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FSU baseball at no. 18 Virginia Tech game thread: Sunday, 1:00 PM

‘Noles look to bounce back in rubber match with Conor Grady on the mound.

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Florida State baseball will look to bounce back in Blacksburg this afternoon after a rough game two against the Hokies. The ‘Noles had as many errors as hits on Saturdays and were shut out for the second time this year. Despite the rough game two, FSU can still win the series in today’s rubber match.

Here are today’s probables:

Sunday 3/12, 1:00 PM

Probable Starters: RHP Conor Grady (3.86 ERA, 16.1 IP IP) vs. RHP Anthony Simonelli (5.14 ERA, 14.0 IP)

How to watch: ACC Network Extra

Grady put together the best outing of his four-year FSU career last weekend. The right-handed pitcher threw seven innings of one-run ball. The fastball took a major step up, sitting in the 90-92 MPH range for the length of the outing. He was efficient and attacking the zone with 0 walks. The slider and changeup were both on and consistently in the lower third of the zone. So far this year, he has a 3.86 ERA in a team-high 16.1 IP. He’s struck out 19 batters and allowed a .228 batting average against. When he’s down in the zone, he’ll be hard to square up.

For an interview with Grady, check out his interview on the latest episode of Sunday Golds: A Florida State Baseball Podcast, below:

Simonelli has the best raw stuff of the Hokies’ staff. The RHP possesses a FB into the mid 90’s, sitting in the 90-94 MPH range. He also possesses a sharp slider and a changeup in a three-pitch arsenal. Simonelli has been a full-time starter at VT since coming from the JUCO ranks. He’s struggled to start this season, with a 5.14 ERA in 14 IP. He’s walked seven and struck out 14.

We will update when the lineups for the rubber match are released.

UPDATE, 12:30 PM:

FSU’s lineup today is uhhh... well, it’s definitely something.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 PM from Blacksburg. The game will be broadcasted on ACC Network extra. We will have updates in the game thread below, and I’ll have updates on my twitter as well (@brettpn).