TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 10 Florida State (24-10) fell 6-3 to No. 1 Florida (29-6) Tuesday evening at Dick Howser Stadium in front of a season-high 5,979 fans. Freshman Cooper Swanson and junior Jackson Lueck hit home runs for the Seminoles, but Florida used 11 hits to outlast FSU.
“We made a couple of mistakes and they were taken advantage of,” head coach Mike Martin said. “We battled and we didn’t get it done. We’ve got a good ball club, we just can’t make three errors and expect to win. Of course, you have to give credit to the other club, they did a very good job.”
Starting pitcher Andrew Karp (5-3) threw 77 pitches in four innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and struck out five. After the game, Martin announced that Karp would start Sunday’s series finale against Duke.
Swanson homered in the third inning to give FSU a 1-0 lead. It was his second home run of the season and his first at-bat against the Gators.
Karp struck out five in the first three innings on two hits before Florida scored three in the top of the fourth inning. Jonathan India singled, stole second base and scored on Wil Dalton’s double to tie the score. Austin Langworthy and Blake Reese singled to give the visitors a 3-1 lead.
Both teams went to the bullpen in the fifth. Clayton Kwiatkowski pitched the fifth for FSU and Tommy Mace (3-0) was relieved by Jack Leftwich after walking Nick Derr in the bottom of the inning. Mace, on a pitch count, earned the win despite not pitching four innings. Leftwich walked Swanson, Steven Wells bunted both runners up a base and Derr scored on Mike Salvatore’s ground out to cut the lead in half.
Florida scored two more runs in the sixth inning but Jonah Scolaro and CJ Van Eyk did a good job limiting the damage. Leading 5-2, the Gators had runners on second and third when Scolaro struck out Reese, forced a grounder to the mound to retire the lead runner and Van Eyk got Nick Horvath to fly out.
FSU left the bases loaded without denting the Florida lead in the sixth inning. For the game, the Seminoles left seven runners on base.
Jackson Lueck hit a solo home run off Leftwich in the seventh inning, his final batter faced. After walking Rhett Aplin, Andrew Baker forced a Cal Raleigh pop up to end the frame. JJ Schwarz homered off Van Eyk for a 6-3 lead in the eighth inning.
Four players had two hits for the Gators, while FSU managed just five against four Florida pitchers. Closer Michael Byrne earned his eighth save of the year, pitching 1.1 innings to close out the game.
No. 10 Florida State hosts No. 12 Duke for a three-game series beginning Friday. Games are scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
The games will stream on the ACC Network Extra through WatchESPN. Shawn Davison (PxP) and Chip Baker (color) will provide commentary.
Eric Luallen will be on the radio in Tallahassee on 106.1 FM and nationwide on the FSU Gameday App.
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