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Van Eyk confident, in control down the stretch

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ATHENS, Ga. – C.J. Van Eyk has been at his best over the last two months.

Not always overpowering. But limiting walks. Efficient. And delivering wins.

Van Eyk scattered nine this and shook off two early runs to compose himself in the middle innings as Florida State took a 12-3 win over Georgia on Saturday night.

“It was definitely a huge game for us tonight,” Van Eyk said. “I just try to keep that same energy every time I pitch. No team is going to faze us or faze me so just keeping the same energy, keeping my head down and getting the win for our team.”

Van Eyk has pitched well enough to help the Seminoles get wins lately. He is 7-0 with a 2.86 ERA in his last eight starts, with 65 strikeouts and just 16 walks.

On Saturday, the sophomore right-hander gave up a Tucker Maxwell home run in the first inning and allowed another run in the third inning. But he settled in and had three 1-2-3 innings and enjoyed the benefit of a double play in another inning.

While Van Eyk had nine strikeouts, FSU’s bats did the rest.

Van Eyk outdueled Georgia right-hander Emerson Hancock, who gave up five earned runs in four innings. Hancock is considered a potential first-round pick in 2020, while Van Eyk is gradually showing that he is among the top college pitchers in that class, too.

“Knew he was going to throw strikes and do his best against us but definitely it’s more motivation going up against a top guy like that too,” Van Eyk said.

Sunday starter undecided: FSU coach Mike Martin said he had not chosen a starter for Sunday night. Two options are left-hander Shane Drohan and right-hander Conor Grady.

Around the bases: The Seminoles (38-21) need two more wins to reach the 40-win mark for a 42nd straight season, which would include all 40 in Martin’s head coaching career … FSU has 78 home runs, its most since hitting 86 in 2010. … Over the past three games (ACC Tournament and NCAA Regional), FSU has 51 hits and 36 runs in 24 innings.

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