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Three up, three down: FSU baseball’s big eighth inning evens series at No. 7 Louisville

Bullpen shuts down Cardinals, bats explode for 5-run 8th.

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Florida State baseball (16-11, 11-9 ACC) evened their series at No. 7 Louisville (19-10, 11-5) with a comeback 8-4 win today. The Seminoles offense broke out with 13 hits and took advantage of four Louisville errors. Seven of Florida State’s nine starters had hits. FSU’s bullpen worked 4.2 innings of one-run ball with no walks. In the field, the ‘Noles made just one error.

Three up

  • FSU’s eighth inning may have been their best offensive inning of the year, and it came in maybe the biggest moment of the season to this point. The Seminoles trailed 4-3 heading to the 8th. Nander De Sedas reached base on an E6 to begin the inning. Vince Smith was then hit by pitch to put two on with no outs. After a Tyler Martin pop up, FSU’s 2-4 hitters made the Cardinals pay. Logan Lacey, who had three hits, tied the game with a single up the middle. Robby Martin, who had two hits, drove a single of his own up the middle to take a 5-4 lead. Matheu Nelson unloaded on a hanging curveball to open up a 4-run lead on a three-run homer. Nelson’s homer traveled 459 feet. The homer was Nelson’s twelfth of the year and the third of his career at UL. He leads the ACC in homers and RBI. FSU’s 1-4 hitters were a combined 9-18 at the plate.
  • Nander De Sedas’ power is starting to play at the collegiate level. The shortstop got FSU on the board in the second inning. De Sedas launched a towering fly ball well over the left-field fence to open up a 1-0 lead. It was De Sedas’ fourth homer of the year. He had just two career homers coming into the season. The early lead was just what FSU needed after their tough loss in game one. With the win, the Seminoles are now 12-1 when scoring first. They also are 11-1 when scoring 8+ runs.
  • Jack Anderson was electric and efficient out of the Florida State bullpen. Anderson was called upon in the seventh inning when FSU trailed by one. He shut the Cardinals down for the next three innings to pick up his first win of the season and the third of his career. In the seventh he worked around a two-out single for a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. He gave FSU just what they needed after their big 8th inning. The RHP worked a shut-down 1-2-3 inning. He retired the leadoff hitter on one pitch before striking out the next two hitters on six pitches. Anderson’s only blemish of the day was a 2-out homer in the ninth inning. He finished with a final line of 3 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 R, and 34 P. His season ERA is at 2.78 and he has a 0.818 WHIP.
  • Bonus: Davis Hare got his first career start as a hitter today. We saw a glimpse of Hare in Blacksburg, where he went 1-2 in pinch hit opportunities. After giving up the winning hit in back-to-back games, Hare responded with a nice day at the plate. In his second at-bat, Hare laced a one-out single into LF for his first career RBI, opening up a 2-0 FSU lead. In his next at-bat, he led off the sixth inning with a triple down the left-field line. The right-handed hitter narrowly missed the first homer of his career. Hare could be a bit of the answer to Florida State’s struggles against left-handed pitchers moving forward.

Three down

  • Florida State’s first inning was not the start FSU was looking for in a bounce back game. Tyler Martin led off with a single and Logan Lacey followed with a double down the left field line to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. The Seminoles’ three through five hitters couldn’t make Louisville starter Luke Seed pay. Robby Martin struck out for out #1. Matheu Nelson followed with a weak pop up to shortstop. Seed put an end to the inning as he induced a fly-out to RF from Reese Albert. In the bottom half, Cooper Bowman popped up Bryce Hubbart’s second pitch. A miscommunication and a misplay from Vince Smith allowed the ball to drop as Bowman reached first to start the game.
  • Despite working with lots of runners on base, Bryce Hubbart worked four scoreless innings to start his afternoon. Louisville finally made him pay in the fifth inning. Bowman led off the inning with a single to put the leadoff man on for the fourth time in fifth innings. After a fly-out, Hubbart threw eight straight balls to put two men on. With 93 pitches, Mike Martin Jr. decided to leave Hubbart in with bases loaded. Alex Binelas turned Hubbart’s next pitch around for a no-doubt grand slam. The southpaw’s day ended after he walked the next batter for his third free pass of the inning. Hubbart posted a final line of 4.1 IP, 5 H, 6 BB, 7 K, 4 R, and 99 pitches. His season ERA is up to 4.68.
  • Reese Albert is really slumping at the plate right now. In the seventh inning, he stepped to the plate with a runner at second with no outs and down one run. The outfielder whiffed on a first bunt attempt, before popping up a high fastball for an easy out at third. Albert was the only FSU hitter to not reach base. He was 0-5 with two strikeouts. He also stranded two runners on base in the first inning. His season average is down to .195.