Oct. 17, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - In the first live action of the fall baseball season, the Florida State Seminoles defeated the Ontario Blue Jays 18-3 in a 14-inning exhibition game Monday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
"It was a good experience for our young guys and certainly a good experience for the Canadians," said head coach Mike Martin. "We enjoyed playing them and hopefully we can do it again next year.
"A game like this does our guys a lot of good. We need situations like this to make us better. It gives us a little break before the Garnet & Gold game."
FSU registered 18 hits from 10 different players including seven Seminoles who recorded at least two hits on Monday. Freshman Jose Brizuela (Weston, Fla.) was perfect at the plate in seven appearances going 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, three walks, a sac-fly, three runs scored and a game-high five RBI.
Fellow newcomers John Nogowski (Tallahassee, Fla.), Giovanny Alfonso (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) and John Holland (Johns Creek, Ga.) all recorded two hits apiece, while Nogowski and Holland both drove in a pair of runs.
On the mound, Florida State used 11 different pitchers that combined to give up just seven hits and two walks while striking out 24.
Hunter Scantling started the game and worked two scoreless innings giving up just one hit, an infield single to short, while striking out two.
Freshman Brandon Leibrandt (Alpharetta, Ga.) followed with two scoreless innings of his own allowing just one hit and one walk. He struck out four of the eight batters that he faced.
Robert Benincasa and Scott Sitz were the only other returning pitchers to throw on Monday. Benincasa worked a perfect inning in relief as he struck out two and did not allow a base runner. Sitz threw 2.0 innings and after giving up three runs on four hits in his first inning of work, the junior right hander settled down and retired the side in order in the seventh.
The rest of the game was handled by the new faces on this year's staff as Luke Weaver (DeLand, Fla.), Evan Geist (Roswell, Ga.), Mike Compton (Branson, Mo.), Cody Alling (Pensacola, Fla.), Gage Smith (Tallahassee, Fla.), Jordan Priddle (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Brizuela each threw an inning in relief allowing just one hit and one walk while striking 14.
"The thing I liked (the most) was the walks column; the ability for our guys to fill up the strike zone today was key," said associate head coach Mike Bell. "(As for the new guys) Leibrandt was good. His fastball and the ability to command both sides of the plate were really good. Overall, for all the young arms, it was good to see different guys get out there, compete and fill up the strike zone. Hopefully we can build off of it and keep moving forward."
"This gives us a good evaluating tool to see whether a guy did the fundamentals that we were working on," added Martin. "I was pleased with the entire day. I thought we got a lot accomplished. I also thought our pitching was exceptional today."
The fall baseball season will come to a close on Friday, November 4 at 6:00 p.m. with the annual Garnet & Gold game. Admission to the game is free to the public.