Tallahassee, FL- Justin Gonzalez drove in four runs to lead second-ranked Florida State past Hofstra, 14-4, in the finale of a three-game series on Sunday afternoon in front of 4,306 fans at Dick Howser Stadium.
Senior Elliot Hagburg (East Hanover, NJ) lined two hits, and drove in a run and scored while freshman Matt Ford (Lansing, NY) also added a RBI for Hofstra, which fell to 0-6. Tyler Everett pitched three scoreless innings out of the bullpen to help Florida State sweep the series in moving to 6-0.
The Seminoles, ranked only behind LSU by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, scored five runs in the third inning and to break a tie and lined 17 total base hits in improving to 10-0 in the all-time series.
Freshman lefty Joe Burg (Lindenhurst, IL) allowed five runs off five hits in two innings in his first collegiate start, dropping to 0-1. Everett (1-0) surrendered one hit and struck out two.
Hofstra posted a lead for the first time in the series when it raced to a 2-0 edge in the opening inning off freshman starter Robert Benincasa. A leadoff single, error and a walk loaded the bases and senior Ethan Paquette (West Burke, VT) drew a walk to force in the first run.
After a strikeout, Hagburg lined a run-scoring single to right for his first RBI of the season, scoring fellow senior Matt Prokopowicz (Massapequa, NY). Benincasa escaped another bases-loaded jam, striking out sophomore catcher Matt Hancock (Old Lyme, CT) to end an eight-pitch at-bat.
Florida State responded with three hits in the bottom of the first. Tyler Holt worked a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a single. The Seminoles then executed a double-steal and Holt scored when Hancock's throw to third sailed into left field. Stephen Cardullo lined a RBI single to right to make it 2-all before Burg induced a double play to escape further damage.
The teams exchanged scoreless innings before Hofstra used a single and a walk to force Florida State coach Mike Martin to call in Everett from the bullpen in the top of the third. The Pride could not scratch across any runs to squash the potential rally.
Burg, the only southpaw on the Pride staff, struggled with the strike zone in the third. He surrendered a leadoff double before walking the next two batters on eight pitches. Junior Sean Monaghan (East Meadow, NY) came in and gave up Sherman Johnson's RBI single through the left side. Johnson compiled 10 RBIs in the series.
Monaghan recorded a strikeout before Gonzalez ripped a one-hop double off the leftfield wall to score three runs. Rafael Lopez lofted a single to left to score Gonzalez in the next at-bat, opening a 7-2 lead.
Ford registered his second RBI of the season, ripping a sixth-inning single through the right side to make it 8-3. Florida State tacked on four runs in the seventh against junior reliever Jeff Guthridge (Bel Air, MD).
Hagburg, who started all 35 of his previous Hofstra games at catcher, played right field for the first time in his two-year Pride career and finished 2-for-3 with a walk.
Hofstra will next play another Atlantic Coast Conference school when it travels to Maryland for a three-game series against the Terps starting Friday at 3 p.m.