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3 up, 3 down: FSU does what no other team has done at Louisville since 2015

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The ‘Noles won game two of the series, and look for the sweep on Sunday.

Larry Novey

It had been 33 home series since the last time Louisville dropped a series at home. On Friday, Florida State became the first ACC team to take a series in Louisville since 2015.

After taking game one of the series, 12-9, Florida State came rumbling back, and with the help of a five run ninth inning, defeated Louisville in game two 8-2.

Three up:

  • Starting pitcher Tyler Holton was masterful once again, going eight innings and only allowing one earned run while striking out 11. In his past two starts, Holton is 2-0 while allowing just one earned run in 17 innings, striking out 20 and allowing just three walks. On the season, Holton’s ERA is 2.55 and is shaping up to be FSU’s strongest pitcher heading into the postseason.
  • At the top of the lineup, Taylor Walls was the only Seminole to record a multi-hit game, going 2-5 with two RBI. Walls had been struggling in the earlier part of the season, but has picked it up as of late, raising his batting average to .262 and still leads the teams with walks with 51.
  • The win was huge for Florida State’s postseason implications. Coming into the weekend, Louisville was ranked No. 2 in the nation, and now that FSU has taken the first two games of the series, its RPI has risen to No. 14 in the country with a No. 1 strength of schedule.

Three Down:

  • FSU had a sporadic offensive production from its lineup, with Taylor Walls the only Seminole to record a multi-hit game. Without Louisville committing four errors, the ‘Noles would have seen themselves trailing in the ninth, and the outcome could have been different. This isn’t a crazy down, but FSU should have had more than 10 batters reach on hits and walks. Florida State hit a combined 7-34 (.206) at the plate.
  • Third baseman Dylan Busby, who still leads the Seminoles with a .305 batting average, went 0-5 on Friday with three strikeouts. It was just a bad game for Busby who will look to turn things around on Saturday.
  • Andrew Karp had a chance in the ninth inning to pitch well and get a little confidence boost, however that went array. In the ninth, Karp allowed one earned run on three hits and struck out one. His ERA on the season remains over five at 5.21 and hitters are batting .302 against Karp.

Florida State looks for the sweep on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 7:30 PM.