Florida State baseball quickly bounced back from their opening day loss with a 14-7 rout of UNF in game one of Sunday’s double-header. The Seminoles’ bats came alive, as they posted 11 hits, including four extra base hits, and five walks. At the end of the third inning, FSU was already up by 10. The ‘Noles evened up the series with the win, bringing up a rubber match between the Seminoles and Ospreys later this afternoon.
- Reese Albert had a quiet opening day, posting an 0-4 with one walk. Albert looked determine to erase that 0 in game one of the double-header. In the first inning, the outfielder got an up-and-in fastball and got every bit of it. Albert launched the ball over the RF fence for a no-doubter and quickly turned to the dug out and let out a yell. That was just the beginning of FSU’s offensive output. Albert also lined a two-strike breaking ball to the opposite field for a single later in the day. A fully healthy Albert adds a new level of danger and power to the Seminoles’ lineup.
When Reese Albert squares up a baseball at Dick Howser, it’s a no-doubter 99% of the time pic.twitter.com/VaHgeRrBco— Brett Nevitt (@brettpn) February 21, 2021
- Carson Montgomery didn’t have his best stuff in his debut, but showed that his composure and moxie are up to speed with his raw talent. Montgomery struggled in the first, much due to an error, as he gave up two runs, two walks, and two hits. But he battled and limited the damage, when the game could’ve gotten out of hand early. After the first he settled down with three straight scoreless frames. He worked 92-94 with the FB and was effective with both his slider and cutter. Three of his four K’s came off slider, as he was keeping it down and away from righties. Montgomery’s final line was 4 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 R, 0 ER, and 4 K’s.
- FSU’s offense as a whole was clicking today. For the second straight day, Tyler Martin did his job at the top of the order. Martin didn’t make an out on opening day, and his only out today was a sac fly. The second-year freshman had two hits, including a double, a walk, and a HBP. Robby Martin and Dylan Simmons put up good days after a quiet opening day for each. Martin had two line-shot singles, as he drove in three runs. He also had a walk. Simmons had his first two hits of the day, lining two balls to the opposite field. One of his hits went for a bases-clearing double. The second-year freshman had four RBI.
- Nander De Sedas’ defense was one of the positives on opening day. But De Sedas quickly cost the Seminoles today. With 2 outs and one man on in the first inning, a routine grounder was hit to short. De Sedas fielded it cleanly, but short hopped the throw, which Simmons couldn’t handle. The error ended up costing Montgomery 17 extra pitches and two unearned runs. De Sedas was solid the rest of the game, but a third-year player can’t put a freshman in a tough situation like that in his first career start. If he can’t be consistent on routine plays, he’ll cost FSU games.
- Ross Dunn is one of FSU’s top freshman arms, and is expected to be counted on this year in an extended relief role. Dunn got off to a tough start today. The freshman walked five batters in the fifth inning and wasn’t able to get through the inning. The five walks led to two earned runs to his name. Dunn was all over the place with all three of his pitches. High adrenaline kept his fastball up out of the zone, and he consistently spiked his curveball.
- Despite being in his third year at Florida State, Chris Ruckdeschel also made his FSU debut today. The former outfielder also struggled to find the zone consistently. Ruckdeschel faced three batters, giving up a hit and a walk, and hitting his third batter. He quickly left the game with no outs and the bases loaded. The damage was limited to one run by Kyle McMullen with the help of a running catch from Casey Asman. McMullen also struggled in his first career outing, giving up three hits, a walk, and a run in his second inning of work. The bullpen walked eight batters and gave up six hits in five innings. Many of FSU’s relievers from game one of the doubleheader won’t have big roles this season, but the depth pitchers have to give Florida State much better command and efficiency going forward.
Florida State’s next game begins around 3:15 PM. Conor Grady will toe the rubber for the Seminoles.