TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (2-0) took their first weekend series win of the season over James Madison (0-2) in a 5-1 victory on Saturday afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium. Connor Whittaker earned his third career win as he worked the final five innings while Colton Vincent broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with his first career home run.
Jackson Baumeister, a Jacksonville native, took the mound to start the game and kept the James Madison bats quiet during his start. After two runners came into scoring position with one out in the first, he struck the next two batters out swinging to leave the Dukes stranded.
He then retired the next four batters to make it six straight and finished the start with 4.0 innings of work on 60 pitches, striking out five hitters and conceding one run on two hits.
Whittaker pitched the remaining 5.0 innings on 72 pitches with four swinging strikeouts to notch his first win at home since April of last season against Florida.
Vincent chose a great time for his first career home run as he launched the 2-2 pitch up and over the right field fence and into Chieftan Way to give the Noles a one-run lead. FSU extended the lead with Jaime Ferrer’s single up the middle that brought the top of the lineup home as DeAmez Ross and Cam Smith in. Ferrer scored the final run of the game after reaching on a single and scoring on Jordan Carrion base hit.
B3 | JMU 0, FSU 1 De Sadas scored on a groundout to first
T5 | JMU 1, FSU 1 Mancini scored on fielders choice
B6 | JMU 1, FSU 2 Vincent homered to right
B6 | JMU 1, FSU 4 Ferrer singled up the middle, scoring Ross and Smith
B8 | JMU 1, FSU 5 Carrion singled up the middle, scoring Ferrer
The third and final game of the series against James Madison is Sunday at 11:30 a.m. LHP Jamie Arnold will make his first collegiate appearance when he starts on the mound for the Seminoles, while LHP T.R. Williams will throw for the Dukes.
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