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3 up, 3 down: Florida State takes series from Clemson

The ‘Noles took a big series against Clemson, clinching it with a rubber match victory on Monday.

With a 7-6 victory on Monday, Florida State baseball took two out of three and the series against Clemson.

Three up:

  1. Pitcher Alec Byrd deserved the victory he earned in Monday’s win. The southpaw threw three innings to close out the game, allowing one unearned run on three hits, did not walk a hitter and struck out two. With a shaky bullpen that FSU has had recently, it was a big time performance from Byrd to seal the series win.
  2. The bottom half of the lineup provided most of the offense that propelled the ‘Noles to victory. More specifically, the 5-9 hitters, Cal Raleigh, Drew Mendoza, Rhett Aplin, Matt Henderson and J.C. Flowers each recorded at least one hit and combined for seven of the ten total team hits and six runs scored. A big component of Florida State’s offense was the success getting home runs with two outs. FSU scored four of its seven total runs with two outs despite hitting 2-11 overall with two outs, with those two hits being huge.
  3. It wasn’t a sensational start on paper, but Drew Parrish’s start was an up. The freshman gave up two earned (three total) in 4 13 innings, not walking anyone and at one point sent 10 of 11 hitters back to the dugout.

Three down:

  1. Florida State (more specifically Dylan Busby) made three errors leading to two unearned runs. Once again, I do not need to elaborate any more.
  2. With the bottom of the lineup having success on Monday, it was picking up the slack for a horrendous top of the order for FSU. The 1,2,3 hitters in Taylor Walls, Dylan Busby and Jackson Lueck went a combined 1-13 with five runners left on base.
  3. The ‘Noles left a lot of opportunities left on the base path, leaving a total of twelve runners on base. FSU got fortunate on Monday, but that could be the difference in future one run games.

Florida State next hosts Stetson on Wednesday at 4 PM.