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April 16, 2013
No. 6 Florida State shuts out South Alabama 2-0
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The sixth-ranked Florida State Seminoles made quick work of the University of South Alabama Jaguars Tuesday night in a 2-0 victory.
The game took exactly two hours in front of an announced crowd of 4,193 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. Peter Miller improved to 4-1 as he outdueled an effective Payton Gardner for USA (27-11) in the fourth FSU shutout this season..
Miller allowed just two hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings, while striking out four. John Sansone and Seth Miller each drove in a run in the two-run fifth inning for FSU (31-6).
"It was a good win," FSU head coach Mike Martin said. "And I told the guys that. When you have a young club and they go through what they were going through, they start getting frustrated. They start just getting out of themselves. They did not do any of that. They stayed mentally involved in the game and got it done."
Gardner kept the Seminoles off balance throughout the night with an effective changeup. The senior right hander was making his first start of the season, and allowed just two runs, one earned, on five hits and one walk.
In his six innings of work he struck out seven batters and threw just 81 pitches.
"It was a great changeup," said FSU first baseman John Nogowski. "He threw it 3/4 of the time. So you're in 2-0 you get a changeup. You're in 0-1 you get changeup. It's not pitching backwards, but it's not pitching normal either. It's just crazy seeing so many changeups and just pounded it."
Nogowski was the one who eventually broke through for FSU to start the fifth inning. The sophomore smacked a 2-0 fastball to left center and hustled down the line, when he saw Nick Zaharion bobble the ball he advanced to second on the error.
Three pitches later Sansone hit an RBI-single to right. He was the lone Seminole with multiple hits as he was 2 for 3 with two singles and a stolen base.
Sansone advanced to third on a base hit by Giovanny Alfonzo and came home to score on an RBI-fielder's choice by Seth Miller.
"It was really big for us because he was mixing that changeup great," Sansone said. He was mixing that changeup great and I was just trying to think singles and it just worked out."
While Gardner was dealing for the Jaguars, Peter Miller turned in his fourth scoreless start of the season for FSU.
"If he's had a better outing I don't know who it was against," Martin said. "Great outing, great outing for him."
Peter Miller threw 95 pitches in 6 2/3 innings and didn't allow a baserunner to reach second. The lone runner who tried was thrown out by Stephen McGee in the sixth inning.
"I definitely could establish with the slider and the fastball early on," Peter Miller said. "They were kind of chasing the changeup and getting some roll over ground balls and stuff. My defense helped me out a ton. Steve, (Nogowski), I could go around the infield. The ball kind of bounced my way today and the slider was definitely working for me today."
Billy Strode threw a scoreless inning with one strikeout in relief of Peter Miller, while Gage Smith needed just one pitch to induce a groundout against his only batter faced.
Robby Coles picked up his eighth save of the season as he allowed one hit and stuck out one in the ninth.
He will not travel with the team to Virginia and is not expected to resume baseball activities for at least two weeks.
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