zirzow pitched the final four innings for Florida State, striking out six Dolphin hitters while allowing three hits and one earned run.
“It is certainly not the first time this group has lost a ball game, but we got beat by a very good team,” said head coach Mike Martin. “The starting pitcher (Baumann) pitched a little over five innings and he was dynamite. It is one of those games that you do what we have tried to do in the past and put it behind us.”
Eight of the nine Jacksonville batters finished with at least one hit as the Dolphins combined for 16 hits. Parker Perez (4-5, RBI) led the way for Jacksonville, followed by Austin Hays (3-5, RBI) and Dakota Julylia (2-4, RBI).
Michael Baumann (1-0) earned his first win for the Dolphins after striking out six Florida State batters in 5.1 innings. Baumann gave up only one run on four hits and walked two Seminole batters in his first outing of the season.
The Dolphins (4-0) put four runs across the plate in the second inning, the first coming on a home run over the left field wall by Franco Guardascione. With two outs, Angel Camacho kept the inning alive with a double down the left field line, scoring Seth DeWitt. With runners on the corners, and a 2-0 advantage, Perez singled to left, plating Camacho. That was followed by an RBI single to center field by Austin Hays.
Jacksonville extended its lead to 6-0 in the fifth with a single to third by Julylia, scoring both DeWitt and JJ Gould.
Raleigh’s solo shot over the right field wall scored the first Florida State run of the game in the sixth. However, Jacksonville answered in the ninth with a home run to left by Gould.
Sansone gave Florida State life with only one out in the ninth, singling up the middle to score Taylor Walls and Matt Henderson, but Jacksonville managed to close the door for the four-run win.
With Karp appearing in relief against the Dolphins, Florida State will send right-hander Cobi Johnson (0-0, 0.00 ERA) to the mound against Villanova.
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