TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 6 Florida State (23-7) scored six runs in the first two innings, more than enough for Andrew Karp and the Seminoles to beat Jacksonville (19-11) 6-2 Wednesday evening on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. Karp (5-2) is tied for the team lead with five wins and three Seminoles homered to build the early lead.
Greg Shannahan (0-2) allowed all six runs for the Dolphins but the Jacksonville bullpen did not surrender a run over 4.1 innings pitched.
Cal Raleigh and Reese Albert homered as part of Florida State’s five-run first inning, tied for the most runs in an inning this year. Cooper Swanson hit a solo home run in the second inning, the first of his career.
The Seminoles scored the first run of the game when Jackson Lueck doubled and Rhett Aplin singled to give FSU a 1-0 lead before Raleigh’s home run.
The Dolphins got solo home runs from Angel Camacho in the sixth inning and Jacob Southern in the seventh off Karp. Karp is 2-0 against Jacksonville this season after pitching six shutout innings with 12 strikeouts at JU in February. The redshirt junior gave up seven hits and struck out five Wednesday night.
Cal Raleigh’s two-run home run, his fourth of the season, gave Florida State a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Raleigh has 23 career home runs, most among active players, and has hit four home runs in seven career games against the Dolphins.
FSU’s win was head coach Mike Martin’s 1,967th of his career. He needs just 9 more to become the winningest coach in college baseball history. He currently only trails the late Augie Garrido (1,975 wins). Martin is 89-24 against the Dolphins in his career, his second-most wins against any team (Miami, 97).
The Seminoles head to Atlanta for a three-game series with ACC Coastal foe Georgia Tech (17-12, 6-6). FSU has won five straight games against the Jackets, its longest active win streak against any ACC team. FSU swept Georgia Tech the last time these teams met in the regular season in Tallahassee in 2016.
All three games will stream on the ACC Network Extra through WatchESPN.
Eric Luallen will be on the radio in Tallahassee on 106.1 FM and nationwide on the FSU Gameday App.
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