Gators blank Seminoles to sweep season series

Florida State's Ben DeLuzio looks to the umpire after Florida infielder Richie Martin tagged him out. (Tallahassee Democrat) on Tuesday night at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee. The Gators swept the season series.

Published: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 9:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 9:45 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE — Florida has found the perfect ingredients to beating Florida State: strong pitching from left-hander Danny Young and timely hitting.

Young pitched five shutout innings and Casey Turgeon smacked a three-run homer as the Gators defeated FSU 8-0 on Tuesday night before 6,514 fans to sweep the three-game season series against the No. 1 Seminoles.

"It's really hard to actually sweep someone," Turgeon said. "We sweep Florida State and it's awesome. That's our rival. Everyone had a great night."

The No. 15 Gators (21-12) defeated FSU 3-1 in Gainesville on March 18 and 4-1 in Jacksonville on March 25. In the three wins against the Seminoles, Young has pitched 11 2/3 shutout innings, recorded 11 strikeouts and picked up a pair of wins.

As significant as the sweep of FSU was to Florida, coach Kevin O'Sullivan said he was pleased at how the Gators' pitchers bounced back after allowing 37 runs and dropping two of three games at Kentucky over the weekend.

"That was a tough weekend — probably as tough a weekend as we've had pitching-wise in a long, long time," O'Sullivan said. "So to come up here and shut out a Florida State team that is very, very good is a heck of an accomplishment."

Casey Smit went 2 for 5 for FSU (26-6), which stranded 10 runners. Justin Gonzalez hit a long fly ball that Harrison Bader caught at the wall in left-center field to end the fifth inning. And pinch-hitter Josh Delph grounded out with the bases loaded in the seventh.

Florida gave Young all the run support he would need in the fifth. The Gators' first two batters of the inning reached base on FSU left-hander Billy Strode, and the Seminoles went to the bullpen for right-hander Gage Smith. But freshman John Sternagel had an RBI single and Turgeon followed with a three-run homer off Smith, who had a 0.59 ERA going into Tuesday's game.

Justin Shafer pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief of Young.

FSU managed just four hits off five Florida pitchers. And the Seminoles' bullpen struggled, allowing seven runs (five earned) in five innings.

“This game will humble you," FSU coach Mike Martin said. "We were soundly beaten, no other way to look at it. They did a lot of things right."

Strode (0-1) got FSU off to a good start, allowing a run on two hits and had four strikeouts in four innings. Jameis Winston pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for FSU.

Young (4-0) has not allowed a run in his last 15 innings, a span of 10 games. The last run the sophomore allowed was March 4 against Southern Miss.

"Seems like every time I go out there my defense makes plays and I somehow make a couple pitches and I get out of there pretty good," Young said.

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