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Florida State Baseball beats Stetson in Tallahassee Regional opener

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Florida State baseball coach Link Jarrett trusted his pitcher Carson Dorsey and the young left-hander delivered.

Dorsey and the FSU defense played to their full potential Friday at Dick Howser Stadium, defeating Stetson 7-2 on opening day of the Tallahassee Regional of the NCAA baseball tournament.

The eighth-seeded Seminoles remain in the winners bracket and await the winner of the UCF-Alabama game later tonight.

Dorsey was exceptional, throwing a career-high 8.2 innings. He managed nine hits and finished with seven strikeouts. The left-hander also threw a career-high 121 pitches.

FSU relief pitcher Brennen Oxford struck out his only batter, ending the game.

FSU never trails in NCAA tournament win over Stetson at Howser Stadium

Florida State scored one run in the first three innings.

The Seminoles showed their strength early with two solo home runs in two innings by Max Williams to lead off the game and Daniel Cantu in the second. Four Seminoles had at least one RBI in Friday's win. Alex Lodise led with three.

Florida State played clean defense, although they allowed nine goals and two errors.

Stetson scored its first run on an RBI double by Isaiah Barkett. Drew Faurot's throw to catcher Jaxson West prevented FSU from allowing Stetson to score its second run at the plate, ending the third inning.

The Hatters scored another run on an error at second base. The Seminoles answered with two more runs on sacrifices by Cantu and Lodise.

With another out in the ninth inning, Oxford ended the game with a strikeout, giving Dorsey his sixth win of the year.

Florida State will return to Dick Howser Stadium on Saturday to face the winner of the UCF-Alabama game, scheduled for 6 p.m.

Peter Holland Jr. covers Florida State athletics for the Tallahassee Democrat. Reach him via email at PHolland@Gannett.com or at X @_Da_pistol.

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