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Three up, three down: FSU drops game, series to Wake Forest

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The Seminoles find themselves on the wrong end of a sloppy game

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After having their win streak broken on Saturday FSU started another streak but of a much worse variety. Florida State pitchers struggled to get outs and the Seminoles fell 12-10 to the Demon Deacons. FSU showed quite a bit of offensive power with five bombs including a back-to-back-to-back showing but couldn’t do enough to overcome their pitching.

Three up

  • About half the line up was on it today. 2-6 hitters went 11-20 on the day with seven RBI and all five of FSU’s home runs. Matheu Nelson had two home runs himself and started a string of three straight dingers with Robby Martin and Elijah Cabell pitching in. They were also responsible for six of FSU’s eight walks. When these guys are on this line up is awfully difficult to beat.
  • Have yourself a day Wyatt Crowell. Not only did Crowell go 3-3 at the plate with two walks but he also pitched 1.1 innings of no hit ball with two strike outs. He did take the loss for the day due to a hit by pitch, some wild pitches and an error but still had a very nice day.
  • Riche Morales got his first start at third base and showed what he can do on the diamond. Morales dove to his left to snag a grounder in the second and showed off a top flight arm to easily retire the runner at first.

Three Down

  • FSU lost this series because it’s strength was not it’s strength this week. Conner Grady lasted all of 1.2 innings giving up four runs on five hits in 11 batters. Montgomery followed with just 1.1 innings of two runs on two walks and three hits. No pitcher recorded more than 1.2 innings pitched and most all gave up a run. The ACC leader in strike outs recorded just five on the day and walked eight. Wake Forest has a lot of talent at the plate but too often Florida State pitchers served up BP to the struggling Deacs. Sometimes bad pitching just infects a staff and that seems to be what happened the last two days. Hopefully they can purge that virus by Friday.
  • Even with such poor pitching FSU finally tied up Wake Forest with five runs in the bottom of the sixth. The ‘Noles also recorded two straight innings without giving up a run behind decent work from Hunter Purdue, Chase Haney and Wyatt Crowell. Unfortunately things fell apart. Crowell started the eighth inning by hitting the lead off hitter on a 2-2 count and then moving him to third two wild pitches. Crowell was able to record a strike out before giving way to Davis Hare. Hare struck out the red hot Robby Seymore on three pitches and looked to finish off the inning with a weak grounder to shortstop. Unfortunately Vince Smith was unable to cleanly field the ball and a run scored on the error. A final Wake Forest run was recorded on another wild pitch. In the inning FSU gave up an error, a hit batter, two walks and three wild pitches. That’s how you give up two runs in an inning with no hits, no balls leaving the infield and no productive outs.
  • FSU’s offense is clicking well right now. Wake Forest has pitched pretty well this year and FSU did a lot of damage these last two games. However, the bottom of the order is a black hole. Batters seven through nine are largely uncompetitive at the plate. The combination of Vince Smith, Richie Morales, Ryan Romano and Jackson Greene went 1-13 on the day with one walk, one RBI and five strikeouts (two looking). Jackson Greene has been especially bad this year and is 0 for his last 22 with his last hit coming against Virginia Tech two weeks ago. He has yet to make an error this year and defense up the middle is very important but you have to wonder if Ryan Romano or Garret Mathes gets a look at second at some point if Greene can’t give you more at the plate.

Florida State gets the rest of the week off before hosting the always dangerous North Carolina Tar Heels on a Friday to Sunday series.