*From Troy Media Relations*
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Luke Weaver struck out a career-high 14 and No. 9 Florida State pulled away from No. 26 Troy with a six-run ninth inning in an 11-0 victory Saturday evening at Dick Howser Stadium in a winner’s bracket game in the Tallahassee Regional.
Weaver (7-2) scattered four hits, did not walk a batter and got a pair of double plays behind him over his eight innings of work. The sophomore right-hander has now struck out 114 batters in 92.1 innings of work this season.
Troy starter Tanner Hicks matched him pitch for pitch over the first four innings of the game before a leadoff walk turned into a three-run fifth inning. Hicks (8-4) took the loss for the Trojans as he was charged with four runs on four hits in six innings.
Giovanny Alfonzo singled up the middle following the walk to give the Seminoles (46-15) a pair of runners in scoring position with nobody out. John Sansone plated the first run of the game with a grounder to second and Josh Delph followed with a sac fly. DJ Stewart added a solo homer to right-center field to give top-seeded Florida State the 3-0 lead.
The Trojans (41-19) had an opportunity to answer in the bottom half of the fourth after Trae Santos was hit by a pitch with two outs. Josh McDorman torched a Weaver fastball off the wall in right-center field for a double but Santos was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
Florida State added single runs in the sixth – on a sac fly by Alfonzo – and in the eighth – on a leadoff homer by John Nogowski – to stretch its lead out to 5-0. The Seminoles put the game out of reach after touching up the Trojan bullpen for six runs on six hits in the ninth.
Nogowski finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs, while Jose Brizuela, Seth Miller and Stewart all had two hits for the Seminoles.
Third-seeded Troy now faces a rematch with second-seeded Alabama on Sunday at 11 a.m. in an elimination game. The Trojans beat the Crimson Tide 5-2 in the opening game of the Tallahassee Regional on Friday. The winner of that contest will advanced to play Florida State at 4 p.m. Sunday.