Boomer Biegalski, Florida State blow out Coastal Carolina in top-25 battle
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State (34-13) turned in an impressive offensive performance to go along with an outstanding start from Boomer Biegalski as the No. 11 Seminoles opened the weekend series with a 16-2 victory against No. 25 Coastal Carolina (31-14) Friday night on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.
“It was just one of those games that everything went our way,” Florida State head coach Mike Martin said. “We played a very good baseball game. Boomer was really impressive. He has had numerous outings [this year] in which we haven’t gotten him many runs, but tonight was totally different. Good outing by Boomer; a good game played by our team.”
The Seminoles ran out to the early lead in game one scoring three runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back. Five Florida State players finished with multiple hits led by DJ Stewart who went 3-for-5 with a home run, two singles, five RBI and three runs scored. It marked the third time this year that Stewart has driven in at least five runs.
Josh Delph continued his hot hitting with two hits, two runs and two walks, while John Sansone, Quincy Nieporte and Chris Marconcini all finished with two hits apiece on Friday night.
Ben DeLuzio tied a career-high with three RBI drawing a bases loaded walk in the first and plating two more on a two-out single in the fourth.
Biegalski (4-3) received all the run support he would need after the first inning as the sophomore right hander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. After walking the bases loaded in the first, Biegalski settled into a groove retiring 13 straight hitters before issuing a walk to Anthony Marks to open the sixth.
“After that first inning it all started to click and I was throwing everything probably the best I have all year,” said Biegalski. “You just got to go out there and do what you’ve been doing, that’s what got you to that point so there is no point in changing anything.”
The Tallahassee native worked around the walk in the sixth setting down the next three batters on a pair of strikeouts and a groundout to first. Biegalski’s no-hit bid would come to an end on the fourth pitch of the at-bat in the seventh when G.K. Young hit a solo shot over the fence in right to cut Florida State’s lead to 9-1.
“He had one going (no-hitter) and we all knew it,” said Martin. “Of course, we were doing everything we could to preserve it. If you are going to give up a hit, when you have a nine-run lead, it doesn’t hurt nearly as bad when the guy hits it out of the ballpark.”
“Obviously, you don’t saying anything about it,” said Stewart on Biegalski’s no-hit bid. “I didn’t realize he had a no hitter until the sixth inning when I looked back at the scoreboard and was like ‘I got to pay attention and be ready to make a play.’ When a guy is throwing like that you let him stay in his corner, you don’t talk to him, you don’t say anything, just good job and go and play defense for him.”
Biegalski would retire the next three batters, all on strikeouts, to finish the outing with a career-high 12 strikeouts. The home run was the lone hit allowed by Biegalski in 7.0 innings of work on Friday night.
Alec Byrd and Ed Voyles worked the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to close out the game one victory. Byrd allowed an unearned run on two hits as he struck out one, while Voyles faced the minimum in the ninth.
After Biegalski worked out of trouble issuing three walks in the first without giving up a run, the Seminoles responded by scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning against Coastal starter Mike Morrison (2-2). Stewart drove in his first run of the night on an RBI single through the right side, while Nieporte followed with a sac-fly to center. DeLuzio brought home the third run of the inning drawing a walk with the bases loaded.
“One of the keys to the ball game was his ability to get out of the first inning, bases loaded jam,” added Martin. “Then we were able to come back and get a couple of key hits and get three in the first. That gives Boomer a totally different approach then and he did a great job.”
Florida State pushed its lead to 7-0 in the fourth thanks to a pair of two-run singles by Stewart and DeLuzio.
The FSU lead grew to 9-0 in the sixth after Nieporte and Marconcini opened the inning with a hit-by-pitch and double down the line in left, respectively. Dylan Busby brought home Nieporte on a groundout to first, while a two-out base hit through the left side by Danny De La Calle drove in Marconcini for the second run of the inning.
After Coastal Carolina got on the board thanks to the solo shot by Young in the seventh, Stewart responded with a two-run, opposite field shot in the bottom half of the inning for his team leading 11th home run of the season.
The Chanticleers added a run in the eighth as Michael Paez reached on a fielder’s choice groundout off Byrd and eventually scored on a passed ball.
Florida State scored five more in the eighth for its final margin. Hank Truluck drove in a run on a bases loaded walk and later scored on a wild pitch. Darren Miller recorded a two-run double, while Nieporte singled home a run on infield hit to third.