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FSU baseball vs. no. 16 UVA game thread: Sunday, 1:00 PM

Will FSU break out the brooms for the first time in 2021?

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After back-to-back gems on the mound, Florida State baseball will be going for the sweep over no. 16 Virginia in the Sunday Golds today. FSU’s starters are yet to allow a run this week in 14 innings of work. The Seminoles’ offense has provided timely hits and solid defense to back up the pitchers.

Here are today’s probables:

Sunday 3/7, 1:00 PM

Probable Starters: RHP Mike Vasil (0.00 ERA, 12.0 IP) vs. RHP Conor Grady (4.82 ERA, 9.1 IP)

How to watch: ACC Network Extra

Grady was not his best last week, but still gave FSU a chance to win, as he seemingly always does. The veteran never loses his composure and battles through outings, even when he doesn’t have his stuff. He struggled to stay down in the zone and away from hard contact last Sunday. The RHP gave up four extra base hits, including a two-run homer, in four-plus innings. But he came up with timely strikeouts in big moments to keep the game close after a crooked number in the first inning. Grady needs to get back to his normal self with his sinking fastball low in the strike zone early in counts, which gives him the ability to attack with two plus off-speed pitches.

Like FSU, the Cavaliers have a veteran arm in the Sunday starter role. Vasil has been the best of the bunch so far this season. He’s yet to give up an earned run or a walk through 12 innings. He’s also posted a batting average against of .163. After coming in as a top recruit, he struggled in 2019 with a 5.93 ERA. Vasil bounced back last year with a 2.45 ERA in four starts. The RHP possesses a low to mid-90’s fastball with a sharp downhill breaker. He also has an effective changeup in his back pocket. FSU gave Vasil a tough time in his freshman season. The ‘Noles scored eight runs off the RHP in 4.1 IP with nine hits (three extra-base hits) and four walks.

FSU won’t have Matheu Nelson or Logan Lacey in the lineup today. Both are dealing with hand injuries from Saturday’s game. Here is today’s lineup:

First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 PM from Dick Howser. 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 from the park (@brettpn).