Florida State baseball blew out #5 Florida by a score of 10-2 on Tuesday night. FSU attacked UF’s pitching all night, producing 13 hits and six extra-base hits. FSU had more runs than strikeouts for the second-straight game. The Seminoles also had big hits in big moments to put the Gators away. The Seminoles had six two out hits and were 4-9 with runners in scoring position. On the mound, four FSU pitchers combined to quiet the red-hot Florida lineup. FSU allowed just four hits, while striking out 16. The win was FSU’s second straight over the rival Gators, as Mike Martin Jr. moves to 2-0 against UF as a head coach.
- Robby Martin is breaking out, and breaking out in a massive way. This isn’t the same old Robby Martin. This is a brand new Martin who is in the box to do damage. In his freshman year, Martin had just four homers. In the shortened 2020, he had none. In the last two games, he has three bombs. In the first inning, Martin unloaded on a hanging breaking ball for a three-run bomb to put the ‘Noles up 3-0 after three hitters. It was his second homer in as many at-bats.
"First 2️⃣ reach and this one's not coming back"— FSU Baseball (@FSUBaseball) March 17, 2021
Robby gets us started in the 1st.
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T2 | #5 UF 0, FSU 3 pic.twitter.com/PohLMMnDZV
In the sixth inning, Martin topped the first homer with an absolute moon-shot. With two-outs and a runner on, Kevin O’Sullivan went to the Gators’ pen for a lefty-lefty matchup against Martin. The outfielder crushed another breaking ball for his second homer of the day. The third-year sophomore had five RBI on the day. The outfielder had three hits on the day, also lining a single up the middle in the eighth. As Martin’s power continues to break out, the ceiling of this FSU team continues to rise.
Back-to-back HR from Robby Martin & Mat Nelson!— FSU Baseball (@FSUBaseball) March 17, 2021
T7 | #5 UF 2, FSU 10 pic.twitter.com/fed1fyEexu
- Florida State came out swinging early and often in counts against Florida’s starter Garrett Milchin. Milchin came into the game with just one walk in nine innings of work. Knowing he would attack the zone, FSU went on their own attack. In the first inning, four of seven Seminoles swung at the first pitch. Three of the four went for hits. Once again in the second, FSU swung at four first pitches. Two of four went for hits. Nelson’s blast in the sixth came off a first pitch fastball right after Martin’s second homer. FSU put pressure on UF pitchers all night long. When the Seminoles aren’t giving opponents a free first pitch, they’re going to do damage.
- Carson Montgomery posted the best outing of his short FSU career tonight. Montgomery gave a glimpse of what his future might be to college baseball while throwing on national TV. After not touching the rubber for 17 days, Montgomery was dominant and powerful early. The first five Gator outs were all strikeouts. He was able to get swing-and-misses with the fastball, slider, and changeup. The right-handed pitcher still wasn’t his best, as he struggled with efficiency and consistent command, but he made big pitches when he needed to. He showed how dominant his stuff is when he’s in the zone, even against one of the best offenses in the country. Montgomery didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning and induced 15 swing-and-misses on the day. The freshman finished with a final line of 4.2 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 9 K, 2 R, 88 P.
Welcome to the rivalry, Carson Montgomery!— FSU Baseball (@FSUBaseball) March 17, 2021
4.2 IP | 3 H | 2 R | 9 K
T6 | #5 UF 2, FSU 7 pic.twitter.com/JwdGUtaJYX
- Bonus 1.0: The power production numbers continue to rise for Matheu Nelson. Nelson crushed a homer over the right-center field fence in the sixth inning. It was Nelson’s team leading fifth homer of the season and his second in as many games. Much of the power breakout has come from his willingness to drive the ball the opposite way. Tonight’s homer was his second over the RF fence this season. Nelson has also made huge defensive strides this season. The catcher showed off his arm and athleticism for the second straight day. A wild pitch bounced to his right as a UF runner took off, Nelson picked up the ball and rifled a bullet to Nander De Sedas to end the fourth inning. It was the fourth runner he’s thrown out in seven attempts this season. Nelson has completely shut down the base paths for opponents.
- Bonus 2.0: Logan Lacey is one of the unsung heroes for this FSU baseball team. The former JUCO product provides stability and flexibility for Mike Martin Jr. With Reese Albert injured, the natural infielder took over in center field and moved up to the two-hole in the order. Lacey responded with a three-hit day at the plate. The Tallahassee native had a double, two RBI, and two runs on the night. Two of his three hits came off first pitch swings. Lacey is an aggressive hitter at the plate and puts the ball in play at a high rate. He also was solid in center field in place of the aforementioned Albert.
- Bonus 3.0: FSU’s pitchers continue to hit and make a massive difference in the Seminoles’ order. Wyatt Crowell and Parker Messick both stayed hot after their impressive hitting debuts two days ago. Crowell had two more hits on the day and his only out was a line-out to left field in a tough left-on-left matchup. The left-handed hitter also walked once and one of his hits went for a double. Messick started his day two-for-two just like Crowell. The Seminoles’ Friday ace legged out an infield single in the first before roping an RBI-single into RF in the second. The pitchers’ insertion to the lineup has provided real juice and depth into FSU’s order. Even with Reese Albert out and Elijah Cabell struggling, the Seminoles have a dangerous one through nine in the order right now.