TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – John Sansone finished the afternoon with three RBI and Cole Sands recorded five strikeouts as eighth-ranked Florida State completed a sweep of Bowling Green with a 6-1 victory on Sunday. It marks the fourth series sweep of the season for the Seminoles (32-13), who outscored the Falcons (16-31) by a 22-2 margin over the weekend.
Sansone was responsible for three of the Seminoles’ five RBI, including his 15thcareer home run in the third inning that put FSU in front 2-1. Dylan Busby (3-4, 3 runs), who contributed a home run in the fourth, and Taylor Walls (2-4, run) also finished with multiple hits for the Noles.
“The home run was really special to me on Mother’s Day because after I hit it I blew my mom a kiss and I could tell that she was crying a little bit,” said Sansone.
On the mound, Sands (4-4) limited the Falcon lineup to three hits, while striking out five, in his longest outing of the season (six innings). The bullpen combination of Chase Haney, Alec Byrd and Tyler Warmoth combined for five strikeouts and allowed one hit to preserve the five-run victory.
“It was great to get this kind of outing today because I have been making several adjustments over the past few weeks to my fastball and slider,” said Sands. “It was also nice to have great defensive support behind me today. Anytime that we as a staff can hold an opponent to two runs over three days a sweep is always possible.”
The Seminoles matched Bowling Green’s run in the top of the second inning by using a pair of throwing errors, with Dylan Busby on base, to draw even at 1-1.
Sansone gave FSU the lead in the third when he sent his seventh home run of the season over the left field wall for a 2-1 advantage.
The Noles stretched their advantage to 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning after Busby blasted his seventh home run of the campaign to left field.
Walls got into the act when he delivered a one-out double into right field in the fifth inning, advancing home two plays later on an errant throw from third that also allowed Sansone to reach second. Cal Raleigh knocked a single into to left, scoring Sansone for the 5-1 FSU lead.
Busby was again prevalent in the FSU offense in the sixth inning, leading off the frame with a single up the middle. After a hard slide into second, Busby crossed the plate for the sixth run of the game on a single to left by Sansone.
Florida State now turns its attention to a pair of midweek contests at Jacksonville (May 10) beginning at 6 p.m. before returning home to face Florida Gulf Coast (May 11). The game with the Eagles will take place at 1 p.m. and will be a Fan Appreciation Day game.
As part of the Fan Appreciation Day there will be no charge for admission into Dick Howser Stadium and select menu items at the concession stands will be $2.
Seminole fans can always stay up-to-date with the Florida State Baseball team by following the official twitter page of the Seminoles (@FSUBaseball).
One more win would bring another milestone. Florida State enters the NCAA tournament with 39 victories and can reach 40 wins for the 40th consecutive season this weekend.
It’s a mark that, as recently as the end of the last month, seemed to be on shaky ground.
But after 12-2 record during the month of May, the Seminoles are right back where history says they belong: Among the nation’s best and playing at home during the first weekend in June.
“I’ve thought that all along (that we could do this),” Martin said. “And our guys will tell you that. I think that what we have to do now is not fall in love with ourselves. We’ve got a very strong field coming in here. We’re looking at one game right now: Tennessee Tech.”