TALLAHASSEE, Fl. — Aided by seven runs in the first inning, No. 14 Florida State (2-1) beat Niagara (1-2) 11-1 Sunday afternoon at a wet and rainy Dick Howser Stadium. Conor Grady earned the win in his first start of 2020, throwing five innings of two-hit ball with seven strikeouts.
FSU sent 12 batters to the plate in the first inning, scoring seven runs against Steven Hospital (0-1) in his first career start. Freshman Tyler Martin’s two-run double capped the scoring after RBI singles from Reese Albert, Robby Martin, Dylan Simmons and Nander De Sedas. Jackson Greene also drew a walk with the bases loaded.
Niagara had an opportunity to plate a run in the first inning, putting runners at first and third with one out after a double and an FSU throwing error. Grady induced a double play when Peter Battaglia lined out to Tyler Martin at third base and doubled up Michael Gabriele at first.
Grady struck out five straight batters in the second and third innings when he settled in. Starting with Battaglia’s double play ball, Grady retired 12 straight hitters before Mike Brisson’s single in the fifth.
FSU added a run in the second inning when reliever Kyle Smyth walked De Sedas with the bases loaded. Robby Martin hit his second double of the season in the third inning to give FSU a 10-0 lead.
FSU pitchers Chase Haney, Bryce Hubbart, Tyler Ahearn and Davis Hare each threw an inning in relief. The bullpen allowed two hits and struck out eight batters. The Purple Eagles run came on a Hare wild pitch in the ninth inning.
The rain bumped Sunday’s start time to 10:00 a.m. The teams played the majority of the game in the rain.
Florida State will host USF Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles will throw sophomore right-hander Jack Anderson.