Strong pitching propels No. 16 Florida State to 5-1 win in sweep of Oakland
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State (3-0) completed the sweep of Oakland (0-3) on Sunday afternoon with a 5-1 victory on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.
“It was a totally different Oakland team that we faced today; no errors, pitched better, I tip my hat to Oakland,” Florida State coach Mike Martin said. “To do what they did [this weekend] and not having the opportunity to get outside, they were really, really impressive.”
Making his collegiate debut on Sunday, Cobi Johnson worked 5.0 shutout innings allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out six to earn his first career win. The freshman right hander Johnson retired the side in order in three of the five innings he worked finishing the afternoon with 75 pitches.
“Of course there is excitement but there is also some nervousness going through me,” Johnson said on making his first college start on Sunday. “But after that first inning, I felt like I settled down pretty good.”
With the Noles holding a 2-0 lead in the fourth and Oakland threatening with runners at second and third with two outs, Johnson calmly worked out of a jam getting Ian Yetsko swinging on strikes to retire the side.
“Cobi was certainly the secret so to speak,” Martin said. “He pitched five good innings, had a very good fastball … overcame that problem in the fourth and got himself into a very good rhythm. He showed great mound presence and was under control and put his team in a chance to win.”
Alec Byrd, Dylan Silva and Billy Strode combined to throw the final four innings to complete the sweep of the Golden Grizzlies. Byrd gave up an unearned run on two hits as he walked one and struck out one in 1.2 innings. Silva worked 1.1 shutout innings, while Billy Strode made his first appearance of the 2015 season and pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
Eight Seminoles recorded at least one hit on Sunday as DJ Stewart and Gage West paced the offense with two hits apiece. Stewart registered two hits and two walks as he reached base in four of his five plate appearances. West finished with a pair of doubles. Darren Miller picked up his first career hit with a double to left in the sixth.
Oakland’s Jake Morton took the loss on Sunday as the senior right-hander allowed two runs on three hits in 2.2 innings of work. The Golden Grizzlies used seven different pitchers in Sunday’s series finale.