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FSU baseball knocks off No. 1 UF behind stellar pitching and defense

A look inside the box score.

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  1. Antonio Velez and Parker Messick were as good as it gets Tuesday night. The duo paired to allow just three hits (one on an infield single) and two walks. The Gators were 3-29 with only one extra base hit. When Gators got on base, the lefties stranded them. With runners on, UF was 0-8 and stranded four runners. UF couldn’t even advance a base runner. Only two runners reached second base. Messick and Velez also made easy work of leadoff hitters, allowing just one leadoff hitter to reach. The ‘Noles struck out 45% of batters. They were also efficient, throwing 14.1 pitches per inning. FSU’s bullpen arms have now combined for a 2.33 ERA in 92.1 innings. The depth and quality of FSU’s pen may be the best in the ACC and should be mentioned among the best in the nation.
  2. For the first time this season, the Seminoles produced a clean defensive game with no errors. The pitchers did most of the work with K’s, so FSU didn’t have to make a ton of plays in the field, but they made them when they had to. Robby Martin stole a run from the Gators in the first as he robbed a homer. Logan Lacey made multiple good plays on slow rollers, as FSU finally found some consistency at third base. Jackson Greene also had a good night at second base. Out of eight ground balls, only one was bobbled (and it resulted in a fielders choice force-out). Even if this team doesn’t hit much, they’ll win a lot of games if they field cleanly.
  3. If FSU had been able to hit with runners on, they would’ve blown UF out of the water. The Seminoles were 4-25 with runners on, including 1-13 with runners in scoring position. The only hit with RISP came on a bloop single. The ‘Noles also struck out five times with a man on third with fewer than two outs. Nander De Sedas provided the only productive out of the night with a sac fly in the eighth. FSU also failed to get down multiple sacrifice-bunts. FSU can win games without scoring 5+ runs, but when they have the chance, they need to put teams away and give their key bullpen arms some rest.

3 up, 3 down: https://www.tomahawknation.com/2020/3/10/21174014/3-up-3-down-fsu-baseball-hands-uf-first-loss-of-the-season

For postgame interviews from Mike Martin Jr., Antonio Velez, Parker Messick, and Dylan Simmons, see below: