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Three up, three down: Matheu Nelson leads FSU baseball to series-clinching win over Boston College

Seminoles’ bullpen has combined for 7.1 scoreless innings this weekend.

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Florida State baseball (18-13, 13-10 ACC) clinched the series over Boston College (14-18, 4-16 ACC) with a 5-1 win this afternoon. At the plate, the Seminoles struggled to find the hits, but got enough out of their power production to take home the win. FSU produced six hits and five free passes. On the mound, the Seminoles didn’t allow an earned run and struck out 14. The ‘Noles will go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon with Conor Grady on the mound.

Three up

  • This story seems to repeat itself over and over. Matheu Nelson is on an absolute tear in 2021. Yesterday, it was Nelson’s grand slam in the third inning that gave the Seminoles a lead on their first hit of the day. Today, it was more of the same. Emmet Sheehan retired the first nine Seminoles to start his day on the mound. Tyler Martin and Logan Lacey snapped the streak with back-to-back walks in the bottom of the fourth. Nelson made the Eagles pay for the same mistakes they made the day before. The catcher ripped a 1-2 fastball off the scoreboard to give the Seminoles a 3-1 lead. The homer was Nelson’s 15th of the year and his seventh two-strike HR. Nelson’s blast tied him for the nation lead in homers. A sac-fly to center in the 7th inning tied him for first in the country with 47 RBI. It was the second straight game that Nelson posted four RBI. The Largo native also threw out his eighth runner of the year to end the fifth inning. It’s Matheu Nelson’s world and we’re all just living in it right now.
  • Bryce Hubbart ran into trouble quick. A single, double, and a walk loaded the bases just three batters into the game. The only run that scored came on a passed ball, as Hubbart struck out three straight batters to end the inning. The southpaw settled in with a seven-pitch second frame. Hubbart’s first pitch of the fourth inning went for a leadoff double. After a sac-bunt, Hubbart came up with a timely strikeout to strand the runner there. The leadoff double was the only Boston College hit out of the infield after the first inning. The fastball velocity was down a tick, but Hubbart’s curveball was electric on the day. The breaking ball kept the Eagles from making consistent hard contact and induced many swing-and-misses. The second-year freshman posted a final line of 5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 8 K, 1 R, 0 ER, 96 P. The 0 ER in 5.2 IP lowered his ERA to 3.99. He was one out and one strikeout shy of tying career highs. Hubbart is now tied for the team lead with four wins in 2021.
  • The Seminoles got contributions from all of the bottom third of today’s lineup. Garrett Mathes was inserted into the lineup today at DH, replacing Reese Albert. Mathes led off the fifth inning with a frozen rope single up the middle. Nander De Sedas followed with a double down the third base line. Mathes scored on a Tyler Martin sac-fly to push the lead to 4-1. Jackson Greene didn’t get the start today, but pinch hit for Vince Smith before the freshman could get an at-bat. Greene led off the seventh inning with a single into left field. The second baseman came around to score on Nelson’s sac-fly to push the Seminoles’ lead to four. When FSU gets help from the bottom third of their order, they’ll win lots of games.
  • Bonus: FSU’s bullpen has been lights out this weekend. Chase Haney relieved Hubbart with two runners in scoring position with two outs in the sixth inning. Haney struck out the only batter he faced to strand both runners. It was the seventh straight game that Haney toed the rubber and his 23rd appearance of the year. Clayton Kwiatkowski worked around a two-out single for a scoreless seventh inning. Jack Anderson entered the game with one out and one RISP in the eighth. Anderson made quick work of the Eagles with a groundout and strikeout. Hunter Perdue closed the game out with a 1-2-3 ninth inning as he struck out two Eagles. Perdue’s fastball was up to 97 MPH.

Three down

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