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3 up, 3 down: No. 9 FSU baseball falls to No. 5 Texas Tech in extra innings

‘Noles fall, as defense makes four errors, leading to four unearned runs.

Brett Nevitt

No. 9 Florida State fell for the first time in nine games with a 6-5 extra innings loss to No. 5 Texas Tech. The Seminoles’ offense posted 12 hits and four walks. The pitching staff absolutely dealt versus a potent Texas Tech lineup, giving up just two earned runs. The defense let the team down, as it has all season. Four of Texas Tech’s six runs were unearned on the night. FSU will look to even the score tomorrow at 1:00 PM against the Red Raiders with Conor Grady on the bump.

Three up

  • FSU needed the best version of Shane Drohan, and that’s exactly what they got. Drohan got touched up in the first inning on two doubles, but settled in after that. For the first time this season, the lefty had consistent control of the zone. The junior let his fastball eat against the #5 team in the nation, locating it on both blacks of the plate, while riding it up to 95 MPH. The LHP’s night came to an end after back-to-back K’s in the fourth, but they came with two outs after an error extended the inning. Drohan went 4.2 innings, giving up just three hits, three walks and one earned run. He continued to miss bats, as he struck out nine Red Raiders.
  • The Martin’s the way for the Seminoles’ offense. Tyler Martin continued a productive weekend at the plate. His second double of the day gave FSU a 5-4 lead in the sixth inning. He was 3-6 at the plate, while driving in and scoring one. Robby Martin once again had a multi-hit game, as he went 4-6. Both are hitting at least .390 and at least .562 with runners in scoring position. Since opening day, all the Martin’s have done is rake.
  • Reese Albert responded with a productive night after a 1-7 start to the weekend and moving down two spots in the order. In the second inning, the junior smoked a double to the right-center field gap for a one-out double, before scoring the Seminoles’ first run on a wild pitch. Albert then led off the fifth inning with an opposite field, line drive single. He looked back to his normal self, going 2-5 at the plate. Cooper Swanson had a bounce back game, also going 2-5 at the plate. The junior came into the game with just two hits on the season. Swanson also created havoc on the base paths, with a stolen base and a bunt single.

Three down

  • FSU has made errors at a ridiculous rate to begin the season, but it hadn’t hurt them as the pitching staff has been able to get out of jams and strand runners at just as high of a rate. In the fifth inning, the errors caught up to FSU. Jackson Greene made an errant throw to first base with one out, before Drohan got a strikeout for out #2 (that should’ve been out #3). After two walks and a pitching change, Cole Stilwell tied the game up at four with a 2-out, bases-clearing double. A botched foul pop up in the 10th inning led to a leadoff single for Tech. The Seminoles also botched a rundown in the 11th inning. The final error and most costly came on Carter Smith’s errant throw to first base that brought in the go-ahead run. Four of Tech’s six runs were unearned. FSU cannot play with fire against good teams like Texas Tech. Florida State made seven errors in two games today.
  • Early on, FSU was making Bryce Bonnin work, but couldn’t capitalize on their opportunities. In the second inning, FSU stranded three runners after loading the bases with one out. Swanson struck out before Brian Klein robbed T. Martin of a 2-run single. In the third, FSU stranded two runners after back-to-back one out singles. In the ninth, FSU stranded two more men after R. Martin’s leadoff single. To top it off, FSU left the bases loaded in the 11th to end the game. FSU was 3-16 with RISP and left 14 men on base.
  • For the most part, FSU’s bullpen was once again very good, but they were burnt by two swings. In the fifth inning, Stilwell got a hanging two-strike slider from Chase Haney and dropped it down the RF line for a game-tying double. In the ninth, Dru Baker got a hold of 1-2 pitch from Parker Messick and sent it over the RF fence for a game-tying blast. Neither pitcher threw bad, they just made one mistake.