TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 20 Florida State (21-15) hit four home runs in a 9-5 win over Stetson (22-15) Tuesday at Dick Howser Stadium. Eight of the Seminoles nine runs came via home run, while Tyler Ahearn (1-1) provided a pair of strong innings out of the bullpen in the win.
Catcher Mat Nelson, the nation’s leader in home runs and RBI, hit his 19th of the season in the first inning. Nelson’s 19 home runs are the most for a Seminole in 12 years and four more than any other player in the country.
Nander De Sedas, Elijah Cabell and Robby Martin added multi-run homers later in the game. For the year, those four have combined to hit 45 home runs.
Ahearn allowed just one hit and struck out four batters in 2.0 innings out of the bullpen for his first win of the year.
Stetson took the early lead with a pair of runs in the first inning, courtesy of a hit batter and three hits. Carson Montgomery worked a scoreless second inning, exiting with four hits allowed and two runs with a pair of strikeouts.
The Seminoles combined to strike out 15 Stetson batters.
After Nelson’s solo home run in the first inning, De Sedas’s seventh homer of the year gave the Seminoles the lead and Cabell’s 10th of the season in the fourth pushed the FSU lead to 5-2.
Stetson starter Anthony DeFabbia (2-1) allowed the first three home runs. The freshman allowed seven hits, including four in the Noles three-run fourth inning. Logan Lacey drew a bases loaded walk for a 6-2 lead through four innings.
The Hatters tacked on an unearned run in the sixth inning. Reliever Ross Dunn threw a career-high 1.2 innings in relief, with three strikeouts.
Robby Martin answered in the bottom of the sixth with his ninth home run, a three-run blast to right field that scored Tyler Martin and Lacey. The Seminoles hit four home runs in a game for the fourth time this season, and all four came off the bats of third-year sophomores.
Robby Martin ranks third in the ACC with 42 runs batted in this season.
The Hatters scored runs in the seventh and ninth innings to provide the final margin. Freshmen Wyatt Crowell and Andrew Armstrong combined for the final two innings, striking out four with two hits allowed.
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