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Seminoles Blank Bulls 8-0 in Game One of Sunday Doubleheader

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Florida State (6-0) wasted little time jumping on USF (1-4) on Sunday morning.

After rain forced the two schools to postpone the second game of Saturday's double header and try for two starting Sunday morning at 11, the Seminoles got to work quickly.

Behind a four-run first inning that ruined an otherwise stellar outing for USF starter Nick Gonzalez, FSU cruised to an 8-0 win over the Bulls in the early game of Sunday's doubleheader.

Florida State broke the game open with a big first inning. A day after surrendering three runs to the Seminoles in the first inning of the series opener, the Bulls found themselves in trouble once again to start the day on Sunday. 

After plunking sophomore RF Josh Delph to lead the game off, Gonzalez walked sophomore SS Giovanny Alfonzo. Gonzalez was able to get freshman CF DJ Stewart to ground the ball back up the middle the next batter, but a throwing error allowed Delph to score and put runners on the corners.

Two batters later, after Stewart stole second, junior DH Marcus Davis continued the hot start to his season by driving in two on a single to center. An E-7 on a stolen base attempt brought Davis in for the 4th run of the inning before Gonzalez could strike out the last two hitters in the Seminole lineup to get out of the first with USF trailing.

By noon Florida State had enough offense on the board to take the early game.

Gonzalez would settle down and hold Florida State at bay for the next four innings though, striking out a career high ten hitters and finishing the game with 5 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 4 R and 3 ER. 

On another day the junior lefty's five inning, ten strikeout effort may have been good for a win but unfortunately he was matched on the mound by Florida State senior RHP Scott Sitz and took the loss.

Sitz was superb on Sunday for the Seminoles, working eight scoreless innings, striking out six and giving up just four hits while keeping the USF batters off-balance all afternoon.

The four runs would prove to be enough for Sitz, but the Seminoles weren't done.

In the sixth, after replacing Gonzalez freshman RHP Justin Patrick found himself in trouble after walking sophomore 3B Jose Brizuela and junior LF Brett Knief to lead off the inning. A wild pitch advanced both into scoring position with no outs before freshman 2B John Sansone blooped a single over the second baseman's head to score both and extend the Florida State lead to 6-0.

The Seminoles added two more against Patrick in the 7th too when Brizuela doubled in McGee and sophomore 1B John Nogowski.

Brizuela continues to demonstrate the maturity at the plate that FSU head coach Mike Martin had raved about before the season. He was 1-1 in the early game, driving in the two on his double, but also working the count for two walks and getting hit by a pitch to reach base all four times he came up to bat. 

It was a very solid showing at the plate for the sophomore from Weston, Florida.

Freshman RHP Kenny Burkhead came on to work the ninth for Florida State and had little trouble recording the final three outs to cement the Seminoles' win.

FSU and USF will play game two starting around 2:15 today.

 

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