Tallahassee, FL - Florida State hit four home runs, including a grand slam by Seth Miller in a five-run sixth inning, and went on to post a 9-2 win over the Pride in the season-opener for both teams.
Hofstra took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as sophomore catcher Matt Reistetter singled home junior second baseman Matt Ford. But the ninth-ranked Seminoles went ahead in the second with three runs. Jayce Boyd tied the score with a leadoff home run off Pride starter Jared Rogers. Then after a one-out double, Jose Brizuela launched a two-run homer to put Florida State up, 3-1.
Florida State added another run on a solo shot by James Ramsey in the fourth and then broke the game open in the sixth. Pride freshman Dave Jesch came on to relieve Rogers to start the inning and after retiring the first batter issued a walk to John Nogowski. Justin Gonzalez singled and after a strikeout, Stephen McGee walked to load the bases for Miller. The rightfielder took a one-strike pitch over the right field fence for a grand slam and an 8-1 lead. The Seminoles would add a fifth run in the inning on a bases loaded walk to Boyd.
Hofstra would add a second run in the ninth as Reistetter walked and came in to score on a double by senior T.J. Thomas. Thomas finished the evening 3-for-4 with two doubles.
Rogers took the loss for the Pride, allowing six hits and four runs in five innings of work. Brandon Leibrandt, the son of former major leaguer Charlie Leibrandt, earned the win after allowing three hits and one run in five innings.
Miller, Gonzalez and Sherman Johnson each had two hits in the contest for Florida State.
The game marked the debut of Hofstra Coach John Russo, who spent three years as an assistant with the Pride before taking over as head coach last month.
The series continues tomorrow afternoon with John Tiedemann on the hill for the Pride.