Florida State sweeps Notre Dame

Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

Florida State swept the Notre Dame Fighting Irish after winning two games Sunday, in different fashions

Florida State and Notre Dame returned to action Sunday for a double-header after Saturday's game was rained out.

Game 1

Game 1 saw the Seminole bats string together thirteen hits in an 11-2 victory over the Fighting Irish. John Nogowski, who went 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs, homered twice to lead the Florida State attack. Nogowski has now homered four times in his last five games and is second on the team in home runs with four.

"I feel like I've been hitting the ball well all year", said Nogowski. "I'm just seeing the ball really well right now."

The Seminoles scored six runs in the 2nd inning, highlighted by Nogowski's second home run of the day, a towering two-run blast that hit off the scoreboard in left field. Those six runs were more than enough to support Mike Compton's fine outing on the hill. The sophomore scattered ten hits--all singles-over six innings, only giving up one earned run to pick up his third win of the season.

True freshmen Alec Byrd and Jim Voyles would pitch the final three innings to close the game out for the Seminoles.

FSU did have a scare in the 2nd inning when DJ Stewart would come up hobbled, rolling his ankle on the second base bag after an RBI double to right field. Head Coach Mike Martin said he did not think it was a serious injury and that Stewart would be a game-time decision on Tuesday against the Florida Gators.

Game 2

In the second game of the day Florida State would hold off Notre Dame, winning 4-3 to complete the sweep.

"I just can't say enough about our baseball team, when you have some unfortunate things come up", said Mike Martin (In regards to FSU missing key starters). "I'm just very pleased with them."

The Noles would plate a run in the 2nd inning to take an early 1-0, thanks to a John Sansone RBI groundout. After Notre Dame tied the game in the top half off the 4th inning, the Noles would respond with three runs of there own in the bottom half. Ben Deluzio, who went 3-for-4 on the day, doubled to lead things off. Back to back walks to Josh Delph and John Sansone loaded the bases for Casey Smit.

The senior would lace a single into right field scoring two runs and giving FSU a 3-1 advantage. John Nogowski followed with an RBI single of his own extending FSU's lead to 4-1.

The Irish would chip away at the Seminole lead scoring one run in both the 6th inning off started Bryant Holtmann. Holtmann was strong in his outing in place of an injured Brandon Leibrandt. The junior went six innings, giving up just four hits and two earned runs to pick up his 5th win of the season.

Notre Dame picked up another run in the 7th to cut the Seminole lead to 4-3 and causing some tension inside Dick Howser Stadium. Notre Dame's Donnie Hissa kept the Seminole bats at bay for the 8th and 9th to give the Irish one final chance in the 9th.

After Dylan Silva walked a batter to start the inning, Mike Martin turned to Gage Smith to close the game out. Notre Dame would pick up a soft base hit to right field, making it first and third with just one out in the inning. With the tying run just 90 feet away, Gage Smith induced a ground ball that the Seminole defense turned into a double play to seal the series sweep.

With the sweep FSU is now 26-5 on the year and 13-2 in ACC play, good for sole possession of first place in the conference.

Florida State is back in action Tuesday when they take on rival Florida. After losing the first two games in the mid-week series to the Gators the Seminoles will look for some redemption.

"A packed house, at night against your rival with some history there. That's why you come to Florida State, said Nogowski.

"It's going to have the feel of a Super Regional atmosphere", added Josh Delph.

The game is set to be played at 6 PM and will be televised on ESPN3. Rays will have a preview for you and Dustin and myself will be in attendance to give you play by play and analysis.

Friday Recap

They did it yet again.

The Florida State Seminoles defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 8-7 in walk-off fashion Friday night inside Dick Howser Stadium on a Casey Smit RBI single to left.

"Just battle, just fight; that's all anyone expects from you", said Head Coach Mike Martin. "We did just that."

Luke Weaver (7.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) gave Florida State a solid performance on the mound as he pitched into the 8th inning with a lead. The Seminole defense struggled all night as they accumulated five errors for the first time since the Sunday of opening weekend 2013(also a walk-off win), leading to crucial runs for Notre Dame. The Noles held a 5-2 lead into the 8th inning thanks in large part to three combined home runs by DJ Stewart (3rd, 5th innings) and Casey Smit (3rd inning).

That's when things began to unravel as Notre Dame put up a 5-spot to take a 7-5 lead, aided by three Seminole errors. With one out and runners on 1st and 2nd, Luke Weaver got Notre Dame's Kyle Fiala to strike out swinging. With the runners trying to steal, Danny De La Calle's throw found nobody home at 2nd base, rolling into centerfield, allowing a run to score. The throw by Ben Deluzio into 3rd base was mishandled by Jose Brizuela and allowed another run to score cutting FSU's lead to 5-4. The Irish would get a double from Ryan Lidge to score two runs giving the Irish the lead at 6-5. Notre Dame would complete their scoring, adding a run on an RBI single by Robert Youngdahl, after Deluzio's throw was dropped at the plate by De La Calle.

Trailing 7-5 in the Bottom of the 8th the Seminoles would scrap a run back with a two out rally. Four straight walks to Deluzio, Ladson Montgomery, Josh Delph (2-5, 1 run), and Casey Smit (2-5, HR, 4 RBI) cut the Notre Dame lead to 7-6. With the bases loaded, Seminole fans thought DJ Stewart (2-6, 2 HR, 3 RBI) had his 3rd home run of the game as he flew out to the wall in left center field to end the inning. Gage Smith, who was fantastic in relief yet again (3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K), kept the Irish at bay in the 9th bringing the Noles back up with just three outs left.

And as they have done all season, the Noles showed no quit tying the game at 7-7 on a Ben Deluzio SAC fly to center field, scoring Jose Brizuela.

"We know the game's not over until that last out is made", said Casey Smit. "Until that last out, we're gonna keep fighting".

In extras, both teams would go fairly quiet until the 12 inning when Notre Dame would threaten, getting runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs aided by John Sansone's second error of the night at second base. True Freshman Taylor Blatch was put into a tough situation, but looked like a veteran yet again as he induced a fly out, a ground out and a strike out looking to leave the inning unscathed.

"This is not the first time that Taylor has done this", said Coach Martin. "Taylor Blatch had a big role helping his team win a baseball game and we are really proud of him."

In the bottom half of the inning Gage West would triple to straight center to lead-off, setting the stage for Casey Smit. The junior deposited the first pitch in his at bat into left field giving the Noles yet another come from behind win.

Mike Compton (2-0, 3.44 ERA) is set to take the hill Saturday for the second straight week after Brandon Leibrandt was ruled out with a shin contusion, suffered in practice this past week. Notre Dame will send LHP Michael Hearne (1-3, 2.31 ERA) to face the Seminole bats. Game time is slated for 6 PM and will be on ESPN3.

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