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Three up, three down: FSU baseball clinches series over Georgia Tech in two-day slug fest

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Lacey drives in five, Nelson homers again.

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No. 25 Florida State baseball (20-14, 15-11 ACC) clinched their series against Georgia Tech (18-16, 14-12 ACC) with a 13-10 win today. After two weather delays, it took two days to wrap up game two. After being down 10, GT cut the lead down to four going into the second weather delay. FSU added two insurance runs in the 8th inning to put the game away. Eight of nine Florida State starters posted hits. The offense produced 14 hits and 12 walks. The ‘Noles went error free for the first time in nine games. FSU has now won six of nine ACC series.

Three up

  • The top two in the order set the tone all night for Florida State. Tyler Martin led off the game with an eight-pitch walk. He scored the first run of the game on a Robby Martin double down the RF line.

In the next inning, Logan Lacey made Georgia Tech pay for two walks. Lacey drove a middle-middle fastball well over the center-field wall for a three-run homer to open a 4-0 lead. The homer was Lacey’s third of the season.

Martin drove a single up the middle to put two runners in scoring position for Lacey in the fourth inning. He upped his RBI total to a career high five with a single up the middle. The single ended Andy Archer’s day with no outs in the inning.

In the fifth, Martin drove home FSU’s ninth run of the day with a bloop single into LF. Lacey followed with a walk. Martin scored a career high four runs as he crossed the plate on a Robby Martin sac-fly. The two combined to go 4-7 with six RBI, six runs, and three walks.

  • Matheu Nelson is starting to distance himself on the national and confernece leaderboards. The Yellow Jackets worked around Nelsom his first two at-bats, as he walked twice in the first two innings. With a new pitcher on the mound and a runner on first with no outs, GT decided to attack Nelson in the zone and he made them pay. The catcher lined a 0-1 curveball over the left-center field wall for a two-run homer. The homer was his 17th of the year. It set an FSU record for the most home runs in the new bat era, topping Drew Mendoza’s previous record of 16. It was just his 33rd game of the season. The catcher now has two more homers than anyone else in the country. After a RBI groundout in the 5th, he has 52 RBI on the year.
  • The Seminoles got another strong outing from their starting pitcher tonight. Bryce Hubbart was in command, efficient, and made big pitches when he needs to. Hubbart stranded a runner in scoring position in the first inning with a strikeout looking. After a short weather delay, Hubbart brought the energy back to FSU’s dugout as he struck out three Yellow Jackets in order on 10 pitches. After giving up a leadoff solo homerun, Hubbart bounced back with a 6-3 double play to limit the damage to one run. The southpaw worked around a leadoff double in each of the next two innings. Hubbart posted a final line of 5 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 R, and 66 pitches. His season ERA is down to 3.74.
  • Bonus: For the second straight night, the bottom third of FSU’s lineup was productive. In the second, Nander De Sedas and Jackson Greene worked back-to-back walks. De Sedas scored on Lacey’s homer. Wyatt Crowell, hitting 7th and playing center, worked a walk in the next inning. Greene reached on an error to start the fourth inning before scoring on Martin’s single. After De Sedas walked in the next inning, Greene laid down a bunt single, his second good bunt in as many days. Both Crowell and De Sedas singled in the next inning. The three combined to reach base eight times and score four runs. When the bottom third is producing for Florida State, they’ll be tough to beat.
  • Bonus: Tyler Ahearn hadn’t seen the mound in the last ten games but entered the game in the sixth inning with a ten-run lead tonight. Ahearn popped multiple 95’s and got multiple swing-and-misses on the mid-80’s slider. The right-handed pitcher struck out his first batter, before allowing a one-out single. He bounced back with a routine double-play ball to short stop. De Sedas and Greene converted on the turn to end a 1-2-3 inning for Ahearn. His season ERA is at 2.61. The redshirt junior needs more innings out of the pen for the ‘Noles.

Three down

  • The bottom of the seventh inning was off to a smooth start with Carson Montgomery on the mound. The freshman retired the first two batters in just three pitches before losing his command. The right-handed pitcher walked the next two batters on 11 pitches. After a wild pitch, Charlie Benson drove in both walks with a double down the LF line. The double ended Montgomery’s outing as Chase Haney entered the game with a RISP and two outs. The super senior allowed four straight hits as the lead was trimmed down to just four. Colton Vincent finally ended the inning as he picked a throw from Robby Martin and gunned down a runner at second base to end the inning. Haney’s ERA rose to 4.79.
  • Elijah Cabell was the only starter to not record a hit for the Seminoles. The outfielder was 0-5 on the day. He also picked up a golden sombrero as he struck out four times. When he put the ball in play, it went for a double play. Cabell is now 0 for his last 16 at bats. His average has dropped to .221 and he is striking out in 55% of his at-bats.
  • Coming into the game, Jack Anderson had allowed just one run and three hits in his last 7.2 innings of work. Georgia Tech ambushed Anderson for a couple homers in the last couple innings. In the eighth, Anderson allowed a solo home run to Andrew Jenkins to cut the lead to five. After a leadoff single in the ninth, a two-run homer cut the lead to three. Jonah Scolaro and Davis Hare combined to close the game out, as they stranded two runners on base with a strikeout and a groundout. The Seminoles’ bullpen allowed nine runs in four innings if work.

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