TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The #10 Florida State Seminoles scored 14 runs in the middle innings, propelling them past the visiting VMI Keydets 15-0 Sunday afternoon, in the finale of the season-opening three game series at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla.
The Seminoles scored six runs in the 4th, knocking VMI starter Sam Roberts (0-1) out of the game after 3 2/3 innings, helped by the first home run of the series, a three-run shot by freshman outfielder Seth Miller. The home squad then followed with eight more runs in the sixth off the Keydet bullpen, accounting for the final margin.
With the win, FSU goes to 3-0 on the young season, while VMI drops to 0-3. Roberts took the loss for the Keydets, surrendering six earned runs (seven overall) in his 3 2/3 innings, while Scott Sitz was the victor for Florida State as he went six shutout innings, striking out six.
Roberts got off to a strong start Sunday, retiring the first seven hitters in order. Sitz allowed only Roberts to reach over the first two innings, but in the top of the third, the Keydets mounted the game's first threat. Rob Dickinson laced a single to left to start the frame, and one out later, Cody Holder punched a single through the left side for his first collegiate hit. VMI had two runners on, but Roberts struck out for the second out. That brought up freshman Eric Mayers, and after he drilled a 2-1 pitch just foul down the third base line, Mayers struck out swinging on a slider away to end the rally.
FSU got on the board in the bottom half, as with one out, shortstop Justin Gonzalez pushed a bunt down the third base line. Roberts came off the mound to field the ball, but threw high to first, allowing Gonzalez to take second on the play. He advanced to third on a ground out and then scored on a passed ball, giving the home team the 1-0 lead.
The Seminoles added to their cushion in the fourth. James Ramsey tripled home a run with one out, making it 2-0, and catcher Rafael Lopez hit a wind-aided RBI double to center for another run. Miller followed with his three-run shot, and two batters later, John Garrett was greeted with back-to-back singles to score another run, accounting for the six FSU runs in the frame.
The Seminoles would go on to add eight runs in the sixth, including their second home run of the game, a blast by second baseman Devon Travis. VMI was unable to mount a further offensive challenge, as Sitz and the Seminole bullpen held the Keydets to just two hits in the final six innings.
VMI will return to action Tuesday, playing host to William & Mary in the Keydets' home opener. Game time is set for 3 p.m.