No. 17 Florida State baseball (25-18, 17-13 ACC) fell to Florida Gulf Coast (27-17, 12-6 ASUN) by a score of 8-7 on Wednesday afternoon. The game took two days after multiple rain delays and a suspension of play on Tuesday. The Seminoles roared back from a four-run deficit, but fell after a ninth-inning homer. The game one loss to the Eagles was FSU’s ninth one-run loss of the season. Florida State is 3-9 in one-run games this season.
- Logan Lacey was the producer in Florida State’s lineup today. Lacey got the Seminoles started with an infield single for FSU’s first baserunner of the day. The redshirt junior scored the Seminoles’ first run on a productive out from Robby Martin. Martin laced a line drive off the first baseman’s glove, which bounced to the second baseman for a groundout. In Lacey’s next at-bat, he jumped on a 1-0 fastball down the heart of the plate and sent it over the center field wall for a solo homer. The ball traveled 404 feet off the bat. Mike Martin Jr. has raved about Lacey’s athleticism and strength, saying he’s a freak in the weight room. Lacey showed off the freakish power with the dead-center shot.
In the seventh inning, the ‘Noles roared back to tie the game at seven. In the middle of the four-run inning was Lacey. After Nander De Sedas and Jackson Greene reached base to start the inning, Tyler Martin loaded the bases with a bloop single. A wild pitch scored De Sedas to cut the lead to three. Lacey ripped a two-RBI single into left field to make it a 7-6 game. Two wild pitches and aggressive base-running moved Lacey to third, before he scored on a productive groundout from Robby Martin.
- Tyler Ahearn was clutch for the Seminoles out of the bullpen. Ahearn was asked to enter the game in the top of the first with one out and bases loaded. The game could’ve gotten out of hand quickly, but the right-handed pitcher limited the damage to one with a sacrifice fly and a strikeout. With a long week ahead, Ahearn also ate up innings with a season-high 3.1 IP. The redshirt junior had his best stuff, sitting 93-95 MPH with the fastball and 84-87 MPH with the slider. When the stuff is at that level for Ahearn, he can be un-hittable. The only hit he allowed was a bloop single. He was removed with bases loaded and two outs in the fourth inning after his second walk. Clayton Kwiatkowski, making his return from an injury scare nearly three weeks ago, stranded all three runners with a fly out. Ahearn finished with a line of 3.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 R, 50 P. His season ERA is down to 3.24.
- Jackson Greene had a strong day at the bottom of the order. Greene led off the fifth inning with a double off the top of the right field wall. The two-bagger was his first double of the season and second extra-base hit. The redshirt junior came around to score on a throwing error as FSU extend their lead to two in the fifth inning. After a leadoff walk to De Sedas, Greene ripped a single up the middle in the seventh inning and scored on Lacey’s RBI-single. The two-hit day was his second multi-hit game of the season.
- Bonus: Hunter Perdue entered a tie game in the eighth inning with two runners on and one out after two walks. It took Perdue just four pitches to end the inning. The redshirt junior induced a routine double play ball to De Sedas, who combined with Greene for an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
- Carson Montgomery got the starting nod today after not throwing for two weeks. In his last outing, Montgomery didn’t walk anybody for the first time in an outing, but was hit around for four hits in two innings. Tonight, the command issues were back for the freshman. Montgomery started the day with a four-pitch walk. A full-count walk made it two straight free passes to open the day. After a fly out, a third walk ended the right-hander’s day. Tyler Ahearn limited the damage to one with a sac-fly and strikeout, but with five games this week, the Seminoles needed length out of Montgomery. He threw just 19 pitches and six strikes. The freshman is yet to throw a full five innings in a start. He’s given up six earned runs in his last three appearances, while recording just nine outs. On the season, his ERA is 4.67 and his WHIP is 1.74. In regional and ACC Tournament play, the Seminoles will need Montgomery to start to tap into his ceiling to be successful.
- The top of the sixth inning was a disaster for Florida State’s bullpen. Jack Anderson walked the leadoff man, which was just his fifth walk of the season. After a strikeout and a fly-out, the Eagles started a two-out barrage. A hard hit grounder got past Nander De Sedas to put two on with two outs. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch, before Brian Ellis cut FSU’s lead in half with an infield single. Mike Martin Jr. brought Davis Hare into the game to face Richie Garcia. Garcia immediately gave the Eagles a lead with a three-run homer off the scoreboard. Joe Kinker followed with a homer over the center field fence to end Hare’s day, who faced two batters and gave up two homers. Jonah Scolaro was brought in and allowed a double and a single to extend the lead to four before the game entered a second weather delay. After entering the inning with a two-run lead, the ‘Noles trailed by four heading to the bottom half.
- FSU’s pitching staff as a whole looked out of sorts in this two-day game. The Seminoles entered the game as a top-40 team in the country with just 3.39 walks per game. FGCU worked eight walks and was also hit by a pitch in the game. The Seminoles also had two wild pitches. The ‘Noles have done a good job of limiting homers this year, but the Eagles crushed three off FSU today. The last was the final blow, as Jacob Lojewski launched a two-out, solo homer off Perdue in the ninth inning to give FGCU the lead.
- Bonus: De Sedas had a rough day in the field. Kwiatkowski induced a grounder to shortstop to begin the fifth inning. The shortstop underestimated Ellis’ speed, as he beat out a high throw from De Sedas. The high throw was his 11th error of the year. After the rain delay, Anderson started with a grounder to short. De Sedas bobbled the ball up the middle and never gathered to make a throw. His 12th error of the year put runners on the corners with one out. Anderson worked out of the jam with a pop up and a strikeout, but FSU needs a more consistent, confident De Sedas as they get into postseason play.