GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The combination of solid pitching and a four-run fifth inning proved to be the difference as Florida State’s (41-22) season came to a close with a 7-0 setback to in-state rival Florida (52-14) in the 2016 Gainesville Super Regional on Monday evening at McKethan Stadium.
The Seminoles, who finished the game with five hits, were kept off-balance by Florida’s pitching combination of A.J. Puk, Dane Dunning and Shaun Anderson, which scattered five hits and six walks over eight innings.
Among the five FSU batters with at least one hit was senior captain John Sansone, who finished his final game with a 1-for-4 performance. Sansone, selected in the eighth round in last week’s Major League Baseball Draft by the Cincinnati Reds, capped off his FSU career with 242 hits, 192 runs, 64 doubles and 21 home runs.
“It’s a ballgame in which you tip your hat to Florida,” said head coach Mike Martin. “They got in a little trouble in the first inning, and got out of it. You have to tip your hat to them; they did a tremendous job. On behalf of our program, we want to thank the University of Florida for a tremendous job with what they did here with this tournament.
“I’m proud of these young men and what they accomplished this year; it was a good year,” Martin added. “Obviously when you don’t get to Omaha, it’s a disappointment, but we’re not taking anything away from what this ball club accomplished.”