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Three up, three down: FSU baseball shut out by no. 18 Virginia Tech

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‘Noles produce as many errors as hits in loss.

Florida State baseball was shut out by #18 Virginia Tech in a 5-0 loss this afternoon. It was the second time this season that the Seminoles were shut out. The ‘Noles were sloppy in the field to go along with the struggles at the plate, as they had as many errors as hits. On the mound, the FSU kept the VT bats quiet with just four hits, but allowed six free passes. The Hokies and Seminoles will face off in a rubber match tomorrow.

Three up

  • Bryce Hubbart was solid again today for the Seminoles. Like Parker Messick yesterday, he didn’t have his best stuff or get much help early, but kept the Seminoles in the game. Hubbart was on with his curveball and attacking the zone with his fastball, which let him get lots of swing-and-misses. The southpaw allowed just three hits. Hubbart was touched up for two earned runs on two extra base hits, but was lights out for his first four innings against a potent Virginia Tech lineup. He had no walks and a 68.4 strike percentage, but hit three batters, twice on two-strike counts. The southpaw has been FSU’s most consistent pitcher through four weeks. He posted a final line of 4+ IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 6 K’s, 4 R, 2 ER. He has a 2.30 ERA through 15.2 IP and has allowed just seven hits.
  • Clayton Kwiatkowski has been dominant this season in a small sample size. Kwiatkowski entered the game with a runner on third and two outs and promptly struck out Tanner Thomas to end the inning. The southpaw then worked FSU’s first 1-2-3 inning of the day in the sixth. The veteran has been perfect on the season so far. He’s yet to allow a run or a hit in 5.1 innings of work while striking out seven batters.
  • Brandon Walker hasn’t had many opportunities on the mound early this season, but when he’s toed the rubber he’s made it count. Walker entered the game in the 7th inning and the bases loaded with just one out. The second-year freshman induced a routine grounder to short, which Nander De Sedas took on his own for a double play. It was the second time the RHP has come up with an inning-ending DP in a big moment this season. When Walker’s in the zone with his high-caliber stuff, he can be dominant and it will make FSU’s pen even deeper.

Three down

  • For the second straight day, the Hokies got an unearned run in the first inning. Virginia Tech’s leadoff hitter, Jack Hurley, reached base as Tyler Martin couldn’t hold onto a throw from Hubbart. It was Martin’s second error of the weekend. Hurley ended up scoring the opening run of the day as a Logan Lacey throw hit him in the back on the way towards the plate. Despite giving up no hard contact and pounding the strike zone, Hubbart had a run on his line after one. Another unearned run came across the plate for Tech in the next inning. Matheu Nelson threw the ball into left field with Fritz Genther stealing third and he trotted home to open up a 2-0 lead. FSU’s defense can’t continue to put them in a hole early in games or they’ll struggle to find consistency. The Seminoles made three errors on the day.
  • Florida State had absolutely nothing going in the batter’s box today. The Seminoles didn’t make Virginia Tech pitchers work very hard today. The strikeouts were down, but they walked just three times. Outside of a Robby Martin single, there were almost no hard hit balls on the day. Five of Florida State’s starters today are now hitting below .230 on the season. There weren’t any timely hits, productive outs, or power production for FSU today.
  • Many of FSU’s offensive struggles are coming from problems in the heart of the order. So far this year, the Seminoles haven’t been able to rely on the veterans that they expected to have big seasons from. The ‘Noles 2-5 hitters were a combined 1-15 on the day with just one walk. FSU needs production from their veterans or they’ll have more shutouts coming their way in 2021.