Florida State baseball (15-11, 10-9 ACC) fell to Louisville (19-9, 11-4 ACC) by a score of 4-3 in extra innings tonight. With bases loaded and two outs in the top of the tenth, FSU thought they took a lead on a Logan Lacey HBP. After review, it was ruled a strike and Lacey ended up striking out. In the bottom half, Levi Usher came through with a walk-off single up the middle with two outs off of Davis Hare to win the game. The Seminoles were out-hit 9 to 6 and made the only error on the night. Tonight was FSU’s sixth one-run loss and second extra innings loss of the year.
- Mike Martin Jr. has preached it over and over. FSU is built around the long ball and the big inning. In recent weeks, it’s paid off multiple times and it showed up for Florida State again tonight. The Seminoles had just two hits and no runs through seven innings against starter Michael Kirian. FSU quickly erased that zero in the seventh. Logan Lacey led off the inning with a rocket single, his second hit of the day, through the left side. Matheu Nelson laced a double to the right-center field gap in the next at-bat to score Lacey and cut the Louisville lead to two. Reese Albert moved Nelson over with a productive out. Elijah Cabell roped a first-pitch fastball over the right-center field fence to tie the game at three. It was Cabell’s sixth homer in the last eight games and his seventh of the season. The opposite field Cabomb left the bat at 116 MPH and traveled 411 feet. Cabell missed most of fall and spring with an injury. As he gets more live looks, he looks more and more comfortable at the plate. When the tools are combined with confidence, Cabell can be unstoppable.
- Parker Messick didn’t post his best line today, but was his usual bulldog self. Messick cruised through five scoreless innings before running into trouble in the sixth inning. The southpaw was efficient and dominant early. He needed just 58 pitches to get through five scoreless with six strikeouts. UL led off the sixth with a double, before a bunt single put runners on the corners with no outs. The next hitter put a ball off his leg for an RBI-single, that likely would’ve gone for a double play if not for hitting Messick. Messick has thrown 5+ innings and given up two ER or less in all seven of his ACC starts. He’s given FSU the efficiency they need and given them chances to win games, but he hasn’t gotten much run support or luck on the mound. Messick posted a final line of 5.2 IP, 6 H, 6 K, 1 BB 3 R, 2 ER, and 75 P.
- Messick got some help from his defense on a web gem play from Elijah Cabell. Cabell has made major defensive strides in recent weeks. Alex Binelas drove a two-strike pitch the opposite way to start off the bottom half of the fifth inning. The ball carried towards the wall, but Cabell was able to track it and make a leaping grab. The ball would’ve gone over the wall for a leadoff homer and given UL a 1-0 lead, but instead went in the book as a F7. At the start of the season, Cabell struggled with reads off the bat after no live looks during fall and spring. A healthy Cabell can make some highlight plays in the outfield, as showcased today. FSU is going to need more plays like this to pickup wins at Louisville.
- Logan Lacey lined the first base hit for either team into left field in the fourth inning. Despite the hit, Lacey was quickly erased from the base paths on some bad base-running. Matheu Nelson drove a ball to the right field warning track with one out. Trey Leonard was able to track the ball down and make a running catch near the wall. Despite Leonard throwing toward a second base cut-off, Louisville was still able to double Lacey off first. Against a high-caliber team like Louisville, the ‘Noles can’t give away free outs on the base path.
- The Cardinals got some more help in the sixth from FSU’s defense. With two on and two outs, Alex Binelas deposited a single into CF for an RBI-single. Albert picked up the ball and tried to gun down a runner at third, but the ball got away from Vince Smith at third. With Messick backing up at home, the UL runner scored with ease. The Cardinals opened up a three-run lead with the unearned run. FSU can’t give Louisville anything easy, like they did on Albert’s errant throw, or they’ll be in trouble.
- Tyler Martin is in a funk at the top of Florida State’s order. Martin was 0-4 today with two strikeouts. The 0-4 day lowered his average to .222 in conference play. Taking away the 5-5 day at Virginia Tech, the leadoff hitter has really struggled in ACC play. Martin still gives FSU good at bats and works deep counts at the top of the order, but the ‘Noles need him to start giving them some more production. Martin’s biggest struggle has come against lefties, which he’s hitting .259 against on the season.