TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (26-14) completed its two-game sweep of Stetson (18-22) Wednesday, topping the Hatters 10-4 in front of 3,863 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. Seven of FSU’s 10 hits went for extra bases, with Reese Albert tying the school record with two triples and Drew Mendoza hitting a pair of home runs.
Shane Drohan (3-1), FSU’s normal game three starter in the weekend rotation, started and threw three scoreless innings, tying a career high with eight strikeouts.
Florida State scored a pair of first inning runs against Mitchell Senger (1-4), who recorded just one out before being replaced by Daniel Paret. Mike Salvatore hit his third triple of the year, tied for the most by a Seminole in the past three seasons, and Mendoza followed with his 11thhome run for a 2-0 lead.
Senger allowed a walk and hit two batters to leave with the bases loaded, but Paret got a strikeout and a pop fly to end the inning.
Drohan started for the Noles, tying his career high with eight strikeouts in just three innings, allowing two hits. After starting last Saturday’s game at Virginia, Drohan threw 53 pitches against the Hatters Tuesday. Tyler Ahearn made just his seventh appearance of the year, getting two outs in the fourth while allowing a run to score. FSU got out of the inning on a bases-loaded catch by Nander De Sedas at second base, keeping its 2-1 lead with Antonio Velez on the mound.
FSU scored four in the bottom of the inning, on a pair of home runs and a sacrifice fly. After Jonathan Foster walked, Elijah Cabell hit his seventh home run of the season and his first since March 23. Albert hit FSU’s second triple of the game and scored on Salvatore’s sacrifice fly, followed by Mendoza’s second home run, hit over the batter’s eye in center field and traveling an estimated 441 feet.
The Hatters hit back-to-back home runs off Velez in the fifth, the first time this year FSU has allowed back-to-back homers, to trim the lead to 6-3 FSU.
Danny Garcia, after throwing 1.2 innings in relief Tuesday, started the fifth and allowed a single to Robby Martin and a double to Mat Nelson. Nico Baldor pinch hit for Foster and scored Martin on a grounder to first base. After two straight hit batters, Garcia forced a pop up and a ground out to end the frame.
Velez picked off runners at first base in the sixth and seventh innings. He finished with 3.1 innings pitched, two earned runs allowed and six strikeouts. His six strikeouts were a career high.
Albert tied the FSU record with his second triple of the game, coming around to score on Salvatore’s single in the seventh inning and giving FSU a 10-3 lead.
As a team, FSU's 3 triples are its most since 2010.
Austin Pollock gave up a run over the final two innings, including a perfect ninth inning, to preserve the 10-4 win.
The top three batters in the Stetson lineup each struck out three times; as a team, FSU sat down 15 Hatters hitters.
Florida State hosts Wake Forest (25-17, 11-10 ACC) for a three-game series beginning Friday at 6:00 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium. All three games will stream live on ACC Network Extra.
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