Tallahassee, FL - Florida State scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning to erase a 2-0 deficit and went on to post a 13-6 win and sweep the three-game series Sunday afternoon.
Hofstra, which held leads in all three games of the series, falls to 0-3 on the year, while the ninth-ranked Seminoles improve to 3-0.
Hofstra opened the scoring in the top of the first for the third straight game as Matt Ford drew a two-out walk and came in on a Jared Hammer RBI double. Kenny Jackson followed with a run-scoring double of his own to make it 2-0 in favor of the Pride.
But Florida State stormed back with five runs in the bottom of the first, sending 11 men to the plate. Sherman Johnson walked to lead off the inning and came in on Devon Travis' double. An infield single and a walk loaded the bases, and then John Nogowski walked to force in the second run. Jose Brizuela had a two-run single to put the Seminoles ahead, 4-2. A fifth run would score on a fielder's choice ground out from Seth Miller.
The Seminoles tacked on a sixth run in the fourth as Stephen McGee doubled home Brizuela, who was hit by a Dave Jesch pitch with two outs in the inning. Florida State added three runs in the sixth as Nogowski had a solo home run to lead off the inning. Justin Gonzalez walked, stole second, went to third on a balk and scored on Brizuela's single up the middle. Johnson would drive in the third run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to extend the Seminole lead to 9-2. Jayce Boyd would knock in Florida State's 10th run with a double in the seventh.
The Pride would battle back with four runs in the top of the eight as the Pride loaded the bases with no outs. Dalton Rouleau was hit by a pitch to score the first run, while Danny Poma's double play grounder scored a second run. Ford had an RBI single before Jackson closed out the scoring with an RBI single of his own.
Florida State put three runs up in the bottom of the eighth to account for the final score.
Hofstra starter John Schilt took the loss, going just 2/3 of an inning and giving up five runs, three hits and five walks. Hofstra used 10 pitchers in the game. Florida State starter Mike Compton earned the win after allowing three hits and two runs in five innings.
Hammer finished the game with three hits in four at-bats, as well as a run and an RBI. Jackson had two hits and two RBIs and Bryan Verbitsky had two hits and a run scored. James Ramsey had three hits for the Seminoles, while Brizuela had two hits and three RBIs.
Hofstra is back in action next weekend with four games scheduled. The Pride will face Virginia Wesleyan on the road on Friday afternoon and then continue to Cary, NC, for a three-game set against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame at the USA baseball national Training Complex. The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday and a single game on Sunday.