TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) — No. 10 Florida State (7-3) claimed a 7-4 win over California (5-5) on Saturday at Dick Howser Stadium to secure the series victory. Home runs by Brock Mathis and Logan Lacey propelled the offense, while Bryce Hubbart’s 12 strikeouts in 7.2 innings paced the Seminole pitching.
The reigning NCBWA Pitcher of the Month, Hubbart (3-0) pitched a career-high 7.2 innings with 12 strikeouts, just one shy of his career strikeout record set opening weekend against James Madison.
David Barrett made his second appearance for the Seminoles in relief of Hubbart in the eighth. Dylan Simmons closed it out in the ninth with one strikeout.
Mathis hit his first home run as a Seminole, the 14th of his career, in his first start at catcher this season after transferring from Oklahoma State. He also added a double in the sixth.
Lacey launched a home run off the scoreboard in left field to add two more runs for the Noles. He currently leads the team with three home runs and 13 RBI.
With an RBI single to open the scoring, Jaime Ferrer extended his hitting streak to 10 games this season. The freshman now leads the team with four multi-hit games after adding a single and two walks in his other three plate appearances.
The Noles took advantage of a pitching change in the fifth and earned two hits and three walks to score two. A full count walk for Ferrer brought home James Tibbs, and Jordan Carrion’s hit scored Brett Roberts.
Tibbs has reached base in all 10 games this season and brought home two runs against the Golden Bears on Saturday. Alex Toral also extended his on-base streak to 10 with a walk in the fifth.
B1 | FSU 1, Cal 0 Ferrer singled down the right field line, scoring Lacey
B1 | FSU 2, Cal 0 Albert singled to right field, scoring Tibbs
B2 | FSU 3, Cal 0 Mathis homered to left field
B5 | FSU 4, Cal 0 Ferrer walked, scoring Tibbs
B5 | FSU 5, Cal 0 Carrion singled to shortstop, scoring Roberts
T6 | FSU 5, Cal 1 Beavers homered to center field
B6 | FSU 7, Cal 1 Lacey homered to left field, scoring Mathis
T8 | FSU 7, Cal 2 Martorell flied out to center field, scoring Manning
T9 | FSU 7, Cal 4 Green Jr. homered to center field, scoring Souto
Florida State and California will close out the series on Sunday at 12 p.m. LHP Ross Dunn will start on the mound for the Seminoles.
- Bryce Hubbart pitched a career-high 7.2 innings and struck out 12, just one shy of his career high.
- Brock Mathis made his first start of the season at catcher and hit his first home run as a Seminole.
- Jaime Ferrer has recorded a hit in all 10 games this season and leads FSU with four multi-hit games.
- James Tibbs and Alex Toral extended their on-base streaks to 10 games.
- Logan Lacey leads the team with three home runs and 13 RBI.