Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Chapman's Home Runs Lead 'Noles in Rout

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Chapman's Home Runs Lead 'Noles in Rout

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Gibbs Chapman hit a grand slam and a solo homer and Tony Thomas Jr. drove in four runs to lead Florida State to an 11-2 win over visiting Appalachian State on Friday.

It was the sixth consecutive win for the Seminoles (14-1), who have never lost to Appalachian State in 12 meetings.

The Mountaineers (1-8) nearly escaped the second inning unscathed, but the Seminoles loaded the bases with two outs on a walk and a single. With the count full, Chapman hit his second homer of the season to make it 4-0.

Appalachian State cut into the lead with runs in the sixth and seventh, but Thomas drove in a run with a sixth-inning single then put the game out of reach with a bases-clearing three-run double in the seventh to make it 8-2.

Chapman, who finished with five RBI, added a leadoff homer in a three-run eighth inning.

Michael Hyde (3-1) held the Mountaineers to six hits and struck out six in seven innings.

FLORIDA 5, RHODE ISLAND 4: Stephen Barton's two-run double highlighted a three-run sixth inning and Florida held on late for a win over visiting Rhode Island.

The Gators (7-2) led 5-3 after the sixth, but Rhode Island cut the lead in half on Josh Nestor's two-out RBI single in the eighth. Daryl Holcomb's one-out single in the ninth put the tying run on base, but after a strikeout, Holcomb was caught stealing to end the game.

Alan Horne (1-0) held the Rams to three runs and struck out six in six innings. Connor Falkenbach gave up one run in three innings to pick up his first save.

The Rams (0-1) didn't trail through the first 5 1/2 innings and led 3-2 entering the bottom of the sixth.

UNF 9, ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE 3: Marion Knowles went 5 for 5 with a home run, five RBI and three runs scored to lead North Florida, ranked No. 18 in Division II, to a win over host Alabama-Huntsville in the opening game of UAH Spring Classic.

Knowles hit a three-run home run in the second inning to put the Ospreys (8-5) ahead 3-0. His two-run single in the ninth put the game away.

Jonathan Hodach was 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBI for the Ospreys.

Colin Fender (3-0) earned the win in relief, pitching 22/3 scoreless innings while striking out five. …

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