The Florida State Seminoles fell to the Florida Gators for the 10th-straight time on Tuesday evening, 4-2. The ’Noles will face the Gators for the third and final game of the series on April 9th in Tallahassee hoping to finally snap that long losing streak.
- The pitchers had a fantastic day. Starting Pitcher Jonah Scolaro threw four innings, allowing only three hits, striking out two and walking two on 65 pitches. Scolaro’s sole run allowed was due to a fielding error (more on that later). Pitcher Chase Haney relieved Scolaro in the fifth inning and pitched three-straight outs, striking out two helping the Seminoles out of the inning alive. Closing pitchers Tyler Ahearn and Clayton Kwiatkowski allowed zero earned runs over the last two innings. Ahearn struck a single batter out and tagged out a runner attempting to steal home. Clayton Kwiatkowski closed by allowing no hits, striking out two. Over the nine innings, the pitchers combined for six hits, zero earned runs, three walks and had ten strikeouts
- After struggling in the leadoff position in the beginning of the season, Mike Salvatore has finally started to perform well in his spot at the top of the lineup. After FSU catcher Mat Nelson walked to leadoff in the bottom of the sixth, Salvatore delivered a two-run home run to give Florida State the lead, 2-1. He ended, 3-5.
The home run was Salvatore’s third this season:
- Despite the annoying fact that the Sunshine Showdown wasn’t broadcast on television, Florida State fans can be glad they didn’t have to suffer through the Seminoles’ 10th-straight loss to their in-state rival.
- After an outstanding defensive start to the season, the Seminoles have found themselves skidding out of control. Florida State committed three costly errors handing the victory over to the Gators once again. It all started in the fifth, when Nanders De Sedas committed a fielding error allowing UF’s Jud Fabian to get on base. One batter later, a double scored Fabian giving Florida its first lead of the game, 1-0. The freshman now leads the team with six errors. After the ’Noles took back the lead, 2-1, back-to-back errors in the top of the seventh put the Gators on top. Facing two outs with only one baserunner on second, Drew Mendoza committed a fielding error placing another Gator on first. In the very next at-bat, Florida singled advancing to second due to a throwing error by Mike Salvatore. The error advanced a baserunner to third and scored a single enemy, tying it up, 2-2. The Gators weren’t done making the Seminoles’ suffer and a two-run double over the head of J.C. Flowers in centerfield ultimately sealed the Seminoles’ fate. All four of the Gators runs were unearned and Florida State lost, 4-2.
- The Seminoles struck out 10 times, adding only five hits and two walks. After the first three spots in the lineup, the rest was a disaster. Elijah Cabell, Robby Martin, Nander de Sedas, J.C. Flowers, Nico Baldor, and Matheu Nelson went 1-18 with one walk and seven strikeouts.
- Florida State found another way to lose this one and if the Seminoles are unable to shake this one out mentally, Coach Mike Martin will likely close his tenure losing 11-straight to the Gators.
Florida State will face Boston College at home on Friday at 6 PM.