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Three up, three down: FSU baseball walks off FGCU

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Elijah Cabell sends 13th homer over right field fence for the win.

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No. 17 Florida State Seminoles baseball (26-18, 17-13 ACC) walked off the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (27-18, 12-6 ASUN) for a 2-1 win this evening. The Seminoles bounced back from a one-run loss earlier in the day for a one-run win of their own. At the plate, the Seminoles produced six hits and walked three times. The ‘Noles struck out just five times. Florida State’s pitchers allowed just seven hits and two walks, while striking out nine. And the Noles didn’t make any fielding errors.

Three up

  • Elijah Cabell led off the 9th inning with a shot over the right-field fence for the win:

The homer was Cabell’s 13th of the season. It also extended Cabell’s hit-streak to 10 games, as he was 1-2 with two walks. During that hit streak, Cabell is 15 for 31 with five homers, eight walks, and nine RBI. Cabell’s season average is up to .294. When Cabell is using all fields, he can be unstoppable. The way the redshirt sophomore is swinging and approaching at-bats right now will make teams very wary of pitching to Cabell.

  • True freshman Ross Dunn made his first career start today and gave the Eagles fits. Dunn entered the game on a seven inning scoreless streak, as he allowed just two hits and two walks in his last seven appearances. Dunn gave up four hits today, but showed his high quality stuff and a glimpse of his future as a starter. The fastball sat in the low 90’s and was up to 95 MPH. He also got swing-and-misses on both his curveball and changeup. Of the four hits, two were infield singles and another was a blooper. The southpaw didn’t allow any hard contact besides an inning-ending groundout which stranded two runners. Dunn posted a final line of 3.1 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 K’s, 0 R, and 50 pitches. His scoreless streak is up to 10.1 IP as Dunn’s season ERA is at 1.59.
  • Jackson Greene had his best day at the plate as a Seminole. In game one of the midweek series, Greene had a double off the right field fence and a single up the middle. It was his second multi-hit game of the season. In game two he tacked on two more hits. Greene led off the third inning with his second double of the day and of the season. The second baseman scored on a single into center field by Tyler Martin to open the scoring and give FSU a 1-0 lead. Martin also had a multi-hit game. Two innings later, Greene deposited a single up the middle for his fourth hit of the day. Greene finished the two-game set 4-7 with three runs.
  • Bonus: Chase Haney worked as the Seminoles’ bridge to the back end of the bullpen today. His first job was to set out a fire in the fourth inning. Haney relieved Dunn with two runners on and one out. A walk loaded the bases. Haney induced a grounder to third base, which Logan Lacey made an athletic play on before tossing a dart to home for out #2. Haney stranded three with a fly-out to left. In the next inning, he was touched for a one-out solo homer, but it was the only run he allowed in a season-high 3.1 IP. In the sixth inning, he worked around a two-out single for a scoreless inning. He retired the only two batters he faced in the 7th before Wyatt Crowell finished off a 1-2-3 inning. The redshirt senior posted a final line of 3.1 IP, 2 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 0 R, and 51 pitches.
  • Bonus: Crowell was also lights out in relief. After finishing off the 7th inning, the true freshman worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning with a strikeout. FGCU led off the ninth with a single up the middle, but Crowell quickly bounced back. After two failed bunt attempts, Crowell back doored a slider for a strikeout for out #1. De Sedas snagged a liner for out #2 before Greene ate up a grounder up the middle for out #3. Crowell’s ERA is down to 1.62. He has a scoreless streak of 10.2 IP.

Three down

  • It was a clean defensive game, but the ‘Noles had errors on the base paths. Elijah Cabell led off the second inning with a walk. Crowell followed with a liner to the short stop, which he leaped up to grab. The shortstop was able to turn and make a throw off one foot to double Cabell off first, who had started to second base off the bag. The next inning, it was more of the same on the bases. After Martin’s RBI-single, Logan Lacey lined a ball into center field, which was a routine play for the center fielder. Martin got too far off the base and was easily doubled off first to end the inning. When FSU isn’t producing many hits and are trying to win with the long ball, they can’t give away outs on the bases.
  • Robby Martin is really scuffling at the plate. Martin was 0-4 today, making him hitless in his last four games. All three of Martin’s outs that were in play were weak grounders off the end of the bat to the pull side. The outfielder has seemingly refused to use the middle third and opposite field over the last few games, which has led to a struggle to find hard contact. In his last at-bat, Martin struck out to leave the bases loaded in the eighth inning of a tie game. The redshirt sophomore is now one for his last 29. His average is down to .263. Martin will need to make some adjustments to his approach to get back to his normal self and be a spark in the middle of the Seminoles’ lineup.
  • The outfielder was a part of an unproductive middle of the order. Four of Florida State’s 3-7 hitters didn’t produce a single hit. Wyatt Crowell was 0-3 with a strikeout. Nander De Sedas was 0-3 with a strikeout. The five hitters combined to go 1-15 with three walks and four strikeouts.