TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 6 Florida State (7-0) won a pair of games against Youngstown State (0-6) Saturday, beating the Penguins 24-2 and 7-4 to sweep the weekend series. Freshman Robby Martin finished the day 7-for-8 with 8 runs batted in, three doubles and his first collegiate home run. Through seven games, Martin leads FSU with a .536 batting average (15-for-28) with 17 RBI.
Game 1 – FSU 24, Youngstown State 2
In game one, Florida State scored 24 runs on six home runs, with 16 runs batted in by freshmen (Martin 6, Elijah Cabell 5, Nander De Sedas 3 and McGuire Weaver 2). Martin, Cabell and De Sedas each homered for FSU, as did Reese Albert, Drew Mendoza and junior college transfer Carter Smith.
The Penguins took a 1-0 lead in the first inning before FSU rallied back to score seven in the bottom of the inning. FSU also scored a run in the second, four in the third, three in the fourth and nine in the sixth inning before the teams agree to shorten the game to seven innings.
Martin set a career high with four hits and six RBI. Leadoff hitter Mike Salvatore tied a career high with three hits and was a home run shy of the cycle.
Four Seminoles (Weaver, Alec Sanchez, Tim Becker and Chase Haney) recorded their first career hits. In addition to a season high 18 hits and 24 runs, FSU drew 11 walks and was hit by four pitches.
On the mound, CJ Van Eyk (2-0) allowed two runs in five innings and Conor Grady came in for the final two frames.
Game 2 – FSU 7, Youngstown State 4
FSU’s bullpen did not allow a hit in 8.0 innings against the Penguins, giving up a run on five walks and striking out 11 in FSU’s 7-4 win. Shane Drohan (1-0) earned his first career win, pitching 2.1 innings in relief as FSU rallied from an early 3-0 hole.
Catcher Mat Nelson hit his first collegiate home run and tied the game at four on a sacrifice bunt in the fifth inning.
Jeff Wehler hit a two-run home run in the first inning, giving Youngstown State its third first-inning lead of the weekend.
In the sixth inning, Robby Martin’s sacrifice fly gave FSU a 5-4 lead and J.C. Flowers extended that to the final margin with an insurance two-run single in the eighth inning.
Chase Haney earned his first career save, striking out two batters in a perfect ninth inning.
Of Note – Game 2
Florida State will play its first road game of the season Tuesday at USF (6:30 p.m. on BullsVision). FSU’s first scheduled road game last week at Jacksonville was postponed due to weather.
The Seminoles will throw LHP Antonio Velez (2-0, 1.12 ERA).
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