Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seminoles Look Super Florida State Downs Dolphins 9-2

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seminoles Look Super Florida State Downs Dolphins 9-2

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TALLAHASSEE -- Jacksonville coach Terry Alexander's "due" theory will have to wait at least another day.

Nick Stocks and Chris Chavez combined for a three-hitter last night and top-seeded Florida State moved within one victory of advancing to next week's Super Regional with a 9-2 victory over the Dolphins.

After waiting out a 3-hour, 45-minute rain delay, the Seminoles (50-12) scored their 15th consecutive victory over the Dolphins (41-22) in front of a Dick Howser Stadium crowd of 3,726. It marks the 18th time in 20 years FSU has reached the 50-win plateau.

"It was a long day," FSU coach Mike Martin said. "It was one of those ballgames that kind of reminded me how we played a few years ago: getting on base, moving them over, creating runs."

The Seminoles did those little things well enough to build a 3-2 lead after seven innings before breaking the game open with six runs in the final two innings.

Freshman Chris Smith drove in three runs on three of the Seminoles' 11 hits and Marshall McDougall blasted his 25th homer of the season.

Right-hander Nick Regilio (7-2) kept the Dolphins in the game with his best effort since returning from a tonsillectomy, scattering six hits over seven innings. Regilio departed with the Dolphins trailing 3-2 after throwing 125 pitches before the Seminoles exploited JU's thinning bullpen.

"I really think the rain delay took an inning or two out of [Regilio]," Alexander said. "He was pretty done at the end of the seventh. Had he been fresh we could have got an inning more, or maybe two, and that would have certainly helped us in that situation."

Teeing off on relievers Scott Porter, Sam Shippee and John Byrd, FSU turned the seven-inning pitcher's duel into a rout.

Smith doubled home Kevin Cash for a 4-2 lead in the eighth and McDougall opened the ninth with a homer to right, igniting a five-run inning.

"Giving up nine runs in the ninth is probably my fault," Alexander said. "I didn't want to use my closer if we didn't need to and we didn't do a good job of getting another pitcher ready if Shippee got into trouble . …

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