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Three up, three down: FSU baseball walks off UNC to even up series

Nander De Sedas’ ninth-inning blast gives Florida State crucial win.

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Florida State baseball evened up their series with North Carolina by a score of 4-2 in walk-off fashion. After a one-out single, Nander De Sedas unloaded on a 0-1 slider for a walk-off, two-run home run over the LF fence. It was FSU’s first walk-off home run since since Reese Albert’s against NC State on May 18, 2018. The blast was De Sedas’ third homer of the year, setting a career-high for a season.

At the plate, the Seminoles produced seven hits and got all their runs from homers. On the mound, the Seminoles allowed seven hits and five walks, but were able to get clutch out after clutch out from their relievers. FSU was error free on the day. The walk-off brings up a rubber match with the Tar Heels tomorrow.

Three up

  • Robby Martin got Florida State out to the start they needed after yesterday’s loss. Logan Lacey reached base on a HBP for FSU’s first baserunner of the day before Martin quickly put the ‘Noles on the board. The outfielder unloaded on a middle-middle fastball in a 2-1 count for a two-run jack over the RF fence. The homer was Martin’s sixth of the season and gave Florida State a crucial early lead. In his first 91 games at FSU, Martin had four combined homers. In his last 13 games, he has six. Martin’s breakout in power will likely lead to a surge up draft boards this summer and gives FSU another quick-strike bat in the middle of the order.
  • After a rough game one, FSU’s bullpen was lights out today. Tyler Ahearn entered the game with bases loaded and two outs in the fourth. He quickly induced a weak grounder to strand three Tar Heels. The RHP went on to throw two scoreless innings. Chase Haney has been up-and-down this season, but had his best stuff today. The super-senior entered the game with a runner on first and one out in the seventh. He made a tough play on a swinging bunt look easy for out #2, before stranding the UNC runner at second with a ground-out. Haney came back out for the 8th and worked a quick 1-2-3 frame with two weak pop-ups and a fly-out to right field. Haney allowed just one base-runner, a lead-off single to Justice Thompson in the ninth inning. Jonah Scolaro got two outs, before Davis Hare struck out Tomas Frick to end the inning and send the game to the bottom of the ninth tied at two. FSU’s bullpen stranded 10 runners in 5.1 scoreless innings of work.
  • After facing four batters on the mound, Wyatt Crowell slid into FSU’s lineup at the DH spot. On the mound, he struggled with his command, but made the big pitch when he needed to. He worked back from a 3-1 count to get an inning-ending strikeout with the bases loaded in the sixth. Crowell made a quick impact at the plate. He laced a one-out double into the LCF gap in the seventh inning, ending a streak of nine straight Seminoles retired. Crowell also dropped a one-out single into left-field in the ninth inning, setting up De Sedas’ walk-off. The true freshman is going to be a high impact player on both sides of the ball for the next few years in Tallahassee. His season average is up to .318.

Three down

  • Bryce Hubbart cruised through the first three innings of his outing, but fell apart in the fourth inning. Hubbart worked three scoreless frames on 32 pitches, but was quickly ambushed for three straight hits in the fourth. Daniel Serretti ripped the first pitch of the inning into the right-center field gap for a double. Caleb Roberts sent the next pitch over the RF fence to tie the game at two with his seventh homer of the year. Three pitches later, he allowed a rocket single up the middle. He was able to get two strikeouts, but couldn’t finish the inning as he allowed both a walk and a hit-by-pitch in two-strike counts. In his last two outings, he’s struggled to stay away from hard contact. Hubbart finished with a final line of 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K, and 64 P. The southpaw’s ERA is up to 4.13.
  • For the second straight day, the heart of Florida State’s order let them down in a key situation. Vince Smith led off the third inning with a double down the right field line. Tyler Martin followed with an opposite field single to put runners on the corners with no outs. FSU already led 2-0 and had a chance to extend the lead and maybe put the game away early with the heart of their order coming up. Logan Lacey followed Martin with a pop-up, before Robby Martin and Matheu Nelson both struck out to end the inning. When FSU doesn’t get situational hitting and productive outs, they aren’t going to win very many games, especially the close ones in conference play. Through two games this weekend, FSU is 0-17 with two outs.
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