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Sitz Solid as Seminoles Beat BC 9-4

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The Florida State Seminoles (14-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) made it 14 straight wins on Saturday night behind a solid outing from senior RHP Scott Sitz and a seven-run second inning. 

Coming into the game Sitz hadn't allowed a run in over 19 innings. Against Boston College (3-10, 0-2 ACC) he continued to be sharp, picking up his third win of the season as the Seminoles pounded the Eagles 9-4.

"Scotty pitched a very solid baseball game," said FSU head coach Mike Martin. "He got a couple of breaks there in the second when we threw a seven-spot up but I think what really impressed me the most about tonight's ballgame was once we got a lead nobody sat on it."

Florida State tacked on their first run in the bottom of the first inning when junior DH Marcus Davis drove in sophomore RF Josh Delph on a grounder to second.

But the Seminoles broke the game wide open in the 2nd.

After sophomore 1B John Nogowski fouled out to start the inning, sophomore 3B Jose Brizuela singled to get things started for FSU. Senior CF Seth Miller doubled next to put two men in scoring position for sophomore SS Giovanny Alfonzo, who singled, scoring Brizuela and putting men on the corners. After freshman 2B John Sansone walked to load the bases, Delph singled to left scoring Miller and Alfonzo. 

Freshman LF DJ Stewart cleared the bases with a triple to center on an 0-2 count the very next batter to put Florida State up 6-0. After Davis brought Stewart in from third on a sacrifice fly, junior C Stephen McGee capped the seven-run outburst with a solo shot to left.

BC starter John Gorman lasted just 1.2, giving up seven hits, eight runs and a walk. The Seminoles handed the ball back to Sitz heading into the third with a commanding 8-0 lead.

The Eagles tacked on two unearned runs during that frame though when Alfonzo committed an error at short that allowed John Hennessy and Gabriel Hernandez to score. It put an end to Scott Sitz' 22-inning scoreless streak that dated back to the game against UCLA in the College World Series last season.

Sitz gave up his first earned run in 23 innings an inning later in the top of the 4th after a couple of base hits put men on the corners for Matt McGovern. The Eagles' rightfielder brought in Hennessy on a double but LF Jimmy Dowdell was thrown out at home trying to score from first, ending the BC threat and the inning with Florida State still leading 8-3.

Other than the one earned run in the 4th though, Sitz was solid for the Seminoles, working 5.1 innings, striking out five, walking two, giving up six hits and allowing four runs, though just the one was earned.

He left the game in the 6th when another Seminole error, this time on Brizuela at third, allowed the fourth BC run of the game to cross and make it 8-4.

Sophomore LHP Bryant Holtmann came on in relief of Sitz and worked a hitless 2.0 innings, but also walked three including two in the 8th when he was pulled in favor of junior RHP Gage Smith with one down and two men on.

Smith wasted little time inducing a grounder to start an inning ending double play that got the Seminoles out of the jam still holding on to their four run lead.

Florida State added an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th when Sansone drove home Seth Miller to put FSU up 9-4. Smith stayed on for the Seminoles to work the ninth.

"We were hoping we could come up and do some damage [after the big 2nd inning] and put the game away, but then they started pecking away," said Martin, Florida State mustered just one run on a handful of hits over the final seven innings.

"So we know that tomorrow we have to be at our best to be successful because [BC] is a good baseball team."

Florida State plays Boston College in game three of the series tomorrow at 1 PM at Dick Howser Stadium. The game will be carried live on ESPN3.

 

 

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