Stetson takes down No. 10 FSU baseball on Tuesday

THE COUNTRY – On the strength of six home runs and a five-run sixth inning, Stetson (34-19) defeated Florida State (37-13) 10-5 on Tuesday night at Melching Field. Florida State (37-13) has lost four straight games at Stetson.

Matt Sauser and Conner Whittaker each gave up a pair of solo home runs in the second inning as Stetson jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but FSU clawed back to tie the game in the top of the sixth inning. James Tibbs III cut Stetson’s lead with a leadoff home run in the fourth inning; Tibbs added a second home run in the ninth inning, the 50th of his career and 23rd of the season.

The Seminoles scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game at 4-4, but Stetson scored five runs against four FSU pitchers in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead for good.

Yoel Tejeda Jr. (1-1) pitched three scoreless innings before a leadoff home run started the sixth inning. His 3.1 innings pitched were his highest as a Seminole.

Score overview:

B2 | FSU 0, SU 1 Meola home run

B2 | FSU 0, SU 2 Dessureault home run

B2 | FSU 0, SU 3 Griffis home run

B2 | FSU 0, SU 4 Jones home run

T4 | FSU 1, SU 4 Tibbs home run (22nd)

T6 | FSU 2, SU 4 Faurot sacrifice fly, Dinges scored

T6 | FSU 3, SU 4 Cantu scored on a wild pitch

T6 | FSU 4, SU 4 J. Williams doubled, Lodise scored

B6 | FSU 4, SU 5 Meola home run

B6 | FSU 4, SU 6 Barkett reached on fielder’s choice, Dessureault scored

B6 | FSU 4, SU 8 Hughes tripled, Griffis and Barkett scored

B6 | FSU 4, SU 9 Moran singled, Hughes scored

B7 | FSU 4, SU 10 Dessureault home run

T9 | FSU 5, SU 10 Tibbs home run (23rd)

Of interest:

  • Tibbs III hit his 22nd and 23rd home runs of the season, tied for 10th most in a season in school history and the most since Mat Nelson led the nation with 23 in 2021. His 50 career home runs rank 6th. at FSU.
  • Tibbs has five multi-home run games this season.
  • Tibbs’ eight-game on-base streak is the team’s longest; Alex Lodise was hit by a pitch and reached base safely in seven straight games.
  • Cam Smith had two hits and has six in his last two games. He is now hitting .391 on the season, best on the team; his 27 multi-hit games are also the best on the team.
  • Jordan Williams tied the game with a two-out double in the sixth inning, his second RBI and second double of the season.
  • Florida State has hit a home run in 24 of the past 25 games.
  • Despite the loss, Yoel Tejeda Jr. pitched. a season-high 3.1 innings for the Seminoles.
  • FSU fell to 14-1 against in-state opponents this season.


Thanks to the hard work of many people after last week’s tornadoes in Tallahassee, Florida State will be able to host Georgia Tech at Dick Howser Stadium starting Thursday. First pitch is set for 6:00 PM and all three games of the series will be on ACCNX.