JU (18-17), which has now won in two of its last three games at Dick Howser, scored its most runs in Tallahassee since winning a 12-6 decision over FSU (26-8) on April 30, 1973. The win was also the second against a ranked opponent this season (Oklahoma).
“It’s always a big win when you can defeat a team in the top 10, said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “But to get a win on the road in the part of the year when we are injured and banged up shows the heart and character of this team against a tremendous opponent like Florida State.”
Freshman Kentrail Pierce (3-1) got the win after allowing an unearned run in 0.1 innings of relief. Junior Matt Loosen earned his first save of the year by getting the final four outs, including a strikeout of Justin Gonzalez with runners on second and third for the final out.
Junior Chris Kaminski earned the no-decision after allowing only two runs on two hits with three walks and five strikeouts in six innings of work. A deeper look into his dominant outing, Kaminski retired the Seminoles in-order in five-of-six of his innings.
Daniel Bennett (2-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on a hit with three walks and two strikeouts in 0.1 innings. Hunter Scantling also got the no-decision after allowing only two runs on four hits with a walk and six strikeouts in seven innings.
Sophomore left fielder Jonathan Murphy led the Dolphins by going 3-for-5 with two doubles. Freshman designated hitter Adam Brett Walker went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI. Senior second baseman Chuck Opachich finished 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI while senior first baseman Alex Martinez went 2-for-5 with two RBI.
Tyler Holt led the Noles by going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. James Ramsey and Jayce Boyd also finished with multiple hits for FSU.
The Dolphins took a 1-0 lead in the first when junior shortstop Jamaal Hawkins hit a sacrifice fly to right.
Murphy hit the first pitch of the game for a double to left and then moved to third when an infield pop towards first by junior right fielder Esterlin Perozo dropped in past the glove of catcher Parker Brunelle for a base hit. Hawkins followed with a deep drive down the right-field line to plate Murphy.
The Seminoles took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second when Boyd hit an RBI double down the left-field line and Omar Danesh drove in a run with a grounder to second.
JU evened the score, 2-2, in the third when Hawkins hit an RBI single with two outs.
With one out, Murphy knocked a double down the first base line and then came home when Hawkins hit a flare single to center.
FSU took a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh when two runs scored on a throwing error with two outs.
Trailing 4-2 after a costly throwing error took the wind out of their sails, the Dolphins staged its finest late inning heroics by scoring five runs on five hits in the top of the eighth.
Murphy led off the inning with a single to right and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. After a walk to Perozo, Martinez hit a single up the middle to drive in Murphy. Freshman center fielder Dan Gulbransen followed with a chop single towards first to load the bases. In the next at-bat, Walker gave the Dolphins the lead with a two-run double off the right-center wall on a 3-2 pitch. Not settling for the lead, Opachich followed with a double down the left-field to score two more runs.
The Noles cut the deficit to 7-5 in the bottom of the eighth when Ramsey hit an RBI single through the left side. FSU still threatened with runners on second and third with two outs but Loosen got Sherman Johnson to strike out looking to end the inning.
The Dolphins increased the margin to 10-5 in the top of the ninth when Martinez hit an RBI single to left, Walker hit an RBI double to right center and Opachich beat out an RBI single to short.
The Noles would add three runs in the ninth before stranding runners on second and third.
The Dolphins will take the next 13 days off before hosting a two-game series against FIU beginning on April 27. JU will host the 12-annual Gala & Auction on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at John Sessions Stadium. For tickets please contact Brian Freshley at (904) 256-7863.