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3 Up, 3 Down: Florida State baseball drops ACC tournament opener to Wake Forest

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Bull pen and defense once again stymie the ‘Noles

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

Florida State (35-21) found themselves in a hole early as they trailed Wake Forest (31-25) by a score of 4-0 through 2.5 innings. A huge 4th inning for the ’Noles and a strong start by Drew Parrish allowed FSU the opportunity to win the game. Unfortunately, FSU once again collapsed as a team and fell 7-4. Florida State drops to 55th in RPI and even a win against NC State Friday at 7:00 might not be enough to get the Seminoles into the NCAA tournament.

Three Up

  • Drew Parrish likes pitching in the ACC Tournament. After 14 strikeouts in his 2018 tournament start he finished today with 13 strikeouts over 6.2 innings. He allowed 4 runs in total but only 1 was earned as he surrendered 8 hits, 1 walk and was pulled after 115 pitches.
  • The Seminoles were down four runs and could have easily folded but a big fourth inning put them in a position to win the game. A lead off double by Robby Martin was followed by a walk to Mat Nelson bringing J.C. Flowers to the plate.

A triple by Flowers would cut the lead in half and bring up DeSedas.

The freshman gave the ’Noles new life and a brought the game back to even.

Three Down

  • Errors have plagued the Seminoles all season and put FSU in a big hole early in this game. A passed ball in the 2nd inning on a strikeout extended the inning and allowed three unearned runs to score. Two more passed balls in the 7th inning gave the Deacons the lead and doomed the ’Noles.
  • Outside the 4 runs on 3 hits in the 4th inning the bats were quiet. Through six innings FSU hitters had only 5 total hits with 4 walks and 10 strikeouts. The Wake Forest bullpen was tasked with keeping the Demon Deacons close and they did their job as Florida State recorded just two hits and two walks in the final 5.2 innings.
  • The bullpen was a disaster for Florida State. After Chase Haney recorded the first out of the inning in the top of the 7th Jonah Scolaro entered and issued a walk to the only batter he faced. He was then relieved by Antonio Velez who walked the only batter he faced. He was then relieved by Conor Grady who walked the only batter he faced and the ’Noles were trailing 5-4. Clayton Kwiatkowski would come in for Grady with the bases loaded and strike out the first batter he faced but another run would score on the third passed ball of the day. The next two batters would walk and the lead was now three.

FSU has two days off before playing NCST on Friday at 7:00 PM.