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3 Up, 3 Down: FSU splits the doubleheader with Jacksonville

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The Seminoles need to play well for the rest of the season

Florida State Seminoles baseball vs North Florida Ospreys
Florida State Seminoles baseball vs North Florida Ospreys
Courteney Korosec

The Florida State Seminoles (31-17, 16-11) split Tuesday’s doubleheader with Jacksonville (26-23). In the first game the ’Noles won, 3-0, but ultimately fell to the Dolphins in game two losing, 3-2.

Three Up

Pitchers: In game one the Seminoles’ southpaw starter Antonio Velez (3-2) had his best game of the season throwing a career high six shutout innings allowing four hits, walking zero, and striking out two in Florida State’s victory. Relief pitcher J.C. Flowers picked up his eleventh save of the season after coming in during the final seventh inning. He now leads the ACC in saves. It was also the Seminoles’ second shutout of the season since Florida State’s opening game against Maine.

  • In game one, Florida State scored in three straight innings. Matheu Nelson started off the bottom of the second by walking and two batters later, Nico Baldor doubled to bring hime home giving Florida State an early, 1-0 lead:

In the third inning, Drew Mendoza singled and scored after Nelson’s eighth sacrifice bunt of the year. In the fourth, Baldor doubled for the second time of the game to start off the inning and scored seconds later thanks to Carter Smith’s RBI single:

  • In game two, starting pitcher Clayton Kwiatkowski allowed three hits, walked zero, and had four strikeouts over five scoreless innings.

Three Down

  • Despite finally finishing a shortened (seven inning) game without error, the Seminoles’ error in the second game proved costly. Heading into the top of the sixth inning, Florida State held a, 1-0 lead, but two singles and an error by Reese Albert allowed Jacksonville to score a run and tie everything up, 1-1.
  • After the error tied it up in game two, the Dolphins brought in two additional runs in the seventh. Florida State’s ace Drew Parrish relieved Jonah Scolaro after the freshman gave up two singles to score a single enemy. Parrish didn’t have much more success on the mound walking two including a run to give Jacksonville a, 3-1 lead.
  • Florida State has a tough road ahead and needs to have a successful rest of the regular season as well as a successful showing in the ACC tournament to ensure a NCAA Tournament bid. This weekend’s series against Richmond will likely be coach Mike Martin’s last time coaching in Tallahassee.

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

The Seminoles hit the road and will play Stetson on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m