JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University baseball fell to #3/4 Florida State 4-0 on Tuesday night at John Sessions Stadium.
"We've got to be better," said Head Coach Chris Hayes. "We've got to do a better job of attacking the zone and making adjustments in the box."
Florida State struck first off of Jacksonville starter Spencer Stockton, scoring two in the second. JC Flowers singled to the left side of the infield and moved to second on a walk. A double steal and a throwing error on the play allowed Flowers to score the first run of the day. Another run scored on an RBI single up the middle by Steven Wells.
It was 2-0 until the seventh, when the Seminoles turned a leadoff walk into a 3-0 lead, then the eighth started with a double and another run scored to extend to 4-0.
Florida State starter Andrew Karp struck out a career high 12 batters in six innings to earn the win.
"We've got to learn to make adjustments," said Hayes. "Karp was really good tonight, attacked the zone, didn't walk anybody, made us put the ball in play. Then, the young lefty [Jonah Scolaro] out of the pen forced us to put the ball in play and we didn't do a very good job of it."
Jacksonville finished the night with four hits. JU pitchers struck out 13 FSU hitters themselves, as Trent Palmer, Andrew Ciocia and Matt Meyer combined to hold the Seminoles scoreless in relief of Stockton, who threw three innings in his first start of the season.
Jacksonville stays home this weekend for a three-game set vs. the Rhode Island Rams. The series starts Friday night, which is also Dollar Night at the ballpark. Tickets, hot dogs and other select concessions are only a buck. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.