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3 Up, 3 Down: FSU falls to Pitt in a frustrating offensive evening

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The pitching wasn’t any better.

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

The Florida State Seminoles (28-16, 14-11) lost, 10-0 to the Pittsburgh Panthers (17-28, 5-17) in the first game of the series on Friday evening.

Three Up

  • The Seminoles still have a chance to win the series.
  • Fans will be able to watch two games for the price of one tomorrow.
  • Former FSU player and coach, Mike Bell, won the first game in which he managed against his former manager.

Three Down

  • Florida State pitchers didn’t have their best evening on the mound. After starting pitcher Drew Parrish opened the first inning with three strikeouts and one walk, it went downhill from there. Over five innings, Parrish allowed six hits and three runs, while striking out seven and walking three. Jonah Scolaro relieved Parrish in the middle of the sixth and a 1-4-2 double play ended the inning to limit the damage. After Scolaro struck out one, walked one, and a single put another Panther on base, an error committed by Florida State allowed Pitt to bring in its’ fourth run. A wild pitch and another walk ended Scolaro’s day. Chase Haney didn’t break a sweat before he was replaced by Clayton Kwiatkowski. With a doubleheader on Saturday and Florida State down by five in the eighth, it is somewhat questionable that the Seminoles’ staff opted to place Clayton Kwiatkowski into the game at this time. Kwiatkowski finished Florida State’s frustrating evening by allowing five runs on three hits, three walks, and had one solo strikeout. Overall, you have to give credit where credit is due, Pitt’s coach Mike Bell offered the Panthers a pretty good scouting report on the ’Noles and starting pitcher Drew Parrish. Bell knew his tendencies — what pitches he would throw in certain situations/count — as well as how “11” would call pitches.
  • In the bottom of the sixth, it certainly looked like Florida State was going to make a comeback or at least possibly put some runs on the board, but it just didn’t happen for the ’Noles. After three straight singles by Mike Salvatore, Reese Albert, and Drew Mendoza loaded the bases, Robby Martin and J.C. Flowers struck out and the inning ended with an easy out from Nico Baldor. The ’Noles inability to capitalize with the bases loaded and zero outs is frustrating and concerning. The offensive woes didn’t end in the the seventh inning and Florida State left two more on base after Mendoza grounded out and Martin and Flowers struck out back-to-back once again.
  • I’m sure you can guess what’s coming here: The Seminoles continue to commit costly errors. In the top of the seventh inning, Florida State attempted to finish a double play and instead brought in another enemy. After the ball was overthrown to first, Pitt extended their lead over Florida State, 4-0. On the bright side, it was the Seminoles’ only error of the game.

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FSU baseball coach Mike Martin post-Pitt blowout loss

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Due to expected inclement weather on Sunday, Florida State and Pitt will play a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 PM