Florida State had little difficulty getting to their 20th win on Wednesday afternoon as they knocked around Stetson 14-1 behind a solid outing from Billy Strode and a big 6th inning.
Bill Strode was excellent for the Seminoles on Wednesday, pitching six solid innings, giving up just three hits and striking out nine.
“It definitely felt good out there,” said Strode. “My slider was really working well today which is what I attribute a lot of my strikeouts to but spotting the fastball was a big thing as well.
“I have always been a pitcher that likes to work fast. I’ve been a rhythm pitcher my whole career. It helps the whole team out to go out there and get three quick outs to keep the game rolling.”
His lone run of the day was unearned and came in the top of the 4th inning when an error and a wild pitch allowed OF James Rasmussen to score Stetson's lone run of the ballgame.
“I was very pleased with the effort,” said head coach Mike Martin. “The way we came out and got after it. Their starting pitcher was extremely impressive. Credit him for keeping us from scoring until he left the game after the fourth inning.”
Opposite Strode, Stetson starter Tyler Warmoth was excellent working four-plus innings, giving up four hits and striking out three while not surrendering a run. But once again, the Stetson bullpen let its starter down. Once again it was Cameron Griffin, who on Tuesday faced two, walked two and gave up two earned runs to take the loss.
Josh Delph tied the game in the bottom of the fifth when he flew out deep to right field and brought Seth Miller in from third. The next batter Marcus Davis broke out of his slump when he crushed a ball well over the right field wall and nearly nailed a bus in front of the circus tents to make it 3-1.
Davis had not homered in a couple of weeks since Florida State beat UF 4-1 in Gainesville on March 4, he had cooled off consderably after a very hot start to the season. He finished the game 1-4, but also scored after reaching on a walk in the 6th.
“Anytime the whole team can put it together is definitely rewarding just because we have some guys, myself included, that are struggling a little bit at the plate,” said Davis. “It was good to have an offensive explosion like that today.”
The Seminole 6th proved back-breaking for the Hatters. They plated 9 runs and broke a 4-1 game wide open as they batted around.
After loading the bases on a walk and two hit batters, Delph turned the carousel with an RBI single to right. Two more runs came in on walks before McGee brought in one more lining out to right to make it 8-1. After Jose Brizuela loaded the bases again with a single, John Nogowski cleared them with a triple. A few batters later Josh Delph added two more on another single to right to make it 13-1 and all but close the book on the hatters.
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