For the second straight game eleventh-ranked Florida State used a barrage of offense to defeat the sixth-ranked Central Florida Knights, this time a 15-11 victory.
UCF jumped to an early 3-0 lead in the 2nd fueled by a Logan Heiser two-run double down the right field line. The hit was just the beginning of an impressive afternoon for the Knights' freshman. Heiser finished the evening just a single shy of the cycle as he blasted two home runs and knocked in five RBIs.
Florida State responded in the bottom half of the frame with a Quincy Nieporte three-run blast to left field, tying the game at 3-3. The home run was the JUCO transfer's first of the season and may have been just what he needed to spark a bat that was expected to heavily contribute to the Noles in 2015.
The Noles tacked on four more in the bottom of the 3rd via Quincy Nieporte's second homer of the game, this time a grand slam that was gone the second it left the bat to left-center, giving the Noles a 7-3 lead. Nieporte finished the afternoon 4-4 with two home runs and seven runs batted in.
Florida State seemed to be cruising, but for the second straight afternoon the Knights would respond. UCF answered with five runs in the top of the 4th, taking a 8-7 lead, as both Heiser and Dylan Moore hit two run shots in the inning.
UCF extended its lead to 10-7 in the 5th, chasing reliever Drew Carlton from the game. Carlton and starter Bryant Holtmann both had rough afternoons combining to allow 10 runs in just four total innings. The freshman in particular was hit hard all day giving up seven runs on seven hits in an inning and a third.
FSU cut the lead to 10-8 in the bottom half of the 5th via a Ben Deluzio sacrifice fly.
Alex Deise would come on in relief and pitch a gem tossing five innings only allowing three hits, a run, walking none, and striking out six.
The only run UCF could muster against Deise was a solo blast by Heiser in the 7th, his second of the game, pushing the Knight lead to 11-8.
Florida State would respond in a big way in the bottom half of the inning, putting up a seven spot and taking control of the game for good. Against UCF's Friday night starter Zach Rodgers, the Seminoles pounded seven hits in the inning, none bigger than John Sansone's two-run double to left field extending FSU's lead to 15-11. Ben Deluzio, Taylor Walls, and Hank Truluck all had RBI base hits in the inning as well.
Deise would shut down the Knights the rest of the way guiding Florida State to its 15th win of the season. With the win Florida State moves to 15-3 in 2015, while the loss moved UCF to 14-4.
The Noles will look to build off the momentum of a top ten series win when they take on Wake Forest this weekend in a three game ACC set.