Revenge is a dish best served cold.
That's exactly what Florida State delivered to Florida in an 8-3 win Tuesday evening in front of 8,306 fans at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
"To say this was just another game would be a lie", Florida State head coach Mike Martin said. "It's Florida State against Florida. I'm just very proud of this ballclub for getting it done. Great venue. Great crowd. It's good for college baseball in our great state."
Behind Bryant Holtmann's fantastic five innings of work the Seminoles jumped on the Gators early and didn't let up, riding the southpaw's command of the strike zone to quick innings. The senior gave up just five hits and a run in those five innings, striking out three and walking zero Gator batters.
"I threw a lot of cutters today and I was locating my fastball very well", Holtmann said. "This feels great, it'll be a nice bus ride home."
The Noles offense got on the board with a run in both the 2nd and 3rd innings to take a 2-0 lead thanks to an RBI single from Hank Truluck and and RBI double by DJ Stewart.
Florida got on the board in the 4th inning via a monster solo home run from Josh Tobias to left field cutting the Seminole lead to 2-1.
Danny De La Calle responded in the bottom of the frame with his own round tripper, blasting a home run deep beyond the palms in left field. The senior catcher's 5th dinger of the season gave the Noles a 3-1 lead.
John Sansone was the star of the night for the Seminole attack finishing four-for-four, with two runs scored and an RBI. The junior second baseman raised his average on the season to .296 with the perfect performance.
"I'm having a lot of fun, I've worked on getting my foot down earlier and putting great swings on the ball", Sansone said.
"The game has really slowed down for him, he's worked on some things, seeing the ball longer, and has been huge for our ball club", Martin added.
The Noles added two runs in the 5th inning with back-to-back RBI singles from Dylan Busby and Josh Delph, pushing the lead to 5-1.
Dylan Silva came on in the 6th and finished the game off for the Noles giving up just one hit and two runs in four innings of work. The lefty walked one and struck out five.
Florida State put the game out of hand with a three-run 8th inning, the highlights being a De La Calle RBI single to left field, an RBI walk from Sansone, and a SAC fly to center field by Stewart.
The Gators added two meaningless runs in the 9th inning for the final score of 8-3.
The win moves Florida State to 23-7 on the year as they next head to Raleigh to face NC State, a Thursday-Saturday series, due to the Easter holiday on Sunday. Mike Martin confirmed that Boomer Biegalski, Drew Carlton, and Cobi Johnson will get starts on the mound vs. the Wolfpack as Mike Compton continues to nurse an abdominal strain.
Florida drops to 23-7 in 2015 and the two rivals will meet for the rubber match in Tallahassee on April 14th inside Dick Howser Stadium.