Tallahassee, FL - Hofstra built a 4-0 lead after two innings, but #9 Florida State scored 10 runs over the next six innings and held off a ninth inning rally by the Pride in a 10-8 win. Hofstra falls to 0-2 on the season with the loss, while Florida State improves to 2-0.
Hofstra opened the scoring in the first as Dalton Rouleau walked to leadoff the game and moved to second on a single by Danny Poma. After a strikeout, the Pride pulled off a double steal and Jared Hammer followed with an RBI groundout to give Hofstra a 1-0 lead. Hofstra added three runs in the second as Kenny Jackson walked, stole second and advanced to third on an error that allowed Taylor Stuart to reach first. Austin Nyman delivered a run-scoring single and two batters later Poma produced a two-run double.
But Florida State would get on the board with three runs in the third with Jayce Boyd getting a two-run double and Justin Gonzalez adding a sacrifice fly. After Hofstra tacked on a run in the fifth on an RBI single by Matt Ford, the Seminoles went ahead for good with four runs in the bottom of the frame. Florida State loaded the bases on a single, a hit by pitch and an error. That chased reliever Gregg Lettini in favor of Andrew Barbarino. Jose Brizuela greeted the junior with a two-run double that tied the score at five. Later in the inning, the Seminoles went ahead for good on a RBI groundout by Seth Miller and then added another run on a double by Devon Travis.
Florida State would add three runs in the eight to take a 10-5 lead into the ninth. That is when Hofstra managed a three-run rally and ended the game with the tying runs on base. Rouleau led off with a walk and went to third on a single by Poma. Ford reached on an error, scoring Rouleau and sending Poma to third. Hammer delivered a single to center that plated Poma to make it 10-7. After T.J. Thomas singled to load the bases, Michael Ferranti reached on a fielder's choice that scored Ford with the final run. FSU closer Scott Sitz retired Bryan Verbitsky for the final out.
Poma had a 4-for-5 performance in the game, while Hammer had two hits for the Pride which managed 12 hits in the game. Lettini took the loss for the Pride. Hunter Scantling earned the win in relief for Florida State with Sitz earning his first save of the season.