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3 Up, 3 Down: No. 11 Florida State comes from behind late to top North Florida

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It certainly wasn’t pretty, but ’Noles remain undefeated.

The No. 11 Florida State Seminoles (11-0) stay perfect after completing the comeback Wednesday evening beating the North Florida Ospreys, 4-3. Florida State is one of only four remaining undefeated teams (Arizona State, NC State, and Tennessee).

3 up:

  • The bullpen was needed (entirely too) early and all four relievers put on a show, throwing 8.2 scoreless innings. LHP Jonah Scolaro, RHP Conor Grady, LHP Clayton Kwiatkowski, and RHP Chase Haney allowed just 4 hits without walking a batter, while striking out 7 Ospreys. Scolaro started off by getting FSU out of a bases-loaded, 1-out jam in the 1st. Grady followed allowing one hit and striking out four over two innings. Kwiatkowski allowed two hits in the 6th, but finished off strong with a perfect 7th striking out two. Haney (1-0) finished off the night allowing just 1 hit over the eighth and the ninth innings and picked up the his first win since a relief victory vs. Cal-State Fullerton in the 2017 College World Series. This season, FSU’s bullpen is 6-0 with a 1.01 earned run average in 53.2 innings pitched (6 ER). The relievers have a 55-to-15 strikeout-to-walk ratio and have surrendered just 22 hits.
  • Freshmen come up big at the dish, driving in all four. In the bottom of the 7th, Fr. OF Elijah Cabell hit a 2-run homer to tie the game. Fr. Nander De Sedas also drove in two, including his game-winning, walk-off double. The freshmen continue to step up when it matters most.
  • The Seminoles played error-free for their 4-straight game. Through 11 games this season, FSU has committed just two errors and leads the nation in fielding percentage (.995).

3 Down:

  • Jr. LHP Antonio Velez was given his first chance to start at FSU. To say it didn’t go well would be an understatement. The Jr. southpaw’s final line in his bid for the mid-week role: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K.
  • The Seminoles struck out 17 times Wednesday night. They reached base 11 times via BB/HBP, but 17 K is totally unacceptable, and it’s why the ’Noles were only able to score 4 runs—you have to get productive outs night in and night out. Sr. 2B Mike Salvatore was the only regular who didn’t strike out on the night, and he also walked twice, which was half of his season total (4) in 10 games entering tonight. Those are positive signs from a player who’s struggled somewhat in his leadoff role.
  • The biggest culprit behind the strikeout total was Fr. OF Robby Martin (0-5 with 4 K). Now, I’ll preface this by saying Martin’s been FSU’s best hitter on the young season and one of the best nationally. But you’d like to see more from your No. 5 hitter on a night when the offense is struggling to generate runs. Baseball is hard sometimes.

BOX SCORE

FSU baseball coach Mike Martin media availability

Posted by TomahawkNation.com on Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Seminoles return to the field on Friday at 6 PM to face Virginia Tech in the first game of the 3-game series.