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Three up, three down: FSU baseball walked off by Florida

‘Noles make 5 errors, produce 3 hits.

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Florida State baseball fell to Florida by a score of 3-2 in extra innings. Kendrick Calilao lined a 2-out, solo home run off of Clayton Kwiatkowski in the 10th inning. The loss was FSU’s seventh one-run loss of the year. The ‘Noles allowed 10 free baserunners and produced just three hits. Only one of three UF runs was earned.

Three up

  • Robby Martin has been the Gators’ worst enemy this season. In game one against UF, Martin went 3-5 with five RBI and two homers. The outfielder kept up the pace early. In the first inning, Martin lined a two-out single into CF for the Seminoles’ first hit. After Logan Lacey led off the fourth inning with a walk, Martin came through again. The Tampa native roped a 1-0 fastball over the right fielder’s head for an RBI-double to cut UF’s lead in half. The outfielder also moved up to third on the throw home. Martin scored the tying run on a productive ground out from Wyatt Crowell. In the sixth inning, Martin extended another inning with his second two-out single. With a 3-4 night, Martin is 6-9 against the Gators this season.
  • In the third inning, Nathan Hickey lined a leadoff double down the RF line in an 0-2 count. A passed ball moved Hickey to third base with no outs. Carson Montgomery brought his best stuff to the table after that. First, Montgomery struck out Kirby McMullen with a 3-2 fastball up in the zone. He followed that with a three-pitch strikeout of Sterling Thompson, including a two-strike slider buried in the dirt for a swing-and-miss. Jud Fabian flew out to left field two pitches later to end the inning and strand the leadoff double. The shutdown, clutch pitching from Montgomery sparked the Seminoles’ offense. Despite porous defense behind him, the true freshman kept the Seminoles in the game. Besides the second inning, his control was the best it’s been all season. The future is very, very bright for Montgomery. He finished with a final line of 4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K’s, 2 R, 0 ER, 71 pitches. Montgomery’s season ERA is down to 3.00.
  • Jack Anderson entered the game with two on and one gone in the fifth inning. The right-handed pitcher was nails for Jimmy Belanger. Anderson first struck out Sterling Thompson on a 2-2 pitch after a few foul balls. He followed it up with a strikeout of Jud Fabian to end the inning and strand two, closing Montgomery’s book. Fabian swung through two fastballs and a wicked slider to end the inning.

The next inning, he worked a quick 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts. After a leadoff single from Colby Halter, Anderson induced a routine double-play ball. A throwing error, FSU’s fifth, ended his day as Jonah Scolaro entered to face a left-handed hitter. Scolaro got the job done with a fly-out and a K.

The strikeout closed Anderson’s line at 2 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K, and 0 runs. 28 of his 36 pitches went for strikes. Anderson’s season ERA is down to 2.49 and he has a 0.78 WHIP.

  • Bonus: Scolaro walked Jud Fabian to lead of the 8th inning of a tie game. The southpaw quickly bounced back. Scolaro responded with a three-pitch strikeout. Jordan Butler grounded the next pitch Jackson Greene. Greene and Nander De Sedas combined for a lightning quick 4-6-3 inning-ending double play to send the game to the ninth all knotted up at two.

Chase Haney sent the game to extra innings with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. The captain needed just 12 pitches to do it. Haney struck out Jordan Young to end the inning after two groundouts.

Three down

  • FSU’s defense hasn’t been great, but it hasn’t been awful this year. In the second inning, the defense was the worst it’s been all year. The bottom half of the second inning got off to a less than ideal start. Sterling Thompson grounded Montgomery’s first pitch to second base but the ball went under Vince Smith’s glove for an E4. Two pitches later, Jud Fabian hit a chopper to third. Logan Lacey fielded it cleanly, but airmailed the ball to first base to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. After a four-pitch walk, Jordan Butler opened up the scoring with a sac-fly to left field. Colby Halter followed with the second four-pitch walk of the inning to re-load the bases. Colby Halter doubled the early lead with the second sac-fly of the inning. Montgomery limited the damage to two, but UF scored both runs without a hit in the inning.
  • The ‘Noles defense continued to hurt Montgomery later on. Looking for a shutdown inning after the ‘Noles tied the game up, the freshman struck out the first two batters in the fourth inning. After falling behind 3-0 to Josh Rivera, Montgomery was able to bounce back and induce a weak blooper. Martin did a good job of coming in from RF and calling off Vince Smith and running down the blooper, but couldn’t finish off the play. The ball popped out of Martin’s glove for FSU’s third error to extend the inning. It didn’t end up costing the ‘Noles, as Montgomery induced a grounder to first three pitches later. The errors continued the next inning. Jacob Young grounded a ball to Nander De Sedas’ right to lead off the inning. De Sedas’ throw was wide, but catchable. Tyler Martin couldn’t handle the throw, putting Young on base to lead off the fifth. It was the Seminoles’ fourth error. A HBP two batters later ended Montgomery’s day, as Jack Anderson entered the game with two on and one out. Between errors, walks, and the HBP, the Seminoles allowed seven free baserunners with the freshman on the mound.
  • Outisde of Robby Martin, the FSU lineup had no answer for the Gators’ pitching staff. All of Florida State’s hits came off the outfielder’s bats. The rest of the Seminoles’ lineup was 0-28 with two walks and 11 strikeouts. Lacey, Elijah Cabell, and De Sedas all had multiple strikeouts.