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3 Up, 3 Down: FSU drops final game of the series to Wake Forest

Not a bad weekend for the Seminoles overall

FSU Seminoles Baseball vs the Clemson Tigers
FSU Seminoles Baseball vs the Clemson Tigers
Courteney Korosec

The Florida State Seminoles (28-15, 14-10) dropped the final game of the series to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (26-19, 12-12) in a 16-12 loss.

Three Up

  • Florida State’s offense is still red hot and the ’Noles scored in four straight innings from the second through fifth innings. In Sunday’s finale, Florida State walked seven times, produced 16 hits and 12 runs, but struck out nine times.
  • Robby Martin is back after struggling over a stretch of the season. Martin had a game-high four hits and hit his second home run of the weekend in the fifth inning to cut the ’Noles deficit to, 5-4:
  • After returning back to the field from an injury last Thursday against Virginia, Reese Albert is hitting .387. In the third inning, the freshman hit hit third home run of the season:

Since returning the Jupiter native has seven RBI, 10 runs scored with eight runs scored, two triples, two home runs, and five walks.

Three Down

  • Florida State had a rough outing on the mound against a very good offensive Wake Forest team. Starting pitcher Conor Grady pitched just three innings, allowing four runs on four hits walking two and striking out one putting the Deacs’ on top of Florida State early, 4-1. Shane Drohan relieved Grady in the top of fourth and after striking out two enemies back-to-back the freshman gave up in infield single and walked three. Facing a 5-2 deficit, Antonio Velez came in with the bases loaded and forced in out getting Florida State out of the inning alive. Grady ultimately received the loss.
  • The top of the sixth was even more frustrating and the Seminoles brought out three different pitchers that inning. After walking one and another reached due to a fielding error, Velez’s day was done. Chase Haney relieved the left-hander and found himself in trouble right away by walking the bases loaded. It didn’t get better from here and the Demon Deacons batter hit a double to score three runs and followed up with a triple to score another. After the Seminoles deficit increases to, 9-4, Tyler Ahearn struck out a single Wake Forest batter to finish the inning. The woes continued well into the seventh inning and after producing two outs and walking two, Ahearn was replaced by J.C. Flowers. With Flowers on the mound, the Deacs’ added four more runs after another three-run double and an RBI single. The junior struck out one to end the inning and allowed no more damage in the eighth inning, but Wake Forest wasn’t done just yet, and scored three more runs after facing two MORE FSU pitchers. Austin Pollock replaced Flowers and was ultimately replaced by Clayton Kwiatkowski after loading the bases. Kwiatkowski couldn’t work his way out of this one and all three made it home. Overall, the eight pitchers walked 14 Demon Deacon players to only seven strikeouts.
  • The Seminoles’ defense continued to be a sore spot for Florida State and the ’Noles added two more errors. Drew Mendoza once again committed another error bringing his season total to a team-leading 14 errors.

On a bright note, J.C. Flowers did this in the top of the first:

Box Score

The Seminoles will face Pitt at home on Friday, May 3rd at 6 PM.