February 23, 2018 - by
No. 5 Noles Top Troy, 7-3

Final Box Score

Behind six shutout innings from starter Cole Sands, No. 5 Florida State (5-0) beat Troy (4-2) 7-3 Friday afternoon on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. Sands (2-0) struck out five and allowed just two hits, Jackson Lueck hit his first home run of the season and a four-run sixth inning extended the FSU lead.


“Very pleased Cole Sands had another good outing,” head coach Mike Martin said. “This is a situation where we are looking for somebody to take the role of a Friday night starter…he pitched out of some difficult situations. Wasn’t exactly sharp, but the numbers are impressive.”

Sands was stellar for a second-straight outing to open the year after throwing five innings and striking out nine last Saturday against Xavier. Leadoff hitter Matt Sanders singled to open the game, but a third inning single from Manning Early was Troy’s only other hit against Sands.

FSU opened the scoring with Steven Wells’ sacrifice fly in the second inning. Rafael Bournigal singled, followed by walks to J.C. Flowers and freshman Reese Albert to load the bases for Wells.

Jackson Lueck’s home run to lead off the third doubled the FSU lead against Troy starter Andrew Crane (1-1). A Drew Mendoza groundout later that inning scored Rhett Aplin and gave FSU a 3-0 lead.

Sands retired the final 10 batters he faced. Against Xavier last week, 15 of the final 16 Musketeer batters got out against Sands.

“He got the outs he was asked to get,” Martin said of Sands. “Good win for us but tomorrow is another day.”

FSU broke the game open in the sixth inning with four runs on just two hits. Junior Jonathan Foster entered in place of Reese Albert with two runners on base. The junior college transfer lofted a high fly ball off the left field foul pole for a three-run home run in his first plate appearance as a Seminole.

Crane exited the game after that, making way for Will Carnley. Carnley allowed three walks and a wild pitch that scored Wells and made the score 7-0.

Cobi Johnson made his second appearance of the season in relief of Sands. After walking the first batter, Johnson struck out Mason Rogers, Rigsby Mosley and Drew Frederic in order. In two appearances this year, Johnson has seven strikeouts in three innings pitched.

Freshman pitchers CJ Van Eyk and Shane Drohan made the first appearances of their careers in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively. Van Eyk worked around a one-out single and struck out one hitter. Drohan allowed a pair of walks and hit a batter before junior Gage Hutchinson entered to close out the game.

Troy scored three runs in the ninth inning to avoid the shutout.

Winning Score

Jonathan Foster hit a three-run home run in his first at-bat as a Seminole, scoring Rafael Bournigal and J.C. Flowers and extending FSU’s lead to 6-0. Foster, a junior college transfer that played his freshman season at Auburn, played against Xavier in the season opener but did not record a plate appearance.

Of Note
  • Cal Raleigh threw out Troy leadoff hitter Matt Sanders attempting to steal to end the first inning. Opponents were 6-for-6 on stolen base attempts entering the game.
  • Steven Wells’ sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the second inning snapped a 46.1-inning streak in the regular season without allowing an earned run for Troy pitcher Andrew Crane.
  • Jackson Lueck’s third-inning home run was his first of the season and 14th of his career.
  • Mike Salvatore stole second base in the fifth inning and is now 2-for-2 on the season.
  • Junior catcher Jonathan Foster had his first plate appearance in relief of Reese Albert in the sixth inning. He hit a three-run home run.
  • FSU drew seven walks and struck out just four times. FSU has recorded more walks than strikeouts in all five games this season.
  • FSU scored four runs in the sixth inning, the third inning this year the Seminoles have scored four or more runs in a frame. Troy’s three ninth inning runs are the most FSU has allowed in an inning and a game this year.
  • J.C. Flowers hit his third double of the season. He had four all of 2017.
  • Cooper Swanson singled in the eighth inning and is now 2-for-2 on the season.
Road to 1,976

FSU’s win was head coach Mike Martin’s 1,949th of his career. He needs just 27 more to become the winningest coach in college baseball history. He currently trails only Augie Garrido (1,975 wins). Martin is 10-1 against the Trojans.

Up Next

Florida State and Troy meet for game two of the series Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU will throw LHP Drew Parrish (1-0, 1.50 ERA), while Troy will toss RHP Daren Osby (0-0, 3.00 ERA).

For more information on Florida State baseball, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSUBaseball), Facebook (/FSUBaseball), and Instagram (@NoleBaseball).

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