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3 up, 3 down: No. 11 FSU baseball avoids sweep with blowout win over No. 12 Duke

Florida State’s pen combines for seven scoreless innings.

Brett Nevitt

No. 11 Florida State bounced back from consecutive one-run losses with a 10-2 blowout win over No. 12 Duke. FSU’s offense burst to life with 13 hits, including six extra-base hits. The bullpen was also stellar, as they combined for seven scoreless innings. The pen allowed just one hit and a walk, while striking out 11. Today was exactly what this team needed, before jumping on a plane back to Tallahassee.

The Seminoles will be back on the diamond Tuesday, when they take on that No. 1 ranked team from Gainesville, who just so happens to be undefeated.

Three up

  • Reese Albert seems to be kicking into gear, and it’s exactly what this lineup needs. After a two-hit day yesterday, the junior posted another multi-hit outing today. Albert went over the “Blue Monster” for his second homer of the year, giving FSU a 3-2 lead in the third inning. He also went the opposite way for a double in the fifth inning. Mike Martin Jr. has stressed Albert’s been out on his front foot too much, and everyone will know Reese is back when he hits to the backside. Today, he trusted his hands and let his bat do the work to the backside. If he continues to stay on that back foot, he’ll be fine and so will this Florida State lineup:
  • Elijah Cabell has as much raw talent as anyone in the country. Not much else to say besides that. Cabell didn’t even get all of this ball, and it went out for his 7th homer of the year. Once again, he went to the opposite field. He also had a beautiful piece of hitting in the first inning, as he roped a single into RF on a low and away slider. With the backside approach, it’s hard to slow down the production in his bat. He’s reaching base in 51.4% of plate appearances. He has 35 total bases in 48 at-bats. His OPS is up to 1.243 after his seventh homer of the season:
  • Jack Anderson saved the FSU pen and picked up a W for the second straight weekend. Last weekend, he got FSU out of a jam, going 4.2 scoreless innings. Today, the sophomore picked up the win, going 3.2 scoreless. Anderson gave up just one hit, on a slow roller to third that likely should’ve been an out. He also worked efficiently in the zone, throwing 64% strikes on 50 pitches. So far this season, he’s mainly worked as a long reliever and starter. If he continues to pitch like this, we’ll see him get some more late-game action. Thus far, he’s been dominant in his role:

Fellow Jesuit Tampa high school teammate Clayton Kwiatkowski followed Anderson with his best outing of the young season. Kwiatkowski had struggled with a 2.81 WHIP, but Meat trusted the senior in high-leverage situations against the heart of Duke’s order. The LHP worked 1.1 scoreless innings, retiring all four batters he faced (three K’s).

  • Bonus one!!!! Logan Lacey had himself a day (and a weekend). Lacey was 3-5 with three extra-base hits on the day. He had two doubles, one down the 3B line and another off the bottom of the “Monster.” He ended the day with his first career FSU homer. He also continues to play stellar defense in RF. No matter where it is in the field, the JUCO-transfer has to be an every-day starter. He puts together any many quality at-bats as anyone:

Three down

  • Conor Grady had major struggles today. For the second straight week, he just didn’t look like himself. He struggled with his command and efficiency, once again. The junior managed to get just six outs, while walking four batters. He also continued to have issues with the long-ball. He gave up his third homer and third double of the year in the outing. The RHP has lacked command with his offspeed offerings, leading to his struggles. He needs to keep the ball down and on the corners with his changeup and slider.
  • FSU struggled mightily with men on base yesterday. The Noles didn’t help themselves early today with mental mistakes on the bases. With the bases loaded and one out in the second inning, Lacey was picked off at second. Lacey looked to be sleeping, as he didn’t even attempt to slide. In big situations like these, FSU cannot hand the other team outs. Lacey made up for it (as mentioned above).
  • Tyler Martin made his third error in as many days, while fellow freshman Dylan Simmons also struggled in the field. Martin’s error came in the sixth inning on a slow roller as his throw fell off to the arm side, and Simmons couldn’t come up with it, as the momentum of the runner took his glove off. Simmons’ error took place the previous inning, as a hopper ate him up, and he was unable to recover. Both made up for the defensive miscues with good days at the plate; responses you like to see from your younger players.

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