TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A solid all-around performance both on the mound and at the plate led the Florida State baseball team to an 8-3 victory over College of Charleston on Saturday afternoon at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.
The Seminoles, who improved to 4-1 on the campaign, received solid outings at the plate from the trio of Dylan Busby (3-5, 2 RBI, triple), John Sansone (3-5, 2 RBI, double) and Taylor Walls (3-5, RBI, double). Meanwhile, the pitching performance of Drew Carlton (2-0), who tallied six strikeouts in six innings, while scattering two runs on seven hits, kept the College of Charleston bats in check.
Also with a multi-hit performance for Florida State, which ended the game with 12 hits, was Cal Raleigh with a 2-for-4 outing that included two RBI.
“It was a good win against a good team and tomorrow is a very important game for both teams,” said head coach Mike Martin. “It was a game that I could tell from the time that I walked into the stadium that there was something that this club has that I appreciate. There wasn’t a lot of smiling, but rather it was we need to get this done, and we went right out—fought, battled—and made good plays.”
Florida State put four runs across in the third inning, which began when Sansone singled through the right side of the infield to bring home Jackson Lueck. That was followed by a double to left by Raleigh, plating Matt Henderson and Taylor Walls as the Seminoles assumed the 3-0 advantage. The final run of the inning came on a single by Busby, scoring Sansone from third.
College of Charleston (3-2) briefly trimmed the deficit to three, following a single to right by Ryan Brown that brought home Tommy Richter. However, the Noles retaliated with an RBI single from Busby that again plated Sansone.
The two teams scored one run each in the sixth, making for a 6-2 Florida State lead, before the Seminoles tacked on two runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach. Busby led off the inning with triple into right centerfield and scored two batters later on a field error at second before the final FSU run crossed the plate with a Walls double up the middle, scoring Wells from 90-feet away.
The Cougars were led at the plate by the duo of Richter (2-4, run) and Luke Manzo (2-3, RBI). Starting pitcher Bailey Ober (0-1) went three innings, allowed four runs, all earned, on five hits along with three walks.
Florida State closes out the three-game set with College of Charleston on Sunday afternoon at 1. The Seminoles will send freshman Cole Sands (1-0) to the mound, while Hayden McCutcheon (1-0) will start for the Cougars.
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