No. 20 Florida State baseball (22-15, 15-12 ACC) topped Troy (20-20, 7-8 ASUN) by a score of 3-2 for a game one win tonight. The Seminoles didn’t get a ton of production on the offensive side, but a timely homer was enough for the win. The ‘Noles have a homer in eight straight games. Two pitchers combined for nine innings of two-run ball while not walking a single hitter. In the field, FSU made just one error..
- Elijah Cabell is coming to play at a high rate for the Seminoles. Cabell entered game three of the Georgia Tech series on a 0-17 slump as his average dipped to .221. Cabell has turned it around in a major way the last three games. After Messick walked on four pitches, Cabell struck to extend the FSU lead to three. Cabell sat back on a two-strike breaking ball and sent it over the right field fence for a two-run homer. The home run was his 11th of the year and made it three straight games with a homer. All three in that span have been to the opposite field. When he’s utilizing the opposite field, Cabell’s power is nearly unstoppable. The home runs come in bunches for Cabell and I wouldn’t expect them to stop soon.
- Parker Messick was knocked around more than usual tonight, but still posted a quality outing for the Seminoles. It wasn’t till the 7th inning that the Trojans cracked the scoreboard against the southpaw. Messick was in control of all of his pitches tonight. For the second time this season, the redshirt freshman didn’t walk a single batter. Being in the zone more led to giving up a season high nine hits for the Plant City native. Despite that, Messick allowed just two earned runs in over six innings of work. Through four innings, he allowed just one hit. A four-hit seventh inning hampered Messick’s line. Messick left the game with a 3-1 lead and two on as Jack Anderson entered the game. Anderson allowed one to score, but stranded his other inherited runner with a strikeout and a pop up. In his last ten outings, Messick has gone at least 5+ IP and allowed two earned runs or less. The left-handed pitcher posted a final line of 6.1 IP, 9 H, 0 BB, 9 K, 2 R, and 100 pitches (68% strikes). Messick’s season ERA sits at 2.45 through 11 starts and 62.1 IP.
- Matheu Nelson was his usual self on both sides of the ball today. Nelson’s home run streak came to an end at four games, but he extended his hit streak and RBI streak to eight games each. Tyler Martin led off the first inning with a single and swiped second as the Troy defense fell asleep. Logan Lacey moved him over with a sac-bunt. Nelson followed with a productive out of his own, as he skied a sacrifice fly to center to take a first inning lead. In the fifth inning, Nelson followed a Lacey single with one of his own to the opposite field. The next inning, the catcher threw out Logan Cerny from his knees for out #2. Nelson posted an elite pop time of 1.9 for his 13th caught stealing of the year. The redshirt sophomore has now thrown out 50% of attempted steals this season.
- Bonus: Anderson was lights-out for Florida State tonight. The right-handed pitcher entered the game with two runners on, one out, and up two. Anderson struck out the first hitter he faced before allowing a two-out, RBI-single to cut the lead to one. After that, Anderson shut down the Trojans for his first career save. The right-handed pitcher retired the last seven batters he faced, working 1-2-3 frames in both the eighth and ninth innings. Three of his eight outs came by way of the K. He now has a season ERA of 2.86 after 2.2 scoreless IP.
- Bonus: FSU’s defense came up big for Messick in the seventh inning. Robby Martin wasn’t able to track down a blooper in the air, but cut the ball off from getting to the wall and quickly got the ball back to the infield. Nander De Sedas made a heads up play to cut down a runner at home with a strong throw to Nelson. It was a massive run-saving play for the ‘Noles, who ended up taking home a one-run win.
- Nander De Sedas came into the game on one of his hottest streaks in his time at Florida State. In his last four games, De Sedas was 7-13 with five walks. Tonight, the Trojans had De Sedas’ number at the plate. The shortstop was 0-3 with three strikeouts. The 0-3 night dropped his batting average to .227.
- In the first inning, Martin stole a base from the Trojans with a heads up play on the base paths. In the seventh inning, the redshirt freshman tried the same move but it ended up costly. After lining his second single of the day into RCF, it looked like the Seminoles would have runners on the corners with one out. As Martin dashed to second again, the Trojans were able to easily tag him for out #2 in a run down. It cost FSU an insurance run as Lacey followed with a deep fly ball to CF for the third out.