Florida State baseball (22-16, 15-12 ACC) dropped game two to Troy (21-20, 7-8 ASUN) by a score of 3-0 today. Today was the third time this season the Seminoles’ offense has been shut out. The ‘Noles produced six hits, but got no clutch hits nor extra base hits. On the mound, Florida State allowed just three hits. All three hits were extra base hits and all three runners scored. FSU made just one error, but also had a balk and a wild pitch that were costly. The ‘Noles left 10 men on base, Troy stranded just one runner.
- Bryce Hubbart was at his very best today. Hubbart was so good that he retired the first 16 batters he faced. The fastball was a tick up for the southpaw today, making the downhill curveball un-hittable down in the zone. Hubbart set the tone early, striking out the first two batters he faced. Hubbart struck out two batters in each of the first five innings. Hubbart attacked the strike zone at a high rate, making it hard on Troy hitters to get the bats going. For the first time this season, the southpaw didn’t allow a free pass in a start. The redshirt freshman set career highs with 6.1 innings pitched and 12 strikeouts. Troy rarely got to Hubbart, but when they got him, they made sure it hurt. Nic Nolan ended the LHP’s perfect game bid with a one-out HR to give Troy a 1-0 lead. The next inning, a leadoff double and a balk led to a 2-0 lead. Hubbart posted a final line of 6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 HBP, 12 K’s, 2 R, and 89 pitches. His season ERA is down to 3.62.
- Elijah Cabell is putting it all together at the plate right now. Cabell’s last four games has been the best stretch of his Florida State career. The outfielder started his day with a two-strike single into right field. He followed the single with his first stolen base of the season. After a hard groundout in his second at-bat, Cabell grounded a leadoff single up the middle in the sixth inning. The redshirt sophomore promptly swiped his second stolen base. In his last four games, Cabell is 7 for 11 with three homers, three walks, four runs, five RBI, and two SB’s. All six of his hits have been to the opposite field or up the middle. When he’s using the whole field, Cabell can be as dangerous as any hitter in the country. His season average is up to .268.
- Logan Lacey had a good day at the plate for the Seminoles. Lacey has been the Seminoles’ utility man this season and got the start in center field today. The redshirt junior got the Seminoles’ offense started with a one-out single through the left side in the first inning. In the fifth inning, it was more of the same for Lacey. The right-handed hitter roped a one-out single past the third baseman for his second hit. Today’s game was Lacey’s 10th multi-hit game of the season in 31 starts. Lacey’s season average is up to .281.
- Florida State just couldn’t find the timely hit today. For the first time in nine games, the Seminoles didn’t have a homer. The lack of homers meant that FSU would need to string together hits, but they couldn’t. All of the Seminoles’ hits went for singles. In the first inning, an inning-ending double play followed a single. The next inning, Cabell was stranded in scoring position on a strikeout. FSU left the bases loaded in the third as Robby Martin flew out to the left field wall. The next inning, a strikeout and a weak grounder stranded two runners. In the fifth, Lacey was stranded in scoring position on a strikeout. In the sixth, Cabell was left in scoring position again on back-to-back K’s. The seventh was ended on the Seminoles’ second inning-ending double play. After Mike Martin Jr. was ejected for the first time as head coach, two straight strikeouts stranded two men in the 8th. FSU was 0-16 with runners on, 0-10 with runners in scoring position, 0-7 with two outs and 3-18 in advancement opportunities.
- Coming into today’s game, Jackson Greene was the only qualified middle infielder in the ACC without an error this season. Last night, Martin Jr. called his defense invaluable. In the seventh inning, Greene’s first error of the year proved costly. With a runner on third and one out, Perdue induced a grounder to Greene. The ball kicked off his glove and into center field as Troy extended their lead to two. FSU can still rely on Greene’s defense, as he’s been a vacuum all year, but the first one of the year came in an unfortunate time.
- The bottom of the order gave FSU nothing today. In the last few games, the Seminoles’ offense has been strong one through nine. Today showed how important the production at the bottom of the lineup is. Through two games of the series, De Sedas is 0-6 with six K’s. He stranded three runners on base. Ryan Romano, Garrett Mathes, and Nico Baldor combined to go 0-4 with three K’s in the eight spot. Jackson Greene was 0-2 with a strikeout. The bottom third was a combined 0-10 with eight K’s, a walk, and a HBP. They stranded six men on base.