Storm suspends Florida State's first-round rout
ATHENS, Ga. - Florida State had no trouble with Jacksonville's baseball team, but the Seminoles were no match for the weather.
Florida State pounded out 18 hits, including five doubles and three homers, to build an 18-0 lead through seven innings before play was suspended because of lightning in the area in the opening game of the NCAA Athens Regional.
The game was delayed 39 minutes at the start and interrupted for 91 minutes after three innings before the game was suspended shortly before 8 p.m. The game will resume at 9 this morning.
Also postponed was the second game between Georgia (41-19) and Sacred Heart (26-28), now scheduled for 11 a.m., followed by two more games at 3 and 7.
The Seminoles (42-19) knocked previously undefeated ace Matt Dobbins out of the game with a six-run first inning in seeking their fourth victory of the season over Jacksonville (42-17).
Tony Thomas Jr. was a triple short of the cycle, scoring twice and driving in four.
Ryan Strauss doubled twice and singled to drive in a career-high five runs.
Travis Anderson drove in four with a single and double. Shane Robinson hit his sixth homer of the season.
Josh Spivey came off the bench to hit his third homer of the year.
Seminole starter Michael Hyde pitched five shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out five. Hyde has lost one game in his past 31 appearances, including 21 starts. His postseason earned run average fell to 0.70.
Barring an unlikely comeback, he will be 3-0 in postseason play.
Dobbins, 12-0 before the game, could not get out of the first inning, walking four batters, throwing two wild pitches and surrendering a three-run homer to Thomas.
The Dolphins walked a season-high 10 batters and hit one batter.
After a 91-minute rain delay, the Seminoles added three in the fourth, highlighted by Anderson's two-run double.
The Seminoles strung together six hits in a six-run fifth.
Florida State was held scoreless in the second inning only.