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March 2, 2013
Scott Sitz does remember the last time he gave up a run. But with each passing start in 2013, the memory is getting more and more distant.
Sitz continued his stingy pitching streak, doling out six shutout innings on the way to a 7-0 win over Villanova at Dick Howser Stadium on Saturday.
With three scoreless starts already this season, Sitz (2-0) has thrown 19 2/3 straight innings without allowing a run, a streak that dates back to last year's College World Series.
"I felt like my biggest thing was the command of my fastball," Sitz said. "Working both sides of the plate, my changeup and slider were working OK but the big thing was command of my fastball. That's whaty got me out of jams when I needed it."
The jams were almost non-existent for Sitz, who allowed three hits and a walk while tying a career high with nine strikeouts. He threw 95 pitches, 62 for strikes.
"I'm obviously very pleased with Scotty. I thought he had another exceptional outing," FSU coach Mike Martin said. "Scotty controlled the game and kept everything right there."
As Sitz dealt, left fielder Marcus Davis continued his season-long hitting tear. It started in the third when he laced a ball high off the fence in right for an RBI double and a 1-0 FSU lead. The Seminoles scratched another across on an error to take a 2-0 lead into the fourth.
Davis ripped another RBI double, this one into the gap in right center in the fifth inning, to give the Seminoles a 3-0 lead.
FSU locked it up with three runs in the seventh, stretching the lead out to 7-0. Davis finished the game with two RBI - giving him a team-leading 16 in nine games this season - and three runs scored. Davis is hitting an even .500 on the year (15 for 30) after his 3-for-4 effort.
First baseman John Nogoswki, who made his fourth start of the year, went 2 for 3 with two doubles, a run and an RBI.
Villanova starter Stephen Ostapeck was chased after 4 2/3 innings, allowing five hits, four runs (three earned), and walking three.
After Sitz, Florida State kept the Wildcat hitters off balance as Bryant Holtmann and Gage Smith combined for three scoreless innings, allowing one hit, one walk and striking out five.
Florida State goes for the sweep over Villanova (1-5) tomorrow and a 10-0 start to the year at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Davis said he was unsure whether he would play on Saturday because of a sore elbow and shoulder suffered while tracking a home run ball in left field during Friday's game.
Davis said he was "apprehensive" during batting practice on Saturday, hoping to not cause more pain, but when he got through it pain-free he was ready to go.
"I was very pleased that a guy like Marcus Davis who had a little something wrong with him before the game wasn't about to say 'I can't go today'. He came out here and played a big part in this win for us."
"I'm not the least bit concerned with DJ getting back, we just want to be sure that he's not going to put himself in a situation where he's out a month because we brought him back too quick. He just cannot swing the bat like he's capable of."
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