PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Cal Raleigh was responsible for four RBI and Taylor Walls enjoyed a perfect 4-for-4 outing at the plate as the pair led Florida State to a 10-2 victory over ACC foe Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon at Charles L. Cost Field.
Raleigh, who capped off a 2-for-3 performance with both a double and a triple, was the lone Seminole with multiple RBI. Meanwhile, Walls finished with four singles and a pair of runs as the Florida State offense topped double figures for the second time in as many days.
Three other Seminoles (15-4, 5-0 ACC) also had doubles in the contest including Quincy Nieporte (2-4), Ben DeLuzio (2-4, RBI) and Hank Truluck (1-1).
The pitching combination of Drew Carlton (4-0) and Jim Voyles, who earned the first save of his Florida State career, limited the Panthers to six hits, two walks and one earned run. Carlton also tallied four strikeouts, while Voyles crossed out Pittsburgh batters on six occasions.
“We are very pleased with the way that we played and more importantly that we didn’t let any outside weather interfere with our goal to play solid baseball,” said head coach Mike Martin. “We got outstanding pitching from Drew and Jim, which makes me proud that we were able to get it done.”
Florida State’s offense broke through in the fifth following a leadoff double into left field by DeLuzio. A walk by Matt Henderson coupled with a base hit bunt by Walls loaded the bases for John Sansone.
Sansone, who tied the game at one-all when he was hit by a pitch, was followed in the lineup by Raleigh who broke the game open with a bases clearing triple into centerfield as the Noles assumed the 4-1 lead. Raleigh came home two batters later Raleigh scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Gage West who provided Florida State with the four-run advantage.
The Panthers got one run back in the home half of the fifth when they took advantage of a throwing error by Sansone, scoring Jacob Wright from first after reaching base on a walk.
Florida State put its sixth run on the board in the sixth as Henderson reached base on a one-out walk. After swiping second, Henderson and Walls advanced on a double steal with Sansone at the plate, with Henderson advancing home from third following a throwing error by Pitt catcher Manny Pazos.
Another run crossed the plate in the seventh for the Seminoles, who upped their lead to 7-2, after Nieporte reached on a double into left centerfield. He was replaced by Jackson Lueck, who moved to 90-feet away on a fly ball into centerfield by Darren Miller. DeLuzio registered his lone RBI of the day on a single into right field, plating Lueck.
His third single of the afternoon put Walls on base for the Noles in the top of the eighth. Two batters later, with Walls at second after a grounder by Sansone, Raleigh added to his RBI total with a double into left centerfield, scoring Walls for the 8-2 Florida State advantage. Raleigh eventually scored on a wild pitch from third with Lueck at the plate.
Walls tacked on the final run of the game when he brought home Hank Truluck from second with a base hit into right centerfield.
Pittsburgh led for the first time in the series in the third inning when Wright led off the inning with a walk and quickly moved into second on a stolen base. Charles LeBlanc plated Wright from second with a single into right field as the Panthers assumed the 1-0 lead.
The series concludes at noon on Sunday, one hour earlier than the previously scheduled time, with Seminole freshman hurler Cole Sands (3-1, 2.70 ERA) taking the mound for the fifth time in his career. He will meet Pittsburgh’s T.J. Zeuch who is making his first start of the season.
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