Powered by a six-run outburst, fourth-ranked Florida State beat Georgia 8-3 Friday in front of a crowd of 5,024 at Dick Howser Stadium.
The Seminoles (5-0) pushed across a run in the first before their big inning. Designated hitter Josh Delphhad a leadoff double, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a fielder’s choice by DJ Stewart. Georgia (1-4) notched a pair of one-out hits in the second but the Seminoles turned a double play to end the scoring threat. Freshman Stephen Wrenn had a bunt single to extend his hitting streak to four games.
In the fourth, the Bulldogs tied the contest as Jess Posey (3-for-4, 2 RBI) and Wrenn collected their second hit apiece and sophomore Daniel Nichols delivered a two-out RBI. It marked the first run allowed by an FSU weekend starter this season, a span that stretched 20.2 innings. However, FSU right-hander Luke Weaver battled back to strike out DJ Smith with the bases loaded to keep it a tie game.
Sophomore left-hander Ryan Lawlor and the Bulldogs ran in to trouble in the bottom of the fourth as the Seminoles batted around, scoring six times on two hits and four walks. Brett Knief was hit by a pitch and three walks later it was 2-1. Georgia looked to sophomore David Sosebee and Ben Deluzio drew an RBI-walk and Danny De La Calle had a two-run single. Knief capped the outburst with an RBI-single for a 7-1 advantage.
“It’s pretty frustrating; we had five walks in the inning after Ryan Lawlor was cruising the first few innings,” said Georgia coach Scott Stricklin. “They don’t swing at many balls, and I thought we threw some quality pitches. FSU is well-disciplined at the plate. I thought David (Sosebee) came in and kept us in it by going just about the rest of the way. Also, Jess Posey had a good night for us at the plate. We need him to produce, and he gave us some life with the two-run home run, but their bullpen came in and shut us down after that.”
In the sixth, Georgia forced the Seminoles to go to the bullpen. Zach Bowers led off with a single and then Posey crushed a two-run home run over the right field fence. It was his third hit of the day to tie his career high, and the first home run allowed by Florida State this year. FSU looked to left-hander Billy Strode, and he ended the rally with FSU up 7-3. Weaver (2-0) allowed three runs on eight hits in five innings for the win after tossing six scoreless and hitless innings in his first outing, a victory over Niagara.
“It was a great atmosphere here tonight, I just wish the game would’ve turned out better for us,” said Posey who played his first game at Dick Hoswer Stadium after watching his two older brothers play for the Seminoles during their collegiate career. “I put some good swings on a few pitches tonight.”
In the seventh, crowd favorite and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, entered the game as a pinch-hitter and reached on a bloop single to center. However, he was promptly picked off by Sosebee. He remained in the game and played right field for the final two innings.
Sosebee provided 4.2 innings of relief, scattering three runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Sophomore David Gonzalez registered the final out of the eighth but not before allowing an RBI-double to Justin Gonzalez that made it 8-3. Lawlor got the loss to fall to 1-1.
The series continues Saturday with first pitch at 2 p.m.