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3 Up, 3 Down: FSU baseball outslugs the Pittsburgh Panthers

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After a 10-0 loss on Friday, the Seminoles turned it around to take the series

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

The Florida State Seminoles (30-16, 16-11 ACC) won both games of a doubleheader Sunday with back-to-back dominating performances over the Pittsburgh Panthers (17-30, 5-19 ACC). In game two of the series the ’Noles avenged Friday’s embarrassing, 10-0 loss by defeating the Panthers, 15-6 after the game was suspended on Saturday due to inclement weather. The Seminoles followed with another inspiring performance by clinching the series and winning, 12-6 in the finale. Florida State has won its’ last four straight Atlantic Coast Conference series.

Three Up

  • FSU hit a combined .397 in the final two games of the series, with 27 runs on 29 hits. The Seminoles had a season-high 20 hits in the second game of the series and were its most in an ACC game since 2008. FSU hit five home runs in a game for the second time in 2019 in game two of the series.
  • J.C. Flowers has turned it up this year after hitting only two home runs over the past two seasons, the junior hit two this weekend alone-his second multi-HR game this year- bringing his season total to 11 (second on the team). He also joins former ’Nole Mike McGee (17 HR, 13 SV) as the only Florida State player to have at least 10 home runs and 10 saves in the same season.
  • In game two, CJ Van Eyk struck out ten batters in 3.0 innings striking out four in the first inning alone.

In game three, Jonah Scolaro improved to 3-0 in the win, throwing 2.1 innings in relief without allowing a hit.

Three Down

  • Florida State can’t seem to play errorless ball. In game two of the series, a fielding error eventually resulted in an enemy run and in game three the Seminoles almost made it a full game without an error, but they just couldn’t close. Another fielding error in the top of the ninth did no damage except keep the ’Noles from having a blemish-free ending.
  • Pitcher Tyler Ahearn didn’t have a successful outing on the mound in the final game of the series. Ahearn entered the contest in the eighth inning and walked one before allowing the Panthers to score back-to-back home runs. He walked another before he was relieved by redshirt senior pitcher Gage Hutchinson
  • The Seminoles have a rough stretch ahead. Florida State will only have one day of rest before playing a doubleheader against Jacksonville on Tuesday, head to Deland, Florida to face Stetson on Wednesday and finally turn back to Tallahassee for a home-series weekend finale against Richmond.

Mike Martin post-game media availability:

FSU Baseball head coach Mike Martin post-game media availability

Posted by on Sunday, May 5, 2019

Game Thread

Game 2 Box Score

Game 3 Box Score