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3 Up, 3 Down: FSU dismantles UGA to advance to Super Regionals

Callin’ Baton Rouge?

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

Florida State (39-21) extended its season on Sunday night pounding Georgia (45-17) by a 10-1 final score. This marks the ’Noles 17th Super Regional appearance since the format was added in 1999. The Seminoles jumped out to a 5-0 lead through three innings and never looked back. They are now one win shy of their 40th victory, a milestone they have achieved every season under Mike Martin.

Three Up

Georgia’s outstanding pitching staff was no match for the Seminoles this weekend as Florida State’s bats stayed lit for the entirety of both matchups. Following a leadoff single from senior Mike Salvatore to start of the evening strong, Reese Albert smashed his seventh home run of the season giving the Noles an early, 2-0 lead. The ’Noles have now hit 79 home runs so far this season, the most since Florida State hit 86 in 2010.

In the top of the third, Albert walked on a 3-2 count allowing him to subsequently score thanks to Mendoza and a Bulldog error:

The sophomore’s contributions continued and an RBI single in the fourth extended Florida State’s lead, 5-0 in the top of the fourth.

  • The Seminoles couldn’t have asked for a better start from Conor Grady. The right-hander pitched seven innings, matching the longest start of his career. He wasn’t overpowering, but he did a great job mixing up his pitches against the ’Dawgs. The sophomore walked two and only struck out three, but he allowed only two extra-base hits and scattered four singles. If Grady can give the Seminoles effective innings like tonight, you have to like their chances with the way they are swinging the bat moving forward.
  • It’s no secret that Florida State’s defense has been difficult to watch at times this season, but the Seminoles’ success at the plate trickled over not only tonight, but over the entire weekend. While officially there were three errors throughout the Regional, two came from De Sedas in Saturday’s game. Overall, the ’Noles made some fantastic plays at every position and turned five double plays in the past two games.

Box Score

Game Thread

With tonight’s win, Florida State advances and will play the winner of the Baton Rouge regional. LSU is currently 2-0 as the host of that regional and the Tigers play Southern Mississippi tonight at 9PM EST. Assuming that the Tigers win their regional, FSU will travel next weekend for a three-game series with a trip to Omaha on the line.