DeLAND, Fla. – No. 14 Florida State (29-13) committed five errors, and three of Stetson’s five runs were unearned, in the Hatters (31-11) 5-3 win over the Seminoles Tuesday afternoon at Melching Field. Austin Pollock (3-4) allowed eight hits in six innings but allowed just one unearned run. Cal Raleigh and Mike Salvatore each had two of FSU’s seven hits.
Stetson scored a run in the first and second innings on five hits and three FSU errors to take a 2-0 lead. The Seminoles answered with an RBI single from Rhett Aplin in the third, but a strikeout and caught stealing ended any further possible damage against Stetson starter Joey Gonzalez (7-3).
Nick Derr doubled with two outs in the fourth inning, his third straight game with a two-bagger, but was picked off to end the inning as the tying run.
In the bottom of the fourth, Stetson scored two more unearned runs on a double by Jacob Koos. Jorge Arenas and Baylen Sparks scored after reaching on errors in the infield.
In addition to five errors, FSU twice ended an inning offensively on the base paths, with Aplin getting caught stealing in the third and Derr picked off after his double in the fourth.
Pollock retired seven of his final eight batters faced and was relieved by Clayton Kwiatkowski, who walked the bases loaded in the seventh. With one out, Kwiatkowski gave way to freshman Conor Grady, making his 16th appearance of the year. Eric Foggo hit a sacrifice fly to give Stetson a 5-1 lead, but Reese Albert’s diving catch in center field ended the threat.
After Steven Wells walked and Jackson Lueck singled to start the eighth, Stetson turned to closer Brooks Wilson out of the bullpen. Wilson walked Drew Mendoza with the bases loaded and Albert hit a sacrifice fly that scored Lueck to cut the Stetson lead to 5-3. Derr flew out to right field to end the inning.
After a perfect bottom of the eighth from Grady, Salvatore singled and Lueck was hit by a pitch, but Wilson got Aplin swinging to end the game and earn his 15th save of the season.
Florida State hosts Miami for a three-game series at Dick Howser Stadium April 27-29. Friday and Saturday’s games will begin at 6:00 p.m., with Sunday’s finale set for 1:00 p.m.
All three games will stream on the ACC Network Extra with Shawn Davison (play-by-play) and Chip Baker (color).
Eric Luallen will call the games on the radio on 106.1 FM in Tallahassee and nationwide on the FSU Gameday App.
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