TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (3-0) finished the series with a 17-10 win to sweep James Madison (0-3) on Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. Doug Kirkland earned his first career win coming in relief for 2.1 innings while James Tibbs III and Jordan Carrion had perfect days at the plate with seven hits on seven combined at-bats.
Tibbs set career highs Sunday, going 4-for-4 with a double, triple, three runs and four RBI. His home run traveled 411 feet and the triple was the first of his career. Carrion continued his incredible opening weekend with a 3-for-3 day hitting a single, double, and triple in that order.
Jamie Arnold made his collegiate and Seminole debut as he started on the mound. The freshman ended the first frame with authority on a 3-2 swinging strikeout to end the inning, earning his first career punchout. He pitched for 2.2 innings on 52 pitches and finished with two strikeouts.
Kirkland came in for his first appearance since 2020 to finish off the third. He forced the flyout to Jaime Ferrer to end the frame and retired the next five batters to send it to the sixth inning. The Orlando native finished with 2.1 innings of work on 34 pitches, striking out one batter and allowing just one hit.
Andrew Armstrong made his second appearance of the season and retired the first four batters he saw. The junior pitched for a clean 2.0 innings with two punchouts and no hits. Freshmen Ryan Denison and Brett Barfield made their first appearances, Denison conceding just one hit on four batters. Brandon Walker closed for the final out.
Cam Smith broke the 3-3 tie with a crushing hit over the right field fence, his first career home run and third hit of the series. Freshman Titan Kamaka hit his long ball up 15-3 on his first career at-bat, also providing the first multi-run homer of the season.
Ferrer and Colton Vincent also had standout performances as both of them had two hits. Ferrer scored the game’s first run with a double and singled in the fourth while Vincent hit an RBI double for the game’s second and third runs before hitting a single to lead off the fifth inning.
B1 | JMU 0, FSU 1 Ferrer doubled down the left side, scoring Tibbs III
B2 | JMU 0, FSU 3 Vincent doubled to right, scoring Carrion and De Sedas
T3 | JMU 1, FSU 3 Mancini doubled down the left side, scoring Schiavone
T3 | JMU 2, FSU 3 Mancini scored on a groundout to first
T3 | JMU 3, FSU 3 Lee singled to shallow right, scoring Dunaway
B3 | JMU 3, FSU 4 Smith homered to right
B3 | JMU 3, FSU 6 Carrion doubled down the left side, scoring Tibbs III and Ferrer
B3 | JMU 3, FSU 7 De Sedas singled to right, scoring Carrion
B4 | JMU 3, FSU 8 Tibbs III homered to center
B4 | JMU 3, FSU 10 Carrion tripled to right, scoring Ferrer and Bush
B5 | JMU 3, FSU 13 Tibbs III tripled to right, scoring Vincent and Ross, Tibbs III scoring on a throwing error by 2B
B6 | JMU 3, FSU 15 Rank tripled to right, scoring Bush and Putz
B8 | JMU 3, FSU 17 Kamaka homered to left, scoring Rank
T9 | JMU 4, FSU 17 Steinburg scored on a groundout to first
T9 | JMU 5, FSU 17 Peifer singled to the mound, scoring Mancini
T9 | JMU 6, FSU 17 Dooley walked home on loaded bases
T9 | JMU 7, FSU 17 Peifer scored on a fielding error by SS
T9 | JMU 10, FSU 17 Steinburg doubled to left, scoring Trimble, Painter, and McDonald
Florida State will now take I-10 east to face Jacksonville on Tuesday at 6 p.m. before flying out to Fort Worth for a three-game weekend series against No. 15 TCU from February 24-26.
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