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3 up, 3 down: No. 15 FSU baseball wins third straight

Reese Albert and Dylan Simmons lead the way in offensive outburst.

Brett Nevitt

The Seminoles picked up their third straight win with a 7-4 victory over Illinois State. The offense broke out tonight with 14 hits and four extra base hits. The bullpen pieced together a respectable outing, holding the Redbirds to eight hits. For the second straight game, the ‘Noles made no errors in the field.

FSU will look to stay hot this weekend as Georgia Tech comes to town for a three-game series.

Three up:

  • Reese Albert is back. After an extremely slow start to the season, the junior has turned the corner and is looking like his normal self. Albert uncorked two no-doubt homers tonight. It was his second career two-homer game after his big game in Baton Rouge last year. Both homers came on low-and-in fastballs that he turned on. Early in the season, the lefty had been late on a lot of fastballs. With 60 bats under his belt, the timing and production is starting to come at a fast pace. He also ripped a single through the right side and worked a full-count walk. He now has four homers and 13 RBI on the season. His average has also climbed to .242.
  • Both Logan Lacey and Dylan Simmons stayed hot at the plate tonight. Lacey responded with two hits including his fourth double of the season. The junior also had another clean game at third base. He’s now hitting .379 on the season. Simmons had another big game after his three-hit night in Gainesville. He took the lead back for FSU in the seventh on a laser single off the RF wall. The freshman had a two singles, two RBI, a walk, and HBP. He also scored FSU’s third run on an epic slide to avoid the tag.

Tyler Martin also broke out of a mini slump. He didn’t have any hard hit balls, but beat out two infield singles and also worked a walk. When you put the ball in play, good things happen.

  • Chase Haney shut the Redbirds down over the last seven outs of the game. Haney worked 2.1 innings of scoreless-ball as he picked up his third win of the season. He started his outing with a strikeout to strand the bases loaded and keep the game tied going to the 7th. Haney gave up no hits while walking one and hitting one batter. The righty struck out four batters as well. His season ERA is down to 1.29.

Three down:

  • Bryce Hubbart once again had a shaky start. After a 1-2-3 first inning, Hubbart gave up a one-out double before a single up the middle as Illinois State took the first lead of the game. The freshman has struggled to limit extra base hits through his first season. He gave up three hits and a walk on the night. His season ERA sits at 6.48. The freshman still has a really bright future, but his opportunities may be dwindling in 2020.
  • Davis Hare struggled with his command against the Redbirds. After getting FSU out of a jam in the 6th, Hare put himself in a hole in the 7th. The junior hit the leadoff man, before walking a man with two outs to extend the inning. The free passes bit him as Aidan Huggins came through with a two-out single. Hare gave up his third free pass of the inning after the single to load the bases, before being pulled. Chase Haney limited the damage to one with a K, but if Hare continues to struggle with command, his high-leverage chances out of the pen will dwindle.
  • The bottom of FSU’s order, specifically Jackson Greene and Nander De Sedas, cannot get anything going. De Sedas did get his first hit since the second FAU game, but it came on a bunt that was misplayed. His average is at .150. Greene has also been in a major slump with his average dropping to .190 after not getting a hit tonight. If they don’t start to hit, FSU’s lineup will have no depth and their starting spots will be in jeopardy.

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