Sunday Night Results: Florida State comes close but gets swept by the Wolfpack
FSU: RHP Connor Montgomery (0-2, 6.15 ERA)
NCSU: Matt Willadsen (4-2, 1.72 ERA)
Connor Montgomery, pitching the second time this week got the start and things immediately went down hill for Florida State. An infield singled followed by a single up the middle followed by a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third with no outs. A walk loaded the bases and another single through the right side brought two NC State runners in giving the home team a 2-0 lead. Another walk put two on but Montgomery was able to get out of the inning with a couple of strikeouts.
Montgomery started the third with a fly out but a HBP, single and walk to load the bases ended his day. Montgomery allowed at least one base runner in every inning, once again struggling to be effective to be more than just his slider. Andrew Armstrong entered to eliminate the threat with two strike outs.
FSU got a couple of base runners in the third on with a single and error but strike outs to James Tibbs and Jaimie Ferrer ended the threat. The ‘Noles finally broke through in the top of the fifth started by a Treyton Rank hard hit infield single to the left side of the infield. Rank moved up to second on a passed ball and scored two productive outs later. FSU would take the lead in the very next inning using a few more productive outs. Ferrer started the inning with a single and moved to third on a Cam Smith double. Both runners would score on back-to-back ground outs by McGwire Holbrook and Titan Kamaka giving FSU a 3-2 lead.
In the seventh inning Armstrong’s solid four inning outing came to an end after a single, walk and ground out leaving Ben Barrett to take care of business and he did, getting out of the inning with a pop up and ground out. Unfortunately the next inning he would give up the lead as Eli Serrano III sent a ball over the right field fence to tie the game at 3.
Link Jarrett threw the kitchen sink at the Wolfpack bringing in a new pitcher almost every second at bat and for about two innings it worked. In the 10th inning FSU took the lead on a Cam Smith home run with two outs but FSU pitchers would only record one more out. Brandon Walker got a ground out before giving up a single and double and leaving the game. Brennen Oxford walked the only batter he faced on four pitches leaving the bases loaded for David Barrett. Barrett walked in the tying run on a 3-1 count and lost the game to the very next batter on a single up the middle.
NCSU won 5-4 in ten innings taking advantage of 11 FSU walks and two hit batters. At the plate, the ‘Noles once again were unable to sustain any sort of offensive threat mostly scattering eight hits. The season isn’t technically over for the Seminoles but only the top 12 teams make the ACC Tournament and the ‘Noles are firmly planted in 14th place.
Saturday Night Results: FSU rallies early, falls late to drop series to NC State
FSU: RHP Conner Whittaker (3-3, 4.93 ERA)
NCSU: RHP Logan Whittaker (3-1)
The Florida State Seminoles received a strong performance from Conner Whittaker on the mound but the offense went cold after early success to fall 4-3 to North Carolina State. The FSU bats kicked off the second inning with a Jaime Ferrer double and a Cam Smith single before Titan Kamaka’s sacrifice fly would give the Seminoles an early 1-0 lead. The offense kept rolling that inning as Ben Barrett and Colton Vincent picked up back-to-back hits to extend the FSU lead to three. And that was it for the offense on the night. The Wolfpack pitching sat down 21 straight after the Vincent single before Ferrer finally broke the streak in the ninth with a walk.
Conner Whittaker kept the NC State bats at bay until the third when he allowed a solo homerun to LuJames Groover III. He’d battle back and keep the Wolfpack off the board until the sixth inning when he again allowed a homerun, this time a 2-run shot that tied the game. As mentioned above, the FSU offense did nothing through these innings and FSU coach Link Jarrett sent Whittaker out for the eight inning to face Groover again. Groover won the battle again, hitting his second homerun of the night and sealing the Seminole’s fate, 4-3.
Similar to the Seminoles the Wolfpack have struggled as of late, winning just one series in the last month. They’ve played many of the same teams FSU has but they did pick up a win against a ranked Louisville team.
The Seminoles have six series left on the year — if they’re going to make something of this season it needs to start here.
FSU vs. NC State baseball: Starting pitchers and how to watch
- Friday Night Results: Same old, same old for FSU baseball in loss to NC State
Florida State (13-20, 4-11) dropped a rain delayed game to NC State (22-11, 5-9) 14-3.
The game got off to a good start for the ‘Noles as FSU had runners on second and third from two walks and a passed ball. Unfortunately they also had two outs due to strike outs and couldn’t bring anything home. In the second Jordan Carrion got things started with a single and was brought home on Nander DeSedas’s fourth home run of the year giving Florida State a 2-0 lead.
0-2 count➡️2-0 lead— FSU Baseball (@FSUBaseball) April 14, 2023
Nander goes deep for the 4th time this year
B2 | FSU 2, NCSU 0 pic.twitter.com/z9UdoR8VqN
After facing the minimum for the two first innings things quickly fell apart for Jackson Baumeister. A dying fly ball into left field bounced off of a diving James Tibbs’s glove moving the runner up to second. A single and triple down the first base line tied the game up for NCSU and a ground out gave them the lead. Baumeister fell apart from there walking the next three batters and loading the bases. Carson Montgomery came in and got a quick strike out but then gave up a bases clearing double, a single and a walk before ending the inning. The Wolfpack put up seven runs in the inning leading 7-2.
Brandon Walker came in and pitched a rocky two innings giving up a run in the fifth. FSU would get that run back in the top of the sixth with a Jamie Ferrer home run leaving the score at 8-3. Brennen Oxford pitched a strong two innings before running into trouble in the bottom of the eighth giving up a run on two singles and a double. David Barrett came in and god a strike but strike three was a wild pitching allowing a run. Four more runs would score on a double and single staking NC State to an insurmountable 14-3 lead.
In the end the scoring after the mid point of the bottom of the third wouldn’t matter. FSU collected eight hits on the day but they were mostly scattered. They also struck out 15 times and walked just two limiting their ability to put pressure on the Wolfpack pitchers and defense.