Florida State baseball completed their dominant sweep of No. 8 Miami with a 12-0 win this afternoon. FSU’s win was their fifth straight and completed a perfect 4-0 rivalry week. The Seminoles are now 8-2 vs. top-20 teams and outscored Miami 34-2 in three games. The ‘Noles produced 15 hits at the plate today, while Miami had 13 hits for the entirety of the weekend. FSU also had 0 errors the entire weekend. Florida State had a perfect week in every phase of the game.
- The top of FSU’s order has carried Florida State all week. The Seminoles likely have two of the favorites for ACC player of the week in the middle of their order. Logan Lacey, Robby Martin, and Matheu Nelson paced the Seminoles again today. All three had multi-hit days and had homers. Lacey’s first two hits both came off two-strike pitches and both went for extra bases. He got FSU going with a double to deep center in the 1st inning. He followed it up with a bomb to left-center field in his next at-bat, his second homer of the year. Lacey finished his day with an RBI single into LF. The utility man is now hitting .309.
Martin has been as hot as anyone in the country and that didn’t stop today. The outfielder drove in Lacey in his first at-bat with a single to CF. He followed Lacey’s bomb with his fourth homer of the year on a curveball down and in. Martin also drove in two more runs with his second single into CF in the fourth inning. The Tampa native is hitting .444 with RISP and has 24 RBI.
In the third, Nelson followed the homers with a single for his first hit. The next inning, he belted his seventh homer of the year to make it a 10-0 game. Nelson took an outside slider and lined it over the RF fence. The catcher is now hitting .327. The top five in FSU’s order are all hitting .300+. Martin and Nelson combined for more hits than Miami on the entirety of the weekend.
- Nander De Sedas has had the biggest turnaround of any Seminole this season. Last year, De Sedas hit .150 with no extra base hits. He also had a .877 FLD% and eight errors in 17 games. Through 16 games this year, he’s hitting .259 and has just three errors and a .950+ FLD%. De Sedas had his second three hit-game of the season today. The short stop got FSU’s seven-run fourth inning started with a single. He led off the next inning with his second homer of the season. Hitting only on the right side of the plate, the power has started to break out. He now has six extra-base hits this season. The Panama native also ripped a line-drive single into left field later in the game. Up the middle, he didn’t make an error all weekend and posted a few gems, including some big time throws from the hole. De Sedas has been a completely different player this year and it’s been a big reason why FSU has dominated the last 10 games.
- Conor Grady was his usual self today and kept the Miami bats quiet again. Grady seems to get better and better every time he steps on the mound this season. The veteran worked five shutout innings against the Canes. Grady was dominant with both his slider and changeup. Through two innings and 27 pitches, he already had seven swing-and-misses. UM hitters never found an answer for the right-handed pitcher, as he kept them off-balance and guessing. Miami could only produce a single against Grady. He also got a double play when he needed it to end his day. Grady’s final line was 5 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 7 K’s, 0 R, and 69 pitches. FSU’s starters this weekend threw a combined 17.2 innings, giving up 9 H, 2 R, 5 BB, and striking out 25.
- Bonus 1.0: FSU put Miami away with timely hitting today. When runners were on, the Seminoles were hitting. FSU posted strong numbers in every offensive category today. The ‘Noles were 6-13 with runners on. FSU was 5-7 with runners in scoring position. Florida state was 4-5 with runners on third and less than two outs. They also advanced runners in 10 of 16 opportunities.
- Bonus 2.0: Ryan Romano came up with big plays on both sides of the ball for the Seminoles. Romano missed the beginning of the season with a broken nose and is starting to come into his own with more at-bats. The JUCO-transfer had his best offensive day today with his first multi-hit game as a Seminole. Romano reached base three times with two singles and a walk. He had a hit in all three games this weekend. In five starts at third base, Romano hasn’t made an error. His highlight of the day was a perfect play on a slow-roller from Yohandy Morales to end the sixth inning.
- Lacey’s big day came to an end due to an injury. The Tallahassee native grabbed at his right leg as he was rounding second base in the fourth inning on a Martin single. He was immediately taken out of the game. It’s unknown so far how serious the injury is or how much time he’ll miss. Lacey has been a major part of the Seminoles’ offensive outbreak and has manned CF at a high-level with Reese Albert out.