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Three up, three down: FSU baseball walks off UCF for sixth straight win

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‘Noles walk home with win after four free passes in 10th inning.

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Florida State baseball walked off UCF in extra innings for a 6-5 win. The win was the Seminoles’ sixth straight victory. Three free passes and a misplayed infield fly in the 10th inning led to a Reese Albert walk-off walk. FSU didn’t hit a ball out of the infield in the tenth, but you’ll take a win anyway you can get one. At the plate, the Seminoles had six hits and seven free passes. FSU was led by the top of their order, as 1-3 in the lineup had five of the hits. On the mound, the Seminoles allowed 11 hits, but struck out 18 while walking just three.

Three up

  • Simply put, Tyler Martin is one of the best leadoff hitters in college baseball. The second-year freshman is one of the toughest outs in the country. Martin had one of his best nights of the season against the Knights. The left-handed hitter started his night with a bloop single to LF on the first pitch he saw. He lined a single the opposite way in the third before scoring Florida State’s first run of the day. The first baseman put the exclamation point on his day in the sixth inning. Martin took advantage of a 2-0 fastball and deposited it over the RF fence to give the Seminoles a 3-2 lead. It was the first homer of Martin’s career.
  • Florida State’s offense didn’t have the huge production of the last few games, but they came through with big hits in big moments. The first two Seminoles were retired in the third inning, before a single and a HBP put two runners on. Robby Martin, the reigning National Hitter of the Week, came through with a double to the right-center field gap to open up the scoring.

In the fifth inning, UCF’s starter, Kenny Serwa, retired the first two batters again. Martin ended his scoreless inning with his homer. Matheu Nelson immediately followed that with a homer of his own over the RF fence. Both hitters took advantage of fastballs in favorable counts. It was Nelson’s eighth homer of the season. FSU’s pitching is going to keep them in every game and when they can manufacture timely hitting they’ll wins lots of ball games, which has been the case as of late.

  • For the most part, FSU’s pen gave the Knights fits. Jack Anderson was perfect for two innings. The Tampa native came into the game in the fifth inning and promptly set down three Knights in order. Two of the outs came on backwards K’s, as he painted the black with a fastball for out #1 and buckled a righty’s knees with a nasty slider. Anderson followed it up with another 1-2-3 inning in the sixth. He posted a final line of 2 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s, 0 R on just 21 pitches. Clayton Kwiatkowski also worked around two singles with three strikeouts in the seventh. He’s still yet to give up a run this season in 9.1 IP. Davis Hare came through in a big moment as he has for FSU this whole season. Hare came in with two runners on and was greeted with a first pitch double but he limited the damage. The RHP followed the double with two ground outs and a timely strikeout to keep the game tied at four in the eighth. Jonah Scolaro stranded two of Hare’s runners in the ninth, striking out the only batter he faced to keep the game tied headed to the bottom half. Scolaro, like Kwiatkowski, has a season ERA of 0.00.
  • Bonus 1.0: Carson Montgomery’s raw stuff: The freshman had his best stuff early on against the Knights. Montgomery retired the first six batters of the game, five of them coming via the strikeout. The right-handed pitcher was consistent with the release point of his slider, allowing him to attack early with the FB and get swing-and-misses with the breaking ball. Through three innings and 48 pitches, Montgomery had 17 swing-and-misses. He finished with nine strikeouts. The Winter Garden native also got strikeouts when he needed them in big moments, showing composure with runners on base. As the slider goes, so does Montgomery. When he was out in front, he made UCF hitters look silly.

Three down

  • Carson Montgomery’s efficiency and command: Montgomery was dominant through the first two, but ran into trouble because of command in the next two innings. In the third, he walked the leadoff hitter before giving up a single to put runners on the corners with one out. He was able to work out of the jam with two K’s. The command issues bit him in the next inning. After a leadoff single, he gave up a one out walk. With two runners on, two outs, and two strikes, Montgomery hit a batter to load the bases. Pablo Ruiz made the RHP pay with a two-out, two-RBI single to tie the game. Montgomery has flashed the potential multiple times this year, but he’s yet to put it all together for one outing. The freshman finished with a final line of 4 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 9 K’s, 2 R, 20 s/m, 75 pitches (46 strikes)
  • The Seminoles entered the eighth inning with a two-run lead, but it was quickly erased. Chase Haney entered the game, faced two batters, and gave up two hits. Both runs ended up scoring after he was pulled on a double and a grounder. Both runs went on Haney’s line, pushing his season ERA to 5.00. It was his second blown save of the season. Haney has always been a go-to arm for the ‘Noles, but with the plethora of arms at Mike Martin Jr.’s disposal this season, Haney should likely be a match-up arm rather than a shutdown, back-end type.
  • Florida State had a no-error streak of 36 innings heading into extra innings. Their first error since last Tuesday cost them. With two runners on and one out, Hunter Perdue induced a weak grounder up the middle. The ‘Noles got the out at second as Jackson Greene flipped to Nander De Sedas at short. De Sedas misfired to first and the go-ahead run came in for UCF as the ball got past Martin. Instead of ending the inning with a 4-6-3 double play, the ‘Noles trailed by one heading to the bottom of the 10th.

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