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Three up, three down: FSU baseball takes series over UNC behind Grady’s dominance, Cabell’s blast

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‘Noles toss third shut-out of the season.

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Florida State baseball took the rubber match over North Carolina by a score of 8-0 to win the series. The Seminoles were lights-out on the mound today, walking just one batter and allowing just three hits. At the plate, FSU’s hitters showed off their plate discipline and power. The ‘Noles walked 10 times and produced six hits. Three of the six hits went for extra bases. In the field, FSU was error-free for the second straight game.

Three up

  • After the first inning, Conor Grady was in complete cruise control against the Tar Heels. The Tar Heels quickly put two runners in scoring position with one out after two first-inning singles. Grady showed off his veteran presence with timely pitching to post a 0 on the board. The RHP induced a weak grounder to Vince Smith, with the infield pulled in, who made a perfect throw to nab a runner at home. Grady also posted an important shut-down inning after the four-spot in the bottom of the first. He struggled to find his slider early, but when he started to land the breaking ball consistently, UNC had no chance against his three-pitch mix. Grady allowed a two-out, infield single in the second. He went on to retire the next 16 batters he faced. The fourth-year junior set a season-high in strikeouts and tied a career-high in innings pitched. After 5.1 innings from the bullpen yesterday, Grady gave FSU crucial innings as he was efficient and attacking the zone the whole afternoon. Between the experience and stuff, it’s hard to find many better Sunday starters in the country than Florida State’s. Grady posted a final line of 7 IP, 3 H, 10 K, 0 BB, 0 R, 86 P (62 S).
  • For the second straight day, the Seminoles jumped out to an early lead. Tyler Martin worked a lead-off walk, followed by two-out walks from Matheu Nelson and Reese Albert. Martin opened the scoring as he sped home on a wild pitch just away from the catcher. Elijah Cabell made North Carolina pay for the free passes and quickly put a crooked number on the board. Cabell obliterated a 3-2 changeup and sent it well over the FSU bullpen for a three-run jack. The homer was Cabell’s sixth of the season, his second of the series, and his fifth in the last six games. It took him a few games on the bench and a hair cut to get going, but Cabell is now showing off on a daily basis The Winter Park native has a real claim to being the most powerful hitter in college baseball. The home-run was Florida State’s first two-out hit of the weekend. UNC starter, Max Carlson, only recorded two outs before being pulled from the game.
  • Nelson struggled for the first two games of the series, but looked more like his normal self today. The catcher just missed his 11th homer of the season as he doubled off the top of the right field fence. The double went for a two-out, two-RBI knock, opening up a 7-0 Seminole lead in the fourth inning. Nelson’s power breakout this season has come from utilizing the opposite field at a high rate.

Vince Smith got the start at second base again today and responded with an extra base hit for the second straight day. Smith narrowly missed a homer in the bottom of the fifth as he ripped an inside fastball off the top of the left-field wall. The hit went for a run-scoring double. Smith is hitting just .151, but six of his eight hits this year have gone for extra bases. FSU’s highest ceiling comes with Smith at second and in the nine-hole.

  • Bonus: Ross Dunn relieved Grady in some mop-up work and was absolutely electric. Dunn sat 94-95 and topped out at 96 MPH. He also flashed a short slider in the 83-84 MPH range which got a couple swing-and-misses. The southpaw worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning with two strikeouts. Dunn is going to be a major piece to FSU’s future.

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