Florida State baseball was unable to complete their sweep of No. 16 Virginia as they fell by a score of 2-1 this afternoon. The Seminoles’ offense was unable to come up with a big hit late in the game after being given opportunity after opportunity by UVA. FSU was once again electric on the bump and gave up just two earned runs all weekend.
- Conor Grady posted another gem for the Seminoles. Grady allowed the first earned runs of the weekend, but was as spot on as he’s ever been for the entirety of his outing. The veteran had all three of his pitches working for him in the zone. The fastball was a tick up, sitting in the 90-92 MPH range. His slider was at it’s sharpest today, getting multiple swing-and-misses with the breaking ball in the 83-85 MPH range. Grady was ahead in the count and attacking hitters all day. He gave up a two runs and five hits in his first three innings, but just one ball was hardly hit. The Tampa native was efficient and pounding the zone, with 13.7 pitches per inning and 71.9% strikes. He showed his veteran presence again, getting timely strikeouts to strand runners and fielding his position well. Grady is going to keep FSU in games and give the Seminoles a chance to win every Sunday. The RHP posted a final line of 7 IP, 5 H, 0 BB, 9 K, 2 ER, 96 P (69 S).
- Tyler Martin did his normal thing today. Martin continues to be the table-setter for FSU and by far their most consistent hitter. Martin reached base in three of five plate appearances today. The leadoff hitter walked twice and also drove a one-out double off the RF fence in the ninth. An eight-pitch walk from Martin in the 7th inning was FSU’s only RBI on the day. He’s hitting .440 after three weeks of play.
- Wyatt Crowell was electric out of the pen for Florida State. It was Crowell’s second appearance at FSU and he left a strong impression. The southpaw relieved Grady and shoved for two innings. Crowell retired all six batters he faced. He also struck out four batters while throwing 16 of 21 pitches for strikes. The freshman sat 91-93 MPH with his FB and worked effectively under right-handed hitters hands. The slider was wipeout, as he got multiple swing-and-misses on the low-80’s breaking ball. Crowell is going to be a weapon for Jimmy Belanger for years to come.
- Florida State had two miscommunication errors in the seventh inning last night that cost them four unearned runs. The miscommunications were present early on today. In the first inning, with two outs and a runner on second, Brendan Rivoli popped a weak fly ball into shallow left field. Nander De Sedas had to sell out on the ball as Elijah Cabell watched the ball fall behind the shortstop. The untouched ball went down as a double and an earned run on the Grady’s score-line, when it should’ve gotten him out of the inning. It was Cabell’s third misplay of the season in the field. After not having any live looks in the field during fall and spring due to injury, the third-year sophomore has become a defensive liability for the Seminoles.
- Reese Albert had a major struggle at the plate today. Albert was 0-3 with three strikeouts. Albert’s first strikeout came with two runners on and two outs in the first inning. The fourth-year junior swung through a fastball up out of the zone. Cabell also struggled at the dish. He struck out right before Albert in the first, before stranding two more runners in the sixth inning. Cabell hit a weak grounder to first on a 3-1 fastball outside of the zone that would’ve loaded the bases. Cabell’s day was ended when he was pinch hit for Nico Baldor for the second straight day. Plain and simple, FSU needs the middle of the order to start doing damage.
- UVA gave the Seminoles a chance to do damage in the seventh and eighth inning, but FSU couldn’t get the job done. The Seminoles loaded the bases with one out in the eighth, but could only manage one run while down two. Colton Vincent struck out for out #2 on a full count as he swung through a fastball under his hands. Tyler Martin put together an eight-pitch walk, before Smith struck out to end the inning. In the eighth, the ‘Noles loaded the bases with no outs. Pinch-hitter Casey Asman struck out for out #1. Robby Martin was forced out at home on a Nander De Sedas bunt. Jackson Greene struck out on three pitches to strand three runners. Just unacceptable timely hitting from FSU today, and not the best coaching decisions to go along with it. FSU was 0-9 with two outs and 0-11 with RISP. They stranded 11 runners, while UVA stranded just three.